Book Review: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Published: July 25, 2006 by Tor Books

541 pages

ISBN: 9780765311788

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

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In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

I loved this novel! I cannot even stress that enough. It’s one of the reasons I love reading fantasy. I explained it the other night to my boyfriend that fantasy novels sometimes feel more realistic than a contemporary. I understand that they are fantasy and very far-fetched, but the characters are much easier to connect to and fall in love with.

I will say that my biggest issue with this genre is that it tends to drag. This book did not do that, at least for me. It had a lot of world, and magic building involved. I think I learned something new in every chapter. Sanderson gives you all the information you need without it being overwhelming. He spreads it out in a way that makes you want to keep turning the pages.

Aside from the world and magic building the characters were so much fun to follow. There were a few that I fell in love with that are now some of my favorite fictional characters (#Sazed). They are a great mixture of witty and serious. It’s just a novel full of bad ass characters, and intense fighting.

My one critique was the ending, unfortunately. It was very anticlimactic, and cringe worthy. I wanted some intense cliff hanger that made me want to pick up the next book immediately. SPOILER: It didn’t. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed, but I’m sure it can only get better from there, right? One can only hope.

Whether I liked the ending or not, I recommend this book 100%. It’s an epic fantasy that isn’t hard to read at all. If you’re nervous about starting, don’t be. I promise you that it will all be worth it!


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