Review: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tor Format: Hardcover
Source: Library Rating:  (4/5 Stars) Synopsis: 

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably. Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.

This book took me a while to read. I liked it, but this thing is a brick. And I say that in the absolutely nicest way.

I have read all of Brandon Sanderson’s Young Adult and Middle Grade novels, and I loved them all SO MUCH. But I was rather hesitant to attempt reading his fantasy novels because, well, I don’t really tend to like high fantasy.

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s weird and wrong and I don’t really know why I usually don’t. I just… don’t. But I did like Mistborn! The worldbuilding and magic system was of course fabulous, but most of all what I enjoyed most about this book was the characters.

Usually I find the characters and world in high fantasy a little bit unexcessable. It isn’t grounded in anything I know so it doesn’t quite feel “real.” Which is a problem that doesn’t make a lot of sense to even me because, well, they are all books. Why would any feel more real than others? But either way, the characters in Mistborn felt “real.” Or as real as fictional characters in a fantasy world can feel. I really liked most of them and they were just geniune and cool.

(My favorite character might’ve been killed off, but, y’know, it’s all good. Kind of. Not really…)

The other thing I liked about Mistborn is that while it managed to be exciting and serious and have high stakes and a good message, it was also funny. Subtly, situationally funny, but rather clever nonetheless.

Mistborn: The Final Empire is unquestionably huge, and the tiny text in my edition did not help matters, but it did manage to make the 600 or so pages really worth it.