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Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Publication: July 25th, 2006
Genre: High Fantasy
In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
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“How do you ‘accidentally’ kill a nobleman in his own mansion?” “With a knife in the chest,” Kelsier said lightly. “Or, rather, a pair of knives in the chest—it always pays to be careful.”
I really loved this book so much. It took me a little to get through but that was because life was so busy. I started it in book form and finished it with the audiobook (my first ever audiobook). This story follows Vin & Kelsier mostly as they fight to bring down the Final Empire and the Lord Ruler. Vin is what this world calls skaa (slaves) and she is apart of a thieving crew. She only had her brother, Reen, but he left her so it’s just her. The leader of the crew, Camon, values her in the crew because she has this unique ability to tamper people’s emotions. She is not sure how she can do it but it’s all she knows. Kelsier is also a skaa but is one no longer. He is also part of a crew but he was supposed to die in the Pits of Hathsin where he was sentenced for treason. But as you can clearly see that didn’t happen. In this world, there are people called Mistings. Mistings are usually nobles and they develop certain abilities when they ingest metals and burn them. Mistings can only burn one metal. Others are called Mistborns and they can burn more than one. Kelsier is a Mistborn. Because of how much he has lost Kelsier and his crew had a plan to destroy the final empire and kill the Lord Ruler. This was a high fantasy of epic proportions and that ending punched me in the gut (DAMN YOU SANDERSON FOR THAT ONE SCENE.)
“But, you weren’t born an aristocrat. You’re not noble, Vin. You don’t have to play by their rules—and that makes you even more powerful.
Brandon Sanderson is an impeccable writer. I was really drawn into the story from the beginning. The magic system was really well done and explained throughout the story. Some authors will explain everything at once which can create a long drawn out chapter that feels like a history lesson. The readers got to experience and learn about this new world as Vin discovered it which made for an exciting read. Every character had a unique voice and I felt connected to them all. The antagonist was written extremely well and I found myself drawn to understanding him through the journal entries. The world-building was vivid and easily imaginable. I really enjoyed the world he built. And the way Sanderson made the plans unfold really left me speechless because so much happened that I was not prepared for and did not see coming.
“The best liars are those who tell the truth most of the times.”
I talked about Vin & Kelsier a little already but they were honestly great characters. I loved Vin a lot. Her growth as a person was amazing. I loved how she grew for herself and became this confident woman not afraid to speak her mind. She was a girl who did not trust anyone and she grew to truly care for Kelsier and the crew. Kelsier was truly so amazing. For one thing, he was incredibly hilarious and I just loved his attitude. The man had been through so much but he never stopped fighting and smiling. But the side characters were just as amazing. Ham, Docks, Spook, Clubs, Marsh and Sazed were all amazing men in the crew. I loved the way Vin interacted with them and Kelsier. They were like a family and they all truly believed in their cause. I also loved Elend although it was a growing love. He truly turned out to be a wonderful nobleman and someone who truly wanted change. The Lord Ruler was truly sinister and what made him so great was that we barely saw him. He only really came towards the end. But that is what makes him such a great villain. We read all about him and learned about him through stories and his journal. You paint this picture of him and the result is just wicked.
Don’t forget the ash because you see a little silk.
Romance & Relationships
The relationships friendship wise really were something special. I loved Vin and Kelsier. They were like a father and daughter. Their growth was so cute because she grew to truly trust him over time. Then the romance for Vin was so unexpected but so disgustingly cute that you find yourself just rooting for it every time. It was filled with banter and slow burn feelings that just crept up on you. It wasn’t in your face and leaves so much room for more in book two.
“…Now that he’s gone, you can give up, if you want. Quit. But, that won’t change anything. The struggle will go on. Men will still die. You’ll just be ignoring it.”
He smiled, throwing back his chair and grabbing her in a firm embrace. Vin closed her eyes, simply feeling the warmth of being held. And realized that was all she had ever really wanted.
“Don’t talk about noblemen,” Vin said. “And don’t say things about people you don’t know. You’re no skaa—you’re just noblemen without titles.