Review: Mistborn The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #1
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Adult/YA
Format: Hardcover/ebook
Length: 541 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: July 17, 2006
Source: Hardcover from personal collection; ebook from library
Recommended for fans of: any fantasy novels


What if the whole world were a dead, blasted wasteland?

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and 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.

Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Then Kelsier reveals his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets. She will have to learn trust if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

Brandon Sanderson, fantasy’s newest master tale-spinner and author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turns a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the prophesied hero failed to defeat the Dark Lord? The answer will be found in the Misborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises that begins with the book in your hands. Fantasy will never be the same again.


Wow! It’s been awhile since I’ve been so engrossed in a book that I never wanted to put it down (even to check my phone!) and I constantly thought about getting back to the story when I wasn’t reading.

I had been wanting to get into Brandon Sanderson for awhile now, and several people recommended I start with Mistborn. I’m so grateful they gave me the push to finally read this!

Sanderson is an incredible fantasy writer. The magic system was so unique and well-conceived, and I loved the way the world building was gradually accomplished through the storytelling. This world has a lot of complex history and rules, but the explanations were never clunky, integrated seamlessly into the plot.

This book also had so many compelling characters I grew to love and twists that blew me away! This is a really, really good story that is a must-read for fantasy lovers.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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