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5.0 out of 5 stars great read, 2 Dec. 2008
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This review is from: Mistborn: Final Empire (Mistborn Trilogy) (Mass Market Paperback)
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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Initial post: 16 Jul 2010 22:38:52 BDT
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Posted on 16 Jul 2010 22:39:24 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2010 19:08:48 BDT
AnetteF says:
Mr Karl Elliffe - as I have no idea what the point of your comment is, I am unfortunately unable to engage in a discussion.

Posted on 10 Aug 2010 12:29:29 BDT
C. Morgan says:
A good review, but I do feel that it was rather let down by the inane comment of a "magical sort of magic", is there a non-magical sort???

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2010 22:57:50 BDT
AnetteF says:
C. Morgan - I have read more than one book in which the magic was rather mundane and, for want of a better word, boring. I suppose there is a better way of phrasing it, but for me personally, 'magical sort of magic' encapsulates how I felt about that aspect in this book.

Posted on 27 Feb 2011 22:18:29 GMT
alessandro says:
HI Annette, thanks for your review it helped me to decide if I wanted to get this book or not......and the answer is yes.
Alex (Italy)

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2011 09:15:01 GMT
AnetteF says:
Hi Alex,

Hope you enjoy the book and it's sequels as much as I did :-)
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