Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Alerts/Warnings: Violence & Murder
Premise: "For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and invincibility. Then, when hope was lost, a terribly scarred half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark." (PG City Library)
Opinions: Once again Brandon Sanderson shows his incredible ability to create an in-depth fantasy world. The details that he uses are so intricate that I'm constantly amazed out how complete his creations are. As this fantasy is written for adults please be prepared that there is a lot of violence and blood shed. The age of the world he has created is one that is severely depressed by a tyrant who rules by extreme cruelty. So there are some scenes that REALLY made me cringe.
My favorite part of the story however involved Vin - a Skaa theif that Kelsier involves in his plans to overthrow the Lord Ruler. She is an intriguing character with amazing talents, and many more hang-ups that she works to overcome. Her extremely difficult upbringing gives her knowledge and abilities that strengthen her through intense situations. I loved watching her learn and grow and to decide if she could ever trust anyone -- especially Kelsier.
Overall, I really enjoyed delving into the Mistborn universe and getting to know its people, despite the intense bloodshed.