Sunday, July 31

Book Review: Mistborn

Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Pages: 643

Summary: 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.

He failed.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind 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 unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Alomancy, the power behind the Mistborn.

My Rating: 8.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a very well and a great introduction into the series I was immediately pulled into the story, and at times couldn't put it down. I'm now wondering why it took me so long to pick up the series.

This book was fast paced, detailed and the characters were complex and realistic. There were times it was hard to figure out who was a good guy or a bad guy - or something in between. Some characters I really grew to enjoy, and I hope they make appearances in the other books in the series. There were a few times I found the characters inner thoughts to blend together as one voice, instead of separate ones - but overall the characters were well done. They really shaped the book and helped make it into an extraordinary one.

The plot and the detail behind it was also very strong and well down. The reader is given enough information on the historical background of this world to understand what's happening and become interested in it, but leaves enough out to keep you hooked to find out more. I enjoyed the idea of the Mistborns and Alomancy and I look forward to the other books in the series to find out more about them. I also thought the setting and mystery behind the mist added to the story, making it a perfect atmosphere.

A few problems I had were what I mentioned about the characters above, and I found that after awhile the balls and attending them grew a little redundant. After a while they all became the same for me - I'd have preferred less balls and more information on the history behind the world, but overall very well done book, can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Would I recommend it to read: If you enjoy fantasy I definitely would. It's different then some of the other fantasy novel out there, detailed, fast paced and a good cast of characters. Makes for a quality read and I think a lot of readers out there would enjoy it.

What to read next: The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages, which is part of the trilogy. The Wheel of Time Saga.

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, Chunkster Reading Challenge, Fantasy Reading Challenge


  1. This does sound different than a lot of the other fantasy out there, Jules, and like something that I might like to read. I am glad that you enjoyed it and that you are going to continue on with the series. I'd love to see what you think of the consecutive books!

  2. Thanks for the review of this book. It's hard to find the time to do as much reading as I'd your reviews are so helpful!

  3. Zibilee - It was pretty good, it might be a good choice for you, it seemed to have a balance of everything a good fantasy needs, female lead, action, description, history etc.

    Free eBooks Here - I'm glad they're helping, hopefully you find some time to read soon.