I bought this book based on some of the other reviews and didn't know exactly what to expect but this is one of the best books I have ever listened to. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new fantasy action/adventure book.
I think a good book will spark your imagination as you read/listen to it,but a great book will go beyond that. A great book is a rare treasure that will be paint the pictures of the story in your head and make you feel like a part of the story. It will make you feel connected to the characters as the story evolves and this with the storytelling will keep you wanting to read more and more. A great book will also 'come to life' in the sense that you think what the real world would be like if the events in the book were true. Things like how useful would it would be to burn pewter when you're moving something or staying up late. A great book such as this one might even give you dreams about the events in the book. Towards the end of this book, I had a dream of being attacked by the Lord Ruler. There are not many books that come to life such as this one.
Not only is the book quite memorable, but the story is fantastic in it's numerous adventures and sudden plot twists. The burning metals type of magic is really quite unique and interesting. Kelsier and his crew really bring a lot of excitement to the book, but I can't really say the same for Vin. Vin was a little to 'Emo' and depressive but she did have an interesting place in the story.
There is a good idea for a story here, but it was left in the hands of a clumsy author.
First, the good parts. Brandon invented a new type of magic for this fantasy setting. It's a bit contrived, but it's different, and contrived or not, he does good things with it. The fight scenes in particular are inspired, every clever turn that this magic can be used for, is used. He lets his characters explore this magic in very clever ways.
Unfortunately, the rest of the story is clumsy. Exposition is heavy handed, leading the reader around like an idiot, plot development is obvious from a mile away, the characters are fairly 2 dimensional, and the dialog is awkward and contrived to communicate a point to the reader.
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Let this stand as a review for the whole trilogy. The Mistborn saga is an excellent piece of fantasy writing that starts with the bones of the classical hero's journey and turns many of the overdone fantasy tropes on their head to excellent effect. I'm probably among the most jaded and exhausted of fantasy readers, and this series threw me for a curve more times than I could easily count.
The plot is extremely well constructed, and events come from unexpected (but obvious in hindsight) angles that will keep you guessing about how anything will resolve. (And even whether anything HAS resolved.)
The setting is just familiar enough to be recognizable to fantasy fans, but as with the plot it approaches it from unexpected angles and plays with the tropes of the genre to delightful effect.
The characters are excellently portrayed with distinct and meaningful characterizations, and Michael Kramer adds an extra level of personality with his reading. He's done a wonderful job of capturing the emotions and characters without getting too exaggerated in his performance.
I just found this series even though it's a few years old, and I'm very glad to have only discovered it AFTER the trilogy was finished. I suspect if I had listened to it as it came out, I would have been filled with rage and frustration waiting for the story to resolve. After you read this book you will need to read the next one, so be sure you have an extra couple credits in your account before you start listening!
Another new universe with new geography and new physics. Nothing outrageous, real people and characters. The ending answered enough questions to be fulfilling, left enough unanswered to want the next book.
I stumbled over this book on accident and I am so glad I did. Everything about this book is captivating the storyline is excelent and sandersons magic concept is all his own. After reading this book I had to read the rest of the series and they are all just as good. Since this book I have read all off Sandersons books. None disapoint.
I read "The Way of Kings" by Brandon Sanderson, and wanted to read something else of his. I started reading the reviews for Mistborn, and thought I'd give it a try.
I was not disappointed. Very refreshing with the way they use metals for extraordinary powers.
The story itself was very compelling, so I will be listening to the second book in the Mistborn trilogies.
Became a huge Brandon Sanderson fan after reading his completion of The Wheel of Time series and so glad I found him! Love this series and highly recommend it.
Since this is the first book of the first 3 book series, I will give a review that encompasses both the book, and the series as a whole up to book 3.
As a long time science fiction / fantasy reader, I have come across a few series that stand out for one reason or another, and the Mistborn Trilogy stands out even amongst them. I have never become so wrapped up in a series as I did with this one. There are several reasons, but the main thing that got me was the original and well thought out magic system in these books. There are plenty of us science fiction / fantasy readers who experience the "been there, read that" feeling when one comes across yet another version of the same ol' thing. Mistborn is nothing like anything I had read before, and in this genre, that says a lot! I wish I had a talent for writing just so I could properly express how brilliant this series is all the way through, but I think I have at least made my point...
Of course, here we are talking about the audiobook version, and I am truly happy to say that Michael Kramer does a masterful job as narrator. With a fairly large number of main characters, he gives distinct voices and accents that really add something to the story. (The character of Sazed was perfectly read) listening to these books was like watching a movie with a fantastic cast of great actors. I just can't properly express how much I enjoyed Mr. Kramer's performance.
I apologize for such a poorly written review, but don't let my lack of talent take away from the overall point of my review! This is a fantastic series, wonderfully written and performed, and I urge everyone to give it a listen, even if you have already read the printed books. With the Mistborn Trilogy, you get both a great story and a great performance, and that is money/credit well spent.
I am really enjoying Brandon Sanderson's work. This first book of a new series has many interesting characters and a completely new idea for individual super power. The idea of ingesting different metals and then "burning" them inside to heighten senses is an amazing concept. I enjoyed following "our heroine" and was firmly in her camp from the beginning. The narrator does a lovely job with the different accents to keep the many characters separate. This is good escapism fantasy.
I was directed to this book by a chart from NPR giving tips on what books to get in the genres of fantasy and scifi. The main characteristics of this choice for me were:
- I want a series
- protagonist type: thief
And with that selection I assumed I would be getting lots of sneaking around and being dark and grimy -- that did not hold true as much as I had hoped, but what I got instead was equally good.
I really liked the narrator and his voices for the different characters.
The only time I had problems was when he was talking in the voice of the inquisitor and the Lord Ruler in a dialogue but those characters are meant to be creepy and repulsive and are supposed to get under your skin and this is something the narrator managed to do! That said, those bits did not last long - a few minutes out of a book lasting so many hours.
I feel that it is also quite a compelling argument for this book that upon finishing it I immediately came to Audible.com to buy the next part in the series.