Once, a hero rose to save the world. 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 defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.
Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?
This was such a genius, brilliant book! There were twists left and right; just when you thought the plan to defeat the Lord Ruler was over, there was a twist to it that revealed another stage of the plan.
Honestly, I have no idea why it took me so long to read this book, or really any of Sanderson’s books. The world building is amazing; I never for felt like I had no idea what was going on or what this world was about.
There are a lot of conversations that happen in this book, which at times made it feel like I would never finish it, but, like any first part in an epic fantasy (e.g. The Fellowship of the Rings), it is necessary to fully grasp what is going on. While I felt it was a bit of a detraction, overall, I didn’t mind it.
Also there weren’t as many action scenes as I was expecting, but again, first part in an epic fantasy (see above). I expect the second and third books to move along at a good clip, like The Two Towers and The Return of the King did for me.
My favorite thing about the book was the characters. They are what make the book. Vin is this distrusting, abused street urchin who ends up being this powerful Mistborn, and this amazing young woman. It was great to see her transformation from this girl to woman. A detraction: she doesn’t like books or reading. Cue crying.
Another favorite character was Kelsier. What can I say about him? He is this conniving, brilliant, smooth Mistborn man. He’s got a lot of flaws, but that’s what makes his character work, and what makes me love him.
Also, Saze. I love Saze.
Overall, if you love epic fantasy books, you need to read this book.
Now to wait for the trilogy set to arrive from Book Depository. 😐
My Rating: 5/5 stars