- Hardcover: 752 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (September 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473216818
- ISBN-13: 978-1473216815
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.9 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 621 g
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The Final Empire: Collector's Tenth Anniversary Limited Edition Hardcover – 15 Sep 2016
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Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University and lives, with his wife, in Utah. His Mistborn trilogy has become an international publishing success.
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There is a lot of violence. Gory violence. I need to remind people that this is a young adult book with lots of adult themes. Young adult does not mean it is okay to read to your children. This book should be read by people who are over 18, but that is my opinion. I would never want this book read to anyone under 14, though just 14 or 15 would be pretty messed up too. I don't remember the story containing any harsh language, and I don't remember any sexual scenes. However, there are mentions of 'whore-masters' as they call them in the book. Prostitution is not a main theme, and it is very minor and only mentioned off on the side, not affecting any main characters. There are mentions of a rape-and-kill situation of a CHILD, but the child is not harmed in the end.
The book contains very dark themes, just as one would expect from their type of setting. Morals are all but thrown out the window with murder and such, so that's another reason not to read it to children. It should be read by someone who understands what their morals are.
The series is set in a world where there are massive “ashfalls”, from volcanoes, and other ecological disasters. In the midst of this, the ruler and “deity” over the world, known as the “Lord Ruler” controls the massive caste system in his world-wide empire. The upper-crust, called the “nobility”, are those whose ancestors are said to have supported the Lord Ruler's rise to power as he fought against the evil forces destined to destroy the world before his “ascent” to “godhood”. The truth is that the Lord Ruler is *not* a god. He is a man who gained power upon doing the mighty deeds of legend, and in the intervening years grown more and more evil. He has destroyed all of the prophecies and religions in the world before his time. Thus all truth is removed from the world. Only a small underground network of scholars is left trying to use magic to preserve knowledge and seek out the truth.
The nobility rules over the under-class, called skaa. These people are shorter in stature, though arguably stronger physically, and lacking the traits which give them magical powers called “Allomancy”. Allomancy is the ability to take swallowed amounts of specifically mixed metal alloys of different varieties, that are then “burned” by the Allomancer's body to perform feats. These Allomancers are split into groups according to their ability. Either an Allomancer can burn only one metal granting them a specific power, or they can burn *all* metals to exercise all of the powers. Those that can do such are called “Mistings” and “Mistborn”, respectively.
The Lord Ruler, to prevent the existence of skaa Mistings and Mistborn, who could rebel against him, outlaws romantic relationships between the nobility and the skaa, only allowing such to take place if the nobleman kills the skaa before she can become pregnant, as well as trying to kill so-called “half-breeds”. Some such half-breeds escape alive and turn to crime to survive, or a few legitimate businesses while hiding their abilities. This is a world where the Lord Ruler uses magic, physical violence, and psychological warfare, to oppress the populace. This is about to change.
One of the “thieving crews” of skaa decide to attempt the impossible. They are to attempt to help the insignificant skaa rebellion to overthrow the Final Empire and kill the tyrannical Lord Ruler. Things seem to be impossible, and indeed, there are many setbacks. But in the end, it just might happen.
The best part of the story is that the author learned from such greats as Robert Jordan, and Robert Jordan's inspiration, J. R. R. Tolkien. What I mean by this is that Sanderson managed to infuse the story with the same sense of wonder and friendship that Tolkien used in *The Lord of the Rings*, as well as the same emphases on themes of friendship and sacrifice, and a detailed, well-though out mythology.
The systems of Allomancy and Feruchemy, the other major (also metal-based) magic system are very intricate. The author clearly spent quite some time thinking over his systems of magic, and the story certainly benefits from it. The various ecological, and geographical, aspects of the world and it's problems, are also described in *pain-staking* detail.
Perhaps the best part of the book, in my opinion, was the earlier referenced focus on friendship. The ways that the characters love each other and look out for each other. Vin, one of the two main protagonists of the novel, is looked after and tutored by another half-skaa Mistborn, named Kelsier. It is Kelsier's vision and planning that results in the team's successful rebellion at the end of the book.
Vin starts out not trusting anyone, but slowly, over the course of the novel, Kelsier and his crew invited her into their midst. They slowly show her the true meaning of friendship and help her to learn that people, *can*, indeed, love and trust each other.
I can't really think of anything to dislike about the book, except that I wish that the “love story” was not so rushed. It made no real sense in the tale. We have Vin's point of view, but not her love interest's. That really made it hard to “root” for the characters. Or, at least, to root for the love interest. Only the passion of Vin makes the couple anything interesting. Oh, don't get me wrong. The love interest *is* interesting, but his thoughts are so limited on any subject, and most of the time he has a point of view, he spends hardly any time thinking about how he loves Vin, or “Vallette” as he knows her, as compared to other topics.
All together a fun novel, and a good introduction to the “Mistborn” world. I look forward to starting the second book, *Mistborn: The Well of Ascension* soon.
So this book was really really enjoyable.
Our main character, 16-year-old Vin is working as a theif to a street criminal when she is recruited to work with the infamous mistborn, Kelsier. Keliser is wanted by the Empire as a fugitive who escaped their jail several years earlier. Vin, having known only heartless criminals, learns that sometimes people can be nice and trustworthy.
Kelsier, being the iconic crazy guy that he is, plans to overthrow the empire to free all the Skaa slaves from abuse and oppression. With many hiccups and problems along the way, the stakes are high as he takes on the immortal and godlike Lord Ruler.
The magic system in this world is wonderfully unique, as Allomancers eat metals and each metal gives an Allomancer a different ability. Most Allomancers are just Mistings (who only have the ability to use and burn one metal). Then you have the rare Mistborn who can use and burn all of the metals.
I loved all of Kelsier's crew and I have to say my favorite is Sazed because he is the scholar (and I always have a soft spot for the scholars). Sazed is not your typical Allomancer. He actually stores his abilities in metals so that he can draw upon them later. Sazed is also a kindhearted and loyal companion to Vin.
I love this whole book, however as I was reading the 4th section there was a lot of repetition of points that were being made about the way this world works that allowd me to predict the ending and all the details quite accurately. I would have liked for it to be less predictable, but I still really and truly enjoyed the ending. The whole book and the magic system were very well constructed and there were so many good characters to love. Also this book made me tear up, and for it to do that on top of everything else is quite as feat as I'm not a cryer.
Loved this book and plan to start the next one in the series very soon!