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by Brandon Sanderson

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Book 1 of 88 in the Great Fantasy Books
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Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.
But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

Readers of Elantris thought they'd discovered someone special in Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn proves they were right.

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Anonymous | 2012-10-09 01:02:42
Ome of the best Fantasy writers out there, period.
Lion | 2012-11-02 03:35:52
Great books, just great. I read all four books in one rush and was really disappointed when I found out that there was no fifth book to the series. I searched quite some time for further books to the series, but apparently Brandon Sanderson has given up upon the series. I can't recall any scenes that bored me and the story itself is also quite good. I really recommend reading the Mistborn novels.
Anonymous | 2012-12-05 12:25:31
A decent series, but way too highly ranked IMHO. The writing style is great, and the plot development is solid, but I never really found myself thinking "this world is AMAZING" like I have in some other series (ie. WOT or ASoIaF or even The Night Angel Trilogy). Decent read though, and a solid author. I look forward to his new series, and commend him for doing an amazing job so far finishing up WOT).
Anonymous | 2013-01-20 07:55:29
Loved this series although initially I found it quite slow but once the characters developed I was hooked! Awesome author...
Anonymous | 2014-10-03 07:59:29
One of the best magic systems out there
Anonymous | 2015-04-01 10:20:47
This series caught me off guard. Mistborn being my first experience reading Brandon Sanderson, my mind was blown. The characters are interesting, the narrative tight and the action scenes quite satisfying. There are definite moments where things drag a little as the author builds builds up the tension and it works most of the time. The Epilogue wrapped things up perfectly as well.
Rizlatnar | 2015-04-23 12:14:41
Okay, I love this book. Mistborn (in my opinion) is brilliant. It has a solid, interesting and intuitive magic system, mixed with a fascinating world. Okay, maybe it's plot is not that original (Brandon himself says his characters are archetypical), but it's still extremely well done and the characters feel real despite being pretty big tropes. It's just a ton of fun. My suggestion is that you should really, really read this if you want to see a good solid magic system not just done well, but excellently. It gives the world more depth.
Anonymous | 2015-05-05 12:45:17
Well, it's not that bad, but it's not that good either. Some characters are interesting, though a little static, others are rushed away and I couldn't remember much about them as I was reading. And there are a lot of boring pages with people pushing and pulling coins, jumping left and right that I could do without. The magic system has little magic in it, and the plot is plain. As you can see, it was not my cup of tea, but it has its strength and could definetely please other readers.
Anonymous | 2015-09-09 01:59:32
I just don't get it. Terrible writing of women, no romance whatsoever, flat and uninteresting. Why do people like this?
Nennorwe | 2015-09-23 06:43:34
Absolutely fantastic! Great characters, plot, story-telling, mythos - this series has the great elements of Fantasy and also brings his unique ideas to the story. Another series that left me feeling wistful after the end. I am looking forward to finishing the rest of his books set in this world (in different time periods - another great concept)! The fifth one comes out soon :)
Anonymous | 2018-01-06 09:36:00
I’ve never read Mistborn, but I feel that my opinion also matters and I would like to say the cover of the book doesn’t interest me. So I give this book 3 out of 5 shits
Anonymous | 2018-02-11 05:51:32
I found this book plain, the one female character was meant to be a main character but had little autonomy and a very bland personality. The men in her life make most of her decisions and she spends half her time picking out dresses and having boring conversations with dull people. The magic system is unusual but that’s about as positive as I can get.
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