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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
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Jun 21, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
Read from June 02 to 18, 2012

Mistborn is a fine piece of fantasy, refreshingly so. Perhaps it is best measured in what it doesn't do. It is not a standard quest story, the characters are not static, and the whole thing does not feel like a J.R.R. Tolkien nod. Instead, it is a highly unique fantasy heist story that features a wily and well-written female protagonist and a fun cast of characters surrounding her.

Where Mistborn truly shines though is its magic system. Allomancy, or the manipulation of metals, allows its users to have powers such as enhanced strength, pushing off sources of metal to "fly," and seeing a few seconds into the future. Sanderson masterfully writes tense and exciting action scenes that use the magic system in creative ways. Some of the scenes have a superhero feel to them, which allows for much better battle scenes than the old sword and shield would.

There isn't a bit of Mistborn that feels bloated. In six hundred pages, Sanderson manages to deliver a satisfying story that not only introduces a large cast of characters and the ins and outs of a complex magic system, but one that moves quickly. Everything has a purpose, no treks to faraway cities to learn our protagonist's fate here.

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Mistborn's only downfall is its terrible cover(s). I purchased the packaged trilogy and each cover looks like a Vampire Diaries promo. Maybe read it on a Kindle or something to hide your shame?
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