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The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1 | [Brandon Sanderson]

The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.
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Publisher's Summary

Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life.

Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

©2006 Brandon Sanderson; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 02-05-10
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 02-05-10 Member Since 2012

    Holly

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    "Engaging Read"

    My first experience with Brandon Sanderson didn't disappoint. The story of the Skaa rebellion, led by Kelsier with serious backup from Vin, the female Mistborn, is entertaining, engaging, and slightly different from other fantasies. At its foundation is good versus evil. And then Sanderson throws in some fantasy, magic, conflict and sprinkles in just a bit of romance. Thieves, Dark Rulers, Obligators, Secret Keepers, and even Inquisitors are supporting characters that keep the plot moving forward without causing confusion to the reader. Kelsier, also known as the legendary Survivor of Hathcin, is a nearly mythical being to the Skaa and he is the mastermind behind the rebellion. But Vin, the newest of his thieving crew who joins their network to infiltrate the nobility, begins to learn she has quite a few Mistborn powers of her own. By the end of this first of three books she becomes legendary in her own right. The book may have benefited from a little additional editing because there is repetition of things the reader knows. We learn how the power of the metals and they work over and over again. We even get a recap of previous action in the book multiple times. It's almost as if Sanderson believes his reader can't remember from one chapter to the next. While this can be somewhat annoying, it doesn't really detract from the overall good plot and well developed characters. There is foreshadowing that is critical to the plot, so the reader has to pay attention. And in fact, some foreshadowing in Book One comes into play in Book Two, The Well of Ascension. But the book keeps the reader pretty riveted, so this isn't too much of a problem. Michael Kramer is an apt reader and once you learn the timbre of his voice, there is no problem differentiating among the characters, including the reading of someone's diary which is inserted between chapters. His pace is good and enunciation excellent. I highly recommend the book.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    D corona, ca United States 11-12-09
    D corona, ca United States 11-12-09 Member Since 2015

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "A GREAT TRILOGY!!!"

    I just finished the third audio book in the "Mistborn" trilogy and wanted to write my review starting with th first to let anyone know who is wondering whether to invest their time in another series to absolutly read this one. This story is epic. Brandon Sanderson writes a classic and was clearly the right pick to finish Jordon's WOT series.
    The narration by Michael Kramer is award worthy. He not only gives a distinct and believable voice to each character, he brings them to life.
    10 stars

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 04-09-12
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"

    I knew little of Brandon Sanderson when it was announced that he was selected to finish the Wheel of Time series after the death of Robert Jordan. I decided to check out some of his work to get a feel for his writing before his first Wheel of Time novel was published. What I discovered was that I had been missing out on one of the best Fantasy authors writing today.

    Mistborn is an excellent series and I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in the series. I am a big fan of Fantasy and I was completely drawn into Sanderson's world of Allomancers and all of the interesting things they could do right from the start. Michael Kramer does an excellent job of bringing these interesting characters to life so expect this book to grab you from the start and never let go.



    51 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    H. P. Varia Columbus, OH USA 10-22-09
    H. P. Varia Columbus, OH USA 10-22-09 Member Since 2015

    Harsh

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    "very good book"

    This book has a lot going for it.
    1) The world depicted is really very unique. The book depicts the second round in a fight between good vs. evil. In the first round evil had won and 1000 years have passed.
    2) There are multiple Magic systems and they are all very interesting
    3) Each character feels flushed out in details and many of them are very likeable
    4) Lots of Drama, action and mystery

    36 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Annabella, UT, USA 04-02-09
    Jeff Annabella, UT, USA 04-02-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Book!"

    Being a HUGE fan of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, I felt that I really needed to get to know Brandon's writing style in hopes that his writing talents would put my mind at ease concerning the fate of the final book that he is writing due to the original author's death. Not only is my mind and heart relieved after completing this series, I believe that I may have found a new favorite author! Brandon, may all of your books be as spellbinding!

    32 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Willie K Anoka, MN, United States 06-23-09
    Willie K Anoka, MN, United States 06-23-09 Member Since 2005

    I am a tattoo artist by trade so i find myself listening to my books a lot while drawing, but more so while commuting.

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    "Willie K Review"

    This is my first review, but I plan on reviewing every book I listen to from here out. I tried listening to Brandon Sandersons first title, Elantris, but had a hard time getting into it. I thought I would give Brandon another shot though since I enjoyed Michael Kramer's narration in The Eye of the World series, by Robert Jordon so much. Mr. Kramer showed his true flare for subtle voice dialects allowing the listener to immediately know who is speaking before hearing who the author told you it was. He is a bit mono tone but never the less is one of my favorite narrators.

    This book had me from the beginning. I loved how Brandon Sanderson created a world where good has succumbed to evil forces, and you really cant tell if evil was meant to be the ruling force of the land and good was never meant to prevail. His description of the world made me it easy to picture in my head and his battle scenes had me locked in. I found myself driving around the block several times to finish the battles taking place. The ending also has a shock to it that I did not expect which makes me more intrigued to read the rest of the series. I look forward to trying out his first book again when I am finished with it

    It is a great read.

    42 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Brown Portland, OR USA 03-13-09
    Aaron Brown Portland, OR USA 03-13-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."

    This is a good tale that will keep you hooked. The magic system is quite unique and there are some plot twists near the end that will catch you by surprise. Characters are very enjoyable and there is good humor here. I recommend it.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Aerindel 04-25-09
    Aerindel 04-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Solid Fantasy"

    This book is exactly what fantasy should be and often isn't. Rather than trying to write the most unique mysterious gritty violent book ever this author sets up a good solid fantasy world with easily understandable rules and proceeds to tell an excellent and exciting story. The magic system is refreshingly understandable and usually sticks to its own rules. The action scenes are extremely well choreographed (think The Matrix in a fantasy setting) For a first book in a series the conclusion is remarkably conclusive for a change. Rather than leaving a bunch of loose ends this author nicely ties up the original questions the story starts with while still leaving enough of the world unexplored to make you want more. The narration is first class.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan M Jenkins 12-10-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Brandon Sanderson Rocks"

    I started with Elantris (another Sanderson novel) and was so impressed with the originality and talent Sanderson showed, i thought "is he really this good or it is it a fluke?" So i moved onto the misborn series- not a fluke. I seriously listened to the last part of "The Final Empire" for 6 hours straight dying to know how it would end. Dont stop here- Keep reading (listening). I have moved onto "Warbreaker."

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Grain Valley, MO, United States 08-02-09
    Kris Grain Valley, MO, United States 08-02-09

    I love to read. With two kids and a full time job in management, audio books have emerged as my only chance to leverage this love.

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    "VERY good story"

    This is a VERY good fantasy story that I enjoyed so much that I couldn't wait for another credit before starting on the next in the series. I reserve 5 stars for true epics that I will have to read multiple times. If I could give out tenths of stars I would probably give this 4.6 or 4.7. It is really good.

    I love the magic structure, the characters, and the class structure built the oppression of one caste of people. It makes for an intriguing story. My only complaint that holds this back from being truly epic is hard to describe. The world feels awefully small in a way. Everything is so homogenous that I don't feel like there are layered cultures to the world created. If it weren't for occasional remarks about the size of this world and the population of cities, I would assume that the "Final Empire" is about the size of a large island.

    Great story and I look forward to the next two books.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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