Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Belief isn’t simply a thing for fair times and bright days, I think. What is belief – what is faith – if you don’t continue in it after failure.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. Criminal mastermind Kelsier teaches Allomancy, the magic of metals, to another Mistborn, urchin Vin 16. The unlikely heroine is distracted by rich Venture heir Elend. Can Kelsier’s thieving crew take on the tyrant Lord Ruler and bring back colour to their world?

5/5 stars

The final empire is the first book in a trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. The story takes place in the fictional world of Scadrial, a world where ash falls from the sky, the mist dominates the night and the sky is red.

The world is ruled by a tyrannical king and immortal “living God”, the Lord Ruler. Its society – know as the Final empire – is deeply divided between the skaa (servants) and the nobility.  The majority of the story takes place in the capital of the Lord Ruler’s empire, Luthadel.

The story itself revolves around Vin and Kelsier (both mistborns) who, alongside a group of other extremely talented people, plot to take down the Lord Ruler.  

One of the most amazing aspects of the story is the magic system. Allomancy is a magic system based around ingesting and then “burning” metals that give allomancers, as they’re known, special powers. These powers vary by the metal ingested, and not every allomancer has the ability to burn every metal—that skill is reserved for the Mistborn themselves. Allomancy isn’t something learned, either, but rather inherited genetically. The whole idea of this system is so powerful but at the same time so vulnerable and limited because it demands balance of those who use it.

The characters don’t disappoint either. They have a level of complexity and are so well-developed and intriguing. Every character motivation is so clearly explained that you can’t help but empathize with them.

I kept reading amazing reviews about Sanderson’s books so I finally decided to pick them up. I then completely devoured the entire trilogy. So full of twists that just leave you completely shocked and amazed at his writing. Regardless of being a fantasy, the entire series has so many thoughts regarding real world problems that it’s a must read for anyone, fantasy lover or not.  

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