I thoroughly enjoyed this follow-on future version of the Mistborn series, and as usual, was completely absorbed and obsessed with the story, listening while driving, cleaning the house, doing craftwork, sometimes just sitting and listening! The narration is great. My only frustration is that the book leaves you sort of hanging, wanting a sequel. That doesnt seem likely with the whole Stormlight series in progress. Maybe Brandon will get back to the Mistborn stories sometime later.
I am sure I will be just as obsessed with the new series, as I havent been able to get enough of Brandon's stories since I was introduced to Elantris.
I did not know how Sanderson was going to bring back the Mistborns, but he did it. And he did it in a way that that welcomes new listeners / readers without having to go back to the original series. I strongly suggest the first series, but it is not necessary. This book is well worth the credit. I can’t wait for him to get to the next one in the series. Thank you Mr. Sanderson.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
Not a bad short story... not what I'm used to from Brandon Sanderson. The book is not bad... just too short. Character development is deep. You care about the characters and the narrator Michael Kramer brings all of them to life in his own inimitable way. All of the voices are original, consistent and enjoyable to listen to. Accustom to the epic offerings from the Mistborn trilogy, however, it was disappointing not having something to really dig your teeth into within this most recent contribution.
We have none of the original characters but the new ones are fascinating and inviting. The landscape is more modern and vividly portrayed though its precise time is ambiguous. The protagonists are very reminiscent of Holmes and Watson and probably deliberately so. Allomancy and Feruchemy are central to the antics of the characters and almost as easy to suspend belief as from within the earlier works. I don't remember there being as much humor in the trilogy. Alloy is fraught with great, clever and intelligent humor. Anytime a book causes me to smile or even laugh, for me, has a lot going for it.
But alas, while the time and environment is new, the characters totally different, their supernatural, comic book like portrayals are not so refreshingly new. If this is all Brandon Sanderson had to write and give us then so be it. Finish the book and the series. Again, I liked the book but mostly because of the way it was narrated. What I didn't care for was receiving something so much less wondrous and extended than what we received in the trilogy. This was not a deep or enthralling offering from a master. It's maybe something that would serve as an introduction to something more grand. But it's still the same old stuff continued from earlier works that were great.
Mr. Sanderson, frankly I feel a little cheated. And, had I not read the trilogy, I would have really been upset because I probably would not have understood a whole lot of what went on in the book. I bought this book based on the calibre of the trilogy and this most recent offering is not that. I think that most of us expect that when an author comes out with something new, it will be better than what went before, or it should. Perhaps you have shot your wad. Maybe you do not care. I hope not. There are so many great works of literature out there that I personally don't have time for light weight contributions.
Bottom line, the narrator made this a very enjoyable book. While it might have bordered on it, I don't think it was a waste of time. However, it was the narrator that kept me engaged and not the content of the book. I read 6 of the total Wheel of Time series and then quit. It just kept being the same thing over and over again. It got old and I quit. Mr. Sanderson, I'll give your next book a shot but if it's not a big improvement over this one, Mistborn will go the way of the Wheel of Time for me.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I wanted more of the Mistborn universe, but this book had none of the charm of the original trilogy.
It was okay as a thought experiment to see what the mistborn magic system would look like in a different technological era... but the value of the book begins and ends right there.
If you finished the Mistborn trilogy and you want more Sanderson, I'd point you away from this book and towards either The Stormlight Archives, or for something lighter, The Rithmatist.
Brandon brings this new story in about 350 years after then end of the original trilogy. I wasn't so sure how I was going to take to what is essentially a Western with the Mistborn magic system on top of it. Yet, it works. As usual, Sanderson quickly creates a compelling new set of characters and proceeds to put them through the ringer.
The end brings an interesting twist and I presume we'll be seeing more of this story line in the future.
Definitely a strong recommend. While it will certainly add to your experience if you've already read the first trilogy, this new book is far enough removed from it and a strong enough stand alone story that you can comfortably start with this one.
The mistborn trilogy is one of my all time favorites. I didn't really realize he had planned to continue with the setting. The background of how this book came to be published made me worried, but I wasn't disappointed. The characters are just as interesting and fun as the ones in the original trilogy. The plot, while not as epic as the previous books, was just as engrossing. I also really like the way it ended. I'm happy to know that the author is planning a sequel to this story as well as a new trilogy (in modern times).
Definitely don't read as a stand alone book, but if you've already read original mistborn trilogy, this will remind you how good that was and make you excited for future books.
I loved mistborn, but was unsure how the world would translate into a more modern-ish setting. Sanderson does a great job and I really enjoyed the book dispite my hesitation.
I would say the audio compliments the print
how he incorporated the old west style time period to the pre-modern time
Yes I have! and it was stellar as always.
Oh yea i laughed like mad at the sidekick reminded me alot of Mat from WoT
Look forward to another I hope to come.
I've read most of Brandon Sanderson's books People who enjoyed the Mistborn trilogy will like this book. That being said, someone who hasn't read the Mistborn books will still understand this book. This book is really good for people who like magic and logic at the same time. A lot of fantasy books have magic that has undefined boundaries or limitations. The author combines a magic system that is detailed and works with physics. The author does a good job of not getting too caught up in details so that the story moves along though. This is mystery book set in a western time frame where a lawman tries to track down the ringleaders of gang of robbers and kidnappers.
Yes. He does an okay job in some of the other books I've listened to. I think he did a pretty good job in this book though.
Yes, but I listened to it in 2 or 3
This would be a good book to listen to in a long car ride with a group of people. It's fun, interesting, and you don't have to worry about bad language or sexually explicit content. It is a little violent in some places, but its not gory. Mostly gunfights and such.
I haven't listened to other books by Brandon Sanderson, but I've read most, including the Mistborn trilogy. I felt that this book really lacked something, it wasn't as gripping as the trilogy. I wouldn't say it was bad, but it felt somehow slower. I did enjoy some of the references towards characters and events in the earlier books, and I felt towards the end they left room for future development. The narration by Michael Kramer was enjoyable, and I think he helped bring some life to it. All in all, if you haven't read the original Mistborn trilogy, you'll want to dive into those first before taking this one on.