Mistborn: The Final Empire

by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) - Brandon Sanderson 8.62   169

What if the whole world were a dead, blasted wasteland?

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.

Brandon Sanderson, fantasy’s newest master tale-spinner and author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the prophesied hero failed to defeat the Dark Lord? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises that begins with the book in your hands. Fantasy will never be the same again.

"Mistborn utilizes a well thought-out system of magic. It also has a great cast of believable characters, a plausible world, an intriguing political system, and despite being the first book of a trilogy, a very satisfying ending. Highly recommended to anyone hungry for a good read." – Robin Hobb



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Release date July 2006
Details updated September 21, 2022

Mistborn :: Series

Series contains 3 primary works and has 4 total works.

Mistborn is a series of epic fantasy novels written by American author Brandon Sanderson and published by Tor Books. It is a major part of the Cosmere sequence and is set mostly on the Shardworld Scadrial. The first trilogy, published between 2006 and 2008, consists of The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages.

This trilogy contains the First Era events. Related related books and series can be found under The Mistborn Saga.

Main series The Mistborn Saga

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) 8.62   169
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) 8.02   112
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) 8.30   91
Mistborn: Secret History (Mistborn #3.5) 6.76   4

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Very promising and fresh concept, interesting characters, although world-and character-building/relations seem a bit lacking in depth. Have already bought the second book

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