The Final Empire

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

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?

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

Publisher: New York : Tor, [2006]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780765311788
Branch Call Number: FIC Sande
Characteristics: 541 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Sep 07, 2017

Unlike what the title says, this isn't Mistborn the Final Empire (the first MB book). Its Mistborn: Secret History. I would strongly recommend reading all three of the first MB books (Final Empire, Well of Ascension and Hero of the Ages) before reading this book. It spoils the endings of all 3 books. Secret History begins towards the end of Final Empire, and continues the story of Kelsier. It takes place 'in the background' of the first trilogy, and it explains a lot of things that don't get explained throughout the series. It also gives a better glimpse of the original 'gods' of Scadriel, as well as showing bits of other worlds and realms in the cosmere. I read SH after reading the 6th Mistborn book, and it even provided a lot of context to what was happening in that book. Secret History is described as a 'one off', but after reading Bands Of Mourning, I would have to say its a must-read if you want the full story of the series. It should technically be book 3.5, being read before Alloy of Law but after the main trilogy.

May 05, 2017

Mistborn: The Final Empire is arguably one of Sanderson's best works. It is certainly one of the ones he is most known for, and for good reason. Fast-paced and witty, especially for an epic fantasy novel, it breaks many of the conventions of fantasy, while retaining the heart and soul of the genre. Mistborn is accessible to readers across a wide spectrum with its diverse and colorful cast.

The tone overall (more particularly in reference to the world) is dark and bleak, but seen through the eyes of characters like Vin and Kelsier, it is a fascinating and dynamic world full of intrigue and adventure. One really feels the tension and understands the stakes as the unlikely band of heroes and criminals make and launch their plans against overwhelming odds. Definitely a gripping read that will leave you wanting more.

cmlibrary_ecrites Jan 23, 2017

Sanderson builds a world like no other and this is one of my favorites of his. It has a unique and interesting magic system and characters with depth. It is a well-written and inventive take on the classic tale of the "despotic big-bad" and the "rebels" who seek to regain balance. It has magic, adventure and a dash of romance.

Beatricksy Nov 09, 2016

It meanders a lot and repeats itself and generally gets a big laggy and boggy in the middle, but the worldbuilding is spectacular (of course, it's Sanderson, did you expect otherwise) and the final part is a breathless race to the finish.

Nov 08, 2016

Wow I really liked this book! It was so entertaining I couldn't put it down! The world building was amazing and full of rich, developed characters! I really liked the different viewpoints and the subtle shifts in how each character grows with the world. It took several common fantasy characteristics and was able to create original and interesting ideas. I really enjoyed this book but I am worried to read the sequels because the ending was so final it seems like the story is already finished.

Jul 14, 2016

I hated the ending. Solely because it had one.

Apr 27, 2016

This is one of the few epic fantasy books that I actually like. I love the way Sanderson world-builds, the straightforwardness of his magic system, and the simple language he uses.

Mar 29, 2016

Sanderson's Mistborn is a decent yarn. Full of swashbuckling adventure and charismatic characters.

Jan 20, 2016

If you're not a fan of magic, then consider the amazing (!!!) world building, the easy writing and a kickass team of characters to convince you to read this book. And 4 out of 5 is still a pretty awesome score in my opinion. You definitely want to associate yourself with this book, readers. Trust me, it's worth it

Jul 02, 2015

If you only read one high fantasy series, it should be this one. Honestly, I haven't read Tolkien, so that might be debatable (I've heard it's hard to get through though).

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Jul 07, 2016

“If you’re always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing.”

Jul 07, 2016

“What would you think if I told you that I wasn’t an Allomancer?” Sazed asked.
“I’d think that you were lying,” Vin said.
“Have you known me to lie before?”
“The best liars are those who tell the truth most of the time.”

Jul 07, 2016

“Men rarely see their own actions as unjustified.”

Jul 07, 2016

“You should try not to talk so much, friend. You'll sound far less stupid that way." - Breeze

Jul 07, 2016

“Belief isn't simply a thing for fair times and bright days...What is belief - what is faith - if you don't continue in it after failure?...Anyone can believe in someone, or something that always succeeds...But failure...ah, now, that is hard to believe in, certainly and truly. Difficult enough to have value. Sometimes we just have to wait long enough...then we find out why exactly it was that we kept believing...There's always another secret.”

Jun 20, 2016

"I've always been very confident in my immaturity."

Jul 12, 2014

Ham (to Breeze): "I'm a soldier. Your witty verbal attacks have no effect on me, for I'm far too dense to understand them."

Jul 12, 2014

Kelsier: "I strive for nothing if not consistency."

Jul 12, 2014

Kelsier: "You aren't drinking."
Vin: "You might have slipped something in it."
Kelsier: "Oh, there was no need for me to sneak something into your drink. After all, you’re going to drink this vial of mysterious liquid quite willingly.”

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Aug 24, 2017

Violence: Several scenes of bloody violence including people being stabbed to death, shot with metal projectiles, beaten brutally, and one beheading. Some acts of violence may be disturbing for young readers.

Mar 17, 2015

Violence: Contains some quite gory fantasy violence


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