Review of The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

What’s it about?

Book Cover for The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage – Allomancy, a magic of the metals.-Goodreads Synopsis



My Review of The Final Empire

The Final Empire is one of the few fantasy novels that I like. I got it on Audible because the narrator’s voice sounded soothing, and it was a really long audio book so I figured it would keep me entertained several nights in a row as I tried to fall asleep. I was right.

This book is definitely the brain-child of a guy who spent a lot of time role-playing in some form. (I can recognize this as someone who used to role-play.) Its got a pretty epic, pardon the pun, set-up, with typical-yet-interesting characters, and a unique magic system that Sanderson puts to very good use. I don’t think the author comes close to breaking any new ground fantasy-wise, but he does the old plots and material very well.

I did like that the book was very simply written. There wasn’t a lot of huge words or flowery language that you had to wade through to get to the meat of the story. He delivers a massive book, but does so in an easy-to-read and understand format. Who doesn’t like that?  Also, his action scenes were awesome. I remember at one point, listening to this book in the car on the way home, I cheered and punched the air in happiness/excitement.  He is definitely a talented writer.

I went from this book to Mistborn #2 the next month, and liked that one almost as much as the first one. Mistborn #3 has been purchased, and I swear I shall get around to listening to it eventually.

4 Star Rated Review

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Title: The Final Empire | Author: Brandon Sanderson | Publication Date: 2006-7-25 | ISBN: 076531178X | Genre: Fantasy |

4 thoughts on “Review of The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

    1. I’ve got a couple Sanderson books on my audible, but unfortunately the Mistborn series is, thus far, the only one of his I can really get into. I’m trying to listen to Steelheart, but.. eh. I might look up the novella, though! thanks 🙂

  1. The Mistborn trilogy is without a doubt one of my favourite fantasy series. The characters and the storytelling is just on point. My favourite aspect of the series is without a doubt the character growth and seeing the places this journey takes them. Great review.

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