For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.
But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.
This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails?
“I’m not really sure why. But… do you stop loving someone just because they betray you? I don’t think so. That’s what makes the betrayal hurt so much – pain, frustration, anger… and I still loved her. I still do.”
This is just one of those books that is going to be impossible to review and give it justice. Once I started this book, I really didn’t stop reading for long. Finished it in one day, and this is a really long book. It is also the strongest beginning of any Sanderson series I’ve read so far, and this is my last (other than White Sand). I was actually hooked pretty much from the get go in this book. No waiting for the Sanderlanche for this one!
The best thing about any Sanderson series is the world building. Mistborn doesn’t disappoint. This world is so rich with details. It has has so many details that build up to reach a crescendo at the end – and then leave you with even more questions! The magic system is amazing too. Sanderson always takes the time to explain, in vivid detail, what the magic users are doing and how they can do it. I feel like I’m Vin learning about how to spend investiture in this fancy Allomancy system. That isn’t all there is in store for this series either, but that is something you need to read to learn out for yourself!
In an amazing twist for a Sanderson series, I didn’t hate any of the main characters! I fucking love Kelsier and Vin. I love all their friends! I love the romantic interest for Vin! What is going on here?! Seriously, the few characters I hated were taken out of the book very early on. All I was left was with people I really cared for. Vin is an amazing protagonist. She is very unsure of herself, she has not had an easy life up to this point, but she is learning to be what they need her to be. She has the ability to question everything without questioning anything. She is amazing. And Kelsier? Hands off, he’s mine. Charismatic guy, does what he has to do based on what is right in his heart. Love him. The secondary characters, in addition to the main characters, all made me feel like I was part of a group, a family, an amazing thing.
The plot takes many twists and turns throughout the book. At first you have no idea of anything that is going on. Then you have a clue of what is going on, but you have so many questions about everything. Then some of your questions get answers and you’re like “wow this book has so much life to it” and you look down to find out you aren’t even halfway in yet! There are more surprises, more twists, more “oh my god that did not just happen!”s.
Seriously, if you haven’t read mistborn yet, go read it now. If you have, might you consider rereading it?