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Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set (Mistborn, The Hero of Ages, & The Well of Ascension) Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2009
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Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit brandonsanderson.com.
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My biggest complaint about the series stems from Sanderson's tendency to tell, rather than show what is going on. This includes paragraphs from a character's first-person POV to indicate their thoughts, word for word. In small doses this would be fine, but it saturated much of the story. Instead of actually thinking about what was happening, Sanderson spells it out, which was why I found the romance(s) to be devoid of real feeling and chemistry. Many of the later relationships felt superficial, shallow, and cliched. I felt like he was beating the reader over the head with what he intended, which is frustrating in one long novel, let alone three. The controversies in the plot also suffered because of this, where characters would painstakingly debate the benefits of one plan over the other. I frequently turned off my brain regarding the plot because I knew it would be explained in painstaking detail later.
That being said, the ending was very good. It still suffered from an unwieldy inner thought process as well, but it was unexpected and bittersweet. After over 1,000 pages of unsubtle storytelling it was a refreshing relief.
I first read Sanderson's new series, "The Stormlight Archive," and I feel he improved vastly in that series. My mistake was reading that series first and then trying to find his older works. His improvement over time is easily seen, and because of this I would recommend reading this series before any of his more recent works. The Allomancy alone is worth reading at least the first book. The value for the trilogy is hard to beat, but I will say I do regret buying them all as one. If I had not, chances are I would never have continued to the second book, and definitely not the third.
Okay so how to describe this series...
Brandon Sanderson is one of today's best fantasy authors. His magic systems, world, and character building are simply amazing and right on part with authors such as Robert Jordan, probably why Jordan picked him to finish the wheel of time series.
This book falls into many of the fantasy tropes we have all come to expect but this isn't an issue at all. They exist because they work and do truly enhance a story.
Okay now the book.
I won't waste time describing it just read a synopsis if you want that.
Fast paced and quickly grabs you in while also delicately making sure you understand how the world works. Anytime you find yourself asking a question it is answered pretty quickly within a few chapters. There are a few points where it is mildly predictable but other times you will be caught by surprise.
At this price point I would highly suggest this book for anyone who considers the self a fantasy fan.
The second issue is rather more dramatic. The third quarter of the third novel is the single most boring and stretched part of a fantasy novel I have read since the 6th to 9th novel in Robert Jordan's wheel of time. I had to make myself keep reading, just to get some closure. The text went from mediocre to good again in the fourth quarter, but the novel had lost quite a lot of its charm towards the end.
To sum it up: The third novel would benefit a lot from being about 150 pages shorter.