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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 while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader. Hope is long lost, until a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa in the depths of the most hellish prison and discovered he has the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, Kelsier will turn his talents to the ultimate caper: one with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Only he’s not just planning the greatest heist in history, he’s plotting the overthrow of a divine despot.
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. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks like a 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.
It’s difficult to sum up my thoughts about this book without giving too much away but I’m going to try. Brandon Sanderson has woven a world where the rich and the poor have a very definite division. The rich are living a high life, some of them are blessed with powers which raise them up and give them positions of importance within the Lord Ruler’s court, the best of these, the Mistborn are rare and highly regarded. For the poor, the Skaa, life is hard, a life of slavery, of servitude. Serving the whims of the rich and the Lord Ruler, struggling for food and a roof over their head in slums.
The world building is divine, you are transported into the locations and can’t help but feel a part of each building and street as the characters move around. It’s easy to see the transition between rich and poor and there is no confusion between locations and which areas characters are in.
The characters themselves are wonderful, far too many to talk about here, but the two main protagonists Vin and Kel were superb.
Kel is in his thirties, heartbroken after losing his wife, he’s quite vengeful, but also very intelligent and not one to jump in both feet first. He has a very clever plan and he is a natural leader, speaking strongly and confidently in a way that appeals to the people around him. His charisma oozes from him and there are few who can resist him.
Vin is a young girl, only fifteen/sixteen, she’s still coming into her powers as a mistborn, but she is exceptionally gifted. We see her fall in love for the first time and put everything at risk for that. She’s very strong but struggles with trust, given she’s been abandoned by everyone she has trusted in the past, that’s hardly a surprise.
Seeing the magic use and how it’s described in the book is clever to say the use, the way the elements are pushed and pulled to make them work, at first I was a little confused but it quickly becomes easy to work out what is happening and how they are working. During the fight scenes it was beautiful, like a dance and I was mesmerised reading page after page of these wonderful interactions.
This book was absolutely fantastic, I’m very much looking forward to getting my teeth into the next book in the series.
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Title: The Final Empire
Series: Mistborn #1
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Fantasy | Epic Fantasy
Publication Date: 1 October 2009
Review Format: Paperback
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