I have to start by saying that The Final Empire which is the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy far exceeds the hype surrounding it. It’s THAT good. After months of watching my favorite BookTubers rave about this book and after reading and loving Steelheart (review here), I knew it was my time to dive in to this series. Mistborn is a magical novel about a band of thieves and it’s heavily politically driven. I hadn’t been expecting that part (I thought it would be pure fantasy) but I couldn’t help loving every word as I learned more and more about the world.
The main characters Kelsier and Vin are everything<3 Kelsier acts as Vin’s magical mentor and their relationship with each other is a pleasure to read about. Kelsier is somewhat of a father figure to Vin and she reluctantly grows to trust him after growing up in an environment that destroyed her beliefs in the general good of the human race. Kel teaches Vin all about how to use the magic she has within and he integrates her into his band of thieves which is unlike any other Vin has ever seen. It’s easy to see how much Kel and Vin care for each other and their friendship warms my heart. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters, particularly Elend, from the moment they appeared on the page.
A big part of what makes this story so magical is, well, the magic. Brandon Sanderson crafted such an intricate system of magic which can be used by certain people with the ability to burn a specific metal. There is also a very rare race of people called Mistborns who are able to burn multiple metals. He consistently explains which metals do what throughout the novel and there’s also a handy guide in the back of the book. In addition to the magic, I loved the political system within the world and the description of the Lord Ruler is chilling. The way that Kelsier, Vin and crew plot to overcome a ruler who is a self proclaimed god is fascinating. It’s a dangerous adventure which resulted in a thrilling read.
Final Thoughts: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson is a magical adventure story that is full of political intrigue. The characters are perfectly complex and feel real and the system of magic within the world is thoughtfully crafted and explained in depth to the reader. The main villain is bone chilling and the sense of camaraderie between Kelsier’s band of thieves is heartwarming. Mistborn is an underdog story and I cannot wait to continue with the trilogy!
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 – Allomancy, a magic of the metals. (via Goodreads)