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Review: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, #1)

“In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.”

What I thought:

I fell in love with this immediately. By the time I got to page 33, it already felt too short. There was everything to love and nothing to dislike, and now I’ve finished it my feelings are in pain. It was so good, friends!

Confession: I forgot to take notes of quotes for this review. Not because there weren’t any good lines, there were plenty, but because…because…I don’t know? I just got carried away with how amazing everything was, I guess??

Anyway, I do have one quote. Appreciate it, it’s all you’re getting 😛

“You saw how that skaa gentleman treated me? People don’t like us, my dear.  The idea of someone who can play with their emotions, who can ‘mystically’ get them to do certain things, makes them uncomfortable. What they do not realize–and what you must realize–is that manipulating others is something that all people do. In fact, manipulation is at the core of our social interaction.”

The foreshadowing in this was killing me. It’s brutal how well Sanderson hints at bad things that may or may not happen on future pages. While not all of them came true in this book, I don’t trust he won’t kill my favourites later on. He’s already started, so I’m prepared. Sort of. *adds excessive amounts of chocolate to shopping list*

I LOVED the little bits of writing above each chapter, all the more so once I realised whose they were. It was such a clever idea, and gave that extra bit of insight we would never have had otherwise.

The characters were another strong point. Sanderson’s characters are real, believable, and emotionally investable. Kelsier was a fantastic anti-hero, I’d love to have that decent, intelligent discussion with Ham since no one else will, and I have ALL OF THE LOVE AND RESPECT for the Keepers. I really hope there’s more about them in the sequels. If there’s not, don’t spoil my hopes, okay?

I feel like I’ve learned from a Master. If you write high fantasy, this is a must-read for you. It’ll teach you world building and character development like no guide can. If you don’t write yourself and just enjoy high fantasy novels, you want to read this, too.


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One Comment

  1. I saw this post and just had to zero it!.
    You are quite right about his skills
    I have the Mistborn Trilogy and its sequel The Alloy of Law series on audiobook and enjoy a revisit to them.
    Sanderson’s mastery of creating indivual characters of depth and weaving them with ease from foreground to background without jarring the narrative is spellbinding.
    What I have found impressive is the care he has taken in matching up the narrative in both series and the introduction of more humour in the Alloy series
    Although I’ve not read all of his books some followers had said all his works are actually linked in one Sanderson-verse.
    The one-off ‘Warbreaker’ is highly recommended.

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