Mistborn – The Final Empire

MISTBORN – The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

Written by Brandon Sanderson

Published by Tor Books, July 25, 2006

My star rating – 5 stars!


In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals. FIND IT ON GOODREADS

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I did it! FINALLY! For years, fantasy readers have been screaming at me to read this. If you love fantasy, this series seems to be the “must read series” of all time! And now I know why 🙂 For one of the most epic books i’ve ever read, I will say that the synopsis does nothing for it lol! So, let me tell you a little more. Vin is an orphaned street urchin. Her father denied her existence, her mother wasn’t stable, and her brother tried to save her by taking her on the run. But now she’s completely alone as her brother abandoned her. She’s a skaa – lowest in the social class and are typically servants or slaves. But not Vin. To survive, she joined a thief crew who cons and steals to get by. She’s kind of important within the crew as she has something she calls her “luck” which is a misunderstood ability for things to always go her way. That luck, however, starts a chain of events that connects her to Kelsier, a full and powerful Mistborn, in a job that will risk her life and thousands of others. There, that sounds more interesting doesn’t it?

This book was a brilliant masterpiece! The writing was slow burning and flawless. There was always something happening (either through plot or characters) which made the action a constant low hum from cover to cover. There were so many minute details that would be brought to your attention at all times! There was always characters being built upon, a world that was steadily growing larger, and a magic system that would make more sense and get more complex with every chapter. I can honestly say that I was never once bored in these 700 pages!

Speaking of the magic system – holy shit! I live for everything about this magic system! Yes, it’s totally complicated, but is so well written that it never gets confusing or overwhelming. The basics of this magic system? Metals. There are 8 basic metals that an allomancer can consume which will give them different abilities. These metals all have specific functions, and can be combined with other metals that acts like a sister metal to another, for added effect. A person who can use and control ALL metals are Mistborn. I strongly urge you to take notes! It helps keep the magic system straight and makes it easier to read as if you are an expert in the way things work. There’s a glossary in the back if you aren’t into note taking though! This was hands down the most unique and incredible magic system i’ve ever read about!

The characters (to which there are a lot!) are all so well written! Each has their own personality and are so easy to tell apart. Since this is a thieving crew, each person has their own part of the job. They also have their own ties to the Empire and their own personal abilities. As much as I love Vin, and the changes that her character goes through after the experiences of this job, I have to say that Kelsier is my favourite! He is hands down my favourite male character of all time! Yes, he totally beat out Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows (in fact, he is so smart and brilliant, if they were placed in the same world, Kaz wouldn’t stand a chance!) Kelsier was a bloody damn genius! He was kind and caring, but cold and brutal. He was so calculating and smart with every move he made. I want Kelsier as a best friend!

Now since this deals with a crew of thieves, if you like books that revolve around politics, cons, heists, and rebellions – THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!! I loved every single element about this. We see small time jobs and big jobs that seem impossible. We see how these plans are thought out and then executed. But, most of all, we see a class of people who are held down (the Skaa) and a class of people who rule the Empire (either the Noble houses, or Lord Ruler himself). The politics are a steady force that weave in and out of the story and call the shots and direction of the crew. We see how the tiny pieces of the puzzle are just as important as the larger pieces. Watching all of those pieces move around is just incredible!

Safe to say, if you love fantasy, rebellion, magic and fantasy, this is a book you NEED to read!!! But be warned – your jaw will drop and you will be on an emotional rollercoaster in the last 100 pages!

Until next time, happy reading!


28 Comments Add yours

  1. J.W. Martin says:

    Well now I HAVE to read this. I always THINK I know what my next read is going to be and then you come along and say, “are you sure about that?”

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    1. Oh yes you HAVE to read this! I honestly feel like this book was made for you. I know you’re going to lose your mind when you read it. Feel free to send me messages when you get to certain points of the book. I actually had to stop reading at one point and threw the book on the floor. You’re welcome 😂

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        1. And you didn’t even catch my “bloody damn” comment in the review. I used it totally on accident and when I reread the post today I laughed so hard. Red rising Speak is still in my brain!

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          1. J.W. Martin says:

            That’s amazing!

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  2. Storied Adventures says:

    I LOVED this book!!! I’m obsessed!

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  3. Justine says:

    I’m so relieved you liked this — you might have never trusted me again if you didn’t! His magic systems are easily the best and most interesting in the genre. The way that he manages to create such intricate systems is just mind blowing. I can’t wait for you to read the rest! The second is much slower, but the third is an avalanche of all the answers you could possibly want!

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    1. Oh I like the sound of an avalanche! I’m SO glad you chose this one. I can’t get my head out of this book!


  4. Alexandra says:

    I’ve had this on my fantasy list for what seems like an eternity. But maybe it’s time to grab a copy and give it a go.

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  5. I’m so happy you enjoyed this one!! I read this trilogy for the first time this year, and the third is just…spectacular. But seriously, his magic systems are amazing?!

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    1. I’ve heard that the first book is utterly mind blowing. I can’t wait!!!

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  6. ignitedmoth says:

    Fantastic review! 😀 This is one I would really love to read. ❤

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  7. I was so in love with Kelsier! AND THEN THAT ENDING </3 I rage-quit the series, lol.

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    1. That ending had me throwing the book and walking away from it for the night. I just couldn’t!

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      1. Right??? so rude! I should’ve seen it coming as the author was subverting a lot of tropes, but maaaaan. never trusting Brandon Sanderson with my heart again, lol

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        1. Lol agreed!! Sanderson is forever untrustworthy now 😂

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  8. Penny Wright says:

    That sounds like such an interesting magic system! I really like magic that’s rooted in something physical.

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  9. Liv says:

    It’s been a while since I read this book but reading your review made me itch to reread it and finish the series! Very descriptive! I’m so glad you liked it!

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    1. I hope you get to finish the series soon!

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  10. evelynreads1 says:

    Good to hear you finally read and enjoyed it!


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  11. lissy11111 says:

    Great review! I’m definitely going to have to pick this one up.

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    1. I hope you love it as much as I did!!

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