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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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    Chance Saint Anthony, ID, United States 12-13-13
    Chance Saint Anthony, ID, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Took a gamble and it paid off."
    What made the experience of listening to The Final Empire the most enjoyable?

    The whole book! Brandon Sanderson amazes me everytime I pick up a book that is penned by him. The dynamics of the characters just floors me.


    What other book might you compare The Final Empire to and why?

    I cant, the series stands alone.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    I would have to Kelsier. Just made him stand out. Really brought what I had imagined the character to be to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Hero Will Rise


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    Tanner Iowa Park, Texas, United States 11-15-13
    Tanner Iowa Park, Texas, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A necessary book to read for fantasy fans."

    Sanderson is one of the greatest fantasy writers of all time! This book is just another shining example of his understanding of people, society, fantasy, and history.

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    Stephen North York, Ontario, Canada 11-14-13
    Stephen North York, Ontario, Canada 11-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Long and thin"
    What did you like best about The Final Empire? What did you like least?

    The worldbuilding is really solid, and really interesting. The magic system is clever, interesting, and consistent. But it goes on for hours and hours with nothing happening.

    And the characters aren't entertaining enough for the "nothing happening" to be entertaining.


    Has The Final Empire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm a big fan of epic fantasy; The Final Empire hasn't changed that.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to anything else narrated by Michael Kramer, but I really enjoyed his work here.


    Could you see The Final Empire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The Final Empire might actually work really well as a TV series; the requirement to produce individual episodes that more or less stand on their own could drive writers to make the storytelling a little richer.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're going to do an epic, sprawling story that goes on forever, each individual step of that journey has to be interesting. That hasn't happened here.

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    John Livermore, CA, United States 11-09-13
    John Livermore, CA, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The tale that wags the Elantris dog."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Final Empire to be better than the print version?

    I'll answer this with a question. As an Audible customer, how should I answer this question? Geez.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can you pick a favorite character from Ocean's 11?

    There's something to be said about the calm, cool dude in the background who plays his cards consistently. Breeze and Ham round out the supportive crew roles. The whole thing is a fantasy version of Ocean's 11 with a righteous twist to save a world.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A great reader and a good performance. With ear buds, the fact you can hear page turns was cool.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hopeless romantic. Vin + Elend finally sittin in tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

    Oh, and Kelsier destroying enemies left, right and center.


    Any additional comments?

    An an enjoyable listen...I'm looking forward to the next in the series and ruing the day I'll be done.

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    Ian Moscow, Idaho, United States 11-06-13
    Ian Moscow, Idaho, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Unique, surprising, and dark"
    What did you love best about The Final Empire?

    This novel was excellent; other series I like include Wheel of Time, The Way of Kings, and The Kingkiller Chronicles (to give you a better idea of what kinds of books I would write favorable reviews about). There were a couple story gaps or corny lines, but overall this was an excellent story. The style of Magic is very unique, and has its own interesting set of rules. The ending has a great twist, and the setting itself is very original; all in all Brandon Sanderson has made a great, easy reading novel that I have already started suggesting to my friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really appreciated the spin off of the High Fantasy concept of "The Hero of Time". Very unique approach, with plenty of twists to keep it interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Theres a great battle scene with between a powerful evil minion and one of the main heros that is really cool. I also liked the witty banter at some of the Noble Balls.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I wouldn't want to give any spoilers away


    Any additional comments?

    I had this novel downloaded and on the back-burner for three months. Don't make the same mistake I made; listen to it right away!

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    Amazon Customer East Taunton, MA, US 11-04-13
    Amazon Customer East Taunton, MA, US 11-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A tremendous start to a tremendous series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Final Empire to be better than the print version?

    Due to the length, and my own personal inpatient nature at certain story developments, i did prefer the print, which allowed faster consumption of the material.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the performance of Breeze the best, his characteristics coming through perfectly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Certain parts made me quick angry, not so much at the writer, but the characters and their choices. There were also some quite emotional moments that struck me, especially surrounding Kelsier and his past.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was excellent, distinct voices that really captured the characters, and easily understood.

    I'm not normally a fan of political/nobility story lines, which factor greatly in this novel (or at least character development), but they didn't dissuade me from continuing at all. I purchased all 3 novels in the series about 40% of the way in, and did not regret it at all.

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    Sasha BOTHELL, WA, United States 11-02-13
    Sasha BOTHELL, WA, United States 11-02-13

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    "Fabulous Fantasy"
    Would you listen to The Final Empire again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again. The story was engaging, the characters were interesting, and I really enjoyed the experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could have listened to it in one sitting - alas, it's a TINY bit large.


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    Patrick houston, TX, United States 10-30-13
    Patrick houston, TX, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2014

    I sell oil, in Houston ( go figure, right )

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    "Easy to follow, and well read"

    This series has a lot of characters', like, Game of Thrones, but they are easier to follow and the story line holds it together so you don't forget a character and than they show up again and your lost for awhile. Like in the Game...
    The reading is well done also, he's able to change his tone for the different characters, which a lot of readers don't bother with.

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    Jeffrey G. Boldt Madison, Wisconsin United States 10-19-13
    Jeffrey G. Boldt Madison, Wisconsin United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "One of My Favorites"
    If you could sum up The Final Empire in three words, what would they be?

    I've listened to hundreds of audio books since about 1983. This is one of the most captivating that I've ever read, and I listened to it twice; which is very rare for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The explanation of pushing and pulling and the physics surrounding it.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was a very expressive reader. I listened intently, and if I'd read it in a print book I would have skimmed parts of it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Can 1,000 years of oppression be ended by one man?


    Any additional comments?

    Brian Sanderson has become one of my favorite authors.

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    Tomas Brno, Czech Republic 09-11-13
    Tomas Brno, Czech Republic 09-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Unexpected blast from nowhere"

    One of the best fantasy pieces I have read. Twisted world, twisted magic and twisted world. It is even beating my experience with Gotrek!

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