Review of Mistborn: The Final Empire by Bradon Sanderson

MistbornCoverMistborn: The Final Empire
By: Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: July 25th 2006
Publisher: Tor Books
Format: Print Paperback
Source: Nikki from There Were Books Involved

I have to thank Nikki for encouraging (forcing) me to read this amazing book. I had considered it for so long but without her push and generous gift I’m not sure I’d ever have gotten around to it. Thank you Nikki!

Summary:
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 Thoughts:
How in the world do you review this book? It was epic, beautifully developed, immersive and the world was amazing. It’s a slow read that you melt into. I read it alongside a few others and took my time to absorb the world, characters and writing. The book is thick, the print is small but the story is grand. This is a must read for fantasy lovers or really anyone that loves a rich world with in depth characters that grow and break your heart.

Sanderson knows how to create an expansive world that is both frightening and captivating. I was deeply impressed with the depth of detail he created for his world and the history he gave it. It felt real to me in every facet. I could picture the Skaa living in fear and poverty under the rule of the Lord Ruler. The Allomancy (magical abilities derived from metals) was fabulous and so unique. I’m really speechless when it comes to this book. There was so much depth and I have such an appreciation for how well it was executed. Really, a beautiful book.

I fell in love with the cast of characters. Kelsier was my favorite though Vin grew on me so much as I read her development. These characters were well rounded and riddled with imperfections, self-doubt but most importantly heart. These are the type of characters that you’ll never forget once you’ve grown to know them.

This is a short review because I can’t really encapsulate this book in one review. Mistborn is the type of book that is good while you read and after it ends you are sort of stunned…but as time passes you become amazed by it.

Final Thoughts:
Fan of Brandon Sanderson already?
Read Mistborn.

Love fantasy?
Read Mistborn.

Interested in an expansive world with well developed characters?
Read Mistborn.

Side note- have you seen the UK cover? I need it.

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Seraphina Review

Seraphina
By: Rachel Hartman
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

My Rating:
star

I had Seraphina on my must read list for a good while and bought it right when it released. Oddly enough, it sat for weeks before I got to reading it. Well, I should have read it sooner, I loved it.

The Story:
This is a high fantasy about…dragons, but its a different take on dragons than you are used to. These dragons can make themselves into human form and attend as ambassadors with the humans and also serve as teachers. The humans and dragons have been living under a treaty for forty years that allows them to live in peace with one another. The story centers on Seraphina (what a wonderful name). She is an accomplished musician but she hides a dangerous secret. She finds herself living in the King’s court right in the midst of a murder investigation that looks strangely like a dragon could be responsible. She joins forces with Prince Lucian Kiggs to investigate the murder that strains the treaty right as it is due to expire. I find a lot of high fantasy moves rather slowly but this story picked up and ran for me.

The Characters:
Rachel Hartman does an exquisite job fleshing her characters out, even the secondary characters. They are all well rounded and you have a real sense of their individual motives. As you read you see development in our main character, Seraphina. She is not stagnant but continues to grow as the story progresses. Prince Lucian Kiggs is wonderful and has great dialog with Seraphina.

The Cover:
I love the line drawing and can’t say much more than its just beautiful.

An ebook prequel has been published to give you more insight into Seraphina’s audition.

Summary via Goodreads:

Audition tells the story of Seraphina’s audition process with Master Viridius, to become the assistant music composer and Princess Glisselda’s music tutor.

You can read Audition here

Note: I am now just reviewing Seraphina though I read it 3-4 months ago because I wasn’t blogging at the time I read it.

To buy this book:
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