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16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

a terrific coming of age epic fantasy t

The immortal Lord Ruler has brutally dominated the Great Houses for over a millennium. The ash that is everywhere symbolizes his Final Empire rule the lack of flowers anywhere represents the lack of hope. No one, purebred Skaa, hybrids, or otherwise, dares even think...
The immortal Lord Ruler has brutally dominated the Great Houses for over a millennium. The ash that is everywhere symbolizes his Final Empire rule the lack of flowers anywhere represents the lack of hope. No one, purebred Skaa, hybrids, or otherwise, dares even think of rebellion in this vile wasteland if they want to survive another day out side the evil dungeons.-------------- That is none until a half-breed common thief Kelsier survives the ordeal of Lord Ruler¿s imprisonment by losing his mind. He begins to ¿develop¿ super skills that enable him to do the impossible. The thief plans to end the evil regime by overthrowing initially the sycophantic cowardly nobles and culminating with the death of the Lord Ruler. His charisma obtains followers, but his big break occurs when Kelsier meets Skaa street waif Vin, who has the same Mistborn powers that Kelsier learned to use in the torture chambers. Kelsier arranges for Vin to go undercover within the nobles¿ Great Houses. However, the rebel leader fails to comprehend emotions as his female mole falls in love with Prince Elend Venture.-------------- MISTBORN, the first book of the Final Empire series, is a terrific coming of age epic fantasy that uses a what if premise in which the Dark Lord killed the good guy hero (the Hobbit or Beowulf loses to the evil adversary), which leads to a fabulous world in which evil rules absolutely evilly. Vin holds much of the plot together, but Kelsier is the more fascinating character as a Hans Solo type in fantasy land. The Lord Ruler is out of Tolkien 101, but that is to be expected as the regime the malevolent one built pays homage to the foul sides of The Lord of the Rings.--------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Great ideas poorly executed

I really wanted to like this book and had high expectations after reading all the great reviews. I now cannot fathom its popularity. The book has an interesting premise, an interesting magical system, seemingly lots of good things going for it, but the writing is sub-pa...
I really wanted to like this book and had high expectations after reading all the great reviews. I now cannot fathom its popularity. The book has an interesting premise, an interesting magical system, seemingly lots of good things going for it, but the writing is sub-par. It's like talking to someone with a bad stutter or facial tick: it isn't like you can't do it, but it is a constant distraction from the conversation. The same goes with Sanderson's writing. Kelsier smiled; his eyes twinkled - every couple pages repeats this odd characterization at completely inappropriate times, and it continuously drew me out of the narrative. Everything is laid out in uninteresting detail, leaving little to the reader's imagination - the writing is not the least bit evocative and, as mentioned, is highly repetitive. If you can overlook these flaws, perhaps there is something worthwhile in the series, but I could not get far enough to find it.

posted by 2566941 on February 25, 2012

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