Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson. Fantasy, 672 pages. Paperback. First in the series.
So *this* is why people are Sanderson fans. It was a far cry from Warbreaker, to be sure. It was well-crafted, thickly charactered, and assuredly worth the page length.
Mistborn: The Final Empire is a fantasy story where all magics are based in metals. But the plot and action are The Man Who Never Missed meets The Merro Tree meets The Long Run meets The Name of the Wind, set in a world where some people with magical talents can use The Matrix effects to run, jump, fight, and even see through time.
The back of the book starts by telling the readers that, 1000 years ago, there was a hero who arose to save the world... and he failed. Now, the plot starts with a group of the downtrodden underclass (the "skaa") attempting a hoax against the nobility, which exposes our main character Vin to a group of rebel skaa who are out to overthrow the godlike Lord Ruler and end the thousand years of oppression. What was interesting to discover was that the back of the book actually summarized the plot really well, even if I didn't realize exactly how well it did until riiiiight before
the last plot twist landed on top of me.
Mistborn was a thick and satisfying book for me, and it even caught my subconscious imagination in dreamings. What it did not do was catch my romantic-literary heart. There are no turns of phrase in this book, no strong scenes of emotional action that will make me pick the book back up, turn to a page, and say "Here, this is what I mean." when trying to sell the book to another friend. I can compliment the cast, the action, the world-building, the plot, the magic... but the character's own words and thoughts never quite reached me.
I noticed that there is a box set out there, of this book and the two others in the series... I'm quite tempted to opt straight for all three on the strength of the first one. A book that can end that strongly likely will lead into a good second book...
I recommend this book to people who like layered fantasy books, with strong character development, and who don't mind whiny and preachy characters stomping through. (Note! Sanderson was picked to finish the Wheel of Time
epic. He can get wordy.)
I picked it up because quixotic_goat
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