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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Review: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Published by Gollancz (2009)
Source: Purchased

Read more about the author:  Brandon Sanderson official site 

The Blurb:
For a thousand years the ash fell.  For a thousand years, the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear.  For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible.  Every attempted revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow hope survives.  A new kind of uprising is being planned, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the courage of an unlikely heroine, a Skaa street urchin, who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a mistborn.

What if the prophesied hero had failed to defeat the Dark Lord?  The answer will be found in the Mistborn trilogy, a saga of surprises that begins here.

The Mistborn is a much-hyped high fantasy trilogy from a hugely successful author who is very popular with the 'book tube' community.  Most people seem to love it, so I was eager to read, but had to wait for the epic fantasy mood to descend upon me!

I found the first book, The Final Empire, to be a bit of a roller coaster ride.  The first 100 or so pages are interesting and fast paced, and I immediately ordered the second in the series as I kind of knew I'd need to read it straight away.  But then the middle portion of the book dragged a little, and I had to force myself to pick up and actually read the book, so I was a little worried about the rest of the series.  But then it turned again, and the final third of the book gripped me and kept me turning the pages.

I really enjoyed the world this book is set in, and the magical system created by Sanderson is fascinating.  The characters were well written, interesting and diverse, and I loved the humour and banter they brought to the story.  The plot is fairly predictable but has some surprising turns and is overall engaging and interesting.  I think the middle third of book drops a level because Sanderson has so much to set up within the world and although this is well done, it's just not so fast paced.

By the end of the book, I was looking forward to the second in the trilogy (though I haven't picked it up yet).  I feel that this series falls into the 'trashy novel' area of the high fantasy genre, which is not a bad thing!  We all need a trashy read now and then, and this fills that spot perfectly!  Easy to read, interesting characters, fascinating world, but you don't really need to work the brain cells to keep up.

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