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
This narrator is absolutely fantastic, and the book is amazing! There are concepts in this book that are completely original to this series. This is a fantasy novel that breaks away from your typical sword / quest template. Get this book!
I had skipped over this series as "just another fantasy trilogy" set, but, having read into Brandon Sanderson's "Epic" series, I thought I'd check this out. I'm glad I did.
The story isn't revolutionary in any way, as it contains most if not all of the standard ingredients of magic, underdog's, monsters, and an arch villain, but it introduces new concepts of magic and has very well developed characters and plots. This is the real strength of the story, and it provides good entertainment value for your credit and time investments.
As for the narrator, it took me a little while to appreciate his style, but after about an hour I was synchronized to his cadence and inflections. Once there, I was able to more fully enjoy the audible experience of this book. In the end, I can say that Michael Kramer added to the experience, and therefore earned a 4 star rating.
So, if you enjoy the fantasy genre, then this should be high on "to read" list, as it is well executed and above average for the genre.
High fantasy eludes my tastes. However after "The Way of Kings" I understood the appeal and demand for his work. I also loved the vocal work because Michael Kramer was the mail voice on the Way of Kings as well.
This tale is strong, with secrets and believable characters. So much is experienced rather than explained, and I appreciate that. The book is written in a way that leaves you happy even if curry a sequel were not guaranteed. Great work Brian.
I phenomenal beginning to an excellent trilogy by one of the best new authors in fantasy. Brandon Sanderson delivers everything Fantasy readers could possibly ask for in the first of three excellent books.
it was different but I can see where he got his idea for his new series. over all good, bought books one and two for the price of one... Soo I guess I'm along for the ride..
Sanderson is an expert in the craft of great story telling. I was blown away by a VERY original universe with a unique magic system. The plot was great and came full circle very well.
this story was well executed and fun to listen to. The plot and story progression was fast and exciting but some predictability in the character development and overall conclusion.
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