August 22, 2013

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book No. 1) by Brandon Sanderson

"Mistborn: The Final Empire" by Brandon Sanderson is the first book of the Mistborn series. I haven't finished reading the series, and will be withholding any final judgments regarding the plot, characters etc. until I complete all four books.

On the surface, the "Mistborn" story may seem predictable - A group of highly trained thieves rally behind their fearless leader as they strive to pull off the biggest heist of the century - but its not.

Sanderson weaves an action packed tale filled with unexpected twists.  The pacing is quick, with only a few slow spots. The characters are interesting and well thought out.

The magic system in "Mistborn" is its most fascinating quality.  Allomancy is a magic system based on ingesting and then "burning" metals. The "burning" of metals is what gives an Allomancer their special powers. The powers vary by the metal ingested, and not every Allomancer has the ability to burn every metal. Most Allomancers can burn one and maybe two metals. Allomancers who can burn all metals are referred to as Mistborn. Allomancy isn't something learned, its inherited genetically.

I think Vin and Arya Stark would be friends.

While reading this book, I was asked to compare Martin's "Game of Thrones" to Sanderson's "Mistborn". In "Game of Thrones" the content is clearly very adult. With death and destruction, crude language, more sex...oh.. and graphic rape and torture scenes - at times I feel like the content gets in the way of an amazing story. In "Mistborn" there is violence, rape and torture (Steel Inquisitors),  however the content does not get in the way of the story.

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