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Brandon Sanderson
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Book Description

1 Oct 2009 MISTBORN (Book 1)

Brandon Sanderson's epic fantasy trilogy overturns the expectations of readers and then goes on to tell the epic story of evil overturned in a richly imagined world.

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields.

But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy - the magic that lies in all metals.

A word of mouth success in the states the Mistborn trilogy has, this year, broken onto the New York Times Bestseller list. The time is ripe for its success to cross the Atlantic


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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0575089911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575089914
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,715 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 brandonsanderson.com/library -- 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.

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University and lives, with his wife, in Utah. His Mistborn trilogy has become an international publishing success.

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114 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 2 Dec 2008
By AnetteF
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good opener 1 Nov 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
To be honest I've not read Brandon's work before and whilst I'd heard the name I only really decided to give him a go after his nomination for the David Gemmell Award last year as well as having had the mantle of concluding Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series thrust upon him.

What was evident with this novel was that the he'd taken plenty of time to construct the tale as the world building was very good, I loved the concept of the Evil Empire having risen for so long and looked back at the novel more as a Star War's: New Hope (Episode 4) type of tale. The characters were pretty rounded, the careful sculpting of the scenes wonderfully creative and its easy to see with his own writing style why he was picked to finish Jordan's series. Its pretty addictive and I found it engrossing as I read late into the night with this offering regretting the time I had to put it down for some sleep. I'll look forward to future novels in the series to see where it goes and hope for continual character growth as I loved the people that I met within.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing I've read in ages 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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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The trilogy I would suggest everyone read
I love this trilogy. You learn everything as the characters do so every reliation is a shock to them as it is to you. Well for the most part anyway. Read more
Published 2 days ago by E Twiliams
4.0 out of 5 stars It is too early to tell as I have not finished book. But OK so far 160...
It is too early to tell as I have not finished book. But 160 pages in I like it so far. So it you like fantasy stories I would recommend as it has some interesting aspects. Read more
Published 4 days ago by ChrisG
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Definitely recommend this book! From the moment I picked it up I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the others. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Gareth Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanderson rocks
Another really different kind of trilogy from Sanderson. Not what I was expecting but very enjoyable. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Tim Auty
4.0 out of 5 stars fantasy
Not quite as good as Robert Jordan but enjoyable non the less - looking forward to books two and three
Published 15 days ago by S.M. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Really enjoyed this book. I read a lot of fantasy and this was a refreshing look on a new world. Great idea great characters, don't see why a trilogy it stands fine as a single... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars Embracing
A very different slant on normal science fiction well worth reading, Sanderson has created a world of metals and heroes, 5 stars. Read more
Published 17 days ago by j ridehalgh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline
Good story if a little confusing. I enjoyed it and bought the next one so that I could follw the characters through their journeys
Published 18 days ago by Motherhoyle
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
a different sort of tale.. kept me interested.
lots of good characters - takes a bit of concentration to get to remember them all and understanding all the different metals... Read more
Published 22 days ago by brenda rigg
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Great story, good mystery, romance and death, gives nice hints but not being obvious about it with a good conclusion to the story. Read more
Published 23 days ago by sanjay
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