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ISBN13: 9780765311788
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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 masterpowers of which she never dreamed.

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

Review:

"Sanderson's eerie second fantasy (after 2005's Elantris), set in a mist-haunted, ash-ridden world, pits Kelsier, 'the Survivor of Hathsin,' against the immortal Lord Ruler's 1,000-year domination of both the Great Houses and their serflike 'skaa.' Through Allomancy acquired in the Ruler's most hellish prison, Kelsier can 'burn' 10 metals internally, fueling superhuman powers he uses to assemble rebels in a loose plan to destroy the nobility, the empire and the Lord Ruler himself. Kelsier uses Vin, a street urchin with the same Mistborn powers Kelsier possesses, to infiltrate the Great Houses' society, where she falls in love with philosopher prince Elend Venture. This mystico-metallurgical fantasy combines Vin's coming-of-age-in-magic and its well-worn theme of revolt against oppression with copious mutilations, a large-scale cast of thieves, cutthroats, conniving nobles and exotic mutants. The fast-paced action scenes temper Vin's interminable ballroom intrigues, while the characters, though not profoundly drawn, have a raw stereotypic appeal. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

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

Synopsis:

In the Mistborn trilogy, 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?

Synopsis:

From the author of the acclaimed "Elantris" comes the first novel in his Mistborn trilogy--a story which dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? Reissue.

Synopsis:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sandersons epic Mistborn Trilogy begins.

Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.

Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson is a graduate student and instructor at Brigham Young University. He lives in Orem, Utah.

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Celtland, January 29, 2010 (view all comments by Celtland)
Mistborn was responsible for my renewed interest in fantasy novels. I pretty much only read fantasy and was becoming... not bored really - more numb to a lot of the books I was reading. I read online somewhere that Brandon Sanderson would be helping to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and knowing Harriet and Tor wouldn't just pick someone willie-nillie, I decided to give him a read prior to The Gathering Storm.

I read Elantris first (great book!!!) then moved on to Mistborn. The magic system in this book is unlike anything I'd experienced in a book before - unique, well-thought out, and left room for exploration. And that's not the best part (you'll have to read on to book three for that). I love the characters - even the bad guy(s). Everything about this trilogy is great. I highly recommend it to friends and family all the time. And if you like it as much as I do, make sure to visit Brandon Sanderson's website for annotations on the chapters that go more in depth. To paraphrase the author - it's like DVD extras, but for books. Just don't start reading them until your done with the book - spoilers abound. (The same goes for the second and third books in the series.)

Granted, part of the story follows the usual formula - low person is destined for greatness - but even with that, it's not what you're thinking, trust me. If you're looking for something new and different in fantasy, pick this book up - and be glad the trilogy is now complete!!!
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powells_com, January 6, 2009 (view all comments by powells_com)
This is an excellent story set in an interestingly different world -- one in which the evil overlord won and has ruled for a thousand years.

The only annoyance to it really is that it seems to be yet another story in which the main character is the "chosen one" -- a trope that is becoming all-too common in fantasy fiction these days, be it Harry Potter or The Matrix. It's not quite as strong here as in those examples, but there nonetheless. There is no "inevitable" victory, at least not without serious strings (carrying into the later books), and there are sufficient twists and surprises, even to the very end, to make this well worth the read.
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tnelson466, April 2, 2008 (view all comments by tnelson466)
Great Book! It's the first in a trilogy, but for all that is a surprisingly complete story by itself. By this I mean that if you omitted just a paragraph or two from the last chapter, this book could stand alone.

Excellent character development, and a fascinatingly real-world like (truer to physics that Harry Potter, say) magic system. The 'magic' is based on a few people who can metabolize metals and their alloys to produce different effects.

The way he writes makes me understand why this author was chosen to finish the thirteen book series of The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan. I was very pleased to see that his writing may be up to the challenge of finishing what many WOT fans would have thought impossible to do well after the death of RJ.

This series (Mistborn) gets even better with the next book, The Well of Ascension. I can't wait for book 3 to come out this October!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765311788
Subtitle:
The Final Empire
Author:
Sanderson, Brandon
Publisher:
Tor Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Women revolutionaries
Subject:
Courts and courtiers
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Mistborn Trilogy
Series Volume:
No. 1 of 3
Publication Date:
July 25, 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes two black and white maps; Gloss
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
6.67 x 4.23 x 1.105 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sanderson's eerie second fantasy (after 2005's Elantris), set in a mist-haunted, ash-ridden world, pits Kelsier, 'the Survivor of Hathsin,' against the immortal Lord Ruler's 1,000-year domination of both the Great Houses and their serflike 'skaa.' Through Allomancy acquired in the Ruler's most hellish prison, Kelsier can 'burn' 10 metals internally, fueling superhuman powers he uses to assemble rebels in a loose plan to destroy the nobility, the empire and the Lord Ruler himself. Kelsier uses Vin, a street urchin with the same Mistborn powers Kelsier possesses, to infiltrate the Great Houses' society, where she falls in love with philosopher prince Elend Venture. This mystico-metallurgical fantasy combines Vin's coming-of-age-in-magic and its well-worn theme of revolt against oppression with copious mutilations, a large-scale cast of thieves, cutthroats, conniving nobles and exotic mutants. The fast-paced action scenes temper Vin's interminable ballroom intrigues, while the characters, though not profoundly drawn, have a raw stereotypic appeal. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters."
"Synopsis" by , In the Mistborn trilogy, 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?
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the acclaimed "Elantris" comes the first novel in his Mistborn trilogy--a story which dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? Reissue.
"Synopsis" by , #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sandersons epic Mistborn Trilogy begins.

Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.

Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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