Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book One of the Mistborn Trilogy) by Brandon Sanderson – Review #9

Brandon Sanderson is a phenomenal writer. He has such a distinct pattern of writing that I have just grown to love. I devoured this book and it’s sequels in days and I loved it.

This book follows the street born Vin who is apart of a world much larger than she originally thinks it is; a world full of trust and confidence, and friends. She lives as a street skaa thief working with gangs to steal and kill. The nobility and The Lord Ruler keep a firm grip over the lives of those who live in the city of Luthadel and the massive empire it is the capital of. The Immortal Emperor makes slaves of the skaa race and allows only a certain few, born into privilege to live lives of respect and lavishness. Soon into the story we meet people to give faith to, men who work to fight against the tyrannical rule of The Lord Ruler. Kelsier is this groups head, as a full Mistborn he keeps the group safe from the eyes of the Emperor and his murderous Inquisitors and obligators. He leads the group through many different schemes and every once in a while a rebellion to try to destroy the reigning government of the world for the last 1,000 years, ya know the norm. The book follows these characters through the rough life of slaves and thieves who live in a world where they are looked upon as lesser beings, it holds much deeper meanings in the text and is a lovable book.

The characters of this book are truly my favorite thing about the trilogy, the lives they live, the struggles, the anxiety, the doubt, the hope, everything about these characters will make me miss them so much once I finish the series. This first book holds so much about them, it explains so much, yet so little. We learn to love Vin and her oddities while also seeing her grow as a woman and learn to trust those around her.

Something else about this book, and author kind of, is it ending so interesting, this first book I mean, not the series. If you read this book alone without reading the other two I think you could be content with the ending given, because I definitely was. Sanderson has an odd way of writing these things, this is the kind of writing he does, he writes books that could go out as single best selling novels, but leaves enough mystery in the end where he could do so much more which is what he did here. From what else I have read from him–Elantris– he writes like this all the time, leaving Elantris very similarly to how he left the first Mistborn book, with some loose ends and things to pull together with a sequel(which he is planning to make for Elantris). The plot this book follows is complex and one of the most interesting I think I have ever read. This book is really one of the best books I have ever read, it is still behind The Name of the Wind and A Game of Thrones, but not by much.

I feel like his writing has not lived up to my expectations though with the next two books in the series, I know the reviews given to those two are all positive, but I don’t think they will ever top the first book in the series. I may be wrong, I still have yet to finish the final book(only 200 pages from the end) but I don’t know if he will be able to make me love The Hero of Ages more than The Final Empire. Don’t get me wrong those books are amazing too, I just wanted more from the book that I learned to love so much. If I were to reread the series, I might just reread the first book.

I would rate this book 5/5 stars, if I could do more I would. The other books are 5 stars as well (so far) but at the moment they don’t exceed that (you should still read them though, they’re good enough to not want to miss out on what happens).

-Zachary

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