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  • Hardcover: 541 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (25 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531178X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765311788
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.4 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,243,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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What if the Dark Lord won? An acclaimed epic commercial fantasy comes to the UK for the first time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University and lives in Utah with his wife and children. He has been chosen to complete the concluding volumes of Robert Jordan’s bestselling Wheel of Time® series.

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119 of 125 people found the following review helpful By AnetteF on 2 Dec. 2008
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I too, picked up a Sanderson book to judge his worthiness of finishing Robert Jordan's work. Having read Elantris and liked it a lot, I thought I'd try Mistborn and I am thrilled to say that it was brilliant.

The main character of the book is Vin, a young girl that has grown up on the streets of Luthadel and that very soon gets thrown into the middle of events that shake up the society she lives in. Several other strong characters as well as a great supporting cast all have a great influence on the person Vin becomes over the course of the story.

The book and Vin are both defined by the magic that we meet and how it is used. The actual world setting is quite depressive, with a tyrant, an enslaved underclass and not to mention the lack of colour due to constant ash falls all painting a pretty grim picture. However, into that picture a magical sort of magic gets introduced and lifts the characters and thereby the story out of that gloom.

Think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and those actors running up walls and flying through the air and you won't be far off the image that came to my mind a lot during the reading of Mistborn. It has a different source but is equally as beautiful to envisage.

This was a real 'can't put it down' book and as a Wheel of Time fan, I now feel very confident that Brandon Sanderson will do a good job at finishing the series.

My star ratings are the result of the following breakdown:
How difficult was it to put the book down: extremely difficult = five stars
Would I buy the hardcover of this one: definitely (had the Hero of Ages hardcover on pre-order) = five stars
Am I likely to read it again: definitely = five stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Robertson on 29 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm pretty much in agreement with L. Ferguson on this, although actually I don't think that the Final Empire is a terribly convincing place either. Although there are descriptions of the depressing landscape and harsh regime that the nobles inflict upon the Skaa, this does not truly seem to influence the way that the central characters live or go about their daily lives. The premise is certainly intriguing, but poorly realised.

On the plus side, the magic system is certainly interesting, but as of well over half way through the (hefty) book, it just hasn't been used enough to keep up my interest. There is certainly a lot of filler, and overall I'm really struggling to get to the end of the book. If only there wasn't such an obsession with producing trilogies!

Unlike some other reviewers I sought out this book after, rather than before, reading The Gathering Storm (WoT book 12) and really enjoying it. I'm now slightly confused about how much of this was Brandon Sanderson and how much Robert Jordan, and am keeping my fingers crossed that Towers of Midnight is not a disappointment.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By L. W. Gulbrandsen on 30 July 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I checked this book out after I heard that Brandon Sanderson was picked to finish the wheel of time series, had no real expectations as he was a new name for me.
The story at first glance may not seem terrible original:

The world has been ruled for a 1000 years by an seemingly immortal God/emperor,the Lord Ruler, who according to the legends was a great hero who vanquished a world threatening evil before taking power.
Now he has divided society into Noblemen and Skaa, a slave class seen as subhuman by the nobles and treated accordingly.

The major difference between nobles and the skaa is that the nobles
can be born with a magical ability to increase their strenght,speed,senses and manipulate metals and emotions by "burning" the metals in their body.By eating/drinking flakes and solutions of metals they can replenish the metals they use while "burning" metal.
Different metals have different properties, and usually the ones with the talent can only manipulate one of these,and are called misters. Howewer, some,called mistborn, are able to use all metals, and are essentially superhuman, often used by the noble houses as spies and assassins.

Although hunted, the Skaa also have some misters and mistborn being bastard children of nobles straying outside their class.

A Skaa Mistborn, a former thief having awakened his powers while escaping a slave mine where no one has escaped before,gathers a crew of Skaa thiefs and rebels with a plan to destroy the Lord ruler and conquor the capital.
Essential to his plans is the 16 year old girl Vin, who unknown to herself living as a thief on the streets, is also a Mistborn.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. I. C. Reid on 4 Dec. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have always been a huge fan of fantasy novels but have always found myself not daring to stray too far from my favourite authors (Feist, Jordan, Gemmell) after a few rather disappointing experiences. I too like the other reviewers picked up Mistborn on the basis of him being picked to finish the Wheel of Time saga and boy am I impressed.

The story at first doesn't stray far from the the usual fantasy stereotype of the young character coming from nothing and being developed to challenge the powers of evil. What is new and original is the way in which the metal-based magic system is portrayed, making for some interesting paradoxes and entertaining action sequences.

The development of the 3 main characters is also very well done, Vin is beautifully brought on through the novel, Kelsier's flawed overconfidence comes to a satisfactory twisted finish and Elend develops in a comfortingly quirky manner.

The book is well written with the little preludes to each chapter making a nice mirror which unweave parallel with the main plot. I have certianly been impressed with Sanderson's skills as a writer and I look forward to part 2 of the trilogy and also greatly to A Memory of Light which all being well should be with us at the end of 2009. Good work.
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