Mistborn: the Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

04 Dec


Sanderson, Brandon. Mistborn: the Final Empire. Tor, 2006. 541 pages. ISBN 978-0-7653-1178-8

Plot Summary:

For a thousand years the mysterious, immortal Lord Ruler has ruled the wasteland of ash and mist known as the Final Empire. Kelsier is a thief and leader of a group of criminals. He was sent to prison where he starts to lose his mind, but he discovers that he has the magical power of a Mistborn deep within himself. Kelsier uses these powers to break free from prison and sets out on a journey to destroy the Lord Ruler and free the skaa, slaver workers under the Lord Rulers scrutiny. Vin is an orphan who has Mistborn powers, but never realized what they were until she ran into Kelsier and he filled her in of the information she was missing. Kelsier decides to take a risk and take Vin in to assist him with over throwing the empire.Kelsier teaches and trains Vin in the powers of Mistborns and pretty soon she out-skills him. Kelsier, Vin and the rest of their crew concoct an elaborate plan to take down the Lord Ruler.

Critical Evaluation:

Sanderson is well known for taking over the Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordon passed on. This book takes you to a world unlike any other. You could say it is a dystopian world, but it goes far beyond that. The amount of description that Sanderson gives you makes it hard not to picture what is being read. Each character is very unique and does a good job of balancing one another out. A lot of thought must have gone into the different abilities and names for each misting, as well as, the entire world with its people and different cities. He provides a map for you in the front of the book that lays out the entire continent with individual cities and provinces. There are twists and turns that are unexpected and exciting. Although this novel was written for adults, the tone of the book is desolate but hopeful, landing at home with young adult dystopian novels and making it one they will enjoy.

Reader’s Annotation:

Through a desolate wasteland filled with ash and mist comes a powerful Mistborn to change it all.


Brandon Sanderson was born December 19, 1975 in Nebraska, but is currently living in American Fork, Utah. He is a fantasy author who earned his Master’s degree in creative writing in 2005 from Brigham Young University. At the university he was on the staff of the Leading Edge, a semi-professional fiction magazine. And his college roommate was Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy! champion. Sanderson married on July 7, 2006. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served his missionary in Seoul, Korea.

Sanderson was selected by Harriet McDougal (Robert Jordan’s widow) to complete the final books in the Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordan’s death. Harriet was impressed by Mistborn: The Final Empire and decided to choose him to complete the series. He is also a participant in the weekly podcast Writing Excuses with authors Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler, the webcartoonist.



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What would you do if you had the ability to manipulate metal?

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Why I include this book:

This is a dystopian novel made for adults that young adult would enjoy. Sanderson is the author who is finishing The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, a young adult series. So, I figure young adults would be interested in what other works Sanderson has written.

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