Amazing storytelling throughout. Loved the ending. Incredible twist. You go most of the book thinking that you know how its going to end, but you don't.
I absolutely loved this book and will continue the series. I was on the hunt for a decent fantasy series after completing The Wheel of Time and waiting for book 6 of A Song of Ice and Fire to come out. This book nailed it! It was a bit slow at first, but by about midway I got hooked. This is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the aforementioned series!
The book initially seems very similar to way of kings but after getting into the characters is very different. The two main characters are fascinating and the story moves along very quickly. Michael Kramer is a great narrator and makes the story come alive.
I loved this series the first time I read it when there where only 3 books. Now there's 6 and I'm rereading these. It surprises me still. There are parts I've forgotten sure, but it's how everything comes together that makes this book well worth the read
Story was great, narration amazing, well paced and each character had a unique voice, without being grating or obnoxious. The story shows signs of Sanderson's telltale twisting of genres, fusing a classic tale with new life. Kramer, he brings the whole tale to life. Even with a large cast of characters, when someone begins speaking, you can identify them by his voice alone, which is amazing. If you enjoyed this narrator, he narrates The Way of Kings by Sanderson as well, a 48ish hour beast of an epic.
I found this story to be entertaining yet a bit predictable. I am however looking forward to the next book in the series. Not because of a cliff hanging ending but rather because of believable characters that you root for.
Pro's: well developed, complex world with a logical, functional magic system. Female lead (co-lead?) who is interesting, complicated, and intelligent with or without the male characters. Suspenseful plot with great action scenes.
Con's: the world is not diverse enough. Everyone speaks the same and looks the same. The female lead is the *only* substantive female in the book. Sometimes the staging is really awkward. By that, I mean that there are too many choppy descriptions of how people were positioned. On that note, get used to a few oft repeated phrases. "Vin frowned," "Kelsier paused," "he's so powerful," and "maladroitly" are the chorus of this book. The long descriptions of how allomancy works get a bit tedious. The ending was a series of strange choices that didn't seem justified by the rest of the plot.
Finally, and this is a big one, the narrator was AWFUL. I felt like a computer was reading to me until I got into the story. His monotone drone made me nod off from time to time. Since half the book was from Vin's point of view, a female narrator would have been better, maybe Lauren Fortgang. He even got words wrong from time to time. Towards the end, he definitely said "invisible" instead of "invincible."
Since it's book 1 of 3 and I was reasonably interested in the characters, I'm tempted to listen to book 2, but there are so many red flags here that I'm not sure it's worth the credit.
Brandon Sanderson's style is simple yet engaging in describing a world built on an original interpretation of magic.
The narrator's delivery is clear and pleasant to the ear, but it could use more difference in tone during dialogues, especially for female characters. Other narrators seem more skilled in that regard.