Having heard all three books now, I can say that my time was well spent. What I say here applies to all three books as they were all equally written well and enjoyable. Sanderson creates both a world and characters which continue to grow and evolve throughout the series, often in unexpected ways. There will be points where you may find yourself confused or puzzled, but trust me you are only a plot twist or two away from everything making sense again. The narration was very well done and added quite a bit to the experience.
While I don't want to give away any of the plot, I will tell you it's full of surprises and hidden connections. Some series I've read start off slowly or overload the reader with unrelated details as the story unfolds. Others tend to struggle with endings that have been so built up they have no where to go but down, e.g., The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Neither is the case with Mistborn. The series is enjoyable from the first page of book one to the last page of book three and all those in between.
If you like fantasy, I strongly recommend it. You won't be disappointed.
This is my first Sanderson book, but after reading hundreds of fantasy books in my life, I can honestly say that he may be one of the best. He has made magic seem more real than any of the stories I have read from other authors and his story is exciting all the way through. Great character development as well as a knack for making you feel like you were there. Also, the right amount of mystery, without feeling like he is trying to drag it out with a constant tease like some authors do. I highly, highly recommend it!
It took me a little while to get used to this narrators voice but once I settled in I found his reading very enjoyable. His voice brings many of the characters fully to life in your mind. The author has created something very unique both in the world of his imagination and in the system of magic that is used there and manages to make it all very believable. He conjures epic fight scenes in the mind (I can still see many in my head) and it was impossible for me NOT to buy books two and three of the series after listening to this one. He's a bit repetetive (prepare to listen to everybody "pause" quite often before speaking or moving) but his characters are engaging, the story is interesting, and you will find yourself very invested by the end of this book. One of the most unique fantasy novels I've ever "read."
I totally fell into the world that the author created & thoroughly enjoyed my time spent there.
This book was surprisingly different from everyother fantasy book I've listened too. The characters are fresh and bold. The narrator gets all the voices right. It doesn't take long to get absorbed into the story. Well worth the credit.
I have found this book so far to be a wonderful experience, with Sanderson's characters proving varied, interesting, and much deeper than they seem at first glance. A relatively simply-woven plot does nothing to hamper what is essentially an adventure about saving the world from the antagonist that has already succeeded in gaining control. One of the complaints I have seen directly mentioned a portion of this book that involves a lengthy meeting where the characters discuss a large plan, complete with chalkboard, snacks, and a circle of executive members. While this might seem a long exercise in boring writing, I found it a delightful break in the action. When confronted with a completely new universe, it is always nice when the author slips in numerous facts about the populace, geography, and economics of the world being written about. Indeed, Sanderson never misses an opportunity to provide depth and insight that greatly enjoyed. This is a book to be enjoyed, not analyzed, and anyone who pays even a modicum of attention will find it easy to do just that.
P.S. Michael Kramer is an astounding reader who illustrates with intonation and diction alone. You will never be disappointed with his characterization, and he does much to increase the effect of the story and its characters upon the reader.
This is a brilliant novel. After just reading The Night Angel Trilogy I wondered if i'd ever find something as clever and exciting and now I have. The narrator has a great voice and i've even started listening to the tilogy all over again.
I'd recommend this book to anyone tired of reading the same thoughtless story over and over again and who wants something that will surprise you till the very end.
I really liked this book and look forward with anticipation to listening to the other two books in the series. I found the story original; Sanderson did an excellent job of thinking-up and sticking to the rules of allomancy. Simply fascinating. Unlike some of Sanderson's other writings, this book was "up and running" within a fairly short time and kept moving, with only a couple of slow spots, all the way to the end.
I think this book had some flaws, mostly in not quite being able to capture the feelings of different moments in the book. But it was so creative and unique that I have to give it 5 stars. I love the new magic system that Brandon Sanderson created and that he was able to take a different spin on fantasy. Loved this book and I hope the series is all as good.
I was very pleased with this book. Although I liked parts of Sanderson's first book, Elantris, that book had a lot of flaws. After reading his first entry in the Wheel of Time series (The Gathering Storm), however, I was more impressed with Sanderson's talent -- and I decided to give his other books a try. I'm happy to say that he doesn't disappoint with The Final Empire.
The systems of magic/power used in this book seem quite original, even if a tad clunky. And as with Sanderson's other books, the action scenes are gripping. I also loved descriptive details like the ash falls and the brown plants, which bring the depressed dreary atmosphere of that world to life. The author makes it quite clear that he always intended this to be a series rather than a stand-alone book, but fortunately I actually want to know what happens next.
As for criticisms of the book: I agree with the complaint from other reviewers that the world actually seems quite small in a way. Although we do see some action in places outside of the main city, we seem expected to believe that an entire "Empire" is overthrown by an uprising within one city. Also, there are definite echoes of the Wheel of Time books, which I found a bit irritating at times -- but, considering that Sanderson admits to being a rabid fan of Jordan's books, that is not terribly surprising. And while some listeners may be put off by the narrator's understated style of reading, I find it comfortably familiar from the Jordan books. The recording itself had a serious production flaw, consisting of multiple unexplained pauses throughout the book. Those were quite annoying at times, but had nothing to do with the book itself.
Overall, this is an exciting and enjoyable listen. I'll be downloading the next volume immediately!