Saturday, October 4, 2008

Mistborn: The Final Empire review

This is the first in a wonderfully original trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time fans will know him as the guy who's working on finishing the series after Robert Jordan's death). Book Two, The Well of Ascension, is already out in paperback, and the concluding volume, The Hero of Ages, hits stores soon. I got this book because I wanted to see if Sanderson had the writing chops to undertake finishing a project so massive as A Memory of Light. And he does.
Mistborn is mostly about Vin, a street urchin and a member of the skaa (think slaves) race. The skaa serve under the Lord Ruler, who, after vanquishing the evil that threatened the land, became corrupted himself. Vin is spotted by a group of thieves led by Kelsier, the only man to ever survive the Lord Ruler's most devastating punishment. She's told she's a Mistborn, one of the uniquely talented magicians whose strength relies on metals, and recruited into Kelsier's plan to overthrow the Final Empire-- and the Lord Ruler himself.

Brandon Sanderson doesn't waste time getting to the heart of the story, and there are enough twists and turns in it to keep you on the edge of your seat. The Mistborn fights are a real treat to read. And the book gives a great deal of closure while still making you curious, anxiously awaiting The Well of Ascension.

My rating: 9.5/10
P.S. I apologize about the spacing problems. I can't get blogger to work right.

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