Backlist Review: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I can’t believe I finished a 24 hour audio in about 10 hours lmao.

This was such an intense read! The first part of the book was very dense, and most of the world-building was introduced all at once. It was really hard to connect with the characters at first, because I felt like they would never surprise me. They legit told me their plan to take down the Final Empire. Lucky for me that plan was not the only on happening, it was just the obvious one.

This story follows several main characters, mainly Vin, Kelsier and Elend (at times). Vin is a thief who is gifted with Allomancy, but she doesn’t know it. She is taken in by the resistance movement which is headed by Kelsier, another skaa who survived the ultimate torment in the Pits. He is also an allomancer and begins to tutor Vin on how to use the metals to her advantage.

This is probably one of my favorite magic systems ever. Allomancy is using metals to push or pull on certain elements. Whether it’s a physical property like a coin you dropped or someone’s emotions. It was so cool to see that each different metal was another aspect and that Vin and Kelsier as Mistborns could manipulate each one. It was kind of funny that they had to eat their different metal combinations in order to use these powers, but it made logical sense.

While this was slow at first, Kelsier and Vin have death wishes and seeing them be incredibly reckless at times made me love them. There’s something addicting about dangerous situations. Plus later in the story, we meet Lord Elend Venture, the heir to his house. He meets Vin when she steals his reading spot, and if that doesn’t make you love him, idk what will besides his idealistic political views, and need to do something to find equality for the Skaa.

Overall, I really loved this story. The characters were so compelling and I loved seeing their growth. There was also an amazing group family feeling from all of the rebels that I was dreading them breaking up after the job. Luckily for me, the job is never done.

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