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Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2007
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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." Through Allomancy acquired in the Ruler's most hellish prison, Kelsier can "burn" 10 metals internally, fueling superhuman powers he uses to assemble rebels in a loose plan to destroy the nobility, the empire and the Lord Ruler himself. Kelsier uses Vin, a street urchin with the same Mistborn powers Kelsier possesses, to infiltrate the Great Houses' society, where she falls in love with philosopher prince Elend Venture. This mystico-metallurgical fantasy combines Vin's coming-of-age-in-magic and its well-worn theme of revolt against oppression with copious mutilations, a large-scale cast of thieves, cutthroats, conniving nobles and exotic mutants. The fast-paced action scenes temper Vin's interminable ballroom intrigues, while the characters, though not profoundly drawn, have a raw stereotypic appeal. (July)
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The Sliver of Infinity, the Lord Ruler, is the locus of religious and temporal order in a world in which the skaa are slaves or worse. Half-skaa erstwhile thief Kelsior is the only person to survive and escape the Lord Ruler's most brutal prison, in which, however, he discovered he has the powers of the Mistborn, which are based on the internal "burning" of certain metals, all of which the Mistborn can use, while most others can burn only one. Now Kelsior plans his most daring raid ever, into the center of the palace to discover the secret of the Lord Ruler's power. Beforehand, his band finds the half-skaa orphan Vin in another thieving crew, where she's useful because she brings good luck. She is also Mistborn and, if she can master and learn to trust her powers, will enable Kelsior's crew to infiltrate the nobility and possibly overthrow the status quo. Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters. Regina Schroeder
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Top Customer Reviews
The story itself is full of tension, excitement, action, plot twists and, yes, a little bit of romance. Do not worry, though. There is no cliched love triangle! The romance, while important, does not take over the plot. In my opinion, a fantastic read through and through.
As an oprhaned Skaa growing up in the streets of the capital, Luthadel, Vin knew better than to trust anyone. It was advice that had been literally beaten into her by her own brother. So when a man named Kelsier comes and claims that she is "Mistborn" and offers to teach her how to use her powers, she can't help but wonder what he's playing at.
Kelsier takes Vin to meet his "crew" and it's then that Vin finds out what he's up to. He wants to kill the Lord Ruler. The God and ruler of their world. An impossible task that only an insane person would even think of, but as Vin spends more time with Kelsier and his crew, she begins to believe that they might be able to do it.
Vin is given the job of spying on the nobility by pretending to be a noble. She must learn to talk, walk, and dance like nobility. A hard task given her life as a thieving street urchin, but she does it. Learning etiquite by day and honing her Mistborn abilities by night, Vin leads an intense double life. And it doesn't help that a certain young nobleman is making her question Kelsier's decisions.
I mentally labeled THE WAY OF KINGS as 9.3/10, for my personal enjoyment level. This would probably be a 9.4/10. I preferred it to Stormlight simply because he focused more on intrigue, and less on special people with special powers who have special destinies. I mean, yeah, the entire book is about that anyway, but, compared to Stormlight, less.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looking forward to reading the other books in the trilogy