Mistborn: The Final Empire. Brandon Sanderson. High Fantasy. 659 pages. Published May 13, 2014 by Tor Teen. [Source: Purchased at Fully Booked]
“Our belief is often strongest when it should be weakest. That is the nature of hope.”
Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.
For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.
Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.
Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?
This book is everything that I could want in a fantasy. I will break it down.
The world building is fantastic. There are barely any information dumps. The worlding was spot on. It was really easy to get into the world and understand the horrid nature of the rulers and the nobility and the dire situation of the peasants. It makes you route for the main characters all the more, making this a fantastic read.
The characters have great chemistry. In this novel, we meet Vin, and initially, she’s friendless. It all changes when she meets a group of “thieves,” whom she can consider her real friends, making it a great source of witty dialogue. Everything felt natural. Including a little romance that blossomed. 🙂
The character development was spot on. There is just so much growth in this novel. We see hope arise and everyone’s spirits lift up. It was just great, and with this being only book one, I’m pretty sure that there will be much more in the upcoming books!
The writing was so smooth. With this being a high fantasy novel, you’d expect this to have an initial start right? BUT IT DOESN’T. You’d be able to pick up and learn everything really quickly. The writing just felt oh so natural.
The plot is a roller coaster of emotions. I’ve heard someone call Brandon Sanderson the “King of Fantasy and Plot,” and I honestly can’t agree any more, based on this book. The plot just keeps going places! (in a good way) It’s heart-pounding, unexpected, and so easy to devour!
I’m pretty sure that there’s a lot more to be said, but I’m going to leave it here because I want you all to go in with as little of the plot in mind as possible. This book is absolutely phenomenal, and if the next two books are as good as this one, then this series might just replace The Infernal Devices as my favourite series! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, the you’d know that my love for The Infernal Devices has no bounds, so saying that means A LOT.
If you love a good book, you NEED this in your life. You NEED to pick this up. I give this my highest recommendation, and I’d give this 6/5 stars if I could. However, our ratings here in Book Allure can only reach up to 5 stars, so of course that’s what I’d give this book!
Happy reading, everyone!!