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The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

Sanderson, Brandon - Finished Feb 24, 2016

Run-on Sentence Summary

A young girl struggles in a dystopian alternate reality until she discovers her mentor, a criminal mastermind named Kelsier, who helps her unlock her magical powers of allomancy, and involves her in a plot to overthrow the tyrannical Lord Ruler.


Looking for a new fantasy series, I took my friend Aiza’s recommendation and picked up Brandon Sanderson’s famous Mistborn trilogy. I was instantly hooked, and churned through the long book in just a few days. The universe has a cool and unique magic system, good simple characters, and a great villain in the Lord Ruler.

Unfortunately, as with so many fantasy books (looking at you Kvothe,) one of the main themes was teenage angst and social anxiety. All of the characters were thin and one dimensional, and the sexual tension in the story feels like unrealistic, engineered high octane nerd fuel. I don’t want to feel like I’m outgrowing the genre, but finishing a book like this feels like finishing binge eating fast food: its the empty calories of the literary world.

Final Thoughts

Guilt aside, this is a solid and fun little fantasy book that I had trouble putting down.

Favorite Quote

“I’ve always been very confident in my immaturity.”