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


Following on the heels of Sanderson’s successful launch into the YA market with the New York Times bestselling Rithmatist comes Mistborn, now repackaged for the teen audience

Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.

Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?


This is the first Brandon Sanderson novel I’ve ever read, am I’m a little upset for not picking him up sooner! I’ve been so engrossed in cliche YA fantasy novels written by female authors (which isn’t a bad thing, stories just have a different perspective when a female character is created by a male author), and haven’t even thought to branch out until now.

I loved it. I feel like I say this a lot about the books I read, but hey, I just have good taste.

Sanderson has developed a vivid new world, dominated by the ashy shades of grey. He managed to give me such a clear understanding of this unique world without defaulting to using paragraphs of dull landscape description – which I applaud. His world building was effortless, and his world was a beautiful dystopia of dirty ash-falls, swirling night mist and “mythical” mist creatures.

Though the world was developed so vividly, so much is left a mystery – the unknown history of the world, the mysterious, “Godly”, “immortal” leader, Allomancy….

The main characters, Kelsier and Vin were just as refreshing and brilliant as their world. Kelsier, a slave turned rebel turned martyr was presented in such a way where I questioned his sanity, and when his plans were brought to light, I questioned how I ever doubted him! He’s mad, erratic, spontaneous, reckless, blunt, sarcastic and to top it off, a heroic genius. At no point do you stop questioning his motives and sanity until after the fact. I loved him. Vin too. Untrusting street urchin turned noble-lady-spy-rebel. All the characters in this book are just so diverse, from Elend to Sazed.

These’s rebellion, magic, mystery, noble balls, battle, political infiltration, forbidden romance…what more could you ask for?!

Though this book is over 500 pages, it seems to go by too fast. It’s faced paced, and invokes the “I need to go to bed but I need to keep going” mentality. 

Total winner. I’ll for sure keep on with this series! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars


2 thoughts on “REVIEW: Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

    1. I’ve read the second book but that was about a year ago so i hope i remember enough to read the last book this summer!! I found the second book to be a bit of a bridge book between the first and last – it’s mostly a seige but it was still really good 😊


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