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Book review: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire  - Brandon Sanderson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This review was originally posted on my blog, Little Miss Reader (http://little-missreader.blogspot.com/ )
 
 
A thousand years ago evil came to the land. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk labor as slaves in volcanic ash fields. A troublemaker arrives. A rumored revolt depends on an untrustworthy criminal and a young girl who must master Allomancy, metal magic.
 
 
That summary is kind of vague, don't you think? But it still sums up the story, without hinting the slightest about whats to come, and I love that!

The reason I wanted to read this book was that I thought the idea was so original. The evil guy has one, and this story takes place 1000 years after - seriously, the EVIL GUY WON! Also, instead of just plain old magic that originates nowhere. Magic is allomancy, and only certain people have powers and they only have powers if they have the right metals - that is genious!

It took me quite a while to get into this book, but that was mostly because I had no idea what they where talking about in the beginning. When I reached a 100 pages, pieces started to fit together and I started to understand the book.
I love the way Brandon Sanderson teaches you about the world and Allomancy. You get to learn about it with Vin, she has no clue about anything either, so you are kind of in the same boat. Also, Kelsier is an amazing teacher, I understood everything when he started to explain what Allomancy was.

The world building is amazing, Sanderson really knows how to build up a world and describe it just so you have enough information to know the world, but exactly the right amount to let your brain take over and figure some things out for yourself.
When I read The Final Empire, I felt like I was in the world and after about 200 pages, I felt like I knew everything about the world - even though it kept surprising me and let me learn new things.

One of the things I loved most about this book was the "missing" love-element. This was a very great book, and I find that great books can be ruined by the love element. This book had the love-element, but it did not matter that much. I loved every part of the book that Elend was in, but that was because thpse parts were short and cute - and that was fine!. Also, it is not insta-love. It takes quite a while before any of them realizes it!

I loved all the characters in this book, I feel like good vs. evil is not really a thing here. The "good" guys do some things, but the "bad" guys do some good things as well. In the end you understand the Lord Ruler, you know why he did certain things, and in a way you feel with him - but on the other hand you really do not like him.
Sazed is magnificent, I actually thought that he and Vin would get together, but no. I love how he is so serious but still have a sensitive and funny side. He would be the perfect friend. Kelsier and Vin are like father and daughter, I love that, normally the hero gets the girl, but this time they are like a family.
I loved seeing Vin turning from the skaa thief to Vin the mistborn. She has a hard time dealing with who she is, but in the end she just IS. No more thinking, she suddenly becomes the one she is supposed to be.
The "crew" is wonderful. I loved every single person, I even started liking Breeze! I really like how they were all friends instead of just partners in crime, that gave the story something. Normally I feel like the groups in books are together because they can each get something out of it. This time they are there because they trust each other and this is something they want to do. 
 
Since this is a high fantasy series, there is a bunch of things that you have to learn, because it is a completely new world you are reading about. I took notes whilst reading this, and I am so glad I did, because sometimes I had a hard time remembering certain things. 


Explanations:
But lets get on with it. In this book, people who can perfom allomancy are called Mistings or Mistborns. Mistings can burn (=use) one of the basic eight allomantic metals, and Mistborns can burn all eight. And there is nothing in between, so if a person can burn 2 of the basic metals, he or she is a Mistborn, and can actually burn all eight. 
There is also something calld Feruchemistry, and people who can "perfom" that, is called Feruchemists. They have a different way of using metals. 
 
Then there is the hierarchy of the people, there is "skaa" which is basically everybody. If you are a skaa, you are either a slave, a thief or you live on the street without a job. 
Then there is the lesser nobility and the higher nobility. The higher nobility is where everything political is, and the lesser nobility is, well you can say that they are just more fortunate that skaa, but not nearly as fortunate as the higher nobility.
There is also the Garrison, their primary duty is to maintain order in the city - so they are basically the police. 
There is also the Steel Ministry, which consists of obligators and Steel Inquisitors. Steel Inquisitors are quite a strange creature, they are fighting machines and very hard to kill. The obligators are Prelans, and the tattoo's they have around their eyes tells you where in the hierarchy they are. The Lord Prelan is head of the entire Steel Ministry.
Hazekillers are men who are trained to fight allomancers.


I have to give this book 5 hearts because OMG this book is wonderfully written, the world is amazing and the characters are just lovely. An Allomancy is just so fantastic and I have never read a book this intriguing - except from The Hunger Games and Harry Potter.
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Final Empire (Mistborn Trilogy 1)

The Final Empire  - Brandon Sanderson This review was originally posted at Little Miss Reader (http://little-missreader.blogspot.com/ )

That summary is kind of vague, don't you think? But it still sums up the story, without hinting the slightest about whats to come, and I love that!

The reason I wanted to read this book was that I thought the idea was so original. The evil guy has one, and this story takes place 1000 years after - seriously, the EVIL GUY WON! Also, instead of just plain old magic that originates nowhere. Magic is allomancy, and only certain people have powers and they only have powers if they have the right metals - that is genious!

It took me quite a while to get into this book, but that was mostly because I had no idea what they where talking about in the beginning. When I reached a 100 pages, pieces started to fit together and I started to understand the book.
I love the way Brandon Sanderson teaches you about the world and Allomancy. You get to learn about it with Vin, she has no clue about anything either, so you are kind of in the same boat. Also, Kelsier is an amazing teacher, I understood everything when he started to explain what Allomancy was.

The world building is amazing, Sanderson really knows how to build up a world and describe it just so you have enough information to know the world, but exactly the right amount to let your brain take over and figure some things out for yourself.
When I read The Final Empire, I felt like I was in the world and after about 200 pages, I felt like I knew everything about the world - even though it kept surprising me and let me learn new things.

One of the things I loved most about this book was the "missing" love-element. This was a very great book, and I find that great books can be ruined by the love element. This book had the love-element, but it did not matter that much. I loved every part of the book that Elend was in, but that was because thpse parts were short and cute - and that was fine!. Also, it is not insta-love. It takes quite a while before any of them realizes it!

I loved all the characters in this book, I feel like good vs. evil is not really a thing here. The "good" guys do some things, but the "bad" guys do some good things as well. In the end you understand the Lord Ruler, you know why he did certain things, and in a way you feel with him - but on the other hand you really do not like him.
Sazed is magnificent, I actually thought that he and Vin would get together, but no. I love how he is so serious but still have a sensitive and funny side. He would be the perfect friend. Kelsier and Vin are like father and daughter, I love that, normally the hero gets the girl, but this time they are like a family.
I loved seeing Vin turning from the skaa thief to Vin the mistborn. She has a hard time dealing with who she is, but in the end she just IS. No more thinking, she suddenly becomes the one she is supposed to be.
The "crew" is wonderful. I loved every single person, I even started liking Breeze! I really like how they were all friends instead of just partners in crime, that gave the story something. Normally I feel like the groups in books are together because they can each get something out of it. This time they are there because they trust each other and this is something they want to do.

Since this is a high fantasy series, there is a bunch of things that you have to learn, because it is a completely new world you are reading about. I took notes whilst reading this, and I am so glad I did, because sometimes I had a hard time remembering certain things.


Explanations:
But lets get on with it. In this book, people who can perfom allomancy are called Mistings or Mistborns. Mistings can burn (=use) one of the basic eight allomantic metals, and Mistborns can burn all eight. And there is nothing in between, so if a person can burn 2 of the basic metals, he or she is a Mistborn, and can actually burn all eight.
There is also something calld Feruchemistry, and people who can "perfom" that, is called Feruchemists. They have a different way of using metals.

Then there is the hierarchy of the people, there is "skaa" which is basically everybody. If you are a skaa, you are either a slave, a thief or you live on the street without a job.
Then there is the lesser nobility and the higher nobility. The higher nobility is where everything political is, and the lesser nobility is, well you can say that they are just more fortunate that skaa, but not nearly as fortunate as the higher nobility.
There is also the Garrison, their primary duty is to maintain order in the city - so they are basically the police.
There is also the Steel Ministry, which consists of obligators and Steel Inquisitors. Steel Inquisitors are quite a strange creature, they are fighting machines and very hard to kill. The obligators are Prelans, and the tattoo's they have around their eyes tells you where in the hierarchy they are. The Lord Prelan is head of the entire Steel Ministry.
Hazekillers are men who are trained to fight allomancers.


I have to give this book 5 hearts because OMG this book is wonderfully written, the world is amazing and the characters are just lovely. An Allomancy is just so fantastic and I have never read a book this intriguing - except from The Hunger Games and Harry Potter.

Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances

Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances - John Green,  Maureen Johnson,  Lauren Myracle ****4.5*****

Book Review: 4 to 16 Characters by Kelly Hourihan

Review here: http://little-missreader.blogspot.dk/2013/11/book-review-4-to-16-characters-by-kelly.html

 

Review here: 

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4 to 16 Characters

4 to 16 Characters - Kelly Hourihan Read this review and other reviews like it, here: http://little-missreader.blogspot.dk/2013/11/book-review-4-to-16-characters-by-kelly.html

This book starts out slow, but then it seriously hooks you. I could not put it down, I had to know what happened between her and Gary - and if there even happened anything.

I loved getting to know Jane's "alter egos", it was so interesting. At a time I also had a lot of names I used on the internet, and I can totally relate to Jane thinking it is easier when she is Rachel, Ethan or another person. Things get easier when you are not doing it yourself.

There was times when I laughed out loud and people would look at me like I was crazy, and there was times when I could not help to say "aaaw". This book is packed with emotions.

I adored the Jane that she becomes. She evolves through out this book with the help of Gary and the fandom. When she reveals her secret is probably one of my favorite parts, it changes her.

Gary, Gary, Gary. He is so sweet and awkward - in a way he reminds me of my boyfriend.

I think a lot of teens can relate to this book and I really, really recommend it. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read it.

The N-Body Problem

The N-Body Problem - Tony Burgess This was definetely not what I was expecting, it was too macabre and weird (in a bad way) and I just cannot finish it

Who Done It?

Who Done It? - Find this review and others like it here: http://little-missreader.blogspot.dk/2013/11/book-review-who-done-it-by-jon-scieszka.html

Human: A Ghost Story

Human: A Ghost Story - Brian  Rowe Cute and a tinge creepy

Medea (Dover Thrift Editions)

Medea - Euripides, Rex Warner It was interesting and I like reading mythology :)

Giveaway!

If I get enough followers on my blog, I will make a christmas giveaway! Follow here: http://little-missreader.blogspot.com/

Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

I just reviewed Kami Garcias new book Unbreakable. Check out my review :)

Grimm Volume 1

Grimm Volume 1 - David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Marc Gaffen, Kyle McVey, Jose Malaga Find this review and other reviews like it here: http://little-missreader.blogspot.dk/2013/10/book-review-grimm-volume-1.html


My Thoughts
I love the Grimm TV-show - even though I have not seen it in a while. But it is one of my favorites. I was not so impressed with the graphic novel though. I think the illustrations was poorly done, and I had a hard time seeing if some of the characters were a man or a woman.

The story was fine, but I just felt that there was missing some background story sometimes.

When I do not like a book, I have a hard time writing a review - especially if it is a graphic novel (even if I love it). But I do not like to trash a book, so I leave you with this. This graphic novel was not exactly me, but maybe you will like it.

Midnight Sun (Twilight #1.5)

Midnight Sun (Twilight #1.5) - Stephenie Meyer I ADORE THIS BOOK. I always thought of Twilight as a kind of pathetic vampire series, but this has brought so much depth to the series. I love seeing the story from Edwards perspective - it even made me like Bella more.

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Love You Hate You Miss You - Elizabeth Scott Review coming soon

Freak of Nature (IFICS #1)

Freak of Nature (IFICS #1) - Julia Crane See my review here: http://little-missreader.blogspot.dk/2013/10/book-review-freak-of-nature-by-julia.html

Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box

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