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
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.
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.
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."
I found myself being drawn into this new world where magic operates differently then in any other fantasy series. The characters had depth and the narrator was easy to listen to. I first ran across Brandon Sanderson form the Wheel of Time series he is finishing up for Robert Jordan. So I decided to check out some of his solo writing... And I am glad I did.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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