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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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A little slow at first...

I finally got to listening to this book after a friend recommended it to me five years ago. The start was a little slow for my liking, but the intensity felt with this novel accumulates exponentially over time until you're struggling not to vocalize the intense emotions this story elicits.
A well crafted book, supported by political intrigue and garnished with the doing of the impossible. A fine book, with well rounded characters that seldom, if ever, slip into cliche.
I will be recommending this book for years to come.

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great novel

It took me a while to get used to the rough sometimes droning narrator. though his character voices were different enough to distinguish and it fit the tone of the novel. I would recommend listening to this.

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  • Phillip
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Solid book

It was a good book. very enjoyable. highly recommend. pretty cool story line. characters are very personable.

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Ready for Book 5!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Final Empire to be better than the print version?

For some people reading a book transports them to a magical place, for me hearing it makes all the difference. The characters come alive, the voices are unique and interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

If Women love Romance novels, this is the kind of story that men can really dig into, but I have no doubt women would love it as well. The story is a straight forward, action packed, mystery, with just enough magic to make it unique.

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

The dynamic of the character voices, and changes that Wayne makes is exceptionally well done. In a written book you might be able to get the idea, but in the audio version each character Wayne plays comes to life. My hat is off to the narrator for making that happen. Five Stars.

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

This is as close as I come to wanting to listen to a book in one sitting. There were several times I hung out in the parking lot listening as a scene was completed.

Any additional comments?

If you like Butcher, Hamilton, or Harrison, you are going to love Sanderson's Mistborn series. Old fans will come back for this story, and new ones will be draw to it. It's not often that I am eager to hear the next book, and wanting to go back and read the first one at the same time.

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Great book

Nothing to say but glad someone pointed me to it and moving on to the next. Loving the series do far

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great book!

great narrator and book is amazing with the world and characters created lots to keep your imagination busy.

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Kramer is always a pleasure and Sanderson delivers

Frankly, it felt a bit derivative of Sanderson's other work, but still an enjoyable read. I am glad I had the opportunity to listen to it.

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Thorough world, lovable characters, great story, good action

This book was great. I cannot wait to get to the rest of this series!

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Wonderfully Creative

This was a fun and enjoyable book. It starts out a little slow, but once it got going I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the ending.

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LOVE this storyline!

I highly recommend any Brandon Sanderson books. I've always been a big fan of epic fantasy but so many leave unanswered questions or are too vulgar for no apparent reason. These story lines are simplistic and not overly complex but do have good twists and plots. The characters are relatable even if they do use magic type features. Can't wait to get into the next book in this series!