Friday, March 21, 2014

Mistborn: Review

243272Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

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 even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.

This book is the definition of high fantasy. Complex characters and details, evil lords and thieves. Basically, it is every fantasy lover's dream.

I'll first start off by saying that Sanderson has such beautiful, brilliant writing. As aforementioned, rich descriptions is a must for (most)fantasy books. Fantasy books are one of the hardest books to write, because it's almost always an entirely different world than we live in today, and Sanderson was able to compel me into this world within only a couple sentences. Sanderson lived up to more than my expectations to say the least. Though some of the terms in Mistborn confused me at first, I loved his writing style as well.

The plot in this book is probably what sold me in Mistborn. It had it's fair turns of surprises. While it isn't one of my "favorite" plots, it still was exceptional. The plot was slow for me at points in the story, but whenever it became almost dull, it picked up it's pace. Also, there isn't ever any time when nothing is happened. Every scene and conversation between characters happens for a reason. You could definitely tell Sanderson did his homework.

Vin is one of my favorite characters I've ever read. I adored her individuality, how she changed throughout the book from a meek thief to a strong and independent women, and especially her bad-ass-ness. I loved how Sanderson was so good at writing a realistic character. Of course her character growth wasn't fast; it went at an easy pace. It wouldn't have been realistic otherwise. Vin is too stubborn to believe things easily and have her mind changed. Vin's character was a breath of fresh air, ideally.

Kelsier is the most complex character I've read...ever. He's a schemer and thief for sure. But he's also a gentleman and a good friend. Every scene with Kelsier made you uncover a new thing about his past and the man he is today. I wouldn't say there was any major change in Kelsier's's more like his character just became more rich and complex throughout Mistborn.

The ending of the book is my favorite part of the book. While it's sad, it's also fulfilling and realistic. It also has tons of action scenes in it, which makes everything better.

Overall, this book was perfect. I loved every aspect about it: characters, plot, and the writing. I highly recommend for fantasy lovers.