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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575089911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575089914
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 4.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,754 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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122 of 128 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Earl Campbell on 21 April 2013
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The Mistborn series was recommended to me by a friend, with the uniqueness of the magic system, called Allomancy, being at the core of his sales pitch. As I was promised, Allomancy was a very cool aspect of the book. So, unlike many reviewers here, I didn't pick up Mistborn to see if Sanderson is worthy of continuing the Wheel of Time series. I have actually read the first four Wheel of Time books, and then I stopped out of boredom! From what I've seen of Sanderson, I'd rate him above Jordan.

Mistborn is set in a fantasy world, though with a dark feel and a fairly unique mythology. The realm of man is divided into the noble aristocracy and the enslaved Skaa, and this is governed by a tyrannical, god-like Lord ruler. Ash falls like rain and every night a claustrophobic mist covered the lands. With this bizarre weather, evil social system and gothic architecture, Sanderson is successful in creating a moody atmosphere that I enjoyed.

The main two protagonists are the young girl Vin and an older man Kelsier, who we meet fairly earlier in the book. Kelsier is top dog in a thieving gang who discover and recruit Vin, and then set off on Kelsier's most ambitious job ever! The relationship between Kelsier and Vin, of tutor and protege, is exploited as a plot device to teach us about the world and the mechanics of how magic works. Many members of the thieving gang are all specialists of some form of magic, with roles like "the Thug" or "the Smoker". Along with Kelsier's jovial happy-go-lucky vibe, this gives the books a bit of a heist-film feel, think Ocean's Eleven, which I felt jarred against other aspects of the book.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By L. W. Gulbrandsen on 30 July 2008
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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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