Well, at the end I liked the book more or less. Although after the first three or four hours, I really thought I would like it far more than what I finally did. The characters and the "magic" are ok, and many of the spies and thieves issues are also good, but the plot gets pretty slow for a long part of the book. It is not that boring, but it is not amusing either.
And the worst part is obviously the end: forced, easy, and really really disappointing. I don't think I am gonna buy the other two.
Aside from that, I liked the narrator very much.
It warms up after that. I personally, think one could dump most of the first part and still enjoy the book. There is a lot of exposition and no action, which would probably turn away today's readers who live in the computer age. (You may need the first part about the plantation and meeting the main protagonist... but skipping ahead after that doesn't lose much.) Most of the information is repeated later on and the plan isn't so important since it changes so often.
Beyond that, the characters are enjoyable and if you do manage to get through the first part, the world building gets tighter and the magic system starts getting used rather than being explained. The action definitely picks up with each part. I also like Sazed's discussion of religion and found him more vibrant as a character than any of the other characters. This is also not just a typical Medieval Fantasy since it seems to pull form various cultures, rather than the European one that people know through Tolkien, which makes it a bit more unique.
The weight of what each of the plot points could mean wasn't explored fully, which kind of made me more disappointed when they were turned away in favor of making a plot twist instead. For example, there were several good ideas to start, but instead of exploring the moral implications more deeply, the plot would turn it into a plot twist instead. I'm more of the type that likes to read the full weight of the idea and then get the plot twist from that, rather than a twisting of the original idea.
I also kind of saw the character deaths miles ahead... so it wasn't as shocking, but then I kind of like the shocking character deaths. So that may be a personal thing.
I am pickier than most others, so I think for the average reader they'd really like this book after skipping the first part.
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.