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.
No...Ultimately I was disappointed in this novel.
Brandon seems to pull his punches and holds back for some reason. This is likely my own bias but I want something more akin to Robert Jordan...when you fall things break, when shot you bleed and characters die (even the ones we care for) in the best of books. The best descriptions of conflict and confrontation have tangible stakes for those involved (the first of the book) and for much of this book this seems absent. He needs a dose of reality / grit in this book which is missing. The beginning had me hooked and I was prepared for an incredible story...it never arrived. I won't spoil the book and perhaps sequels will explain things in greater detail but the way this story begins and it's ending don't seem to match. There should be some connection and a strong one. The book started on I thought I was in for a ride with twists and turns. The plot plows down a predictable and straight decent into boredom with a few memorable moments.
Kramer does a great job with what he has to work with in this novel. I loved his voice in The Way of Kings and it cheapens the experience to have him narrate this novel in comparison.
My first encounter with Brandon was through the books he completed for Robert Jordan which are fantastic. The Way of Kings is perhaps one of the most incredible epic fantasy books I have ever read. The mistborn series was fair at best and this book in no exception. I keep reading / listening to his books with the expectation of something along the lines of TWoK or WoT books and I have been deeply disappointed so far. It is almost as though these are written by a more immature Sanderson or written without thought. He (Sanderson) seems to write these books walking on egg shells for a teen audience rather than adults. His attempts at romance are juvenile and unconvincing and he should just leave these parts out of this book (and others) altogether. The characters are fun but their actions make very little sense and the motivations are absent. This is particularly true for the villains in the story. The book rambles on and toward the end I was only listening to see how the confrontations would turn out.
Very intriguing premise. Unfortunately the story, especially the ending, was not up to the level of the original trilogy. Worth reading if you liked the first three.
This is a wonderful addition to the Mistborn books - so different and yet so similar. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!!
Michael Kramer is always fantastic - this is no exception. He is always able to capture the character of each person so completely - very enjoyable!
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CAN NOT WAIT TILL THE NEXT BOOK IN THE INSTALLMENT. IT WAS A GOOD BOOK AND WORTH IT.
Hopefully the beginning of a great new sub-set of Mistborn novels..please please please let us get a whole new trilogy (or more) based on this great premise
Think victorian steampunk Sherlock with a cowboy shooter. The start drags a little but the action starts soon enough. The main charater has an interesting mix of powers which he uses to his full advantage and making a few epic fight scenes that wouldn't be out of place in a movie. The sidekick is entertaining and makes me laugh everytime he's present.
This book made me like the ending of the original 3 better. I like the idea of this world and I like the author's style. Michael Kramer is great I just wish he had done all Brandon Sanderson's books. It is an easy listen and I highly recommend it if you liked the first 3 mistborn books. You would probably be better off listening to the beginning of the series first. This books stands alone pretty well but there is so much detail in the first three about the world that might make this book a richer experience.
I've seen a lot of people complain that this was not as long as one of Sandersons mistborn books, but the thing to keep in mind there is those books were damned long. This book has a more feel and length of a Terry Pratchett book and in my opinion that is a good thing. I am rather eagerly awaiting his next one of these books. He has a real world to work with here.
I was excited to see this new book as a sort of follow up on the Alloy series. I am looking forward to the next in the series. Great narrator. The characters are better than the Alloy series - a little easier to imagine even though their powers are incredible.