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 loved this book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. It was fast paced, no filler, and the last half of the book I read in about a day, wanting to get to the end.
The narration for this book is just awful. The narrator's inflections are irritating, but the worst part was his voice for the main character, Vin. She's a street smart, strong young woman who knows how to handle herself. This narrator makes her sound meek, vapid, and weak. He makes her sound like she is a doe eyed waif stumbling her way through the book. I stopped listening to the audio and read the rest of the book on my own because it annoyed me so much.
I absolutely love this book! Best of the Trilogy.(The others are great too.) Michael Kramer is my favorite narrator and Brandon Sanderson is the King of Magic Systems.
I'll be honest, I absolutely hated the beginning of this book. It dragged and berated with some obvious imagery. I didn't have any more Audible credits, though, so I left it on for another voice in the car more than anything else.
If you're in that same boat, keep going! This is now one of my absolute favorite books and the time needed for world-building is returned ten-fold. Highly recommended!
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If Star wars, Hunger Games and Game of thrones had a baby, and that baby did it's adventurously epic own thing, it would be Mistborn.
Unfortunately I'll be reading a physical edition of this series. The Narrator, Michael Kramer, could not keep my attention as he read. The differentiation in voices, for characters, was lacking.
I love Brandon Sanderson as an Author. Do not take this Review as a claim against him.
excellent book. slow going to being for almost half the book, some of that was the narrator trying to find his groove, but once he did, and the story picked up, it was excellent! I'm looking forward to the next book.
I loved this story to bits. The narrators voice is pleasant to listen to, and the story is intriguing and fun. Not to mention the characters being amazingly well rounded and well written with an amazing heroine!
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