Brandon Sanderson has officially moved to my favorite authors list. He first came to my attention when I finally took the time to read through the entire Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The final three were completed by Sanderson following Jordan’s death. I was a little unsure about how that would go, a different author finishing a series I enjoyed so much. But Sanderson did a masterful job with what turned out to be the last three books of the Wheel of Time. After finishing those books, I immediately picked up some of Sanderson’s own books, among them, Mistborn: The Final Empire.
It wasn’t until this year, however, when this book joined my 2017 Reading Challenge list as #12 – a book with a one-word title – that I finally had the chance to read it.
The Final Empire is a world of mist and darkness. Ash falls constantly, and hope is in short supply. The immortal Lord Ruler reigns over everything with rigid control. The nobility treat the peasant (skaa) workers cruelly. And nothing has changed for a thousand years.
Until one man rises up to change all that. Kelsier, a survivor where no one has ever survived before, pulls together a thieving crew to plan the ultimate caper. A plan to scam the Lord Ruler himself. Along the way, he recruits Vin, a girl who grew up as a street urchin. The story that follows is brilliant, deeply moving, and just plain fun.
Brandon Sanderson is a master storyteller. His characters are magnificently well-rounded, interesting and flawed people. People I couldn’t help falling in love with. And if that weren’t enough to make a book worth reading, he sets these people into a fascinating world filled with adventure, intrigue and his own brand of magic I’ve never seen before.
If you’re even remotely a fan of fantasy, I highly recommend this book.