An Epic Review Of. . .
The Final Empire – Mistborn Book One
The premise for this book is
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?
This is the first Brandon Sanderson novel I’ve read. And it certainly won’t be the last.
I found The Final Empire to be a fascinating and thoroughly absorbing tale, combining ancient prophecy, devilish conspiracies, social injustice, political intrigue and Hail-Mary heroics in a cauldron of suspense and high adventure.
The world he has built is eerily provocative, and though ruined by ecological disaster in the far distant past, still exerts a hypnotic beauty that pulls the reader in and gets you caring about what happens. The characters (both main and secondary) are engaging and relatable. The magic system is a joy to behold. And before you know it, you’ve read over 600 pages without feeling drained.
I'd love to say more, but hate to give anything away.
Needless to say, this is an excellent story, and I look forward to more.