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Mistborn: The Final Empire by [Brandon Sanderson]

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"Elantris is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. Brandon Sanderson has created a truly original world of magic and intrigue, and with the rigor of the best science fiction writers he has made it real at every level."--Orson Scott Card

Elantris . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters (including a memorable female character) and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!"--Katherine Kurtz, New York Times-bestselling author of the Deryni series

"Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut . . offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters. . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. . . . Sanderson is a writer to watch." -
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review on Elantris

"In this stunning debut novel [is] a completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page."-
Romantic Times Bookclub on Elantris

From Publishers Weekly

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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Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002GYI9C4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books; First edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 1, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5623 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 676 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

In November 2020 we saw the release of Rhythm of War—the fourth massive book in the New York Times #1 bestselling Stormlight Archive series that began with The Way of Kings—and Dawnshard (book 3.5), a novella set in the same world that bridges the gaps between the main releases. This series is my love letter to the epic fantasy genre, and it's the type of story I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

November 2018 marked the release of Skyward, the first book in a new YA quartet about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world under alien attack. The follow-up, Starsight, was released December 2019. Also out that year was the final volume of the Stephen Leeds saga, Legion: Lies of the Beholder, which was also published in an omnibus edition, Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds, that includes all three volumes.

Most readers have noticed that my adult fantasy novels are in a connected universe, called the Cosmere. This includes The Stormlight Archive, both Mistborn series, Elantris, Warbreaker, and various novellas available on Amazon, including The Emperor's Soul, which won a Hugo Award in 2013. In November 2016 all of the existing Cosmere short fiction including those novellas was released in one volume called Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection. If you've read all of my adult fantasy novels and want to see some behind-the-scenes information, that collection is a must-read.

I also have three YA series: The Rithmatist (currently at one book), The Reckoners (a trilogy beginning with Steelheart), and Skyward. For young readers I also have my humorous series Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. Many of my adult readers enjoy all of those books as well, and many of my YA readers enjoy my adult books, usually starting with Mistborn.

Additionally, I have a few other novellas that are more on the thriller/sci-fi side. These include the Legion series, as well as Perfect State and Snapshot. There's a lot of material to go around!

Good starting places are Mistborn (a.k.a. The Final Empire), Skyward, Steelheart, The Emperor's Soul, and Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. If you're already a fan of big fat fantasies, you can jump right into The Way of Kings.

I was also honored to be able to complete the final three volumes of The Wheel of Time, beginning with The Gathering Storm, using Robert Jordan's notes.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at—and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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I didn’t know if Sanderson could match the quality of the Stormlight archives but I was wrong for doubting, The Final Empire is brilliant on so many levels!

Here is a buckshot of what I loved.

- the whole cast of characters were amazing. The side characters are all memorable and lovable and even given decent time to develop in this book and the leads (Kelsier and Vin) are top tier protagonists! Love Kelsier specifically.
- the villain is awesome, he is intimidating, mysterious and truly evil. There are also many great twists and turns with his story that I loved!
- the story is great: this is a story about rebellion and hope with elements of espionage, thievery, and assassination. It’s a brilliant tale with many great twists and turns. The last 100 pages had me gripping my book so hard! Sanderson does a good job of letting his characters fail, I think this is a quality that authors often lack. This book’s plot it great, well paced, and consistently engaging.
- The book explores many themes that I found interesting, mainly the exploration of charismatic leaders, the effect of religion on a population, and hope vs oppression. The book is actually extremely thought provoking.
- the magic system, the magic system, the magic system! Sanderson writes the coolest magic systems and this one steals the cake maybe for my favorite magic system in all of fantasy! So cool and different. The way it plays into the combat as well is awesome.
- Really well done and exciting combat.

- I struggle to find a critique, many say Sanderson lacks prose but I don’t need fancy prose to make a book spectacular. It’s the story, characters, and execution of the book’s themes that matter not thous and thys. I think what The Final Empire lacks in prose Sanderson makes up for with style and clever structure, which I think are often more important than drippy sentences.

5/5 full send recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and unique magic system with great characters - Fantastic book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The printing quality is subpar
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2.0 out of 5 stars The printing quality is subpar
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 1, 2021
This review is not targeted at the content of the book (from the 100ish pages I have read so far, I think they are brilliant). So far, I would definitely recommend the book - but I just want to highlight my issues with the printing quality.

This review is about the quality of the printed book. I have attached some pictures. On almost every page, there is one (or more) of the following issues: a thicker black blob on a word, a faded quality to words where two parts of a letter join (especially on the 'e') or just dirty black dots and small marks all over the page.

It is still readable, as you can see, but it is impacting my enjoyment of the reading experience.

I'm assuming that this is a printing error, as opposed to an attempt to immerse me into the ashfell world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing take on the fantasy genre
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