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
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!
My friend time me to try Brandon Sanderson's books, and I am very glad! I had a hard time putting it down, surprised in plot helped me, and a great way to explain things without taking away from the story, but adding to it. I really liked the narrator too!
Never got too slow. Everyone says it, but suuuuuuch interesting magic! There's plenty left to the imagination, and readers who like to predict what's coming next will greatly enjoy the lack of 'spelling it out.' Just read it.
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This has to be one of the strongest introductions to a new fantasy series. The book has a plethora of characters that are very well developed and fleshed out. To the point where different people will actually have different favorites. Our main protagonists are some of the more interesting people I've read in a while and complement each other VERY well.
The world this all takes place in is beautifully crafted and not overwhelming. Great for casual fantasy fans that don't want to read with a map on hand, although there ARE maps available. Sanderson does a great job of giving us just enough information about to world to keep the plot moving and exciting. This books somehow breaks the law of a boring second act.
Overall, the plot is very fast and thrilling. Think of Ocean's Eleven, with magic. A magic system incredibly through through and consistent. At first, the magic system may seem simple, but when you realize where Sanderson takes it, it's quite something.
This is without a doubt going to go down as one of the classic fantasy series.
Michael Kramer does a great job with the narration as well. Although, I do wish he added a little more personality to action scenes.
100% recommended. Even if you're not a huge fan of fantasy.
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