Book: Mistborn – The Final Empire (Mistborn Trilogy Book 1) Review

“There are some books that you come across that just blow the entire genre out of the water.”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: Adult

Released: 1st October 2009 (UK Version)

Mistborn: The Final Empire is the first book of the Mistborn trilogy. The Lord Ruler has ruled over The Final Empire for a thousand years, and his rule is very depressing dark. The entire place is covered in ash from volcanoes and the slaves, Skaa in the book, are kept under oppression with barely enough to eat. Kelsier plans on changing all that, with the ultimate heist that will rob the Lord Ruler blind, and then he plans on freeing the people of the empire. The story follows Vin, a young thief on the streets, who is found by Kelsier, for his own crew to take on the evil ruler.

The City of Luthadel, where the book takes place.

Not to spoil too much, but Mistborn has it’s own complete mythology within the book and if there’s a character or monster that you’re interested in, they will eventually get their own part in the spot-light. The entire book cannot be praised enough for having amazing characters that can be related to. Vin and Kelsier are particularly realistic, and the reader will learn their own personal hopes and dreams.

The massive world of Mistborn, and The Final Empire.

What people praise the most from the book is the amazingly original magic system which involve ingesting and burning metals (in their stomach) that will give different powers depending on which metal is burned.For example, steel gives the power to push, iron gives the power to pull. There’s an entire magic system based on the strengths, weaknesses and uses of each metal. It’s superbly complex.Added to these abilities, the acrobatics in the fighting scenes are very oriental-martial-arts style. It’s just too much for one review to go into, but for more information, you can check out the appendices at the back of the book, or on Brandon Sanderson’s official website.

Most importantly, with this book although it’s large, Brandon Sanderson manages to satisfy both the plot, the reader and still leave enough meat for a sequel. Mistborn: The Final Empire is the first book of a trilogy. The next book is Well of Ascension and Hero of Ages.

Would I buy the next books? I already have! This is one of the few books that as soon as I finished The Final Empire, ordered the rest of Sanderson’s books and I haven’t regretted it since.

Rated – 5/5 Complete, satisfying, infinitely deep.

Read the review for the next book in the series!

Alternative Covers:

I really really like the alternative covers for Mistborn: The Final Empire. The UK covers, although uniform, are somewhat plain looking..?

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  1. I love love love love love this book. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors because the magic systems form such a natural part of his world and aren’t just a get-out-of-jail-free card.


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