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2.0 out of 5 stars
Just to provide some balance to the gushing reviews so far...., 3 Aug. 2012
I avidly followed this series as it was written, but my advice is to buy and read the first novel before committing to a boxset - it works out at around the same price.
There has been a resurgence in fantasy literature over the last couple of years with plenty of new talent (Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, Peter V Brett, Patrick Rothfuss....) writing gritty, realistic and grounded fantasy. Sanderson really should belong to this group.
Brandon Sandersons first Mistborn novel is nothing short of excellent - great characters, great plot and real imagination and innovation behind its concepts. The problem, for me, was that books 2 and 3 of this trilogy just dragged on and on and on. They just feel totally superfluous and written because the publisher demanded them. Whilst their timeline moves on, the characters do not evolve at all. It becomes fantasy by numbers I'm afraid.
If you are a fan of the Matrix, you will know what I mean when I say that you should know when to end a briliiant story......