This series is: utterly spellbinding, impeccably crafted epic fantasy that will melt your face off.
Other elements: worldbuilding like you’ve never imagined and a badass ladyhero.
Read it: If you enjoy epic fantasy and don’t have anything urgent to do (because you won’t want to put this down).
Overall rating: 9.5/10
I made a joke in a recent What I’m Reading that I was reading the Mistborn trilogy everywhere, all the time. This was not an exaggeration. I started the first book, Mistborn: The Final Empire on a Monday night. I finished the third book, The Hero of Ages, Thursday over lunch. I’m a fast reader, but that’s 2,201 pages in about three days. I didn’t do a lot of sleeping.
The crazy part is that I’d already read the Mistborn trilogy. I shouldn’t have been able to get so sucked into the plot, because I should have known what happened. I tend to have a good memory for plot points. But the last time I read these books, I read them the exact same way: in a frantic, nonstop binge. The plot is so enthralling, the universe so fascinatingly layered, that I just couldn’t tear myself away. Twice.
As for subject matter: it starts with a revolution and leads to the end of the world, in a universe unlike our own, where the ingestion of particular metals gives special abilities to a lucky few.
If you’ve read Brandon Sanderson’s work before, you’re familiar with his incredible worldbuilding. He creates universes like nobody else. In the Mistborn trilogy, every character, creature, society, and city has its own rich past – it feels like everything the reader glimpses is so intricate that it could easily have its own story that’s not yet written. Nothing is two dimensional. It’s such an fully fleshed-out experience of totally new concepts that it’s completely addictive.
All I want right now is to dive straight into one of Sanderson’s other series, but I’m going to try to resist. I can’t do another marathon so soon.
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