on October 1st, 2009
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy
In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage - Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
Brandon Sanderson continues to amaze me with his books. Mistborn: The Final Empire is another masterpiece. Completely original in its genre, it takes you to a place where the people are ruled by a sadistic tyrant who doesn’t bat an eyelash during the executions of hundreds of skaa (the peasants of the world). The Dark Ruler is almighty and powerful – god or no god? No-one knows for sure. In this world, there are people who are able to wield magic through the use of Allomancy – burning metals. Each metal, while burned, gives you a different power. For instance, tin enhances all the senses. People who are able to burn a certain metal are called Mistings.
Then there are the Mistborn: those who can burn all metals. They’re the most powerful Allomancers. Kelsier is one of those Mistborn. Famous for surviving a terrible fate set upon him by the Lord Ruler, he becomes the leader of a new skaa rebellion. He is savvy, reckless, and will stop at nothing to overthrow the Final Empire. His most important asset becomes 16-year-old Vin, a regular street urchin who finds out she’s Mistborn when she meets Kelsier. She is reluctantly thrown in with Kelsier’s fellow rebels. We follow her around as she learns how to wield her newfound, awesome powers, and as she attends balls, pretending to be a noblewoman. We see her grow immensely, not just as an Allomancer, but as a person, and it is beautiful. Slowly but surely she starts trusting people, and even making friends. Her familial relationship with Kelsier is a great thing to behold. We also see her fall in love with the son of the most powerful noble House, Elend Venture. Only Elend has no idea she’s a Mistborn thief.
The skaa rebellion has a lot to overcome. They’ve been oppressed and mistreated for the past 1,000 years, which has made them tame and hopeless. Courage is a tough thing to find, especially in a world where beatings and executions are common. They also have Steel Inquisitors to deal with – superhuman servants of the Dark Ruler with steel spikes instead of eyes, who will stop at nothing to maintain order in any way they see fit.
Sanderson’s strengths not only lie in creating amazing new worlds, but also in the creation of so many three-dimensional side characters. My favourite was Breeze, someone who can control other’s emotions. Just imagine all the things you could do with that power. Breeze mainly uses it to have others fetch him food and drinks. He is lazy and snarky and just amazing. Breeze is only one of the many characters you will come to love.
View Spoiler »I loved the way the Dark Ruler was dealt with. I knew that Marsh had become an Inquisitor and the Dark Ruler somehow dealth with Feruchemy too, but the execution of it all was great. Although I would’ve liked to see a little more depth in the Dark Ruler – I liked it when we were led to believe the Dark Ruler had written those log books. In the end, he was just a hateful man. I hope the Eleventh Metal will be dealt with more in the sequels, ’cause I still don’t understand.
R.I.P. Kelsier. You are a hero. Though you are not really dead, because you are something that cannot be killed. You are hope. « Hide Spoiler
Pick up a Sanderson book. You will not regret it. They’re original, exciting, and so much fun.