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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 16 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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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Yawn ...

    Uninspiring characters in a shallow universe of monotonous activity. Really, there are just so much better out there, do not waste your time.

    3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Just OK

    Not what I expected from the reviews I read. I found this book after a search for books similar to medieval fiction alternate reality, which this book most assuredly is not. So while it was not was I was looking for I read it anyway, and to me the characters and plot were both underdeveloped and left me wanting to know more without having to read other books in the series to find out. A lot of magic, definitely written for fans of alternate reality/fantasy with more of a science fiction bent.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I enjoyed Brandon Sanderson's other books, so picked up this one

    I enjoyed Brandon Sanderson's other books, so picked up this one. I have never hated a character as much as I hate Vin. There is something about the way she is written that has me saying "I could care less". I finished the book hoping it would get better, and that she would grow, but no. The overall books was okay, but just okay. I did finish the series out of sheer stubbornness, but had to force myself. I didn't like it at all. Not nearly as good as "Elantris", "The Way of Kings", or "Warbreaker". Read those instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Its okay

    Not that great tons of build up for little pay off really wantwd to like it but just did not have enough action or deep enough plot

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Teen series

    I believe this book lacked character and plot depth/development. While overall the writing was solid, I would not recommend this book to serious fantasy readers. I will not be continuing on to read the rest of the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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