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The Final Empire

the final empire by branden sandersonAuthor: Brandon Sanderson

Series: (Mistborn #1)

Genre: High Fantasy, YA Fantasy,

Pages: 541

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 colour 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.



Rating: 🌑🌑🌑🌑🌑

Please give me a moment while I try to form a sentence or two.

…Still nothing, but I’ll try. Fantastic. This book was fantastic. The amazing writing, the story, the characters, the world-building, the magic system, the action scenes and the plots! All fantastic. (yes I used that word three times in a single sentence, those who’ve read it will understand me is all that I can say). The plot was extremely intricate and complex, everything was immaculate with no cliches, no info-dumping and most of all no foreshadowing of any kind. No one can prepare you for the twists and turns.

The entire world is being ruled by the iron fist of the Lord Ruler and his Final Empire. Those few who supported him from the beginning became the Imperial noble families, their existence filled with opulence and extravagance. Everyone else became the Skaa slaves forced to work until they die. Every attempted rebellion has failed, and the oppressive regime grows stronger and stronger with each passing day.

…Enter Kalsier. A half nobleman half Skaaa of legendary thief among thieves. Together with his crew of criminal masterminds and Vin (a 17-year-old Skaa girl he’d saved from a low life thieving crew), they set out to free the world from the tyranny of the lord ruler. Kalsier plans a new kind of rebellion – one of the ultimate heist.

The characters MADE this book. We get a good variety of round and dynamic characters with one heck of two lead characters, Kalsier and Vin. Kelsier is a legend in the underworld. Once the greatest crew-leader in the capital of Luthadel, a man who could pull off any heist. Then you have Vin, our badass protagonist and one of my absolute favourite heroines by far. She’s a street urchin who’s known neither friendship nor trust. She’s had to learn to survive trusting only herself. Vin’s greatness is that she is an unlikely heroine. She is smart, cool-headed, shy, quiet and is aware of her weaknesses. I cannot tell you how refreshing it was to finally get a realistic heroine who doesn’t think she’s invincible. She is quite but oh so lethal!

This is a high fantasy of epic adventures with real world issues and topics like betrayal, friendships, colonisation, dehumanisation, slavery, oppressive regime and people rising up to challenge and change their unfortunate fate.




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