Most of my reviews are good because I only tend to listen to books I like. Funny how it works out like that.
While it was action packed, the author never lets you revele in the feeling of success. "There is always another secret"
I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.
I constantly recommend this book to friends. I must say that I had a tough time getting into it but once I did it became one of my favorites. I started and listened to two other books between actually listening to mistborn. This was my first Sanderson book and I have now listened to everything he has available. My early confusion quickly left and I was drawn into the ash and mist of this epic tale.
The first book in the Mistborn saga is striking for its unique touches. It follows a lot of the standard fantasy themes - a Hero's Journey for young Vin, who appears to be the Chosen One; a band of adventurers teaming up to save the world; an evil overlord with minions of supernatural power; heroic sacrifice and powerful magic.
But it's the way these standard themes are explored that makes the book stand out. Consider the Lord Ruler's minions, the Steel Inquisitors - robed sorcerers of incredible strength, with steel spikes hammered into their skulls where their eyes once were. Or the magic system, where Allomancers ingest and burn pure metals of various types to produce telekinetic effects, enhance their strength, or bend others to their will. Or our band of heroes - not heroes at all, but highly specialized thieves, coming together under Kelsier to pull a high risk long con on the godlike Lord Ruler himself.
All of these are elements I haven't seen in a fantasy saga before, and it's this wealth of unique details that make the book shine. Well worth a listen.
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Although Brandon Sanderson’s popularity has skyrocketed since being chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, buzz for what I consider one of modern fantasies best series’ continues to be on the lighter side. Mistborn is both epic and personal and oftentimes quite funny and endearing and should be as popular as Wheel of Time or Game of Thrones. This first novel follows a young street urchin with strange powers in a world ruled by evil (imagine a world where Sauron won and the Hobbits lost). As Vin begins her heroes journey from slavery she is mentored by Kelsier, the charismatic leader of a band of outlaws each yielding his own magical powers. Their task – to restore a world mired in evil and destroy the Lord Ruler. Here is a book with a solid, uncompromising system of magic that makes sense and is used in ways that make sense. Sanderson is second to none when it comes to world and character building and his story, while it strays very little from the common hero quest form, does not disappoint. This is a series that no fantasy fan should be without. Excellent narration by Michael Kramer just adds to the richness of this quality, fantasy epic.
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
Sanderson took the time to develop a new magic system, and did a fine job. The story is good, and told in a manner that draws you in. It has aspects of Tolken and Jordan, with the scope of the story being epic, and the delivery spot on.
This is not a "quick" book, the story moves along at a steady pace, but it does drag a little at times. Still, the information you're given is things you'll need for a full understanding later on.
I would highly recommend this series, and this book kicks it off well.
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The "science" behind the magic and how it makes such logical sense.
Pronunciation of the made-up words, for one. He also reads with such intensity during the fight scenes, which is a really good mechanism for sucking you into the story.
There's always another secret.
I imagine it will take a long time before I read another book that I've enjoyed more that this one. It's a real world in my mind now. Thank you Brandon Sanderson. Never stop creating!
I was looking at another series, The Wheel of Time, but the author died before writing the last book and Brandon Sanderson was to write the last book to complete the series. Some readers decided to read this series to see his talent before readiing that last book and they gave it rave reviews. I am new to the genre so I decided to start here before beginning The Wheel series. So I am here because of other reviewers and I have to say that they are so right. He is a very good writer and I loved this first book so much I have already moved on to the second. At this point I am almost done with the second and I'm out here downloading the third because I want no breaks in between. Get this series... you won't be sorry!
Great story line, the characters are interesting and story changing. You can't predict how the outcome will arrive. I like the short intersections telling you of the previous diaries or writing thoughts of the past. It makes the story suspenseful, building. You listen more carefully and try to think where is this going?
It was an interesting storyline. You know that there are good and bad characters, but there are surprises that are not predicable. I was glad that the characters are a variety of ages as being "older" you want the story to be believable and it won't be in my eyes if it is all based on young action people. Wisdom usually comes with age and doesn't get believable if your younger people are coming up with all the solutions. Yes, they are gifted but more real with their flaws and learning from the other characters. It just makes for a better story, which is obviously here. Thanks.
I enjoyed his reading. His voice is good and he tries to distingish between characters. He also, adds to the intense moments which keep your attention focused. This is no small feat as I just listened to another audio and I had a very difficult time getting into the book due to the reader. It was the story itself that enable me to forget the reader. Michael Kramer has a gift that I am realizing you need in order to listen to audio books.
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I am glad that Brandon Sanderson was picked to complete Robert Jorden's books. He has proven to be a most interesting imaginative author. I enjoy fantasy/science fiction books that can keep you guessing and have an interesting storyline and well developed characters. I would like to see if he can develop his characters as well as George RR Martin who has you loving so many characters regardless of their flaws and making it next to impossible to choose a side. This for me is a true gift but Brandon definitely tells a good story. I will keep listening/reading.
Excellent story. Michael Kramer is fantastic and the concept is new and fresh with a great twist of being a crime story as well.
I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.
It may be 3rd in line. I preferred Warbreaker by Sanderson only because I like colour.
Vin was my favorite because she had what we all strive for in the human spirit. No matter how bad things are or where we come from, we can always find a way to raise up.
Not really. Too much gray with ash and soot for me...
Micheal Kramer is an awesome narrator.