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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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    Meghan Woodstock, GA, USA 12-10-09
    Meghan Woodstock, GA, USA 12-10-09
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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-10-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "The Atium Must Flow"

    Why does he smile all the time? Because humor is all He has left. He believes that if you are always on time, it implies you never have anything better to do. He says "I've been very confident in my immaturity."

    Brandon Sanderson earns five stars with this book, as he has with three of the four books of his I have read, the other just getting four stars. Sanderson is the Fantasy Writer of this Century so far. He does not borrow from anyone else to write his fantasy, it is all out of his head. Matter of fact this goes against all the fantasy laws. Usually iron is the bane of magic, which explains why elves, fairies, etc disappeared with the coming of civilization and metals. Sanderson has made metals the magic element. All of his books that I have read so far are totally different from the norm. In Elantris, Magic is the enemy. The Way of Kings is his masterpiece so far.

    Look at the ratings on this book, thousands have read it and it has an average of 4.6 stars. That alone speaks volumes.

    The book is not perfect and it was written early in Sanderson's career. For instance having a Feruchemist or Keeper sure comes in a little too handy as more then once he saves the day. There is also, especially in the beginning a lot of talking and planning. Hours of planning. Still I enjoyed it, the writing was great, the character development excellent, lots of twists and turns, and even with the planning there is still lots of really cool action. Fighting with metals reminds me of a character in Erickson's Gardens of the Moon, who is able to turn up down or sideways or left to right, etc. The characters are not black and white. Sometimes you are not sure who is the bad guy and who is the good guy (I love that).

    Fans of Abercrombie and Paul Hoffman will love this.

    Fans of The Wheel of Time series will recognize the great narrator Kramer.

    Listen to the story to see why I compare Atium to Spice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 05-26-09
    Sharon 05-26-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Fresh"

    I have read fantasy for over 20 years and was thrilled to find a new twist on magic. I have listened to the first two in this series and am downloading the third now. I can't wait to see what Sanderson does next. Gotta love Michael Kramer...hope he does the last Wheel of Time when it comes out.

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    04-27-09
    04-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Pulp epic fantasy"

    Good characters, and an engaging story, as long as you don't pay too close attention to the holes in the plot. Well-developed world, although parts of it seem like as much a surprise to the characters as to the reader. The prose is passable, and parts of the story are self-indulgent and heavy-handed. But I enjoyed it enough to finish, and I'm enjoying the second installment as well. Three stars is maybe a little low, but four stars is too high.
    The narrator does an excellent job with a large, diverse cast of characters.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    M. Lathan Seattle, WA 04-27-09
    M. Lathan Seattle, WA 04-27-09
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    "Engrossing and filled with surprises"

    Briefly, I (like others) wanted to know more about the author. The world evoked here - in the best tradition of speculative fiction - is wide-open but we rapidly get a sense of the time and place covered in this story. There is more of the history of this world to be explored and explained. There are few 'good guys' here which is often a problem for me as a reader but the characters are revealed in such a way that we feel that we understand them almost right away. I enjoyed the readers' work in keeping the cast-members distinct and recognizable. If I have a complaint it is with a couple of fight scenes - it could be just me - but, I had to replay the scenes at least twice to understand what had occurred. I am happy with the book and very glad to see that there is a sequel!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa La Mesa, CA, USA 04-15-09
    Melissa La Mesa, CA, USA 04-15-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A "Must Read" for epic fantasy lovers!"

    WOW! The twist and turns of this action-packed fantasy kept me gripped from beginning to end. If you enjoy Robert Jordan or George R.R. Martin, be sure to add Brandon Sanderson to your library.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Puyallup, WA, USA 03-31-09
    Anthony Puyallup, WA, USA 03-31-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Must buy."

    There's nothing cliche, overused, or tiring in this novel. Everything seems fresh, new, and inspiring from the characters to the questions it leaves you asking. An emotionally satisfying ride full of as much spirit as any Goodkind novel, or Sanderson's first work, Elantris.
    All this tied with an amazing narration makes for a must have for any Fantasy fan looking for a new take on the genre.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aerindel Arlee, MT, United States 04-25-09
    Aerindel Arlee, MT, United States 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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jozef Walla TX 03-30-10
    Jozef Walla TX 03-30-10 Listener Since 2005

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    "Excellent"

    I never heard of Sanderson until the "Wheel of Time." "Mistborn" is a must for science fantasy lovers. The characters are real and the storyline is excellent. One thinks the charecters do what you expect only to find the their action is not what you expected. I have been reading/listeneing to science fantasy for over 30years and this is one of the top five. I am looking forward to listening to the other two.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bell Vista, CA, United States 11-27-09
    Bell Vista, CA, United States 11-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excelent book with excelent naration"

    The book itself is excellent, but the narration brings this to excellence. The narrator uses voices so well you quickly know the characters within moments, and can always tell the difference without introduction.

    The only minor quibble is some pauses in the recording for some reason.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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