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The Final Empire

Sanderson, Brandon

(Paperback - 2007)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
"Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangles the land. He failed."--Cover, p. [4].

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Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, c2007
Edition: 1st Mass Market ed
ISBN: 0765350386
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI SANDERSON
Characteristics: viii, 657 p. : maps ; 17 cm.
Alternate Title: Final empire


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Inventive fantasy that's part heist caper, set in a strange, ash-filled world. If you like thieves and unusual magic systems, you'll like this!

Jun 24, 2014
  • Perenelle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mistborn played with all I've learned to expect from this genre. The characters are not archetypes you can fit in like building blocks, and are all the more real for it. The concept, "What if the hero fails and evil wins?" is a breath of fresh air. Sanderson's writing is vivid and not dragging, the story is engaging. What's not to like? Read this book ASAP! (And don't forget the sequels, and the Stormlight Archives series from this same author - just as great!)

In a world of new fantasies being published daily, Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy stands out strongly. The two aspects that set him apart are his incredible and unique magic system and his character — strong yet human, whom you can admire yet relate to. From Ham's philisophical musings to Kelsier's charismatic speeches to Vin's shy yet deceptively strong personality, the characters are brilliant. This book can stand alone, in a way — the ending is satisfying yet reveals that there is so much more than the problem before our eyes. Delve into this brown, ash-coated world, ruled by a dark lord, yet boasting a small, determined group of rebels. Join Kelsier, who lost all and still smiles, and Vin, who has been trained to not trust but realizes that trusting may be the only way to win. Call yourself a fantasy lover? Then read this series!

Feb 09, 2014
  • Rbrightone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. The development of the characters is great, I loved the magic system and the world creation was detailed and believable. I would highly recommend this book

Aug 29, 2013
  • squinton rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Oh man, I couldn't put this book down! I've read some pretty lame fantasy books before, so I was pretty skeptical about this one. What a pleasant surprise! Sanderson did a fantastic job of creating a believable world with very relatable characters.

Jul 19, 2013
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For readers of fantasy. Sanderson has created a complex world with an intricate plot and some interesting characters.

Apr 24, 2013
  • KingSalomon rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

good! but The Way of Kings is WAY better

Apr 01, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Not only does Sanderson create one unique magic system in this series, he creates two! This author outdoes himself this time. Each character is unique, and their magic type fits along with their personality. The world is thorough and complex, and the author always has more to reveal. All three books keep up the same level of excellence.

The Mistborn trilogy has some extraordinary types of non-human peoples in an unusual world. This is more than just the usual sword and sorcery story. The characters have depth and the "magic" involved is of a novel type. The plot is gripping and unpredicatble.

Jun 10, 2012
  • happycanuck rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

interesting characters, good plot, well written

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Jul 12, 2014
  • hippogriff28 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ham (to Breeze): "I'm a soldier. Your witty verbal attacks have no effect on me, for I'm far too dense to understand them."

Jul 12, 2014
  • hippogriff28 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kelsier: "I strive for nothing if not consistency."

Jul 12, 2014
  • hippogriff28 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kelsier: "You aren't drinking."
Vin: "You might have slipped something in it."
Kelsier: "Oh, there was no need for me to sneak something into your drink. After all, you’re going to drink this vial of mysterious liquid quite willingly.”


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