Book Talk: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

    July 11, 2016
    The Final Empire Book Cover The Final Empire
    Brandon Sanderson
    Fantasy, High Fantasy
    Tor Books
    July 26th 2006

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

    Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

    But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

    The Mistborn series is another one of my relatively random finds on Goodreads. And with this book, too, the hype was so enourmous that I felt I had to read the series to see what I would think of it. Luckily the trilogy has been published as one eBook on the Play Store and I was able to purchase all books for under 15€. Huray!

    I have to say I am not taken by storm by the book in the way I thought I would be. Yes, there were a few times when I could barely put it down and I have madly fallen in love with Elend, Vin and Kelsier. The magic system is incredible and I am absolutely in love with it. In fact, the magic system alone would make this book a must-read for me. But I also found the book lacking in a few sections.

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