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!

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.




  1. says

    Yes! I’m so glad to see that you loved the book. I bought the trilogy already but haven’t gotten to it. I totally need someone like Nikki to force me to read this book as well, especially because it’s one of those that you melt into — those are always the best fantasy books.

    I just bought Sanderson’s Legion and the Emperor’s Soul book today; apparently they are two novellas and I was thinking of starting out with those since they aren’t so long and that way I can get hooked on Sanderson’s writing.

    • says

      It was the type you read along with other books and just sort of end your night reading. This went wrong sometimes though when the action picked up and I stayed up too late, haha. It was a really great book and I think you’d like it since we are book twins. Let me know when you get around to either this or the novellas and let me know your thoughts!

  2. says

    I keep on seeing so many good things about Mistborn but I keep on being confused about it, because this edition seems to be like an omnibus edition of the three first books or something? I’ll probably be getting it once I have my library room ready!

    • says

      Huh. There were Part 1, part 2 etc but I think it was the first book of the series only? Oh gosh. I don’t even know O.O I’ll need to look into that. I loved it regardless. I ordered the UK version box set and cant’ wait to get it. I pre-ordered the new one they are releasing. The naming is confusing…like Mistborn seems like the series name and the first book is The Final Empire. I’ll need to look further into this.

  3. says

    Oh man, I think Brandon Sanderson’s writing is just epic, based on all the reviews I’ve read recently. I’ve been sticking to contemporary and straying from fantasy, but I resolve to read more fantasy this year. I just bought my first Sanderson book and I’m beyond excited to read it!
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    • says

      Oh, which one of his did you get? I’ve read this and Steelheart and both were really well done. I did prefer this though. I liked the characters and world a tiny bit more.

  4. says

    Hurray, we’ve converted another one! I am in love with Sanderson’s books. I’ve only read three, The Final Empire being one of them, but they’re just SO. GOOD. I think the beginning is usually quite slow because he’s got so much world-building to introduce, but he really makes up for it during the second half of the book, as well as with all the characters. Kelsier was amazing. Breeze was perfect.

  5. says

    Aw, yay! I’m so glad you loved this book so much Kristen. <3 I am curious about it now, hih. It do sound pretty amazing 😀 I waaants it. Sigh. Amazing review sweetie. <3 Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this book 🙂

  6. says

    I made a joke to Nikki that Brandon Sanderson needs to start paying her commissions on the books the she successfully encourages others to buy. I can’t wait to read Mistborn. I recently read and loved Steelheart and Firefight, and I purchased Mistborn as a direct result of Nikki’s encouragement.

  7. says

    I’m always so excited to see people fall in love with Sanderson’s writing. ESPECIALLY MISTBORN. I’m really glad you loved it Kristen!!! 😀 😀 It was by far one of my favorite reads of 2014 😀

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