Mistborn: The Final Empire

Brandon Sanderson
fantasy > high fantasy
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) - Brandon Sanderson8.58

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
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Average rating: 8.58/10
Total ratings: 158
Updated: April 02, 2021

Mistborn :: Series

Mistborn is a series of epic fantasy novels written by American author Brandon Sanderson and published by Tor Books. The first trilogy, published between 2006 and 2008, consists of The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages.

Belongs to the series Cosmere
Related series Mistborn: Wax and Wayne

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)8.58
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)8.00
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)8.36
Mistborn: Secret History

Reviews

8/10 |
August 31, 2015
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