Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Unraveling: The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Title: Mistborn, Well of Ascension, Hero of Ages
Series: Mistborn
Publication Date: July 17, 2006

A thousand years ago evil came to the land. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk labor as slaves in volcanic ash fields. A troublemaker arrives. A rumored revolt depends on an untrustworthy criminal and a young girl who must master Allomancy, metal magic.

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My Thoughts

I had already come to the conclusion that I loved anything written by Sanderson after having just read 2 of his short stories. Mistborn was the first full length novel I read from Sanderson and it didn't disappoint in the least.

That blurb is incredibly vague so I can't really go into much detail about the plot. Suffice it to say the plot was genius. From start all the way till finish, it took me on a ride that never let up. You would think you had it all figured out then something unexpected would happen and there went all your theories, and this happened multiple times during each book. It was so much fun! xD I live for books that keep me guessing the whole time, there aren't enough of these types of books out there.

Besides the plot being awesome, there were the characters. Starting with Kelsier, Vin, Elend, and Sazed, the whole crew, Ruin and Preservation, the Lord, the Inquisitors, and ending with the last ska. They were ALL so incredibly well though out. Each and every single one of them was unique in their own right. There was never any character that didn't feel real nor alive. When anything happened to one of them it was a blow. You felt their fears, doubt, insecurities and paranoia. And there was a lot of paranoia to go around xD That was Vin's m.o. pretty much, which served her very well all things considered lol. My favorites were Kelsier, just cause he was awesome, and Vin, same reason :P And Sazed, but only till the third book, cause then he just annoyed me for most of it, right up till the end.

As most of you are aware, if you have been reading my reviews for some time, characters make it or break it for me. I can forgive a crappy plot and half-assed world-building, but not flat characters. But in this case, Sanderson not only managed to deliver amazing characters and one hell of a plot, but also one phenomenal world. It was so intricate. Sure it was confusing at the start because of all the new terms and the politics of it, but you get the hang of it quickly enough. There were so many different races, all with their own unique way of thinking and doing things, all with their background stories and explanations as to why they are the way they are, and none of it felt like info dumps at any time. It was all expertly woven together with the characters and the plot themselves to form one amazing trilogy.

I have been very vague with this while review because I really don't want to spoil it, even just a little, for anyone. I want everyone to get the full experience of reading this book. I was that blown away by them. If you are a fan of any kind of fantasy, I urge you to read Mistborn. It's a must!


Would I Recommend it?


  1. I loved this series it was a happy surprise for me as I had heard of Sanderson but didn't know much more than the fact that he was well respected, the story was rich and the world was so well structured and laid out for me. The characters are really detailed and multi-dimensional and it is easy to develop a liking for them. Finally I can't mention Mistborn without mentioning the combat which comes alive in this book but be prepared for some real violence with consequences.

  2. I adore Sanderson after reading some of his short stories and kids stories, and I've been meaning to read this one for a while (it's sitting on my shelf right now!). Maybe I should pick that one up and read it soon... Thanks for sharing your review!

  3. My pleasure :) I loved his short stories, Legion and The Emperor's Soul. You should pick it up already!

  4. Yes! It was all so well done and the characters just come alive. The conflicts, consequences and resolutions were expertly crafted. Sanderson is a very talented writer.

  5. I think those are the same ones I read! They were amazing, and so rich with detail. I'll get right on reading this one!

  6. Yes! Everything he writes is so detailed but not boggled down either. And for such short stories he does a better job than a good chunk of full length fantasy books out there.

  7. This is going to be my next epic fantasy read; I've heard so many amazing things about it, especially regarding Sanderson's world-building. Glad that you loved it!

  8. Hope you like it as much as I did. I have a feeling you will :)


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