I didn't want to review this till I'd read all three books. What I love is the fact that the hero is female. The magic system is unique and powerfully intelligent. The beautifully intelligent connections made throughout the story line so that it all makes sense. The amazing character depth and inner struggles that happen. The philosophical content. It's all just mind blowingly epic.
I would compare this to the first few books of the Wheel of Time series or perhaps to the recent Name of the Wind trilogy.
I loved Vin, though I'd have to say that Sazed was the best. I'm not a fan of religion but in this context there was some incredible depth to him.
Yes but there's no way, it takes 75 hours to get through this trilogy.
I would give Michael Kramer 5 stars but since Jim Dale, the narrator of the Harry Potter series, has raised the bar in terms of narration, I can't honestly say he's as good as 5 stars. He is good, however. I would have given him 5 stars before I listened to Harry Potter.
still one of my all time favorite books! i highly recommend this series. it gets better every time i read it
Incredible story. I cannot wait to start the next book. Likable characters, epic story on par with Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings but with not as many characters. Narration performance is superb.
My brother recommended this book to me, something he never does. This book was absolutely captivating, tearing at different emotions in all directions. The characters feel like family. One of the best books I have ever read. I recommend this book for any adults, as it has some moderately gory parts that are not suitable for young children. The narrator is also sensational.
That later Wheel of Time books turned me on to Sanderson. Really enjoyed the stories as well a the character development. One of my favorite fantasy authors as of late. I'd recommend to anyone.
Great book with a great performance. Like most Brandon Sanderson's work the heroes are likeable and villains are loathed. The world Sanderson creates, and Michael Kramer brings to life, is unique without being overly complex.
The only reason I didn't give it an all around 5 stars is it isn't a ground breaking, change the way you view the fantasy world type novel. It's a fun fantasy adventure ride I think most will enjoy.
I don't know where to begin, so I shall ramble. Fantastic story with well developed characters, an interesting setting, and a plot that builds upon itself throughout.
The characters you meet grow through the story and you see those changes in the way they think and act. The setting is unique, a world of falling ash and night mists that are more a character in the story than just a backdrop.
Magic is here as well, but it's a system rooted in cause and effect, obeying physics (okay except it's magic). It plays a large role in the caste style society and is finite, meaning people aren't just rolling around shooting fireballs.
I could go on, especially about how much Ioved Vin and Kelsier, and a half dozen others. Hamm, Breeze, Clubs, Elend, the list goes on.
Time to go for book two. If you haven't already, pick this up.
The first two parts of The Final Empire are absolutely enthralling. From there, however, the story slips into a convoluted web of Great Houses and alliances that is, frankly, boring and inconsequential. Unlike in Game of Thrones, where each "House" plays a major role in the story and each has its own characteristics, the houses of the Mistborn world might as well be full of the same faceless drones.
On the other hand, Michael Kramer's narration was fantastic and really made the main characters come alive.
I was recommended the book by a friend, but delayed about 4 months before getting to it. What an idiot I was.
I couldn't put this book down. And now I'm screwed with the order of my to-read books, cause I must read the rest of the series now.
All the characters were unique and enjoyable. The plot twists are amazing. Nothing was predictable.
Listened to this book with my wife on a long car ride, it made the time pass by in a flash. Great world building and development of characters, it takes an hour or so to get into the book but you'll be happy when you do! Recommend to any adventurer! Enjoy.