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Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set

(The Mistborn Saga #1-3)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  48,258 ratings  ·  1,512 reviews
The New York Times bestselling series from Brandon Sanderson.

This boxed set contains:
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
Mass Market Paperback, 2176 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Tor Fantasy
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Damian I just read the first book, so while it is fresh in my memory I'll chime in here.

I would say an 11 year old who was reasonably mature for his age shou…more
I just read the first book, so while it is fresh in my memory I'll chime in here.

I would say an 11 year old who was reasonably mature for his age should have no problem with the violence. While it can be somewhat graphic, it really does not get any worse than the level of violence in some popular YA literature (the Hunger Games comes to mind as a good example of this). So, if you would allow your 11 year old to read the Hunger Games trilogy, then Mistborn (at least the first book, which is all I've read so far) should not prove to be an issue, as far as violence goes.

Language is not an issue in this book, at least not for the average 11 year old. There are a few instances of "damn", and a few more of the phrase "bloody hell", but they are very infrequent. Crude humor is either extremely rare, or nonexistent, depending on how you define it--the worst I've seen so far is one of the characters subtly (and jokingly) suggesting that his friend had been fleeing an approaching army because he had been caught with the king's daughter. Ultimately, though, you will hear worse language and far worse crude humor in your average PG-rated movie these days.

Sexual content is the thing that would give me pause here, but not in the way you might think. There are no "sex scenes" at all as far as I have read. However, as someone else mentioned, there are multiple references and allusions to nobles taking skaa (slave) women to bed, and killing them later, sometimes once they are already pregnant. It is very strongly implied if not outright stated that these women have no choice in the matter. I must emphasize that Sanderson always presents this practice as an atrocity, and never for titillation or shock value.

Ultimately, I would recommend the Mistborn series for a reasonably mature 11 year old, with the caveat that the parent has to be the type of parent that regularly engages with their child on the media they take in. If that is you, then you will definitely find many opportunities for excellent conversations with your child as they read the series.(less)
Andy Freberg This is YA appropriate. There's some violence, but I don't remember any strong language or explicit sexual content.

The first book reads a lot like a t…more
This is YA appropriate. There's some violence, but I don't remember any strong language or explicit sexual content.

The first book reads a lot like a typical YA novel, but the other two are a little more nuanced than that.(less)

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Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First read: 1st September 2016 - 19th September 2016
Reread: 28th June 2018 - 11th July 2018

Series Review:

Mistborn: The Final Empire: 5/5 stars
The Well of Ascension: 5/5 stars
The Hero of Ages: 5/5 stars

Mistborn trilogy: 15/15 stars

You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions
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I don't think that I can write a full review of this right now considering that it took me about 8 months to read this series. (Darn school. They should work around my reading). I can tell you that this is now at the top of my favorite books list. Sanderson outdid himself writing this in a totally new setting with amazing and terrible creatures. Vin had to be my favorite. She developed and matured so much throughout this series along with Elend who was a bigger role as the series progressed. The ...more
Pixie Dust
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I came to read this book by way of Patrick Rothfuss – one of my favourite fantasy writers. I had just finished reading Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicle Books 1 and 2, and while in terrible throes of agony waiting for Book 3 to come out, turned to reading Rothfuss’s blog for comfort. He highly recommended the Mistborn Trilogy, so here I am.

I must admit I was terribly unfair to Sanderson when I started reading Mistborn. I kept comparing him to Rothfuss, and was disappointed when Sanderson’s style w
Gabriel Cavalcante
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Plot: 5/5
Characterization: 5/5
Worldbuilding: 5/5
Enjoyment: 5/5

A lot of passionate readers talk about Brandon Sanderson and his books, some even praising his works as masterpieces of fantasy. So, I had to see for myself, experience just what causes all this clamor. Thus, The Mistborn Trilogy was my starting point into the long journey of the Cosmere. After finishing the story, I understand and agree wholeheartedly with how good
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
what a bunch of overly long and deus ex religious claptrap this turned out to be. the entire third book was exposition (like, i get that world building is a skill and that when you build a world you want to talk about it, but there was just way too much of, "well i know we're in the NOW but here is how GOT THERE HAHA" without there actually being anything happening in the now aside from people being sad and everyone fighting more or less identical battles all the time) and literally ends with "h ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6-star-reads
There are really no words that can do this trilogy Justice. I absolutely loved it!!! ♡
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Really enjoyed this trilogy. I actually read Way of Kings first, so coming back to Sanderson's earlier titles (although he supposedly writes them in different order as to how they were published), I found this series to be remarkably complex. Sanderson's trademark is his varying use of magic systems, which is really the star of this series. Here, metals and alloys can be ingested and burned for different types of powers. The trilogy is very dense in plot as Sanderson's cast of renegade heroes ta ...more
Adon Coya
It took me months to finish the first book; I really could not be interested enough in the totally 'cliched' scenario and plot! The second book was a bit better, and the third book was the best, twisting and re-twisting the plot, so that it surprised me to the very end.
Clearly though, the author aimed too high. The epic scope of the story is defeated by the shallow representation of characters, ethics, motivations and dialogue. It either should have been one book only, or nine; the author touche
Robin (Bridge Four)
Dec 18, 2014 marked it as to-read
Have I ever mentioned that Brandon Sanderson is my favorite Fantasy writer?

Remarkably this is currently $5.75 for the entire trilogy today 12/18/14. If you haven't picked up this series yet now is a great time.

Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is quite possibly my new favorite series, as you may have been able to tell if you read my individual reviews. But, as an entire series, here are some of the highlights:
1) The unique world that, from the very beginning, has a reason for what it is like that is gradually explained and expanded, but starts subtly enough that it simply seems like the world has always been this way.
2) The chapter headings, which are revealing without giving away anything.
3) The magic, which can do a lot and has
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best series I have ever read.
'The Final Empire' - 5/5 stars (the stable 4.6 rating)
'The Well of Ascension' - 4.5/5 stars (incredibly close to pure 5)
'The Hero of Ages' - 5*/5 stars (maybe the best fantasy book I have ever read)
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2000s, trilogy
I'm reading the Mistborn trilogy as a set, and I'll review each book.

Final Empire
Plot Summary
The Lord Ruler continues his centuries long reign over a feudal-like society. The skaa (peasants; serfs) work miserable lives under nobles. Dangerous mists descend every night, and there are tales of strange and violent creatures that lurk in them.

There's magic in this world, allomancy, and it's based on metals. For those that can use magic, they generally have one talent of allomancy. However, those wh
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Finally finished The second book of this three part trilogy and was a bit disappointed. The characters have yet to attract me and the story line is a bit too predictable. Once you get past the unique world and magic system the book kinda looses its beginning flavor. While there are some interesting parts to this second book most of the time I found myself skimming parts.

What really kinda bothered me most was how many times Sanderson repeated the same thing over and over very often in this book.

This series is simply one of the best fantasy books, if not the best ever!! It has everything:

*Interesting magic system
*Fantastic world building
*Amazing character development
*Brilliant plot
*Attention grabbing romance
*One hell of a unforgettable heroine.
*A genius author who knows how to tie up loose ends, answer all questions and give the reader a satisfying conclusion.

I've read it in 2011, so i think it is about time for a re-read. But this time on dramatic audiobook, where everything is brought
Didn't finish. If I'd read this when I was younger, I probably would have loved Vin enough to power through, because she's great and I can tell the world-building is FASCINATING, but now that I'm an adult, the glaring lack of any other women became too much of a hurdle. ...more
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Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 stars!! 5 large, golden, beautiful, glowing stars for this amazing series! If I could give it more, I would! A million stars!!! It is seriously the best book I have read in… maybe ever, I don’t know. It is hard to compare favorite books to each other, but this is definitely going on my list of favorites.

Man, this book… what can I say? First of all, I refer to this as a “book” because I got the trilogy on my kindle and read it all in one go. However, it’s really 3 books, creating one giant (200
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to read some fantasy that didn't suck and that I hadn't read before. I figured I'd give Sanderson a try, but his main fantasy didn't appeal and the concept of Mistborn seemed interesting.

I'm glad I bought it as the full trilogy, because if I'd only purchased the first, I would have been so annoyed at the end that I wouldn't have bought the second...and if I'd bought the first two I would've been too bored at the end to buy the third. Which means this isn't a trilogy, it's one big
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series-read
this is that braveheart moment in this book. that championship speech going into the 4th quarter. the words the summarize the heart, the pain, and the hope of the entire series.

its elends final speech. before the end.

"Today, men, I ask you your lives."

"I ask of you your lives and your courage. I ask of your faith, your honor-- your strength, and your compassion. For today I lead you to die. I will not ask you to welcome this event. I will not insult you by calling it well, or just, or even glor
Daniel Rodrigues-Martin
Read the review on my blog here: https://arknovel.blogspot.com/2017/12...


The Skinny: At the end of the day, there are better fantasy stories out there than Mistborn—probably from Sanderson himself.

Full Review

Where Mistborn Succeeds: Worldbuilding

Mistborn’s greatest asset is its worldbuilding. Visions of ashen, gothic spires contrasting against the perpetual red of a dying sun paint clearly the picture of a world without flowers. Apparent love and effort were invested by Sanderson
Alex O'Connor
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My all time new favorite fantasy series.
Michael Sorbello
The Final Empire - 5/5

Exciting action, thought provoking philosophy, strong and sympathetic characters and a fascinating magic system that utilizes various types of metal. Kelsier has become one of my favorite fantasy characters of all time. He was heroic yet frightening, inspirational yet reckless, so interesting yet so flawed at the same time. I found myself rooting for him all the way, even when he was about to do something so foolish or cruel that I wanted to reach into the book and slap him
Sami Lutui
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A grand series. One about leaders, balance, change and love. I had small problems with the first two books but by the third I was engulfed by the story ark and the writing style. Highly recommend.
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it

I liked parts of the series, but overall the main character was so bland it really dragged the whole series down. I still read the entire thing, and I don't regret reading it, but it's certainly not something I'd pick up again.

The main character's growth path should be seamless, not shoved in your face again, and again, and again. We get it, she's scared. But stop telling us she's scared and insecure, make her actions infer it. Whenever the book wasn't waxing poetic about the girl, it was pretty
Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
I know that my review might be seen as blasphemous and that I will probably be flogged by many for not only giving this trilogy 2 stars but not finishing it altogether. I'm not sure if I set the bar too high due to the voluminous accolades it continues to receive or whether it was due to the fact that my husband and I read these in small chunks every night before bed together but this trilogy was SOOO mind numbingly long winded that I had to give up on it. It got to the point where I'd be exhaus ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I read this book as part of a deeper look into fantasy novels which have taken on the typically science-fiction task of enumerating and exploring their systems of magic. Sanderson does a wonderful job throughout the series with his magic systems. I think of it is as "internalized alchemy", which is a fun concept. I think of magic from an Eastern perspective (Chi/Ki/Prana/Meridians/Chakras) so I find the alchemy angle refreshing.

Outside of magic systems, the story is well developed, the language
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By the end of this series, I have a great amount of respect for the level of thought and detail the author put into these books. The last half of the final book had so many surprises and reveals that I really enjoyed. I will admit that these books are a long read. The Hero of Ages alone has 724 pages, and you feel every single on of them. At times I felt that there was too much repetition and explanation, but by the same token, you understood everything about how this world worked. This is one o ...more
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this book (really a whole lot) but it's obvious that it's an earlier, rougher work that Sanderson's best work.

The characters were very well done and the world was very well-imagined. But I was plagued throughout with a sense that I was reading a video game. Specifically something like Zelda (view spoiler)
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I've heard lots of good about Brandon Sanderson's fantasy novels. Having read his books that completed Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and liking how he wrapped it up, I thought I'd check out his original works. This series did not disappoint. If anything, it exceeded expectations. His stories are definitely page-turners with interesting characters. I appreciate the way he weaves discussions of religion into his world - people tend to be religious so this sharpens his world. He also consis ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I hate the characters with a passion.

There are not enough words to tell how much I hate this series. The characters grate on my everlasting nerves. The female lead is whiny, stupid, and insufferable. I realize I am in the minority here, but this series has been relegated to the very bottom of my bookshelf where "Bad Books" go. It's a small section. I have enjoyed all other Brandon Sanderson works, but this series just does not resonate with me. The story is interesting enough. The characters no
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  • The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)
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