Review: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I finally finished it!!!!!

Publication Date: 1847
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Page Count: 643
Synopsis: Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.He failed.For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.


 I hesitated when I picked up a crusted, mass market, paperback book containing moldy coffee stains and visible creases, although, I’ve learned that the appearance of a book doesn’t dictate the content inside. After slowly opening Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy novel, “Mistborn: Final Empire,” I knew that my theory about books was right because I was instantly kidnapped from reality and introduced to a world of magic.


  Sanderson introduces his audience to a universe where there’s a split in social classes: noblemen and Skaa (slaves to the noblemen). However, there is a darker presence that lurks on the streets of the Mistborn world—the Dark Lord who is the most powerful creature in the universe. Luckily, there’s a group of thieves, criminals, and Skaa who seek to go on a perilous mission to take down the vicious tyrant.


  Sanderson constructs an addicting world that almost makes it impossible for the reader to leave. By creating the concept of ash descending from the skies after nightfall, Sanderson vividly describes the ominous atmosphere; he utilizes eloquent and engaging language, leaving the reader’s eyes glued to their books and effortlessly creates images off the gut-wrenching battle scenes in the their mind.


  Additionally, Sanderson devises a magic system that enchants the readers. He creates a unique race called the “Mistborns” who possess alomancy which is the ability to “burn” or “push” metals to achieve special powers such as enhancing senses, soothing emotions, or intensifying body strength. There’s also mistings, who only obtains one ability. 


  Although Sanderson invents an unparalleled stunning universe, the aspect that makes this a perfect fantasy tale are the round, quick-witted characters and their development throughout the novel. The colorful characters include Kelsier, who is a whimsical Mistborn survivor who escapes the pits of Hathsin, a prison where prisoners are forced to locate a rare metal for the Dark Lord and Vin by using her alomancy to her advantage.


  Brandon Sanderson truly designs a miraculous world. If you want a break from the ordinary fanciful elements (dragons, elves, spells), “Mistborn: Final Empire,” is an intoxicating action-packed story that will compel one to race out to search for the next novel. It reminds readers of the main reason we read—to escape.


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