Mistborn : The Final Empire



Mistborn : The Final EmpireIn 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 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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  • Hardcover
  • 541 pages
  • Mistborn : The Final Empire
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • English
  • 07 September 2017
  • 9780765311788

10 thoughts on “Mistborn : The Final Empire

  1. Benjamin Duffy says:

    I can t remember being this violently conflicted about a book in quite some time There are some areas where it s just so well done, with the author absolutely nailing it, and then others where I found myself grinding my teeth in frustration I m going to abandon my usual practice of writing short, pithy reviews and just drunkenly ramble on a few things here Still no spoilers, though That OK with y all Language About two and a half chapters into this book, I found myself asking, Why does this feel like a kids fantasy book It wasn t the subject material or the plot, both of which were clearly sophisticated than Harry Potter and his ilk While I would feel perfectly comfortable having a 12 year old read this PG13 violent and utterly sexless book, I don t feel as though it s necessarily written for tweens Finally it occurred to me it s the language This book is one of the most simply written books I ve ever read, using only the most basic vocabulary That isn t a bad thing, as I d rather read something direct and simple than something flowery and overwritten, but Sanderson s language is so simple here that it s almost as if he s drawing with the Crayola 16 set when other authors have the big 64 One notable exception having apparently become recently enad of the word, he uses maladroitly at least three times Maybe he was jamming some Weezer while he wrote I haven t read any of his other works yet Mistborn 2 is on deck , but I have to assume this simplicity is by conscious choice, and it s an interesting choice at that I m just not sure yet how I feel about it.One language choice that I am sure how I feel about is Sanderson s decision to have his characters speak good old American English The narration is similarly plainspoken, with a fair amount of American slang thrown in, rather than the twee, faux Elizabethan style of a lot of fantasy authors I like the approach One of the most time honored fantasy tropes is having all the characters thee and thou each other, with a few ne er did yon stars of Yomama glimmer so resplendently, my suzerain for good measure And I can handle that stuff, having been weaned on Tolkien and everything that came after, but I found Sanderson s decision to move away from that convention refreshing I interpreted it as Sanderson saying, The unspoken assumption here is that this book has been translated from whatever languages they speak on this made up world, so why translate it to anything other than what is most understandable and comfortable for you to read To couch this story in funky language is to insult your imagination by implying that you need that in order to realize you re reading a fantasy novel Setting and Plot The setting is a typical high fantasy world feudal style nobility and peasantry shadowy, powerful priesthood mysterious evil lord, etc with some odd, almost steampunk flourishes thrown in There are wristwatches Men s formal wear is described as something like Victorian coat and tails than medieval garb Magic in this world is fueled by elemental and alloyed metals, which are described rather exactly, using percentages It s a unique and interesting blend.The basic plot is about as stock as it gets If you re familiar with the Star Wars films, the Harry Potter or Percy Jackson books, Eragon, the Dragonriders of Pern trilogy, Dune, Ender s Game, or any one of about a million other works, please play along Dear kid with weird name , I know you are only a farmer orphan urchin child of a minor noble , and this will be hard for you to accept, but you have Great Powers are the Chosen One insert name of funky power here You are the only one who can save the world save the universe defeat the Empire restore order to the Force kill the Big Boss Luckily, even though you just learned your destiny fifteen minutes ago, you will make up for lost time by quickly becoming better than anyone in the history of ever at Quidditch dragon riding sandworm riding Allomancy Any questions Needless to say, the book s plot could have been a ticket to Hack City, but it really isn t Vin s growth and development are handled well.Exposition This is a fantasy book for the video game generation By that, I mean that the book follows the general path of a first person RPG 1 Introduction to the world and the main characters2 A few early levels whose only apparent purpose is to teach the player how to use the buttons3 Quests of increasing difficulty, with progressive reveals of the Big Plot4 Fight with the Main Boss, including the inevitable twist5 Denouement and teaser for the next installment.Not that that s a bad thing But I was really surprised at the way Allomancy the main magic in this world was laid out In the two towering fantasy sci fi works of the 20th century The Lord of the Rings and Dune , the supernatural elements of the story operated behind a sort of curtain or screen The One Ring in LotR and the spice Melange in Dune both held great, mysterious powers, but the specific effects and extent of those powers were seen only in fits and flashes, and never understood completely by the characters or the reader In contrast, fairly early in this book, Kelsier takes Vin on a practice run where he explains how her powers work and what their advantages and limitations are, using plain language and real world physics, and lets her fly and mess around and just generally exult in her magic It left me, the reader, as well as Vin the character, feeling that even if we didn t understand this magic perfectly right now, we might at some point in the future, which was a very different feel.OK, after enough rambling about things I feel ambivalently about, let s wrap up with one big win and one big fail WIN Brandon Sanderson can write the hell out of an action scene And since the final quarter of this book is pretty much all action, playing directly into Sanderson s strengths, it kicks all kinds of ass The fights in this book are gut wrenching without being overly gory, and the chases and sneaks are heart stopping as well Perfect combination of pace and detail Amazing Possibly the best I ve ever read from an author in this genre, and if he s able to do that so effortlessly, so early in his career, it gives me hope that he can fixFAIL the dialogue In spite of being favorably disposed due to the use of informal American English, I eventually found the dialogue here really clunky Everyone is too wordy Everyone says one sentence too many Over and over again, I found myself going, Real people don t talk like this and especially, Real people who are supposed to be close friends don t talk anything like this to each other Seriously, think of how you talk to your best friends in private, then compare it to this book In addition, there was always that odd feeling of unneeded exposition, as if the characters were talking half to each other and half to the reader It was unfortunate, especially in contrast to how slick and fast moving and just plain awesome a lot of the other writing was.All in all, this was a fun, kinetic readwith a few holes in it It builds, it explodes, and the ending is really good If half stars were allowed, this would have been a 3 1 2 Good stuff.Also, here are my spoiler free, suitable as previews reviews of the second and third books in the series, if you enjoyed this one

  2. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    Sometimes, I revisit a book I had loved ages ago, only to tell myself What the actual fuck was I thinking This book is crap Oh young Khanh, you were so dumb Thankfully, this was absolutely NOT the case for this book I appreciated it much the second time around It could be that it just took time for me to appreciate the book Or maybe it just glows in comparison to all the crap I had been reading 2.5 average rating last year, baby Either way, I ain t complaining First, the bad, because I m that sort of person Sanderson is a good writer, not a great one The world he has built is magical, his words are not Sanderson s writing is simple, readable Perhaps too simple I appreciate the fact that there is no purple prose, but sometimes, a story is woven through the magic of words, and Sanderson s writing is simply too plain for me.On the other hand, damn, he s verbose This is a huge ass book, people I mean, I get it The book is tremendously grand in scope, the story is complex, and will only get complicated as the series wears on, but I find myself wearying of reading, which is a sad thing for any reader to realize.Now, the good First, LOW ON ROMANCE, BITCHES CAN I GET A FUCK, YEAH Sanderson, I feel, is so respectful to his female characters They are strong, resourceful, independent They can get by without a man The women in his book have to earn their stripes There s no getting by on beauty and flirtation here Wit and cunning is a much safer bet than the size of a female character s tits.The world building is tremendous The magic of Allomancy is just so fucking awesome, and so well described World building, the myth and magic surrounding any high fantasy is so crucial, and Sanderson did a tremendous job.Yes, it s a long ass book, and the writing isn t as spectacular as some Guy Gavriel Kay , but on the other hand, this book is eminently readable, with a limited amount of meandering unlike Guy Gavriel Kay.

  3. Regan says:

    WOW That Was Really Good.

  4. Jesse (JesseTheReader) says:

    WOAH That was a crazy epic adventure full of fantastic characters and action packed madness It definitely lived up to all the hype for me.

  5. Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy ⚓️ says:

    6 21 Re readingThank the Lord Ruler I finally crawled out from whatever rock I was living under and finally decided to read this book Because.It Was So Fucking Awesome.I have been telling myself for years that I should try and branch out from just romance, paranormal romance, UF romance, sci fi alien smut and the occasional murder mystery or biography not that there is a damn thing wrong with my beloved romance, but just to challenge myself to try something new and attempt to tackle a straight high fantasy Well, this book was my first true foray into that genre and all I can say is LOLZ Jay kay, peeps, jay kay Just making sure I live down to your expectations wink In all sincerity though, this book was everything and I truly don t know why I waited so long to tackle this genre Comic Sci Fi Fantasy movies are my all time FAVORITE movie genres.And this book felt like I was locked in one of them.Like I was in a theater watching an epic fantasy film.Only BETTER.Because we ALL know the book is always better Brandon Sanderson is now a front runner in the Val s Spirit Animal Games and I just want to sit across from him at a pub table and watch him breathe His world building is so amazing, I can t even.I was enthralled from page one until page end.This is an older book and and I m late to the fiesta, so I ll stop there but long story short, I loved this thing so hard I might sleep with it under my pillow for a while And the best part There are now aisles of books at the bookstore that I feel have suddenly been opened to me AISLES, people So glad I tried something new.I feel so mature Three cheers for Garth.

  6. Christine Riccio says:

    MISTBORN WAS SO GOOD GAHH HERE S MY BOOKTALK

  7. Claudia Ramírez says:

    I M NOT OKAY I M STILL CRYING.On to read the next book

  8. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more says:

    Reviewed by Rabid ReadsI hate everyone.You Everyone who Me Yes.You Eh Me Leave me alone I don t want to talk about it You backs away slowly Me IT S ALL YOUR FAULT sobs Are you one of them Are you Did you rave about MISTBORN and convince me it was one of the BEST fantasy series ever You can t believe I haven t already read it I m going to LOVE it Hmm DID YOU Then you, friend, are whom I hate.As for you, Mr Sanderson I TRUSTED YOU.I collected your clues and gathered your hints like freaking MANNA, and when you did the thing, I panicked But then I thought, no, no, this CANNOT be, he wouldn t do this, and I went back through all my meticulously collected clues and hints and found an explanation A perfectly Reasonable Explanation.An explanation that made sense.An explanation that would keep my heart in one piece instead of the shattered, brittle thing it has since become.An explanation I am forced to conclude you deliberately planted to foster FALSE HOPE.YOU are the Deepness, Mr Sanderson YOU are that which will destroy the world And YOU will do it GLEEFULLY.I hate you most of all.I can t write the review that I want to I can t talk about Sanderson s brilliance as he cultivated my doubt, and how that doubt made the loss so much worse view spoiler I DENIED HIM MORE than three times changes name to Paul runs away to live like hermit in wilderness is generally miserable hide spoiler

  9. Chelsea Humphrey says:

    Allomancy The mystical power held by the nobility, granted to them by the Lord Ruler some thousand years before as a reward for their loyalty Readers have been urging me for years to pick up anything by Brandon Sanderson, and after browsing his books I knew that Mistborn would be the first world I wanted to enter Opportunity arose, and I was able to read this along with two other Goodreads friends, which made for a much exciting experience than if I had gone it alone We were able to bounce ideas off of each other, chat about theories we had, and see where we were right and where we were completely wrong The latter is where we mostly fell I m at a loss for words at how perfectly this book and I fit together the only way I can think of explaining is that, upon finishing The Final Empire, I found myself questioning the validity of most of my previous 5 star reads How could I possibly place them in the same category as this I understand it won t be for everyone the pacing is slow throughout a majority of the book and it s long by many readers standards I felt the hilarious banter between the characters relieved a bit of the slowness, but I also found that I loved the steady, detailed world building The immaculate secondary detailing is what really set this apart from other adult fantasies I have read, and I can t wait to continue on and see where Sanderson takes us I don t really have much else to say, as I ve jumped on the bandwagon late in the game, so I thought I would close with my favorite spoiler free quotes that I marked along the way If men read these words, let them know that power is a heavy burden Seek not to be bound by it s chains Every action we take has consequences, Vin I ve found that in both Allomancy and life, the person who can best judge the consequences of their actions will be the most successful The Hero of Ages shall be not a man, but a force No nation may claim him, no woman shall keep him, and no king may slay him He shall belong to none, not even himself Belief isn t simply a thing for fair times and bright days, I think What is belief what is faith if you don t continue in after failure Buddy read with Bentley and Scrill

  10. Mark Lawrence says:

    This was an odd one for me I ve seen an enormous number of opinions about Sanderson s books on the fantasy forums I hang out on, the great majority favourable I was interested to see what it was that had sold so very many books and got such an incredibly high average score on Goodreads The opening was strong and engaging Then I started to falter For most of the book I didn t think that I would be giving it 5 I started to worry that I might have a legion of Sanderfans on my case oI think I am too much of a scientist for the magic system not to jar against me I liked the complexity, and the effects, and the ways it was used were cunning, clever, and ingenious But the ingredients and the execution fill me with unanswered questions.And for much of the middle section I was struggling through all the balls and house politics, having a hard time caring.And the plans felt flimsy and dubious BUT But, the last hundred and fifty pages were a huge payoff and I really liked all the twists and turns Also the action scenes were great, and the tension was kept high, nobody felt safe, the reveals kept coming it was all really well done and I had a blast with it.I ve heard it said that Sanderson s biggest strength is plotting, and yes, the plot unwound splendidly.The reading experience and writing put me in mind of Brent Weeks than any other writer I know.A really fun read.Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes..

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