Sometimes, I just crave a good epic fantasy. I mean, worldbuilding and magics, and loads of characters, good guys, bad guys, I just eat that shit up. Of course, it took one of my friends becoming a fan of Brandon Sanderson on facebook for me to actually pick up and read my copy of Mistborn: The Final Empire. Thank goodness. Honestly I don’t know why I didn’t pick up Mistborn sooner, especially because I was dancing around the room with pure joy after finishing the book. What? You don’t dance like an idiot after reading an awesome book?
Mistborn is set in a fictional world where a race of people, the Skaa are enslaved. The whole world is ruled by this dude called ‘Lord Ruler.’ All snickers aside, the back story of the Lord Ruler is rather interesting. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson doesn’t focus on the Lord Ruler though. Rather, the focus is on a Skaa girl named Vin. Basically Vin doesn’t trust anyone, because she’s had a hard life. She grows dynamically, though. Sharing Vin’s spotlight, is another character, Kelsier, who is basically a criminal genius. Oh, and Vin and Kelsier are allomancers, which basically means they metabolize metal and can do all kinds of cool things.
I love a nice long adult fantasy book. I do enjoy worldbuilding and becoming immersed in an imaginary place. I love books as long as Mistborn because I feel like the characters are real people afterwards. Also, I loved the scope of Sanderson‘s imagination. I loved the idea of mistwraiths and of allomancy. I loved the small details Brandon Sanderson puts in, such as the tenets of religions which were destroyed when the Lord Ruler basically took over. I loved the characterization, and the band of thieves. I liked that for once, a long fantasy book has a female kicking ass and in such a prominent role. And can I fangirl a bit over the secondary characters. I loved Elend, I loved Sazed the terrisman and his stories of the religions.
Also, I think the progression towards revolution shown within Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson was pretty viable. I read a review of Mistborn where it was stated that Sanderson gets society, as in he understands how and why people do what they do, which reflects in his writing. I have to say, I agree. The events of this book didn’t feel contrived to me at all. Every thing didn’t work out perfectly, although I have to say, the character of Kelsier was a frakken genius, and ahhh. I want to say more, but since people don’t look very kindly on being spoiled, mum’s the word!
While reading this most amazing book which just makes me want to jump up and down or run around in circles, that’s how physically excited I got over it, you really do need to drink some wine. I think some chilled Riunite Lambrusco is in order. I know not many people enjoy Lambrusco, but personally, I love it and to me, it goes down nice and easy, much like Mistborn.
Disclosure: I purchased this book.
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