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by Brandon Sanderson
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  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy
  • Publishing date: 31/07/2007
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780765350381
  • ISBN: 0765350386

Synopsis

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.
Brandon Sanderson is an instructor at Brigham Young University. For fascinating behind-the-scenes information, visit him at www.brandonsanderson.com.

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.

"A fascinating world . . . one that deserves a sequel."?The Washington Post

"An enjoyable, adventurous read that . . . should satisfy even easily-bored teens."?Locus

"Sanderson's eerie . . . fantasy, set in a mist-haunted, ash-ridden world, pits Kelsier, "the Survivor of Hathsin," against the immortal Lord Ruler's 1,000-year domination of both the Great Houses and their serflike "skaa." Through Allomancy acquired in the Ruler's most hellish prison, Kelsier can "burn" 10 metals internally, fueling superhuman powers he uses to assemble rebels in a loose plan to destroy the nobility, the empire and the Lord Ruler himself. Kelsier uses Vin, a street urchin with the same Mistborn powers Kelsier possesses, to infiltrate the Great Houses' society, where she falls in love with philosopher prince Elend Venture. This mystico-metallurgical fantasy combines Vin's coming-of-age-in-magic and its well-worn theme of revolt against oppression with copious mutilations, a large-scale cast of thieves, cutthroats, conniving nobles and exotic mutants. Fast-paced action . . . the characters . . . have a raw stereotypic appeal."?Publishers Weekly

"The Sliver of Infinity, the Lord Ruler, is the locus of religious and temporal order in a world in which the skaa are slaves or worse. Half-skaa erstwhile thief Kelsior is the only person to survive and escape the Lord Ruler's most brutal prison, in which, however, he discovered he has the powers of the Mistborn, which are based on the internal "burning" of certain metals, all of which the Mistborn can use, while most others can burn only one. Now Kelsior plans his most daring raid ever, into the center of the palace to discover the secret of the Lord Ruler's power. Beforehand, his band finds the half-skaa orphan Vin in another thieving crew, where she's useful because she brings good luck. She is also Mistborn and, if she can master and learn to trust her powers, will enable Kelsior's crew to infiltrate the nobility and possibly overthrow the status quo. Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters."?Regina Schroeder, Booklist


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  • Review of Mistborn
    From Amazon

    Oh my goodness this was a fun book. I read the first chapter and had chills going up and down my arms while just sensing that I was in for quite a ride. I was completely drawn into the world Sanderson created for Vin. (Bravo for strong female leads!). Sanderson uses a very different, unique method of magic in Mistborn and, I won't lie, it took me a bit to get used to the pulling and pushing and soothing and rioting and such.. but once I got it, oh boy did things get good. This is basically the story of a slavery system uprising against a cruel Lord Ruler. There's political intrigue, massive battles, assassinations, lies, truths and every character is unique and carries a very specific task through the story until seeing it through. I loved the twists and turns and found myself reaching for the book any time I had a few minutes free. If you love fantasy and haven't read this book I am telling you now.. go check it out. So much fun!!

  • excellent original fantasy, page turner
    From Amazon

    I agree with the other positive reviews written, both in pros and cons. Overall it's a must read and very original. My most-favorite thing about Sanderson's writing is an excellent talent for foreshadowing and surprise. He throws enough detail and hints out there that I'm constantly wondering which will tie together in the future. Then, as I'm distracted with all the possibilities, he throws action and conclusions in there I never saw coming. I'm still wondering if the oddly chipped stone from the first few pages is ever going to reappear. It was probably just a distraction. My least-favorite thing about his writing is the sometimes over-attributed conversations. Somewhere around the fifth time a dialog includes repetitive 'xyz said', I start to lose my immersion. It might be that he is intentionally targeting a younger audience, and it doesn't happen enough to be horribly distracting (try reading Twilight for example, just a step above 'see jane run'). However, I would enjoy the dialogs more if he used more subtle means to make attribution clear. I mostly just stop reading his attributions during dialog. Excellent work. I highly recommend it.

  • One of my favorites!
    From Amazon

    OMG good book. I heard about Brandon Sanderson after he took over for Robert Jordan's WoT series. I love his world and the way magic and powers are used. I love how he develops his characters. I love how he keeps things simple in explanations. I love his action writing. Very good read and goes by way too quickly. Many twists and turns. On to the next book!

  • Drumroll, please....
    From Amazon

    Let me start out by saying that I am one very tough reader to please. Flashing magic and bizarre magical creatures aren't enough to sell me on a fantasy novel. I think every book should contain a well-developed plot, a believable world, complex and sympathetic characters, bold writing, and a few morals and thought-provoking questions about life. Mistborn has it all. As has become his trademark, Sanderson incorporates an ingenious system of magic as an integral part of his story. This magic, or Allomancy, works when a person gifted with the magic (called Mistborn) ingests various types of metals and "burns" them to give him or herself different abilities. The system is controlled by simple rules of action and reaction. Allomancy lends itself very well to high-intensity action scenes. The story is set in a stark, gloomy, and original world where ash falls from the cloudy sky and swirling mists mysteriously appear each night. A thousand years have passed since a hero of prophecy was raised up to free the people, but he failed. Now the serf-like skaa and upper-class nobility are ruled by an evil god-emperor known as the Lord Ruler. The plot of the first book essentially forms when Kelsier, a powerful Mistborn, devises a scheme to overthrow the Lord Ruler's empire and free the skaa. However, hints are dropped in this book that there is much more to the story than a simple rebellion against a tyrant. The main protagonist is a down-trodden street urchin named Vin, who is recruited by Kelsier at the beginning of the book. I had my doubts as to whether a grown man would be able to write from the perspective of a sixteen-year-old girl, but Sanderson really delivered. Vin is as believable and sympathetic a character as any I have ever come across. Her skiddish and slightly paranoid nature, as well as her simple, hidden longing for kindness and acceptance, are results of the abuse she has suffered at the hands of her brother and various other men. Her development throughout the book is very natural--nothing seems forced or unrealistic. Okay, to sum up really fast: the other characters are all unique, and make for an entertaining cast in an intriguing plot. I've heard the book described as a "saga of consequences." The characters are given hard choices and forced to live up to the repercussions. Action and reaction, just like the magic system. Sanderson also incorporates profound observations about the power of faith and the nature of loyalty and love. I am difficult to please, but I was instantly hooked when I began Mistborn, and didn't hesitate to finish the series. I would recommend these books to anyone. Five stars, two thumbs up, and huge congratulations to Mr. Sanderson on a brilliant novel.

  • mist
    From Amazon

    I wanted to try Sanderson ever since I read that he would complete WOT. Now I can see that the style is totally different. And I dunno why but I'd like to call this sci-fi fantasy, yes nothing sci-fi about it except for this feeling I got. That this is not a fantasy world, it could just be a world out there. But that is just me and perhaps it was all the metal magic. This is the story about Vin, a thief living and hiding in the big city. She is skaa, the slaves of the world. An owner can take a woman and kill her the next day, because the gods forbid if a halfbreed was ever born. Which of course she is. Some get away, but the slave population is tired after 1000 years of slavery. It all started with the man now known as the Lord Ruler, the all mighty god that rule them all with an iron fist. He granted those who supported him 1000 years ago special rights and they are now the nobility, the rest, slaves, all owned by him and to be used by the noble families at their whim. One day a man comes, Kelsier, with mighty plans to kill the Lord Ruler and bring the Skaa out of slavery. But how can you kill a god? Even if Kelsier is a mistborn, he has magic because of his half blood lineage, just as Vin has. Soon she is thrust into another world and will see if The Lord Ruler is a God, and if his guards are as immortals are the legends say. I liked Vin, even if she does get a bit stupid later on thinking that the nobility isn't as bad as people have told her. But how could she know about their brutality. In a way she escaped this by being a thief and hiding from everyone. But she has potential. The rest of the cast is good too, Kelsier with his plans, Sazed with his memory, a certain young Lord we meet, and the rest of the gang. The magic here is really clever. They use tin, pewter, copper and more for magic gain. By swallowing this or using it otherwise they can run up a building, jump, push people and more. The magic enhances this things and I do like this creation. Then there is the brutality of the world, in the beginning we see a pretty young girl getting taken away and the rest knows that she will be killed the next morning. They live with that and they wish their daughters to be ugly. They are a beaten people and they haev no hope. Then there is the world, it is covered in ash, the world is grey and brown and surrounded by a mist where dangerous beings live. All this cos of something that happened a 1000 years ago. It is an ugly world. This was an ok fantasy book, mostly because of how he used the magic and how he should the grim existence of the world. He is a great worldbuilder, that I must say. I have the other two books so I will see how the story plays out.

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