Book Review: Mistborn


“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.”

Over the past few months I’ve noticed a HUGE resurgence of bloggers and booktubers reading and loving Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, which was originally published back in 2006. Having read and enjoyed Sanderson’s latest book, Steelheart, I jumped at the opportunity to check out this series for myself. Full of political intrigue, elaborate heists, and magical Fantasy goodness, Mistborn was an absolutely kickass read, and definitely worthy of all the praise that it has been receiving!

The story of Mistborn takes place in a world of ash and mist that is ruled by an immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. The only person to have survived the wrath of the Lord Ruler is Kelsier, an ex-gang leader who has suddenly found himself with the immense powers of a Mistborn. Mistborns possess the ability to persuade people’s emotions, enhance their senses and physical strength, and manipulate metals.  Determined to seek revenge against the Lord Ruler, Kelsier forms a new gang to help end the Final Empire. The newest member of this gang is Vin, a young street urchin with trust issues, who suddenly finds herself showing signs of being a Mistborn as well. The result is an intense adventure that will keep readers on their toes the entire way through! 

I’ve found over the years that one of the most difficult things for an author to do is build a Fantasy world that readers can easily grasp and understand. Often Fantasy authors will just assume that the readers will get the picture of  how their Fantasy world functions, and move on without offering any detailed descriptions or explanations. As much as I LOVED The Lies of Locke Lamora, for example, I’m still confused about how the world of that novel is laid out. That is not the case with Mistborn, however, and Sanderson has done a brilliant job of laying out The Final Empire so that readers can easily understand how all of the pieces of his Fantasy world fit together. Even the magical system that Sanderson has created, which initially seemed too daunting for me to comprehend, was explained so well that I could now easily explain it to a 10 year old.

Sanderson also did an amazing job at creating a cast of intriguing characters that I immediately fell in love with, especially Kelsier. While I was never really sure if I could trust Kelsier, his intelligence, wit, and charisma were too powerful to resist. Getting to watch Vin grow and develop from a shy street urchin to a powerful Mistborn was also really fantastic, and I can’t wait to see how she’ll continue to change in the books to come.

My only complaint about Mistborn is that it started out a bit too slowly for my taste. Once the book started to get more into the heists and rebellion I found it difficult to put down, but it took a while for it to gain pace. Overall this was a great Fantasy novel full of intrigue that fans of The Lies of Locke Lamora and Game of Thrones are sure to love! I can’t wait to start the next book in the series so that I can see what happens next!

Rating: 4.5 Stars



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