Brandon Sanderson has an excellent writing style. He has a way of telling the story with plenty of complexity, intrigue, and suspense. I liked that Vin was a strong female character. There were some fairly violent scenes, but no sex. My teenage son recommended this book to me and I'm glad I read it. I'm starting book 2 right away.
This book is a little Star Wars, a little Dune and a little Anne Rice Vampire but isn't as great as any one of those individually.
Like Star Wars, we have a big bad guy heading a hateful governmental structure that some people are fighting to change and lots of characters around to help (all human).
Like Dune, we have a young, super-talented character with an growing understanding of the world of politics around her and her place in the future. Also, the planet is red and dry and ash falls from the sky, yet there is a "myth" floating around that the world used to be green with pretty flowers and so some people are hoping to figure out how to get that (they do not accomplish that in this book).
Like the vampire books, there are extra-ordinary powers (not from blood drinking and not supernatural), they work a lot at night (but don't have to hide from the sun) and there is a Marius-like philosopher, leader, mentor who is also a bit reckless and self-centered (or so it seems) like Lestat.
The main characters and the social/political scene are well-drawn. The story is longer than it would seem to need to be, fairly well detailed and a little slow in developing the major issues or reasons one might want to keep reading/listening, which makes it more Dune-like, but it is not as deep as that book.
The reader was good except when depicting women and sometimes young men, during which he sounded totally foppish rather than feminine.
I cannot give it 5 stars because it did not wow me. I do not feel so connected to any character that I MUST read on. I do not care so much about the rest of the story of how/if they can return the planet to green. When I read Dune and Anne Rice, I can't wait to pick up the next book, so something isn't quite perfect here, at least for me. But, a good book if you're looking for some sci fi while waiting for a new author to sweep you away.
I originally got Audibles to listen to Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings Series. I ended listening to more books like LoTR and HG.
The unique magic system with interesting rules. Obviously, characters do not know all the rules of this magic system.
Perhaps Bowl of Souls Series or Inheritance Cycle (Eragon Series).Both with unique magic system
I have not previously but I have added him to one the voice actors I would listen to
Metals influences all, No one rules forever,
I give it 4 because other stories that I usually mark as a 5 are eye openers and add a hint of wisdom to the reader. the final empire nevertheless is a great novel that's catchy interesting and keeps you asking for more.
Fully crafted world with no open ends. Narration is great. Sometimes lacking vivid descriptions, author could have used more elaborate word choice, but somewhat fitting
I have fallen in love all over again with reading. Only now I do it with my ears instead of my eyes!
I loved every minute of this book. I can't wait to listen to the rest in the series. Fantastic story. Great narrator. A+!