Book # 5 – Mistborn: The Final Empire

Eventually, she spoke. “So..what does this all mean?”

Kelsier smile. “It means that you, Vin, are a very special person.  You have a power that most high noblemen envy.  It is a power that, had you been born an aristocrat, would have made you one of the most deadly and influential people in all of the Final Empire.”

Kelsier leaned forward again. “But, you weren’t born an aristocrat. You’re not noble, Vin. You don’t have to play by their rules – and that makes you even more powerful.”

(Kelsier informing Vin that she has some very special powers).

 

In Mistborn; The Final Empire (part of the Mistborn trilogy), Brandon Sanderson writes an epic fantasy novel wrapped around a heist plot, adds an excellent magic system, known as Allomancy, and places it all in an ash-laden city, surrounded by mists and in a world where the dark lord actually won. Phew..  There is a LOT of world-building / history related to this series.

This story has so many great elements; humour is good, action scenes are well written and some of the violent scenes are in grim detail. The class system between Skaa and noblemen is developed and explained throughout the story rather than in a grand piece of exposition.  Also, the ‘blurb’ at the head of each chapter provides additional information, but in a format that you don’t expect.

The main characterisation is very good; Kelsier is a strong character with history and Vin is someone who you can sympathise with. However, the rest of the ‘crew’ don’t seem to instil the same feelings, whether that is by design or not…

However, I have to admit that when I tried to read this book last year I didn’t get further than the first hundred pages.  I didn’t dislike it, nor was I put off by the thickness of the book (I like reading epic fantasy). I just stopped reading it.

This time around, for whatever reason, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The pace picked up throughout the book with the later chapters keeping me reading long after I should have gone to sleep.

In keeping with my rule of not reading a trilogy sequentially, my new book will be Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

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