84. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – Mistborn Book 1

If you clicked on this post, I’m going to assume that you may or may not have seen Game of Thrones. And if by some coincidence you’ve read the book I only have one question: Why aren’t we friends already?

So the first book of the series (A Song of Ice and Fire) called Game of Thrones, ended on a scene that left me stunned, shocked, and flabbergasted for a good few minutes (you know the one where Evil Joffrey acts like the awful brat he is). The same reaction occurred while reading The Final Empire, but I recovered as not all authors are like George R.R. Martin – who keeps his audience literally starving for the next book! I don’t even want to start this debate.

Coming back to Mistborn Book One called The Final Empire, the author created auniverse and a magic system so immensely unique and intense, that honestly I don’t want to come back to the real world and face life. I just want to read on and on.

Summary:

The story begins in the world of Scadrial where the reign of Lord Ruler has been going for thousands of years, untouched, absolute and invincible. The people called the Skaa are under the terror and slavery of his nobility, where their lives are beyond inhumane, yet they carry on working at their plantations and sweeping away the ashes that fall during the day and hide from the mists that appear during the night. They have rebelled in the past against the Lord Ruler and his ministry but each time they have been slaughtered.

“You can’t kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that thing you’ve never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope.”

Until, one day a new hope arises in the form of Kelsier better known as the Survivor – who came out alive from the pits of Hathshin where only the workers come out dead. But Kelsier is no ordinary Skaa, he is a mistborn who has the power of Allomancy, through which he can burn different metals and use their powers to perform unimaginable feats. However, with the uprising he is planning against the Final Empire he’ll need to form a reliable crew with the best of the bests, and another mistborn – who by law are killed as they are unlawful in the Empire.

“Anyone can believe in someone, or something, that always succeeds, Mistress. But failure…ah, now, that is hard to believe in, certainly and truly. Difficult enough to have value, I think.”

Soon, Kelsier find a street thief – an orphan who has seen life and its hardship and has still made it out alive, by following the teaching of her brother who left her all alone out of the blue. This street urchin is a powerful mistborn named Vin who despite her frail and scrawny body is pretty strong but skeptical. Nonetheless, Vin shortly joins the crew and works on the plan to overthrow the Empire, without knowing she will be the one pulling the ultimate trigger in the grand finale.

“My behavior is nonetheless, deplorable. Unfortunately, I’m quite prone to such bouts of deplorability–take for instance, my fondness for reading books at the dinner table.”

Review:

I cannot even begin to explain how amazing the magic system in this book is. It feels like a branch of science. Using metals to display different type of powers, sounds fascinating and something not many people would think of. But honestly the Mistborn concept and the power of Allomancy just blew my mind and I was hooked to The Final Empire.

“Honestly, for an evil god of darkness, he certainly can be dull.”

The story is so easily narrated that you feel the text just flowing and it isn’t at all difficult to follow along. I mean the author pulled off some amazing fantasy writing. He makes you feel involved with the characters, he shows you their weaknesses and strengths. Talks about loyalty, trust, friendship, unity, and faith, as well as betrayal, starvation, cruelty, and deceit.

“I’m a thief, not a prophet. Sometimes, we just have to be what the job requires.”

If you love Fantasy and have been looking for a new series to start I honestly swear by this. The people I follow for recommendations have said nothing but positive reviews about The Final Empire. So much so that I just took their word for it and without blinking twice or doing my research, I bought it. It’s one of the best buys of the last year and frankly speaking; my entire life. I always look for strong female leads in books and this specific female character just won my heart.

Onto the basics:

  1. Rating: 5.0/5.0
  1. Favorite quote: “The right belief is like a good cloak, I think. If it fits you well, it keeps you warm and safe. The wrong fit however, can suffocate.”
  2. Reader level: Fairly easy.
  3. Should you read:  Yes x1000
  4. Would I read it again: Totally! Not giving away or lending my copy to anyone!

Good luck,

-Sarah

 

 

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