The Final Empire : Mistborn Book One, Paperback Book

The Final Empire : Mistborn Book One Paperback

Part of the Mistborn series

3.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed.

For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader.

Hope is long lost, until a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa in the depths of the most hellish prison and discovered he has the powers of a Mistborn.

A brilliant thief and natural leader, Kelsier will turn his talents to the ultimate caper: one with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Only he's not just planning the greatest heist in history, he's plotting the overthrow of a divine despot.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.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks like a 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780575089914

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I was looking for a bit of escapist fantasy for evening reading. This hit the spot. Classic good vs evil fantasy (with a stir). Add in some well written magical ninja acrobatics with a coming of age story and reality is suspended for a few hours.

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Really liked this book, it kept me rattling through it at a great pace and I liked the characters and their grey morals very much, although Vin did remind me a little of Sonea in the Black Magician books by Trudi Canavan but that’s no bad thing and the other characters more than made up for that! The other thing it reminded me of was a computer game! I have played quite a lot of Assassins Creed recently and the way that you learn to fight and leap around the place is a lot like Kelsier teaching Vin to use her powers and it really appealed to me for that reason and the fact that it was a treat for my imagination having people leaping and flying around the place fighting in 3D although there is so much more to this book than that. This would make a cracking film, and an even better computer game and I just hope the next two books are as good.

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Vin is a skaa, a peasant in a land where The Lord Ruler has reigned for a thousand years with brutal oppression. She is discovered by Kelsier, a Mistborn: someone who can ingest and burn metals to summon amazing powers like great strength, changing someone's emotions, and even flying through the air by pulling and pushing on other metals. It turns out Vin is also Mistborn, and together with the rest of Kelsier's crew they devise a heist-type plan to overthrown The Lord Ruler.The characters are top-notch and great to follow. There's a lot more character development than you'd expect, in fact, and it slows the pace but creates a much deeper and more interesting story than it would be otherwise. As soon as I finished it, I needed to read the next, and I did right away.A comment has to be made about Vin and the role of women in the book. Vin is female, and the protagonist, but she's about the only girl who isn't already dead or presented as a foil. Why, Mr. Sanderson? Why does EVERY other important character in a very well-populated story have to be male? The problem only gets more pronounced as the series goes on, and it takes a possibly five-star book down to four stars for me (and 3 1/2 for the next.)

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An enjoyable story that began somewhere in the realm of unbelievably simplistic and then spread into quite fascinating layers; at its core, it’s a young-protagonist-with-burgeoning-talent scenario, with some simple politics, but very decent world, magic and character building. Vin, a vulnerable street urchin with trust issues, falls in with a crowd of rebel thieves determined to steal the city from the god-like, tyrannical ruler, and release the oppressed ‘Skaa’ underclass from debilitating cruelty and hardship. Clinching the enjoyableness is Sanderson’s easy writing style (although, every time I came up on the phrase ‘even still’, I twitched). Even still (nrgh) I’m somewhat surprised that this hasn’t been labelled ‘Young Adult’ up and down; the author writes very uncluttered prose. I very much like Sanderson’s brand of magical talent. Allomancy, a manipulation of ten metal elements which, when ‘burned’ internally, provide those born with the skill with abilities to manipulate emotions and metal objects, a skill range with rather more imaginative practical applications than one might expect. Beyond the alchemical prowess of some of the characters, is the legendary threat of the Deepness, perhaps invented to bolster the Lord Ruler’s legitimacy in having overcome it, perhaps something being held back by sheer force of his will; book two should be interesting.

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A classic fantasy in many ways. Straightforward plot with interesting characters. Very readable. Although a thick book, it never felt long. At least one surprise death. Have already ordered next two books from library.

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