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The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  143,505 ratings  ·  9,375 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 January 1st 2006)
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Kat O'Keeffe

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
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
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
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
Kat Stark
May 12, 2015 Kat Stark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kat Stark by: Ana

Buddyread with the lovely Kimi (Click to read her review)

I drew a motherfucking picture! Don't judge me, I am the worst kind of artist.

"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
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
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
Dylan Williams
I don't even know words. I just know this was fantastic!

I read this as a part of Booksplosion and #YearOfCosmere
Duchess Nicole
Epic Buddy Read with my Epic Fantasy loving buddy readers Tom, Amy (BW), Pat, Rosanna, Sarah (my lovely), Estelle, and Roxanne...Whew!!! I've been dying to read this series!!!!!!!!!
"Our belief is often strongest when it should be weakest. That is the nature of hope."

It's been a thousand years since people have seen the sun or a flower...a thousand years since the Lord Ruler claimed control over the world, since he assumed the role of the Hero o
Dec 18, 2008 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
After many failed attempts at starting up various fantasy series, Brandon Sanderson has delivered something refreshing and vastly entertaining. This is very nearly a five star novel, though there are a few simple discrepencies that keep Mistborn from being great.

- I was immideately pulled in by the bizarre world environment here. The idea of a land completely covered in ash at all times is strange and interesting.
- The "magic" system, if it can be called that, is unique and a breath of f
WOW. That. Was. Really. Good.
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
A masterpiece in every way, Mistborn - The Final Empire doesn't just rise to the top of the fantasy genre, it actually redefines it!

The history books of the Final Empire tell of a battle that took place over 1,000 years ago, when a prophesied hero defeated a threat known only as The Deepness and gained the powers of a god to be come the Lord Ruler. However, the people of The Final Empire know better! They know that the omnipotent Lord Ruler that now dominates them all is no hero or god, but rath
When someone asked Brandon how many magic systems he had created, he replied more than we realized. The astute audience member then asked how many magic systems we could expect to read about one day. To which Brandon responded, “Only the good ones.”

And the magic in Mistborn is good. Really good. Admittedly, I am picky about my magic. It should require effort and time to master. I need limitations and give-and-take. Make it interesting. I’d like a clear methodology and maybe a dash of whimsy. I e
Robin (Bridge Four)
Jan 19, 2015 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss and George RR Martin Fans
Recommended to Robin by: Gavin
Sept will be Mistborn month

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

Buddy read with Katie.g, Eon (Windrunner), Sandra, Brandi and oOSarahOo

anyone else want to join?

“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 characters in the book had been
What a ride that was!

This was my first Sanderson's book, but it certainly won't be my last. I haven't read a lot of epic fantasy, but I don't think it can get any better than this. You know a good book when you feel all emotions reading it, and this book just did that to me. And what I liked the most is character development Vin goes through. She definitely goes on my list of most badass characters ever. And also, the the storyline went to places I never expected, which I always like in a book.

Jun 08, 2012 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sauron and all lords dark and immortal
Actual rating is 3.5 to 3.75 .

When I think back on this book, the first thing that comes to mind is amazing magic system and thorough world building. Usually, I tend to see magic and world building as spices that enhance plot and characterization. Without it, the story could turn out to be bland and tasteless, but the story itself would still exist.

Well, in this case, without the magic system and world building, there would be no story.


Imagine a post-apocalyptic medieval world
4.5/5 stars

The hype was justified! I really really enjoyed this book and this world. A lot.
I maybe called a lot of the major twists because ~*~foreshadowing~*~ but I still loved it nonetheless! It was just all around wonderful and I can't wait to read the next one!
So I'm taking a short departure from my evil ADD reviews infused with countless images and my odd sense of humor to take an in depth look at this this breathtaking book.

Books are about one of two things for me. Escapism or experiencing. I either want a book to make me close my eyes and completely take me out of this world OR open my eyes and force me to see things in a different light, think about and savor every second of this life. If it doesn't do at least one of those, it isn't doing it's jo
Okay, okay.

First off, I'm a bit of a Sanderson newbie. My first foray into Brandon's remarkable mind came at the end of last year, where despite having started The Way of Kings 3 or 4 times, Steelheart became the first Sanderson story I would ever finish. Now I'm a Sanderson Fangirl. I have Sandersonitis. I've been Sandersoned.


Second; Sanderson writes the best prologues. And then there are the stories within the stories and GAH! I can't even deal.

The Final Empire is the story of a ra
Actual Rating: 4.75 Stars

Buddy Read with Ro , the fast reader (:

Short review because what can I say that hasn't been said already?

Belief isn't simply a thing for fair times and bright days...What is belief - what is faith - if you don't continue in it after failure?

Surprisingly humorous and wonderfully poignant, The Final Empire lives up to the hype. I'd heard Sanderson was good. I didn't know he was that good.

From the action-packed plot to the well-thought-out magic to the vivid and imagi
Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠

Because let's face it, this book is basically a book version of a RPG game.

Thanks so much to my Indy Kitty Cat Chelsea and my French fellow Lucy for reading it with me. That was such a commitment ;)

Warning : if you think that my review is kind of useless, don't worry, you're probably right. However, as there is a large amount of great reviews out there, I'm not going to feel guilty about it.

Main Quest : Save the world of course, what do you think?

We have our regular high-fantasy here :
- a worl
you've probably heard of this trilogy. everyone loves this trilogy.
e v e r y o n e.
and with reason.

brandon sanderson is an absolute artist when it comes to crafting plots. he takes complexity and intricacy to an entirely new level in this stellar introduction to a fantastic, epic fantasy series. i love his plot, i love his characters, i love his worldbuilding. this man is an excellent storyteller, and the story he tells is draining and extensive and one of the best stories i've read. his prose
"But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope."

This book has been sitting on my shelf for ages, feeling neglected and collecting dust. I’ve noticed that I’m always a little hesitant to pick up epic fantasy novels, just because sometimes, they tend to be a bit long-winded, harder to get into than my beloved YA books and – let’s face it – especially first books in trilogies are sometimes boring at the beginning
Sophia Sardothien
This book made me felt a shit load of emotions... Sad and empty for the most part, but I love this book regardless. HOW COULD A BOOK BE SO TORMENTING BUT BEAUTIFUL IN THE SAME TIME
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Feb 04, 2015 Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ by: Tom
Buddy read with my darling, Anna-She wrote her review in a gaming fun!!!

He forced himself to smile-not out of pleasure, and not out of satisfaction. 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.
No, he wasn't going to walk away. He wasn't finished yet. Not by far.

Wellllll guys, I did it. I finished this amazingly awesome, exceedingly complex, and alt
I really enjoyed this book despite how terrible it was. It was so fast-paced that I could hardly put it down and zipped through it in a matter of days.

That said, it is far from a great book. Mistborn is more akin to a fun action movie, with little substance and a constant flirtation with implausibility. Without giving too much away, the characters often just seem to *know* what to do to make the plot move along, and the author glosses over several seminal events. Everything *works out* over and
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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)
  • Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)
  • The Lost Metal (Mistborn, #7)
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