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Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)


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ISBN13: 9780765350381
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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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leslieluvzbooks, August 1, 2015 (view all comments by leslieluvzbooks)
Glorious and epic. Some authors exhaust their genius on a work of this caliber�"but Brandon has cared to practice developing his characters first in other novels, and so this comes out in vivid Technicolor with "Mistborn"! The world of his novel is grey and ash-laden; the characters can't even imagine plants that are green, not brown. In this world, there exists a science called Allomancy, which is the ability to "burn" metals within one's digestive system, which enhances or unleashes certain abilities (pewter enhances resilience; tin super-enhances the senses, and so on).
It's a world that should be as complicated as "Dune", but Sanderson keeps it all relatively confined to one city�"Luthandel�"and one resistance group seeking to bring down the Lord Ruler who has set himself up as God and Chosen One. Whereas I felt like Herbert was deliberately setting up Arrakis as his land of all the anti-Protestant religions, such as Islam and Catholicism and even pantheism as a definite exclusion of said Christianity, Sanderson thought to include religion in just such a way that the resistance affirms the Lord Ruler is not the god he claims to be, and there is another character, Sazed, whom I absolutely adore, who has all of this knowledge about hundreds of different religions, and he is always recommending religions to his fellow fighters, based on their personality. There's a definite gravity and respect for religion there, not just a "grind-it-in-your-face" attitude. It's funny, but respectful.
Meanwhile, you have the one girl who is a natural Mistborn without realizing it, so the others must train her in the art of Allomancy; the Survivor who endured unspeakable torture and has the most to gain or lose depending on the outcome; and�"because Sanderson is awesome�"then you have Lestibournes, renamed Spook because one of the characters can't pronounce his name, who is by far the most creative, crazy character I have ever encountered in all the books I have read. It seems like Sanderson, exclusively for this character, invented the most convoluted, upside-down-and-backward way of speaking EVER. For example, the name "Lestibournes" is actually derived from the phrase "Lefting I'm born", or "I was abandoned as an infant." At another point, Spook says, "Wasing of the wishing to happen he had!" (Or something like that) meaning "He wanted this to happen!" There is even one whole conversation the others have in this crazy "street slang" that I had to read THREE TIMES and I was laughing so hard because I could not make head or tails of it! Sanderson's characters will tug at your heart and take your breath away. I highly recommend any of his books!
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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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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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Grade Level:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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