I've been in such a horrible reading slump, this was the one amazing book that had the ability to break me out of it.
This book was one of the most un...moreI've been in such a horrible reading slump, this was the one amazing book that had the ability to break me out of it.
This book was one of the most unique stories I've had the pleasure to read. So many sci-fi and fantasy stories employ similar plot developments, similar characters, and basically similar EVERYTHING. This book strayed from every trope I've ever known.
An explanation of the magic would come with a handful of spoilers so I'll try to explain the the best I can. The rare magic of Allomancy is one made up of metals, each metal possesses a power whether it be strength, metal pulling or pushing, emotion soothing or rioting, etc... To harness these metals the Allomancer ingests them and "burns" them. A Misting can burn one metal, a Mistborn can burn all 8. It sounds so weird, I know, but the way Sanderson sets this magic up allows the story to be almost artfully built.
The characters had such AMAZING development. You get every character's backstory and minor characters don't get cast to the side, by the end you care about everyone. Kelsier was probably my favorite and most unique character I encountered. You see him at the beginning of the book and place him in this set character-type, but your view of him constantly changes throughout the novel.
But I was fairly impressed by the character building of the Lord Ruler. We all know that big, bad mustache-swindling character that every single book ever employs as the villain. Sanderson creates him as this sort of enigma, reveals so much about him as a character, but still leaves just enough a mystery for you to still be intrigued.
Perhaps the most important characteristic of the book was the plot for me. Have you ever read a book that has an interesting premise, but just falls flat on it's face, or perhaps a plot that has giant, boring lulls? The plot in this book never lulls, it has a constant chain of complicated events triggered by one thing that, in turn, triggers another thing, and another thing. It's like a line of masterfully placed dominos.
Yet, despite the chain, you are still constantly surprised at every major twist in the plot, and there are quite a few. I was so involved in this book I actually fist pumped at one point and found myself thinking "Ohhhh shit that did not just happen," at others. One specifically.
Perhaps the only lacking thing I can think of in Mistborn was a bit of repetitivity in the writing. Vin just really likes the word "betrayal." But even that is just me nitpicking. Yes, maybe Sanderson could use a thesaurus for a few words, but everything else in the book fully compensates for my minor pet peeve as a writer.
The one word I could use to fully describe this book is: epic.
Hated the love triangle, but loved how unique the book was. It was funny and the main character was a fresh breath of air from all the similar charact...moreHated the love triangle, but loved how unique the book was. It was funny and the main character was a fresh breath of air from all the similar character types in YA fiction today. Think Buffy meets Beautiful Creatures. This was more of a 3.5!(less)
This book was definitely a step up from the first book, Throne of Glass. From the beginning I was fascinated with the characters and the story. I was...moreThis book was definitely a step up from the first book, Throne of Glass. From the beginning I was fascinated with the characters and the story. I was glad that the author added some much needed explanation and depth to the characters. Some of the aspects of the last book were very murky and most of those "Wait... what??" moments were cleared up. I was SO SO SO SO SO SO happy that she decided to pull apart the love triangle. The story has so much potential and I'd hate to have it shot down by a lousy over-abundance of romance. And, as always, Celaena is a badass.
I did have a few issues with this book, but far less than the first. There is still a lot romance, although I felt it was used well to help develop the characters of Celaena and Chaol. Dorian sucks. He annoys me and he whines too much, but I'm glad his character is becoming something more than a point on a love triangle.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Great plot, great twists, great charcters.(less)
This book really stood out from the others from the series simply because it started to surprise me. I live the other books, but they were predictable...moreThis book really stood out from the others from the series simply because it started to surprise me. I live the other books, but they were predictable (because you technically already know the story). In this one however, there are so many new character and so many different plot lines that merge together that it actually became very unique. Lets just say I had a few "Holy Shit!" moments while reading it. And, as always, I fell in love with the new characters after the first chapter.
If you compare the first book of this series with Out of Sight, Out of Time your exact reaction will be: "Wow." This series has evolved so much. The c...moreIf you compare the first book of this series with Out of Sight, Out of Time your exact reaction will be: "Wow." This series has evolved so much. The characters and plot have transformed and really grown up. She begins the books on a lighter note and gets darker and more serious. This book was incredibly dark (yeah, based on the cover, who knew?.) Let me admit, before I read the series, I would be the first one to judge a book by a cover. Simply put, I thought the series looked dumb. But I was SO wrong. Ally Carter is an incredibly talented author. And being as such, she does what incredibly talented authors do best: she weaves the story together. Similar to Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, she adds in little, seemingly inconsequential hints and details and then brings them back into the story in later books. The plot is so well-done. That, topped with the fact that Ally Carter has yet to write a flat character is why I have a writers crush on her. If you haven't read this series yet, get on it! (less)
I.... I'll just come out and say it: I have writer's crush on Ally Carter. I LOOOOOVE her style. She's my favorite and I'm a little kind of really EXT...moreI.... I'll just come out and say it: I have writer's crush on Ally Carter. I LOOOOOVE her style. She's my favorite and I'm a little kind of really EXTREMELY jealous of her extreme talent and wit in her writing.(less)
This book couldn't have been more different than it's original book. The plot: WOW! There we're some excellent, unique twists that they loved. the rev...moreThis book couldn't have been more different than it's original book. The plot: WOW! There we're some excellent, unique twists that they loved. the revelations in this book answered sooo many lingering questions that I felt should have been answered at least a little in the first book. The characters were far more developed. Although the romance wasn't my cup of tea, there was a lot less in the sequel and I felt it broke away from the standard YA romance the so often haunts good series. Just such a good book. I'm genuinely happy that I stuck with this series. WOW!(less)