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The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

2006 . Fantasy & Adventure, Fiction . Brandon Sanderson

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Everyone

About the book

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For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed. This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails?

Year:

2006

Language:

English

Publisher:

Tor Books

Pages:

544

ISBN:

076531178X (ISBN13: 9780765311788)

Reviews

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Matt Brown

3 days ago

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While waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the third installment of the Kingkiller Chronicles, I came across the Mistborn Trilogy. This first book was pretty good, if you like the quasi-magic historical fantasy genre.

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Danny Kent

2 months ago

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As a fantasy-fiction fan, I was keen to find something that felt fresh in what is quickly becoming a saturated genre. This book satisfies in that department, bringing in new concepts of magical abilities in the form of combustible metals that in turn give certain powers to the one burning them. I must say though, there is something somewhat uninspiring about this concept that doesn’t make you wish you had those powers in the way you wish you could be a wizard at Hogwarts, or in Middle Earth even. The characters, particular Vin and Kelsier, are decent enough but they don’t inspire a serious enough emotional connection to pull you through the story at a rate of nots. It’s a decent-sized book too, so only commit to this if you’re an avid reader in the genre