The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Sunday, March 20th 2016

Welcome to Lia’s Bookish Obsession

Grab your mist cloak and check your metal reserves it’s time for us to venture into the world go mist!  This week I am going to share with you all the reason why I am obsessed with Brandon Sanderson Mistborn series.

There are times when you read so many novels within the same genre that you might find it hard for any other to surprise you. This is not the case when it comes to Brandon Sanderson, he seems to make his books so subtle that you don’t realize you’re actually in the mist of a huge plot show until you’re clutching your chest in shock. My first exposure to Brandon Sanderson is through the Mistborn series, so it’s safe to say that this series has a special place in my heart.

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The Final Empire, despite the name of the title is actually the first book within The Mistborn series. We venture to the dystopia world of Scadrial, where ash falls from the sky instead of our mundane expectations rain. The planet is brown with supernatural mist, that clouds the ground every night. Over a thousand years before this event the novel tells us of a prophesies of a hero by the title of Hero of Ages, a celestial person who would be able to  repel the Deepness which would be threatening to the world, creating terror for humanity if the Hero does not save the world.

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Are you confused? I know how hard fantasy might be to explain for those who are not exactly formulaic with the fantasy realm. Let me explain it this way, there is guy his name is “The Lord Ruler” he is a very bad guy. Then this awesome guy named Kelsier whom everyone assumes to be dead after the Lord Ruler sent him and his wife to the Pits of Hathsin, assembles his crew together to then create a plan to kill the Lord Ruler. Now among all that happening Keslier meets and mentors a young woman by the name of Vin.

There isn’t much to be said when it comes to speaking about Brandon Sanderson that hasn’t be said already. He has a creative mind, with the ability to build such wonderful worlds that it makes me more upset that they aren’t the true reality and the mundane world in which we live in isn’t actually fiction.

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The characters in this series are ones you will keep within your heart always
My favorite character in Kelsey’s crew is Lord Breeze. This might be shock considering how much fan art I am using in my post that feature mostly Vin but I do like Lord Breeze. I just alway halted when Hammond “Ham”, a member of the crew who is actually a “Thug”, that burns pewter, bugs Breeze with deep intellectual conversations that have no end nor beginning. I find their chemistry in the book to be hilarious.

I also enjoy how the world Scadrial does not actually use “magic” but a mixture of alchemy and sciences. Brandon Sanderson seems to always have a scientific explanation to why these characters are able to eat or rather burn metals allowing them to have different abilities. DOn’t even get my started on the abilities that the Terris people use called Feruchemy, they can actually store different abilites in their metal mines. Yes Feruchemy has it’s own rules and regulation just like other properties in a Brandon Sanderson fantasy world.

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Lia you want a mist cloak?
Of course I want a mist cloak! I’m not sure there’s a Mistborn fan that hasn’t though about wearing a Mist cloak. If I ever got my hand on a mist cloak I would ear it every day all day no matter what the occasion!

What did the fallen Lord Ruler mean when he warned Vin?

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I hope this encourages those who haven’t read the Mistborn: The Final Empire novel a try and for those who have read the novel, I hope this ignites your joy of reading it again.
Happy Reading
~Lia

About Brandon Sanderson

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.

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