Mistborn

I enjoy reading Young Adult as much as the next person, but the past several books I picked up from the library were let downs. The heroine fell in love with the “bad boy”, the story didn’t have much plot… I could go on and on.

Where’s the strong heroine? The plot twists?

That’s when I did some research and decided to try the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanders after seeing several good things about it online.

And I’m very glad I did.

Mistborn

Here’s the first book’s 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?”

If you enjoy magic, these books include that as well. Allomancy is the magic of metals in the book. If you digest a certain metal, you get an ability power from said metal. (It actually reminds me quite a bit of Alchemy from Fullmetal Alchemist.) Abilities from metals include: strength, far sight, manipulating one’s emotions, and more.

Mistlings are born with a single ability they can use.

Those who were born Mistborn can use any ability in Allomancy.

The first book, The Final Empire, follows two characters’ point of view: Kelsier, a free-spirited rebel whose out to change the world even if everyone else thinks he’s crazy, and then there’s Vin, an orphan whose timid yet wise beyond her years and thrown into Kelsier’s insane idea after certain events unfold.

Keisler by marcsimonettiTypical Kelsier.

While each book is pretty lengthy (about 700 pages per book), the plot keeps the reader engaged. I began reading the first book and was being lead one direction in thinking how it would end, and then read events that had said plot go a complete different way. Plenty of mystery to keep you turning the pages.

The character development… There is a lot of character development. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone who will read the book (which you should), but all of the characters, especially Vin, change due to events in the story.

I just finished the second book, The Well of Ascension, and enjoyed it as much as the first. There is a third, The Hero of Ages, that concludes the first story, and then a fourth that continues the magic of Allomancy, but in Western times.

If you’re looking for a good read that will keep you engaged through mystery and magic, check out Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanders. I can pretty much promise you if you enjoy those elements in a story, the book will not disappoint you.

  • LOVE the Mistborn trilogy! It’s the series I recommend most often–fantastic plot twists, great characters, intriguing “magic”…..I was a little less impressed with Alloy of Law, but I think seeing further books from the later time period will help–I mostly disliked the loose ends it left. Sanderson has a couple more books in the series scheduled to come out later this year, I think, so I’m looking forward to reading those eventually. I also really love the idea he’s had to create a world and then showcase it in three different eras–the fantasy-like setting of the original Mistborn trilogy, the more modern Western/steampunk era of Alloy of Law, and the more sci-fi futuristic setting I’ve heard he has plans to explore in later books.

    • Sci-Fi futuristic Allomancy? Now that should be interesting… I actually started reading the series because I saw Alloy of Law and thought it looked interested (but had to start with the beginning of the series, obviously.)

  • Sadie Geerligs

    You should let me know when you’re finished, so we can chat about it. I’ve only finished book two, but I’ve been taking a break for a bit before finishing it.
    Aaannd if you like good fantasy reads… You should read The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss if you haven’t already. He isn’t finished with the final book, but it has been one of my favorite reads since Harry Potter.

    • I have finished the second as well, but need to get started on the third book. The second ending, as good as it was, was a bit more expected than the first’s.
      The Kingkiller Chronicle, huh? I’ll have to give that a look (especially if it can be compared to Harry Potter.) Thanks!