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The Final Empire

The Final Empire

Mistborn Series, Book 1

eBook - 2010
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action. 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. This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson The Cosmere The Stormlight Archive The Way of Kings Words of Radiance Edgedancer (Novella) Oathbringer The Mistborn trilogy Mistborn: The Final Empire The Well of Ascension The Hero of Ages Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series Alloy of Law Shadows of Self Bands of Mourning Collection Arcanum Unbounded Other Cosmere novels Elantris Warbreaker The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians The Scrivener's Bones The Knights of Crystallia The Shattered Lens The Dark Talent The Rithmatist series The Rithmatist Other books by Brandon Sanderson The Reckoners Steelheart Firefight Calamity At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Publisher: 2010
Edition: 1
ISBN: 9781429914567
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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An intriguing fantasy world with a metal based magic system unlike anything I have read. The characters grab you from the get go and I can’t wait to read through the first trilogy. - Mike Maris

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AdultServicesCE Apr 16, 2020

This epic steampunk fantasy series has a large cast of intriguing characters, fast-paced action, and a unique magic system. First book in the Mistborn series.

On the Planet Scadrial ash falls from the sky, and evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. Criminal Kelsier teaches Allomancy, the magic of metals, to urchin Vin 16. The unlikely heroine is distracted by rich heir Elend. With a full cast a characters, can Kelsier's crew take on the tyrant and ... Read More »

When I found out The Witcher series of video games was based on books, I decided to read the books before I played the games. The books stand alone as great fantasy, and really enhanced my experience with the games later. - Tori

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Jan 25, 2021

If you are reading this comment, you are wasting your time. You are reading this because you are trying to figure out whether or not to read this book, when the fact is, you should already be reading it. Now, shoo. Go read Mistborn.

Nov 18, 2020

Via Yerim, good fantasy series

ArapahoeTiegan Sep 02, 2020

Do you like bands of misfits that come together to overthrow corrupt governments? Do you like fantastical worlds? Do you like magic? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should check out Sanderson's Mistborn series. The characters are easy to love and the world is highly intriguing, because there are so many mysteries behind how it came to be the way you see it in this first trilogy.

ACL_NicholasS Jul 22, 2020

A magical heist with great action and very cool powers. I like to think of this series as the books that Sanderson really began to find his stride as a writer and it's all part of his bigger Cosmere. If you're looking for poetic prose then maybe this isn't the series for you but I found this book and the ones to follow in the series to be quite fun and and unpretentious. One thing you can say about Brandon Sanderson is that this man is a closer. He will actually finish his book series' unlike many authors that have much acclaim. Looking at you Martin and Rothfus!

I feel like I just took a two-week journey that was long, arduous, and at times, extremely frustrating. I'm on the other side now and EXTREMELY grateful for it, but man, I do not understand the massive amounts of love for this one.

Mistborn chronicles the adventures of a crew living in a world of inequality, fighting for the rights of those who have none. In a world of ashfall and mysterious mists, Vin is a skaa thief, barely surviving on her own. Kelsier is a survivor of the Pits of Hathsin, set on destroying the Lord Ruler, the supposedly immortal God ruler of the entire world, and his system of inequality that sees the skaa as second class citizens, working for the noblemen with no hope for their futures. When Kelsier takes Vin in and helps her to discover her own powers as a Mistborn, an Allomancer of the highest degree, the crew begins to enact their plans to change the world, with consequences that are to change everything.

The best thing about this book is the magic system. The idea of burning metals and having all of these potential powers, from Pushing and Pulling to emotional sway to basically flying is pretty cool. And having this dark, gritty world to explore that magic system within is another strength; I liked the idea of the mists, and the dangers within.

However, all of that said, there's not much else here that redeems this for me. This will probably end up being more of a rant than anything, so. Forewarning and all that.

I knew going into this that the magic system was cool, so I was excited for that. But having training scene after training scene, extremely detailed explanation after unnecessarily extremely detailed explanation, over and over again, got so boring. Vin as a character is such an obvious blank slate - she knows nothing about this magic system, and because we read through her perspective, Brando Sando seems to think that we need to know every last detail of this world he's created. I found my eyes glazing over so many times, because I just did not care.

And that extends to the characters as well. I feel like the goal here was to have this ragtag bunch of characters who come together because of their goals and stay together because they end up as a family, but man, when all they do is sit and plan (again, in excruciating detail) or train Vin or end up in painfully, obviously superficial situations in order to explain some other aspect of the world or magic system, I could not care less about any of them. It all just felt so carefully constructed, so wildly indulgent on the part of the author, that I wanted to throw the book across the room.

Basically, that's my gripe with the whole thing. It's the attitude of the middle-aged white man who thinks that he can write a teenage girl as an every-person type character that can introduce you into the world and earn him those writerly points of "hey, I'm writing fantasy from the perspective of a girl! Look at me! Look at this amazing world I've created!". Is there any other female character of substance in this book? No. Is the world thoughtfully drawn to point out the inequalities in our own world? Hell no. There are these inequalities between skaa and noblemen, but it's very obviously still nobleMEN. Patriarchy is alive and well in white men fantasy, and holy, am I just not into it in any way.

And the writing is effective, sure. Simple, but fine. But man, Sanderson needs a thesaurus. I have never read the word "maladroitly" so many times in my life.

I think I'll just stop here, because I could go on about this for way too long. This world is creative, I will give it that. But it's just so obviously indulgent, so ultimately boring as a story. I don't get the hype.

OPL_JacobL Apr 10, 2020

This is a fantasy book in which the great hero of legend failed to stop the evil overlord, ensuring his rise to power. After enduring years of prison and torture, the hero escapes to create an "Ocean's 11" group of specialists to free the people of the oppressive and omnipotent regime. This is the beginning of the "Mistborn" book series, penned by Nebraska-born author Brandon Sanderson.

Apr 07, 2020

Brandon Sanderson has a reputation as a magic system designer. All his novels has interesting and unique magic systems and the Mistborn series is the best of them. I would keep reading just to find out more about allomancy and feruchemy, and see all the inventive ways they interact in the world. The characters wielding the magic are quite diverse and enjoyable to read. Sometimes they can be a little one note, but you grow attached to each of them. Read the whole series (book 2 is the best in my opinion) and then move on to the Alloy of law series set in the same universe

Mar 25, 2020

I picked up this book after meeting the author at an empty Barnes and Noble signing soon after its publication. Little did either of us know at the time, as we talked about his world building and tendency to challenge the fantasy genre at every turn, that Sanderson would become the most prolific fantasy author of the twenty first century. In the many years since that first meeting, I have read this series many times. What keeps me coming back are the small discoveries I make every time I read it. The complex world, characters, and philosophical dilemmas encourage me to question my own political, spiritual, and philosophical biases in every sitting. As a long time fantasy reader, I had grown tired of the genre and its easy tropes, but Sanderson makes it a point to keep his readers on their toes. If you think you know fantasy, you don't. If you think you know the Hero's Cycle, be prepared to be schooled again. If you find magic to be uninspiring and predictable, prepare to be amazed. This is a must read for every fantasy fan!

Feb 06, 2020

Workmanlike prose. One-dimensional, cardboard characters. Laughable dialogue stemming from the fact that every character has a single, tediously exaggerated personality trait. Boring magic system -- magic users have one oddly specific power except for the important characters, who can use some or all. It feels like a book adaptation of a video game or anime. Extremely cringe-worthy scenes where the main character, a young tomboy with older brother (see: father) issues, finds herself getting glammed up to go to court, superficially to do espionage or something. She doesn't see herself as a girly girl, but... she enjoys her pretty hair and her silky dresses -- and is that handsome young noble flirting with her?! It's all nauseating, middle-aged-man-writing-pubescent-girl fare.

This is a massively overrated book geared for people who line up to see Marvel movies. If that's you, you'll probably enjoy it. If not, move along.

Jan 02, 2020

Kirsten recommended (series)

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May 20, 2021

"Our belief is often strongest when it should be weakest. That is the nature of hope" (Sazed, Mistborn: The Final Empire).

May 20, 2021

"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 after failure? Anyone can believe in someone, or something, that always succeeds, Mistress. But failure... ah, now, that is hard to believe in, certainly and truly. Difficult enough to have value, I think" (Sazed, Mistborn: The Final Empire).

May 20, 2021

"Sometimes we just have to wait long enough, then we find out why exactly it was that we kept believing" (Kelsier, Mistborn: The Final Empire).

"I don't know," Vin said. "Once, maybe I would have thought you a fool, but...well, that's kind of what trust is, isn't it? A willful self-delusion? You have to shut out that voice that whispers about betrayal and just hope that your friends aren't going to hurt you."

Jul 07, 2016

“If you’re always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing.”

Jul 07, 2016

“What would you think if I told you that I wasn’t an Allomancer?” Sazed asked.
“I’d think that you were lying,” Vin said.
“Have you known me to lie before?”
“The best liars are those who tell the truth most of the time.”

Jul 07, 2016

“Men rarely see their own actions as unjustified.”

Jul 07, 2016

“You should try not to talk so much, friend. You'll sound far less stupid that way." - Breeze

Jul 07, 2016

“Belief isn't simply a thing for fair times and bright days...What is belief - what is faith - if you don't continue in it after failure?...Anyone can believe in someone, or something that always succeeds...But failure...ah, now, that is hard to believe in, certainly and truly. Difficult enough to have value. Sometimes we just have to wait long enough...then we find out why exactly it was that we kept believing...There's always another secret.”

Jun 20, 2016

"I've always been very confident in my immaturity."

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Aug 24, 2017

Violence: Several scenes of bloody violence including people being stabbed to death, shot with metal projectiles, beaten brutally, and one beheading. Some acts of violence may be disturbing for young readers.

Mar 17, 2015

Violence: Contains some quite gory fantasy violence


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Mar 25, 2020

A young girl finds herself wrapped in a plot to destroy the god who holds her people captive in a caste system only to find out how difficult it is to face the repercussions of committing to an ideology informed by ancient cultural bias and an incomplete collection of the facts. As her faith begins to fail in the mentors who've guided her, can she find the courage and strength to set the world right again?

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