Hardcore fantasy fans this one is for you!
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?
“But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope.”
This series was heavily recommended by my sister who I will now vow to never ignore her book recommendations ever again. She has that in writing too.
Before I truly begin I would just like to say that this novel, the first in a trilogy called Mistborn, is a piece of art. I love it.
Anyway, Brandon Sanderson is said to bring a high packed fantasy world with an interesting concept – the notion that metals, when used by the right people, grant their users abilities and gifts. For example, using the metal pewter gives you extra strength. Sanderson delivered on all counts. On every count imaginable.
What I had was a world that is sooo complex and yet so good. You have the Lord Ruler, the tyrant that the fated hero couldn’t defeat and who is explained thoroughly and awesomely in the book. You have the new hero, the one that is determined to defeat the Lord Ruler, Kelsier who is flawed and awesome and a survivor of trying and failing to defeat his enemy once before. You have the crew he employs to help him on his mission, and the newcomer Vin who is just magnificent as she finds that she can also harness the gifts metals give her.
The characters are pieces of perfection, believe me. The character development is just flawless, to me. Sometimes they change for the better and sometimes they take huge steps backwards and make you want to scream at the book at them. But here’s the thing, all of those steps, all of those changes are made in ways that are always true to their characters. You always read it and know that it is something that that character would really do, and not something that is done just to push the plot along. This makes you cheer when they do something right, and make your soul crush when they make the wrong decision. FEELS!
Every person depicted, however small or large, are written realistically with true motivations and weaknesses that we understand. There are a lot of hard decisions to make during this story of breaking free of corruption and the characters know this and strive to do good anyway. They, and Sanderson, have my undying affection for that.
“How do you 'accidentally' kill a noble man in his own mansion?"
"With a knife in the chest. Or, rather, a pair of knives in the chest...”
However, the world is truly complex and is so much so that there are nuances to every bit of lore described. This can make it a bit of a hard read when it comes to understanding every single detail. At several times through the six hundred paged book you can find yourself lost and forgetful of what something means. I found myself travelling back several times to recall what a certain metal did, or what happened previous to make the characters feel the way they did. It’s helped though, by the reference chart at the back which is helpful when it comes to the many terms. But a truly fascinating fantasy world is made by rich history, much like our own in fact, that takes a while to sink in. We don’t know every bit of history and religion in our own world, so why should we instantly know them about a fantasy world?
I think that, along with how long the book actually is, are the only faults I can find. I was held on word by word, staying up to the late hours reading and spending most of my waking hours attached to it.
There is romance, humour, action, suspense within this novel. I find it simply mesmerizing.
My whole brain just exploded with reading it. That’s a good thing. Plus it made me cry. I’m not someone who cries easily.
I think that’s as good of a conclusion I’m going to get.
“Honestly, for an evil god of darkness, he certainly can be dull.”
Would I read it again?
Yes, definitely. I’m onto the sequel and I have the exact same feelings I had with this one. It’s going to be a revisited series I’m sure.
Would I recommend it?
If you love really well described fantasy worlds with very believable characters, such as the Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings universes then you’ll love it I’m sure.
So yes I would really, really recommend it to people like you. Yes, you.
Would I read more of Sanderson’s work?
I think Sanderson is a man of worlds and words. Try saying that five times fast. That means a thousand percent yes. He’s up there with my Tolkien and Canavan when it comes with fantasy authors.