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The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

4.43  ·  Rating Details ·  231,978 Ratings  ·  15,790 Reviews
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 color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage —
Hardcover, 541 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Tor Books (first published July 17th 2006)
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Jason Wood I don't know why, but anytime I read one of Sanderson's novels, I picture it as an anime in my head ... because of the in-book art style maybe? I…moreI don't know why, but anytime I read one of Sanderson's novels, I picture it as an anime in my head ... because of the in-book art style maybe? I don't know but I've been begging for some japanime studio to pick up one of his books and turn it into an anime mini series.(less)
Julia Hörmayer I'm 16 and this is the best book I've ever read. I also only read YA, usually. You should 100% read it.

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Kat O'Keeffe
Dec 14, 2014 Kat O'Keeffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Just as I expected, this book was FANTASTIC. The story, the characters, the world, the magic system--I loved it all! It was a wonderful first book in a series--satisfying on its own, yet there's still plenty to explore in future books (which I will definitely be reading soon!)

Really, the only somewhat negative thing I have to say is regarding all the hype. While I definitely think the praise is deserved, it did leave me with very very high e
Khanh (the meanie)
Nov 25, 2012 Khanh (the meanie) rated it really liked it
Sometimes, I revisit a book I had loved ages ago, only to tell myself "What the actual fuck was I thinking?! This book is crap!!!!! Oh young Khanh, you were so dumb :("

Thankfully, this was absolutely NOT the case for this book. I appreciated it much more the second time around. It could be that it just took time for me to appreciate the book. Or maybe it just glows in comparison to all the crap I had been reading (2.5 average rating last year, baby!). Either way, I ain't complaining!

First, the b
Benjamin Duffy
I can't remember being this violently conflicted about a book in quite some time. There are some areas where it's just so well done, with the author absolutely nailing it, and then others where I found myself grinding my teeth in frustration. I'm going to abandon my usual practice of writing short, pithy reviews and just drunkenly ramble on a few things here. (Still no spoilers, though.) That OK with y'all?

Language. About two and a half chapters into this book, I found myself asking, "Why does t
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
WOAH. That was a crazy epic adventure full of fantastic characters and action packed madness! It definitely lived up to all the hype for me. :)
Christine Riccio
Dec 31, 2013 Christine Riccio rated it it was amazing
Clau R.

On to read the next book!
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I hate everyone.

You: Everyone who?
Me: Yes.
You: Eh?
Me: Leave me alone. I don't want to talk about it!
You: *backs away slowly*

Are you one of them? Are you? Did you rave about MISTBORN and convince me it was one of the BEST fantasy series ever? You can't believe I haven't already read it--I'm going to LOVE it. Hmm? DID YOU?!

Then you, friend, are who I hate.

As for you, Mr. Sanderson . . . I TRUSTED YOU.

I collected your clues and gathered your hi
Cait • A Page with a View
4.5 stars. I kept stalling on reading this because so many people told me I'd love it. I was worried the hype would be a letdown, but nope... this was SO GOOD.

The last half was AMAZING and feels like a new favorite book, buuuut I honestly didn't get into it until around 40%. There's a lot about Allomancy and I wasn't entirely sure that I cared just yet. Parts dragged for me but I kept reading because I loved the characters.

But the last half of this book is so intense and heartbreaking and brill
It reminds me of Ocean's Eleven meets The Italian Job, but set in Mordor after Sauron has ruled for 1000 years or so. In many fantasy stories, a dark lord is rising and it is up to our heroes to defeat him before that happens. In this, the Dark Lord is already set in place as the status quo and the heroes have to motivate others to want a change.....Yet there is a noble class of The Lord Ruler's flunkies who will need to be scammed and robbed along the way, to finance this big revolt.....I love ...more
Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
Oh my gosh. I have tears in my eyes. This was by far one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read.

I don't even know how I'm going to function enough to give this a worthy review. Brandon Sanderson, you have rocked my world.

Seriously, if you want to try a high fantasy but you want to avoid those long/boring/depressing series - give this a go. I'm just going to point out all the things that made this a great read for me - but I'm not going to go into too much detail. I read this book without kn
Note to self: You are no longer allowed to bring books this good on family road trips. It makes you antisocial. You ignore the great views outside the car. You resent being torn away from the book to spend time with family, and when you are you babble incessantly about how awesome it is and how everyone would like it and how cool the magic is and how great the characters and on and on and on until your family is probably sick of you. And then, even after an eight-mile hike in the desert when you ...more
Bookdragon Sean
This is an epic fantasy series and The Final Empire, the first book in the trilogy is, in itself, epic. A world oppressed by a dark ruler sees a thieving group take upon the mantels of heroes. This, along with the help of their mystical power, Alomancy, determines the fate of the Mistborn. If anything, Brandon Sanderson certainly knows how to write alarmingly cool books.

Awesome magic system

Alomancy allows the wielder to burn metals, inside themselves, enhancing their physical abilities such as
Jessica (priceiswong)
Dec 28, 2015 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
See my full discussion (with GIFs :P) at
"He shall defend their ways, yet shall violate them. He will be their savior, yet they shall call him heretic. His name shall be Discord, yet they shall love him for it."

A thousand years ago, a young and noble hero arose from rural obscurity into being hailed by Terris priests as the prophesised Hero of Ages. The nations and armies of the world were united beneath his banner in an effort to challenge the Deepness, the mysterious force of darkness threatening to engulf the world. All hope was pla
I want this to be my first summer read, The Love Interest certainly doesn't count.


You know, when a book leaves you feeling dead inside?
No? Then you obviously haven't read The Final Empire!!

“He smiled despite the grief he felt at the deaths of his men;
he smiled because that was what he did.
That was how he proved to the Lord Ruler
and to himself that he wasn't beaten.”

"Survivor of Hathsin," it said."You promised me a fight."
Kelsier flares his metals. "I never said we were d
May 25, 2017 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am dead.

I bought this book in January after hearing so much hype around it and I attempted to read this book at least 10 times since then. I got about 20 pages in each time before I got intimidated and put it on hold. FINALLY, I decided to pick it back up again and push through and oh my god I wish I had read this book sooner. It was incredible. I honestly have no words to even describe this amazing book. Just wow. The hype was so worth it for this one and I cannot wait to see what is in stor
Raeleen Lemay
Jan 08, 2014 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, adult-fiction
December 2015

I re-read half of this (on audiobook), and I feel like I remember enough now to continue on with the trilogy. I only read this a year ago, so it's actually a bit fresher in my memory than I thought!

July 2014


So good oh my godddddd
Robin (Bridge Four)
Apr 18, 2014 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss and George RR Martin Fans
Recommended to Robin by: Gavin
Reread of Series starting August 12 - Just as good the 2nd time through plus I caught some hints this time so even better.

Shadows of Self should be released October 6th. So what better excuse do I need to reread every book in the Mistborn world? NONE!!!

Original Review May 2014:
“There’s always another secret.”

That seemed to be the theme for this book. Even when I thought I was on the inside and knew what was going on a new development would come about and I would realize that I like the chara
Darth J

Guys, I really tried to get into this. I'm always looking for a new series to binge and I heard great things about this one. Sadly, like with Steelheart, I just wasn't feeling it. I think I'm just immune to Sanderson's writing style. Further, I guess High Fantasy really isn't for me (maybe it's all of the ridiculous names?).

Anyway, what I did like was Allomancy. You can tell Sanderson spent a lot of time working out what different metals would do in his universe. I especially liked t
Dec 12, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Well, for starters, this was the best prologue of any book I've ever read. I have been neglecting this series (and author) for far too long, and after I read that prologue I was fiending for the actual story. Is fiending a word? I think it's slang. Now I'm answering my own questions in a review. Whatever, I like fiending and I'm keeping it!

This story has two very predominate social classes in this book; The nobility and the slaves. The Lord Ruler is the "God" of this world, and his corrupt gove
Where do I even begin ?


When I started this book, I had no idea what it was about. I just knew people loved it, and that's all. And I wanted to love it as well. SO badly. AND I DID.

I loved the magic system. You know in some books you don't understand where the magic comes from and more importantly how it works. But it didn't happen with this book. We follow one of our MC, Vin, and she has no idea about her 'powers' we're discovering a
Nov 28, 2013 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. That. Was. Really. Good.
Feb 03, 2017 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would've been 5 stars, but didn't start picking up till part three for me. Overall a fantastic book.
“The trick is to never stop looking. There’s always another secret.”


what the fuck

I'm 9000% sure that Sanderson practices Black magic. I have never felt SO conflicted over a book in my entire existence. No, I'm fully convinced that this is a product of black magic. Sanderson must've woke up one day and thought,"It's a good day to royally fuck up everyone's life muhahaha"

WELL, Sanderson....

✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
My name is Sarah and I am immune to the deadly virus that is Acute Sandersonitis.

Oh dear, even Schwarzy is in shock. I guess that's what happens when you come across one of the two sane people on this silly planet who do not lose their silly senses the minute Silly Sanderson is mentioned. Yes, you Freaks, I just called your Lord and Master SILLY. Go ahead and unleash your vengeful wrath upon me. And watch me shudder with fear. And tremble with total, complete, utter horror.

Yes, this is me shudde
Aug 26, 2014 Warda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
No words really to review this book or explain to you where it stands on the scale of bookish epicness. And this is after reading it 4 times.
This series will always hold a unique place in my heart. It was my first exposure to adult fantasy and the start of my bookish obsession (since before that I didn't read actively for a good 3 to 4 years! *shudders*) as well as fandoms since the Potter days. Not to mention that it's perfect from start to finish. I will love it till death do us part.

Feb 10, 2017 Ginger rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful and fantastic and amazing! It’s one of the best fantasy books that I’ve read. I hope I can do this book justice with my review. So bear with me while I ramble away.

The main character of the book is Vin, a street orphan who has never known friendship or trust, not even from her own family. She’s a member of a thieving crew in the criminal underworld of the empire. No one can be trusted and greed overrules any sort of loyalty. But her hesitancy of trusting others begins to
Add-on December 7 2014:

I completed my first re-read of Mistborn today and I must say that it becomes a lot slower to read the second time when you know where everything is headed. You notice the wordiness of the prose, the clunky dialogue and the fact that there are quite a few spots where it feels overly dramatised rather than necessarily natural. Yet for all of that Brandon Sanderson is a fine storyteller - not necessarily as great a writer at first but he gets a lot better in his later books
Jun 19, 2017 ChopinFC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Wow...BRILLIANT!! What a wonderfully magic book, that encapsulates everything that's special about Sanderson's imagination. Need few days for complete review.
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)

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Other Books in the Series

Mistborn (7 books)
  • The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)
  • The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)
  • The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)
  • Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)
  • The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)
  • The Lost Metal (Mistborn, #7)

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