Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

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First published July 25th, 2006 by Tor Books

The Mistborn series must have sat on my shelf for over a year before I got around to reading the first book. A guy from work recommended them to me. He seems to have really good taste in fantasy – he also got me onto The Name of the Wind – so I probably should have had more faith in him and got onto these books sooner. No matter. It’s done now.

Mistborn: The Final Empire is so good. It’s about a group of skaa(lower class people) rising up against their oppressors and overthrowing the empire.

One thousand years ago, the world was green and lush with flowers and sunshine – unfortunately, there was a darkness threatening the land. One man – the hero of ages – attempted to fight back against this evil, but he failed. The world is now bleak – vegetation is all a yucky brown, there are regular ash falls, and the nefarious Lord Ruler – a supposed god – runs the show with the help of his ministry Obligators and the creepy, seemingly indestructible Inquisitors.

Kelsier is a half-skaa (half nobleman) who survived the Pits of Hathsin – a place no one has ever managed to escape from before. He’s also a serious allomancer – a mistborn (more on that later) . He gathers up a crew of thieves and mistings for his rebellion.

Vin is another Mistborn. She’s a street urchin, basically. She grew up with her brother, who constantly belittled and abused her, making her the suspicious, skeptical little thing that she is now. Before Kel found her, she was working in a thieving crew, with only an inkling of the power she possesses.

Together, and with the help of Kel’s group of mistings, they set out to destroy the Lord Ruler’s regime . . .

Allomancy is the ability to ‘burn’ different metals (that you’ve ingested) to enhance senses, make you stronger, faster, etc; also, you can ‘push’ or ‘pull’ on metals outside of your body. You could use a coin as a weapon by ripping it through someone’s body, for example. You can even fly. Most allomancers are only mistings: they have one of these abilities. But Kel and Vin are Mistborns, meaning that they have all of them. I’m afraid that I haven’t explained all of that very well – but trust me, it’s all very cool.

I love the world that Brandon Sanderson has created here. He answered a lot of questions and tied up most of the loose ends, but still left a few little things out there. I want to jump straight into the next book and discover it all!

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