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Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

Readers of Elantris thought they'd discovered someone special in Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn proves they were right.


“Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters.” Booklist


"Enjoyable, adventurous read that...should satisfy even easily-bored teens." Locus

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University and lives in Utah with his wife and children. He has been chosen to complete the concluding volumes of Robert Jordan's bestselling Wheel of Time® series.

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Paul K, January 28, 2014 (view all comments by Paul K)
This is one of those books where you imagine a really cool scene months after finishing the book and you think "what was that scene from? it was so cool!" This books is really fun to read and it offers some quality fantasy fiction without the commitment of multiple thousand-page books. There is really good character development, a good plot line and some really interesting ideas. I stopped reading the trilogy after the first book, but I recently just bought Well of Ascension because I wanted to read more! The first book is pretty good as a stand-alone novel though.
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jenniferpickup, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by jenniferpickup)
I loved this book! Brandon Sanderson has a great writing style that just drew me in. I couldn't put this book, or the next two, down. The characters are fresh. The magic a new type. Just an all-around great book.
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mhbmyers, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by mhbmyers)
Great book. A unique story. Not your stereotypical fantasy. A marvelous exploration of what innocence and hope are in a dark, broken, and unkind world. Good themes, and great character development. Wonderful and unique treatment of magic. Constantly entertaining, while also able to attain some wonderful depth in its characters and story. A lot of humanity in a supremely entertaining novel. I haven't read fiction in a long time, but I fell in love with this series after the first chapter.
Pick it up especially if you like the George R.R. Martin series. I've heard that a lot of people who don't get along well with other fantasy novels end up loving these two authors.
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The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
Sanderson, Brandon
Tor Fantasy
Fantasy - Epic
Women revolutionaries
Courts and courtiers
Fantasy fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Mistborn Trilogy
Series Volume:
No. 1 of 3
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6.75 x 4.19 in

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