Friday, May 22, 2015

Bookworming: Mistborn: The Final Empire

Mistborn: The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson, ****
The Final Empire is a swords and sorcery novel with a unique take on the sorcery part which uses the framework of a long-form heist. Half of the fun of a heist story is seeing how things are dealt with when everything doesn't go as planned. And this one certainly delivers on that. The primary characters are interesting and well handled. The secondary characters are fleshed out just enough for the story and not much beyond. The world building is solid without taking over, which would have been possible with a world where ash falls from the sky, mists rule the nights, and colorful plants are unknown. Even the enemies are suitably threatening. And perhaps most importantly for the first book in a trilogy, Sanderson created a fully self-contained story. There are plenty of threads left for moving forward, but they are all outside the core of this story. A solid tale well told.

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