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 read (or listened) to this series several years ago and fell in love with it. This is my second time going through it and it's even better the second time around! I am now able to catch more details that I missed before since the world was so new to me. love it!
I enjoyed the story very much and look forward to finding out what happens next in their lives even though the closure from this one leaves me very content :)
I really enjoyed the story that unfolds in this novel. I found it interesting that practically the entire thing is told through conversation. This was incredibly tedious at times, since I wanted to experience the story first hand. Perseverance, however, eventually provided an intriguing and fantastical world that left me wanting more.
I loved it, Mistborn is phenomenal, Michael Kramer is probably one of the best narrators I have heard. Between Sanderson's skill with his pen, and Kramer's narration it provided a truly magical no, an Allomantic experience.
The story is creative and entertaining, and the performance is very good. The only negatives are that it is a bit overly long, and the writing isn't as creative as the tale. However, I will be going on to the second book.
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