Mistborn

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 153,636 ratings

The Final Empire Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • The Final Empire

    • Mistborn Book 1
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40,901
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36,021
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36,036

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

    • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

    Regular price: $55.93

    • The Final Empire

    • Mistborn, Book 1
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 705
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 644

    A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story and narration, but cut off at the end!

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-11-11

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 2

    • The Well of Ascension

    • Mistborn, Book 2
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 28 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 744
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 676
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 677

    The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier, the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brandon Sanderson 5 stars all the way :-)

    • By Michael Dawson on 03-20-11

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    • The Well of Ascension

    • Mistborn, Book 2
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31,806
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27,905
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27,943

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slower but worthwhile

    • By Jeff on 01-28-10

    Regular price: $47.93

  • Book 3

    • The Hero of Ages

    • Mistborn, Book 3
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 719
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 652
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 656

    Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply outstanding!

    • By Chris on 07-26-12

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    • The Hero of Ages

    • Mistborn, Book 3
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 31,450
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27,626
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 27,615

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well concluded!

    • By Julio on 01-12-09

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  • Book 4

    • The Alloy of Law

    • A Mistborn Novel
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,576
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17,026
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17,034

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shorter, but very entertaining

    • By Robin on 12-14-11

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288

    In a world recovering only slowly from evil, a world where allomancers wield immense power through their ability to unleash the magic bound up in common metals, someone who can burn metals that no-one has burned before can tip the balance....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A solid book, but leaves loose ends

    • By Chris on 11-13-12

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 5

    • Shadows of Self

    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15,033
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13,921
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,894

    With The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson surprised listeners with a New York Times best-selling spinoff of his Mistborn audiobooks, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America. The trilogy's heroes are now figures of myth and legend, even objects of religious veneration. They are succeeded by wonderful new characters, chief among them Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary lord of House Ladrian.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thankfully "Mistborn" Continues

    • By Don Gilbert on 10-09-15

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    • Shadows of Self

    • A Mistborn Novel
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    Fans of Robert Jordan and George R. R. Martin alike have found a new champion of epic fantasy in Brandon Sanderson. And now, in the first of two sequels to The Alloy Of Law, the Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author returns to the world of Mistborn. It is more than 300 years after the events of the The Final Empire shaped Scadrial. Waxillium Ladrian has returned to the capital city of Elendel from the far-flung roughs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing!

    • By SarahLouise on 10-05-16

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  • Book 6

    • The Bands of Mourning

    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13,134
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12,200
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,169

    The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wax and Wayne are Back!!!

    • By Don Gilbert on 01-28-16

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Bands of Mourning

    • A Mistborn Novel
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series, his skill at marshalling epic storylines and dramatic action and his ability to create vivid characters made him a natural choice to complete Robert Jordan's epic wheel of time sequence. But with Mistborn, Sanderson has shown his bountiful talents in his own fiction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book superbly narated. Very satisfied.

    • By Hermanus on 03-26-16

    Regular price: $26.64