Title: The Final Empire
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series Status: 1st book in the Mistborn Trilogy
# of pages: 643
My rating: 5/5 stars
The Mists rule the night.
The Lord Ruler owns the world.
Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.
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 even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.
Anything that Sanderson writes tends be incredible and this was no different. There’s also no real need for another review speaking about how fantastic this book actually is but I am going to write one because I loved it that much.
I’ll begin with the characters because they are possibly some of the most developed and intense characters that I’ve ever encountered. There is such a large gang in The Final Empire that singling them out individually to speak about how amazing they are would take a while but needless to say they were all incredible in their own right but perhaps the best thing was how much they grew as a group. It was easy to see individual development from each character but as the story progresses and we break into new parts of the story there are moments of reflection from each character that shows how they have changed with the group and how as a whole they are helping each other grow. Honestly these characters are some of my all time favorites now.
The plot was insanely complex and so well executed. I loved how so many things were foreshadowed so flawlessly throughout and how even the side plots were done so that as we came to the final scenes it all fell into place. Even if some pieces felt predictable, in the sense that you knew they were coming, it still was executed so that I didn’t mind that I knew what would happen.
Probably the greatest thing about this was the magic system. Not only was it complex, it was so unique and unlike anything I have ever read. The magic focuses on certain people being able to swallow metals and then harness powers based on what composition or type of metal they swallow. It’s insanely complex and has many layers to it but was something so different that I have ever heard about in a fantasy that it made it that much better. The different parts of the magic, while not completely fleshed out, held so much information and managed to be a main part of the story while not dominating it and making magic the only part that mattered.
Something that was also executed well was the pacing. It was so great to see a fantasy that was evenly paced with faster/action scenes being spaced out instead happening in large clumps. While towards the end it did push up a little more there was still large group of moments that helped provide setup and background that served a purpose and were still entertaining.
Sanderson’s writing was something ultimately incredible and while I haven’t read much of his works yet, he is definitely an auto buy author and I am in love with how he handled this book so I have high hopes for the rest of this series.
I loved this first installment so much and I am dying to see what happens in the next books because this was an incredible read that has definitely made it to my all time favorites list.
Overall this was easily an incredible read and I don’t think that I have ever read a negative review of this book series so I cannot wait to read more.