Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn Series #1)

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn Series #1)

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

#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson's epic Mistborn Trilogy begins.

Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.

Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765377135
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Series: Mistborn Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 155,942
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL740L (what's this?)

About the Author

BRANDON SANDERSON grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. In addition to completing Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time®, he is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, The Alloy of Law, The Way of Kings, Rithmatist, and Steelheart. He won the 2013 Hugo Award for "The Emperor's Soul," a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris.

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IrishYndina More than 1 year ago
Brandon Sanderson continues to amaze me with his in-depth and well thought out magic systems, all of which are unique. In this book, magic is hereditary and can only be accessed by swallowing and then "burning" metals. The differences in who can or can't use magic and who can burn one or all metals creates an intricate political and social system the compliments the plot superbly. The plot itself is masterful. The story has the feeling of a heist with everything at stake. There are constant twists, problems arising (as always happens in real life), and a delicious ending. Another thing I enjoyed about this Sanderson book in particular is that the characters seem more and more real as the book goes on. The more his characters react, the less they seem like stock character cutouts and the more they begin to walk off the page. He gives everyone both motivation and personality when too many authors seem to choose one or the other. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys solid fantasy or heist stories. It also comes at the epic fantasy from a different angle, since in this story the epic hero didn't quite save the world as he should have so many years before, and the world has become a dark and oppressive place. Highly entertaining. I would read this book again, if I didn't have the other two books in the trilogy to read first.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Considering I'm 35 and have been reading for enjoyment since i was a child, it always makes me excited to discover a new author whom writes exceptionally well and has an interesting, original plot. The only problem I seem to have is the negative reviews. I understand everyone has a view and right to defend view, yet, in my opinion the negative reviews seem blatantly inaccurate. The charactors are personable and story is far from monotonous. The storyline with magic system is unique with some originality. So my question posed is what books/authors are being considered superior written over Sanderson? I find Sanderson appealing and can vouch his writings are more exciting, mature and story line executed superbly when compared to a fair amount of modern authors flooding the market. My opinoin..but fairly backed. Grab the book. You will love it!
Princeling More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book one day and almost immediately regretted it. I couldn't put it down. It caught me and held me captive to the point that eating became a chore, and sleeping seemed unimportant in comparison to turning to the next page. Dynamic characters, unpredictably complex plots, and a vast new world of wonder and imaginative concepts guaranteed it a spot on my shelf of favorite books. Very well done Mr. Sanderson. Very well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very original and believable magic system. Brandon Sanderson tells a very unique tale, and if you are like me and you enjoy dark, and action-stuffed fantasy? Then pick this book up! Love the philosophical perspective of the story...and it ends well for a first book of a trilogy. Im rambling i know--i just have alot of strong, good feelings about this book. Though the minor and dynamic characters in the story werent written with enough depth in this first book, book two is where they all come to life. The story is enjoyably unpredictable, the pace is perfect. A must read, he and Patrick Rothfuss--author of the name of the wind--have replinished my thirst for fantasy. They have saved it for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. The author has put together a sort of fantasy oceans eleven, but this group has a much higher and more noble purpose than just greed. The world is aazingly rich as are the characters. Each one is well thought out and their motivations and histories are very well done. If you enjoy fantasy, and want a book that will have you feeling for the characters, check this one out. A wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be truthful, when I read the reviews of this book at first, I was still skeptical of the ideas brought on by this series. After reading the free sample, I didnt have a choice but to continue reading, I was so drawn to the likeable and relatible characters that I literally didnt sleep last night to finish the book.
FantasyFanboy More than 1 year ago
This was my second read of Sanderson's work. The first was his continuation of Jordan's Wheel of Time Series, which I found well done. However, Jordan was prevalent throughout the piece. So, I wanted to see what Sanderson had done on his own. I have to say; I am impressed. His writing is tight. You are thrown into the plot without any delay. He never monologues his history as many fantasy writers do. Instead, doling it out in bit-sized nuggets throughout the story. A wonderful job by a man who has, with his first book, became one of my favorite story tellers.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
Okay, I admit the story was a bit slow-going, but the way it was written made even the most mundane moments very interesting. Sanderson brings some highly original ideas and concepts to this book that I've never seen anywhere else. My favorite element of the book has to be the characters. It felt like I was reading about real people, and I wont be forgetting them anytime soon! If you enjoyed this book, you might also like "Magician's Guild" by Trudi Canavan, "Way of Shadows" by Brent Weeks, "Assassin's Apprentice" by Robin Hobb, "Last Stormlord" by Glenda Larke, and "Dragon Weather" by Lawrence Watt-Evans!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the series immensely...I can"t wait for the next book.
DearReader More than 1 year ago
Brandon Sanderson's outstnading world building and story telling skills are hard at work in this book. Just when I thought there isn't anything new that could be imagined in fantasy fiction -- here is something brand new! I highly recommend this book as great escape reading, especially if you need or want to lose yourself in a book for a weekend.
Tyler_MCA_Knight More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I can't wait to go and buy the next two! Brandon Sanderson's writnig style is one thaat is able to grab readers from the first sentence and keep them enthralled far after they finish the boo. The character progression is quite interesting. To watch Vin, the main character, grow from a street urchin thief into a spy and allomancer of incredible power gives one a feeling that is incredibly hard to explain. I recommend this book with a huge amount of respect and awe for Mr. Sanderson.
moshez More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. Especially the world, which is even better than the roller-coaster plot. The magic system is well thought out, consistent, and gives rise to amazing fight-sequences. Delicious.
Durzo More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the entire "Mistborn" trilogy. Sanderson has an intriguing style for luring you along from one mystery to another, slowly expanding the unique world that this story takes place in. The characters are fun to read and most of their character development is well timed and believable. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I wanted to possess the type of abilities that Kelsier and Vin had; both Allomantic and other. Each character is whole and even though not everything is explained in the first book, behavior and traits of the characters are explained and expanded upon throughout the series. There are many twists and turns that I had not expected, and Sanderson is not shy about flipping everything on its head just to throw you off from how you thought events would unravel. I highly recommend this and the two following books.
RMosack More than 1 year ago
Learned about Sanderson due to him being pegged to write the final Wheel of Time book following Robert Jordan's death. I was already impressed with his first book, Elantris, so I picked this one up. I think I like this young writer - not your same old, same old sci-fi or fantasy writing. Definitely recommended.
Clearlyhere More than 1 year ago
Brandon Sanderson's novel Mistborn is a well written fantasy novel that concludes with a real ending. He is still full of idea that seem fresh and not just recycling old ideas. The writing style is solid with characterization and plotting, more on the sparse side. The world has been in a holding pattern for a thousand years and then a young girl names Vin is recruited by a band of freedom fighters/thieves. Eventually it comes to saving the world or a least changing it for better because they have a plan. I will be reading the second novel in the series.
Grandpa More than 1 year ago
This is my first Brandon Sanderson read and I am hooked. I don't do five page book reports, I just tell you what I think. His characters are meaty with just enough magic,action and intrigue to make this a page turner you have trouble putting down. The magic format is unique,and refreshing for a change. The Skaa have been ruled for a thousand years by the Lord Ruler, a God like figure. Enter, a very talented street urchin, Vin, mastermind thief, Kelsier, and cast of others who decide to bring down the Lord Ruler. Vin's growth in magic talent and budding romance with a very unlikely partner is a fun understory as well. There are no slow parts to the plot, it takes you on a great ride. Get this book. TODAY!
PollyBennett 19 days ago
As good as the first time I read it.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Do your self a favor and dive into this whimsical work of magic and mystery!
ReadingOverTheShoulder More than 1 year ago
I love this book, in spite of how long it took me to finally just read it. The main characters Vin and Kelsier are well done. The plot is absolutely amazing and the world is so vivid I can often taste the ash that falls continually. For the full version of this review and more from Brandon Sanderson, check out ReadingOverTheShoulder.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I randomly came across Sanderson years back and gave him a chance. I bought Elantris and Warbreaker (stand alone books) and was amazed at the new forms of magical systems he was creating. After reading those I bought Mistborn. The first 3 in this series are a true trilogy. He creates a whole new duality of magical systems that are unlike anything I've ever seen. While being complex they are instantly understandable due to his use of real world substances (different types of metals as forms of mana etc...) You won't be disappointed if you fall down this rabbit hole... It's definitely worth it.
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Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
Ever since I saw the beautiful covers for Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series on an awesome #bookstagrammer’s, I knew I HAD to have it. I won’t have you thinking that this was just a cover request, because after I saw these covers a few years ago I IMMEDIATELY ran to Goodreads, read what this series was about, and have CRAVED it since. Then, the absolutely LOVELY folks at Hachette India sent me the first two books, and I am ABSOLUTELY HOOKED. I took book one with me to my FIRST EVER COMIC-CON just this last weekend, and the fact that I was in the convention centre, a part of the biggest gathering of nerds that I’ve been too EVER, and still ONLY cared about what was happening inside The Final Empire should tell you how COMPLETELY MINDBLOWING this book is. One of my first adult fantasies, The Final Empire is EVERYTHING that a standard Young Adult Fantasy lacks – concentration on a FLAWLESS plot, seriously life-like and deeply flawed characters, an ACTUAL REALISTIC rebellion and plot twists you can NEVER predict. What if the Dark Lord won? The Final Empire has been under the control of the Lord Ruler for over a century now. An extremely powerful, god-chosen (as the legends claim) Mistborn, he has unleashed tyranny over his subjects for a long time. The only people he favours are the elite nobility who are given free reign over the rest of the people – the commoners – skaa. Subject to beating downs, hard lives and oppression for over a century, the skaa are so broken in spirit they would rather stay in their inhumane lives than rebel against the Empire. A thief; a con-artist and a crew leader, Kelsier is a Mistborn. Extremely powerful, he is an Allomancer with highly coveted powers that help him burn metals to make him faster, stronger and gives him the ability to play with another’s mind. Kelsier is on a job – one of a size nobody has ever undertaken before – and by the time he’s done, a century of oppression and ash fall might come to an end. Vin is a street orphan, who for all her life has only been taught that everyone will betray her catches Kelsier’s eye. Unbeknownst to her, she is also a Mistborn, and will soon become a vital part of Kell’s Life and the Job. There were a lot of things I LOVED about this book like: 1. THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL: There are very few books that pay so much attention to the WORLD it is set in, rather than just the eccentricities of the characters, but The Final Empire is DEFINITELY one of them. The cities, the social conditions, the politics and the descriptions of everything were so SPOT ON, it really felt like I was there, in the aforementioned places experiencing it all. 2. THE CREW: Every good criminal job and leader needs a good crew, right? Well, this one did NOT disappoint. Thieves with a purpose, chaos bringers with the power of control and all slightly blessed with powers, this crew put every other one I’ve read off to shame. I LOVED Ham, Dox, Clubs, Breeze, Vin, Renoux, Sazed and even Marsh. They were contrasting and fit together likt puxxle pieces and feeling like a part of their crew was AMAZING. 3. THE MISTBORNS: I have never seen powers described in a better way. Mistborns have power over all burnable metals, and Mistings have power over a particular one, and the very well done theory behind how it all worked could only have been concocted in the minds of a genius. More on A Thousand Words A Million Books
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
I definitely wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. The world-building bogged me down a few times, and I'm nowhere close to having all of the tenets of Allomancy memorized, but by the time I got to the ending I didn't honestly care. The thing that sold me on MISTBORN was the "fantasy heist novel" premise, and holy crap did Sanderson deliver. I loved the dynamics between Kelsier and his crew, and the way they were able to put their friendships ahead of the heist job in even the most desperate circumstances. Seeing Vin discover what loyalty is while she was learning to master her Allomantic powers was unexpectedly moving, and her role in the big, climatic showdown made me squeal. Another big bonus was that I never saw the ending coming, and I had no idea how the characters were going to get there. One thing I love about Brandon Sanderson's books is that he's willing to make tough choices, and write the scenes that you wouldn't expect, and MISTBORN was no exception. I'm already eager to get my hands on the next book.