The Final Empire

Book - 2006
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Experiencing an epiphany within the most daunting prison of the monstrous Lord Ruler, half-Skaa Kelsier finds himself taking on the powers of a Mistborn, and teams up with ragged orphan Vin in a desperate plot to save their world.
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2006
Edition: First edition
Description: 541 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780765311788
Branch Call Number: Sand


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Oct 26, 2018

An excellent opening to perhaps the most well-planned and genuinely epic series I have ever read. The organization and structure of the metal-based powers immediately showed that the author really thought things through, and the dark, oppressive world is very well portrayed. The very strong core trio of characters are quite memorable, the threats and dangers are compelling, and I was left eager for more. Thankfully, there sure is a lot more.

Oct 17, 2018

Brandon Sanderson's books are great reads. They are well written, have great characters who you are routing for all in a fantastic world with interesting systems of magic. One of my favorite authors.

Sep 07, 2017

Unlike what the title says, this isn't Mistborn the Final Empire (the first MB book). Its Mistborn: Secret History. I would strongly recommend reading all three of the first MB books (Final Empire, Well of Ascension and Hero of the Ages) before reading this book. It spoils the endings of all 3 books. Secret History begins towards the end of Final Empire, and continues the story of Kelsier. It takes place 'in the background' of the first trilogy, and it explains a lot of things that don't get explained throughout the series. It also gives a better glimpse of the original 'gods' of Scadriel, as well as showing bits of other worlds and realms in the cosmere. I read SH after reading the 6th Mistborn book, and it even provided a lot of context to what was happening in that book. Secret History is described as a 'one off', but after reading Bands Of Mourning, I would have to say its a must-read if you want the full story of the series. It should technically be book 3.5, being read before Alloy of Law but after the main trilogy.

Jun 20, 2017

Brandon Sanderson is a legend. Mistborn books are my favorite, but you simply cannot go wrong with any of his titles.

May 05, 2017

Mistborn: The Final Empire is arguably one of Sanderson's best works. It is certainly one of the ones he is most known for, and for good reason. Fast-paced and witty, especially for an epic fantasy novel, it breaks many of the conventions of fantasy, while retaining the heart and soul of the genre. Mistborn is accessible to readers across a wide spectrum with its diverse and colorful cast.

The tone overall (more particularly in reference to the world) is dark and bleak, but seen through the eyes of characters like Vin and Kelsier, it is a fascinating and dynamic world full of intrigue and adventure. One really feels the tension and understands the stakes as the unlikely band of heroes and criminals make and launch their plans against overwhelming odds. Definitely a gripping read that will leave you wanting more.

cmlibrary_ecrites Jan 23, 2017

Sanderson builds a world like no other and this is one of my favorites of his. It has a unique and interesting magic system and characters with depth. It is a well-written and inventive take on the classic tale of the "despotic big-bad" and the "rebels" who seek to regain balance. It has magic, adventure and a dash of romance.

Beatricksy Nov 09, 2016

It meanders a lot and repeats itself and generally gets a big laggy and boggy in the middle, but the worldbuilding is spectacular (of course, it's Sanderson, did you expect otherwise) and the final part is a breathless race to the finish.

Nov 08, 2016

Wow I really liked this book! It was so entertaining I couldn't put it down! The world building was amazing and full of rich, developed characters! I really liked the different viewpoints and the subtle shifts in how each character grows with the world. It took several common fantasy characteristics and was able to create original and interesting ideas. I really enjoyed this book but I am worried to read the sequels because the ending was so final it seems like the story is already finished.

Jul 14, 2016

I hated the ending. Solely because it had one.

Apr 27, 2016

This is one of the few epic fantasy books that I actually like. I love the way Sanderson world-builds, the straightforwardness of his magic system, and the simple language he uses.

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Jul 07, 2016

“If you’re always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing.”

Jul 07, 2016

“What would you think if I told you that I wasn’t an Allomancer?” Sazed asked.
“I’d think that you were lying,” Vin said.
“Have you known me to lie before?”
“The best liars are those who tell the truth most of the time.”

Jul 07, 2016

“Men rarely see their own actions as unjustified.”

Jul 07, 2016

“You should try not to talk so much, friend. You'll sound far less stupid that way." - Breeze

Jul 07, 2016

“Belief isn't simply a thing for fair times and bright days...What is belief - what is faith - if you don't continue in it after failure?...Anyone can believe in someone, or something that always succeeds...But failure...ah, now, that is hard to believe in, certainly and truly. Difficult enough to have value. Sometimes we just have to wait long enough...then we find out why exactly it was that we kept believing...There's always another secret.”

Jun 20, 2016

"I've always been very confident in my immaturity."

Jul 12, 2014

Ham (to Breeze): "I'm a soldier. Your witty verbal attacks have no effect on me, for I'm far too dense to understand them."

Jul 12, 2014

Kelsier: "I strive for nothing if not consistency."

Jul 12, 2014

Kelsier: "You aren't drinking."
Vin: "You might have slipped something in it."
Kelsier: "Oh, there was no need for me to sneak something into your drink. After all, you’re going to drink this vial of mysterious liquid quite willingly.”

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Aug 24, 2017

Violence: Several scenes of bloody violence including people being stabbed to death, shot with metal projectiles, beaten brutally, and one beheading. Some acts of violence may be disturbing for young readers.

Mar 17, 2015

Violence: Contains some quite gory fantasy violence


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