Publisher: Tor Books
My Recommended Age Group: Young Adult to Adult
Released: April 1, 2010
A thousand years ago evil came to the land. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk labor as slaves in volcanic ash fields. A troublemaker arrives. A rumored revolt depends on an untrustworthy criminal and a young girl who must master Allomancy, metal magic.
I can't even remember when I actually finished MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE. I know it was a while ago though. Typically I enjoy a good epic fantasy but seeing as how they're epic and all, it usually takes me a while to read them. I believe that I first "read" this via Audible and then later via a kindle edition. The Audible completion was most likely during 2012 and the Kindle edition was probably a few months ago. Why is a review just now coming? Well, to be honest, I had a hard time going back and thinking about this story until I knew all the answers. In a nutshell that means that I waited until I finished the trilogy.
Oh MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE - what can I say about you? You've been a friend and constant companion for so long that it's hard to look at you objectively anymore. I've listened to you multiple times, introduced you to family and friends, reread you in "print" form and still I couldn't solve all of your mysteries.
MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE isn't like your typical fantasy books. There are multiple plot lines, many characters, and a near infinite web of paths that your mind can go down as you experience this story. This is not a new book so in some ways it almost feels silly to review it, but I've always used this as my own personal space to voice my opinions and generally share my thoughts. My thoughts on MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE? What a fantastic story!
Unlike some epics, I did not get lost, necessarily, in the story. I may not have found all the answers I was searching for, but then again, that's why this is the first in a trilogy. What I mean is that I found the plot lines and the character shifts very easy to follow and not jarring at all. Sometimes epics try to fit so much in that it becomes difficult for the reader to really get engrossed in the story and feel like they are a part of the hero's or heroine's journey. MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE was carefully crafted in such a way to really pull the reader in and allow them to become grounded in the story regardless of the fact that locations, people, and the world would occasionally change just below their feet.
I won't spend too much time here giving you a summary of the book seeing as how you can find that above. What I will tell you are my favorite aspects of the book and we'll start that with Vin and Kelsier.
Vin is not a butt-kicking heroine. In fact, for most of the first book, we spend our time learning who she is as well as gaining bits and pieces of knowledge about her history. As we learn about Vin, we learn about the fantastic world that Sanderson has developed. This gains depth through the additional use of Kelsier and his mastery of the elements that makes Sanderson's world unique. I suppose that brings us to my other favorite aspect of MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE - the world-buildling.
Any fans of Sanderson already know that he can develop a unique and complex world full of endless possibilities. He certainly accomplished that within the pages of MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE. What was special for me; however; were that most of the elements of his world felt completely new to me. He really developed some great concepts and ran with them.
If you haven't read MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE, I suggest giving it a shot. My guess is that, like me, you'll wait all of an hour after finishing it before picking up the second in the trilogy, The Well of Ascension.
Have you read MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE? What are your thoughts?