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THE FINAL EMPIRE BY BRANDON SANDERSON

Title: The Final Empire

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Release date: July 25, 2006

Book details: Book 1 of 6: Mistborn

Pages: 812

Rating: SIX STARS

BLURB

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?

MY REVIEW

This is my last review of this year and I’m happy that is the review for The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. The Final Empire is the first book that I read by Brandon Sanderson and I loved it. I’m in love with Sanderson’s writing and the world he built. I think that Sanderson is my new favorite author. The Final Empire is the first book in the series Mistborn.

“You know,” he said, “it amazes me sometimes that we even try. With everything they’ve done to us—the deaths, the tortures, the agonies—you’d think that we would just give up on things like hope and love. But we don’t.”

The Final Empire is a world where the Skaa are the slaves and the nobility is the people who use the slaves as servants and kills them without being punished. The Skaa lives for a thousand years in fear and they didn’t have peace or life.

“I am the one thing you can never kill. I am Hope.”

Kelsier is the survivor of Hatsin, a half skaa, who wants freedom for his people and he has a plan for it. For his plan to work, he needs his crew of experts and an army. His dream is to overthrow the final empire and the divine despot.

“And Vin liked solitude. When you’re alone, no one can betray you”.

Vin had a rough life as an orphan and half skaa and everyone around her left her or betrayed her. She learned to not trust anyone and learned to be independent and alone. Kelsier gave Vin, a place in his crew but she doesn’t trust anyone on his new crew. Slowly, she learned that her new crew is sincere and doesn’t want to use her to hurt her. She began to trust them and to consider them her friends.

“Elend Venture,’ she said, standing up. ‘There is something I’ve been meaning to tell you for some time.’ She paused, blinking away her tears. ‘You read too much. Especially in the presence of ladies.’

Vin in her new life she meets Elend and she realizes that he is a good man even if he is a nobleman. He is very different than her but somewhere they are good for each other. He likes to study and to read and he believes in a better life for skaa.

The magic system in Sanderson’s world is unique and very complex. The Allomaancers work with metals and they can use just a metal. But, Misborns like Vin and Kelsies are special and they work with all the metals. I loved Kelsier’s crew and how they worked together for Kelsier’s plan. Kelsier is a genius and I love him because he believes in his dream.

“Oh, often and frequently they do. But, I respect the truths behind them all—and I believe in the need for each one to be remembered.”

The Final Empire was a long book but I loved every page of this book and I’m glad that I decided to read this book. I recommend to everyone this book because it’s really a masterpiece. Right now I read the second book of this trilogy.

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About the author

Brandon’s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s Soul, Mistborn: Secret History, and a brand-new Stormlight Archive novella, Edgedancer.

Earlier this year he released Calamity, the finale of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart .

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series have been released in new editions by Starscape, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor’s Soul, were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brought two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of KingsThe Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University

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