The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
(Mistborn, Book 1)

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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.


About Brandon Sanderson

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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.
Published April 1, 2010 by Tor Books. 542 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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."

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The story moves at a brisk pace, with plenty of action (some metals let people push and pull on metal objects, enabling the people to toss items around or fly themselves around when the metal is firmly anchored).

Dec 07 2015 | Read Full Review of The Final Empire (Mistborn, B...

Fantasy Literature

He always does an excellent job, but I was so familiar with his voices (after listening to every single WOT book this year) that he made some of Mr. Sanderson’s characters sound like WOT characters because he used the same voices (in fact, Ham, the big beefy guy in Mistborn had the same voice as ...

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Seeming to leap directly from the fingertips of a video game lover � or at least with the hope of someday translating the story to the cg screen � such is Brandon Sanderson�s Mistborn.

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This, combined with the fact that Sanderson delivers a better book than his début novel made me decide to read the next one as well.

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Shades of Sentience

Kelsier, a half-born of both Skaa and nobility, is enslaved in the worst prison the Lord Ruler has – the pits of Hathsin – and then loses the one thing he had left.

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