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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire by Brandon SandersonThe Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 1st October 2009
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Borrowed
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Rating: three-stars

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.

Because of some personal stuff that happened right around the time I started this book I found it very difficult to get into and enjoy, so this review may be entirely unfair, I don’t know. I need to reread at some point, I think.

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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

The Hero of Ages by Brandon SandersonThe Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #3
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: February 11, 2010
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.

In short: Fuck my life.

This is my attempt at coherency, but we all know that I’ve never been very good at that so this review should be interesting since this trilogy, and especially the grand finale, HAS RUINED MY LIFE FOREVER. While it didn’t beat The Final Empire in terms of heartbreak (Kelsier, you guys… #neverforget), The Hero of Ages punched me in the gut and pulled out my intestines, then gave my heart a good squeeze for good measure. I’m pretty sure I’m missing several organs after reading this trilogy.

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The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension by Brandon SandersonThe Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #2
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: December 10, 2009
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler – the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years – has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

As Kelsier’s protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.

Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won’t get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.

As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

Hey *pokes* I’m back to talk about the most epic series to happen to me for a while. I don’t really know how I’m going to review this book so be prepared for some rambling and a lot of fangirling and possibly some tears. I had been trying to read the Mistborn series as slowly as possible because I just wasn’t ready to let go, but I finally picked The Well of Ascension up a few weeks ago because it just had to be done. I’ve since finished the series and OH MY GOD. Ehem. Let’s just focus on this one book for now. Continue reading

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire by Brandon SandersonThe Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: October 1, 2009
Publisher: Gollancz
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Rating: five-stars

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.

This is a story about how my life was ruined forever by a fantasy book that was not Harry Potter. I knew The Final Empire was going to be good, but I didn’t know just how brilliant it was going to be until I finally started reading it. Prior to buying it, I hadn’t heard too much about it. I know, I don’t know where I’ve been. And once I had bought it, it sat on my shelf for about a year before I finally decided to pick it up. And picking it up was one of the best decisions I made in 2014. Continue reading