Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – Book Review


Rating: 3/5 stars

Goodreads Description:

“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.”

My Review:

A dystopian society where the Lord Ruler is all powerful and immortal.  He rules with an iron fist and the Skaa are the citizens living in poverty, overworked and killed at the Lord Ruler’s whim.  The nobility hold power in this society and will do whatever it takes to not lose control.  There is also a special group of people, Mistborns, who have special powers which are enhanced by ingesting metals.

Vin, our teenage heroine is a Skaa, thieving with her brother and his crew to get by.  She finds herself caught up in a world she never dreamed of.  One where she is part of a rebellion to overthrow the Lord Ruler.  This would seem an extremely unlikely possibility, but enter Kelsier, the only person known to have survived the tortuous prison who has become a myth-like figure.   He takes Vin under his wing and teaches her everything about Allomancy (metal magic).  The book builds up the rebellion as well as a romantic storyline with Eland Venture, a noble who befriends Vin.

I was very eager to read this book having heard so many positive reviews on Youtube.  It started off interestingly enough, but it really took me a long time to get through this book.  I found it to be a little dense, not quick and easy reading.  It didn’t hold my attention enough to read straight through.  I kept putting it down and started and finished about 2-3 other books before I finally completed this one.  I couldn’t get into the metal magic or the pushing and pulling that goes along with ingesting metals.  It is a bleak and grey world that is portrayed.  I had bought the first three books at a discount and now I wish I had just bought one.   The Mistborn story can be read as a stand-alone book even though the storyline continues.  I will probably read the other two books but I will also probably be reading other books at the same time.



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