I came across Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn a year or two ago when an accquaintance literally threw it at me. My friend had been reading the chapters of my novel that I e-mailed him, and he threw Mistborn into my lap, saying my character reminded him of the one in this book. It sat on my shelf for a time until I randomly picked it up and read the first page.
I can’t remember how long it took me to put it down, but only the necessity of eating stopped me from continuing.
This book has amazing twists in it, the kind that make you jump up and down and shout (as if the author could hear you) “How could you do this?!” and yet still be in love. One of the best parts of this book is that it is followed by two others.
The back of the book tells you a hero tried to save the world, but failed and allowed the world to become “a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler.” The horrid, depressing world is described so wonderfully, I look out my window and am surprised to find it is not raining ash.
Inside that world are incredible characters, from the brave street urchin Vin (the novel’s protagonist), to the charming and powerful Kelsier, and the mysterious Lord Ruler himself. These people really drive the story, and there is no way to quit reading before the last page.
The system of magic Sanderson sets up is completely new, and the way it influences the political atmosphere of the Final Empire is incredible. I’m so happy I own a copy, because I can’t wait to start reading it again. The story is strong enough for the first book to stand alone, but you will not want to ignore the others of the trilogy (The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages).
Mistborn will blow your mind no matter how many times you read it, and you will not be able to resist turning the pages.