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book talk: mistborn: the final empire || i have officially lost it

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Know More: GoodReads

Genre: High Fantasy

Pages: 672

I usually write a short synopsis/non-spoiler summary at the beginning for every review but I don’t think it’s rationally even possible to summarise this book in less than a hundred words. Besides, the official synopsis is less like a synopsis and more like a trailer and I highly recommend you just go through it once. You know that a person has lost it when they claim the synopsis, I repeat, the synopsis to be the best. 

I would promise you an unbiased review but that would be one big fat lie. Buckle up for some heavy ranting-rambling-fangirling.

“That wasn’t a victory, Mennis. I’ll show you a victory.”

I would love to give you an overview of the magic system, the world, and the entire political situation going on in this book, but I feel like you will be missing out on a whole ton if you don’t discover it for yourself by reading it. Brandon Sanderson has a very subtle yet prominent way of building his world. More often than not, authors chose to introduce the world to the readers by bringing in a character who is new to the world or like long pages of info dump or too many history lessons through dialogues.

But Sanderson didn’t bother to do that. It almost felt like he trusted his readers to be smart enough to stick around and figure it out for themselves and trust me, I would have it no other way. Was I utterly lost for the first hundred pages or more? Oh, definitely. Did I get a headache trying to comprehend the magic system? Yep. Was it worth it? A hundred thousand percent yes.

“If you’re always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing.”

Not gonna lie, the prologue horrified me. It completely took me off guard because it was that heavy and dense. It seemed impossible to me that an author could achieve building up that level of tension in the prologue itself. There was something intensely amusing, entertaining, and equally disturbing about it. Grasping though it was, the beginning was a bit slow.

I was actually a little apprehensive about Sanderson’s writing style initially. I figured it would be difficult to get through, but surprisingly I found it very easy to read There is something very smooth and simple about the way he writes but at the same time, it’s equally intricate. Honestly, there is only one word to describe his writing: Manipulative, and that’s like the best kind of writing ever.

“It’s just that…well, you can’t help who you love.”

I bet the majority of you know that the magic system is based on metals and when Sanderson started bringing magic into it, I legit felt like I was studying chemistry for a minute there.

I feel like I cannot really make any comment on the plot because, by the end of the book, it had expanded and morphed into something so much bigger. This book revolves around a nationwide heist or so it seems. Saying anything more would be a spoiler and I mean it’s pretty simple but the way Sanderson throws the simplest of things at you, I just couldn’t help but jump around.

“I am what you soon will be. I am a survivor. And so I return.”

This book was running at a constant 4 stars for me and then suddenly these crazy-ass action scenes were thrown at me. I was like, “Okay, what the hell just happened.” Every twirl, every duck, every stab – it was crystal clear. And you might think that descriptive action scenes would be boring or something but I swear it, Sanderson certainly knows how to make you cling to the cliff. 

And then came the increasingly prominent found-family essence. It was not perfect. And they were not perfect. But it was the most wholesome thing ever. There isn’t necessarily a lot of romance in it but by some dark magic Sanderson had me rooting for this ship and there were like barely ten pages with their interactions? I am so paranoid right now, that I am literally avoiding naming a single person because I will lose it. 

“What is belief – what is faith – if you don’t continue in it after failure?”

This book for some reason suddenly became incredibly personal. I cried on numerous occasions and sometimes it wasn’t even because it was sad but it just was, you know? These flawed characters with their dried sense of humor just latched onto me and immediately after finishing the book, I spent the entire day reliving the whole book in my head and re-reading my favorite parts.

And then there’s the ending. I beg you, end me. What was the ending? I was furiously crying. I was like, “No, no way that’s happening. The author’s playing with you.” I mean yeah, he IS playing with me. By the time I finished this book, it was 5 a.m. in the morning and my eyes were burning and like a lunatic, I still couldn’t stop turning the page. Sanderson literally kept dropping plot twist after plot twist at the end of every chapter, and the pace just kept going up and up, and everything was just going down and down, and oh my god. It was CHAOS. 

“Remember to smile.”

I love plot twists (who doesn’t?) but Sanderson’s plot twists legit gave me something above and beyond severe anxiety and there were moments when I had to shut the book and run around the house at 3 a.m. in the dark to burn off the adrenaline. I almost gave my father a heart attack who might or might not have thought I was a burglar. 

Everything, everything fell into place. And yet, I still have like a gazillion questions about it. And I say, “Now, that’s some stunning craftsmanship right there.” 

“He is hope.”

And can we just initiate a moment of silence for the antagonist? Because that was, I think the best villain that I have ever read about. I mean in most books there is a prophecy and then there is a hero with personal grudges and that’s about it. Here, we have those things, yes, but it was much, much bigger than that. 

And lastly, I wanted to talk about the narration. We get an insight into quite a few perspectives but predominantly, we follow Vin, a seventeen year and sometimes Kelsier, the crew leader. (You have no idea how hard I am refraining from writing their titles because of spoilers). I particularly found this narration fascinating because we were following Kelsier’s story but through Vin’s eyes. 

“You don’t stop loving someone just because they hurt you. It would certainly make things easier if you did.”

Needless to say, I highly recommend this book. I daresay it requires a little patience to get through. Just the first hundred pages or so, but it’s crazy fast-paced after that with little inconsistencies. Happy Reading!

Time for some spoilers:

If you have read Mistborn, please scream about it with me. But for now, I am just going to scream into this online void.

  • The fight scene between the Inquisitor and Kelsier. Okay, what was that? Out of the world, astounding, crazy, heart-pounding. Especially, that cinematic part where the Inquisitor throws the carriage at him and Kelsier jumps inside it and twirls mid-air through it to escape it. That didn’t make a lot of sense but you know!!
  • Elend Venture, you read too much!! I think I am officially starting all my sentences with “Now, you see…” Oh, this man was perfect. I just hope he stays alive until the very end because I have no idea right now how Sanderson prefers to end his series. 
  • There was this time when Vin said, “I can’t believe people read books this big.” It honestly cracked me up. I mean the irony.
  • Okay, can we please hype up Spook some more? Poor guy, I felt for him.
  • Which brings me to one of my absolute fav scenes: Remember where Spook said something to Breeze in his dialect and Breeze was like I have no idea what that meant. And then Kelsier also joined in with Spook. And then Ham too. Breeze was like, “I think our crew has finally lost it.” And Dockson also ended up saying gibberish which was actually gibberish and everyone ended up laughing. Damn. I might have uhm teared up a little.
  • The fight scene with Vin and Shan Elariel. That was something. I think I really appreciate that Sanderson didn’t make his characters or just one of them so all-powerful even if they are chosen or whatever. It just injected so much more stakes into the story.
  • The part where Kelsier, the Survivor of Hathsin (the dopamine that comes with saying that ahhhh) destroyed the pits. I loved that small tidbit that we had from Walin: the trauma, the mental outlook. 
  • Marsh. That time in history when he just reached out and the Inquisitor, Kar was dead. Lol, I couldn’t decide if it was funny or scary or some sort of genius planning. 
  • Sazed. Damn, his character kinda creeped me out but at the same time, he was like such a marvelous creature? What I am trying to say is that I loved the concept of his entire character.
  • The last fight scene with Vin and the Lord Ruler. That was some serious stakes. The quick-thinking, the deceptions – I ate that shit up. I think I am never forgetting the part where Kar be talking to the Ruler and there is this small sound of the coin and then BOOM! Oof, that was just pure endorphin.
  • The part where Vin found out that her brother died protecting her and then she went back and jumped onto Elend’s balcony and he enveloped her in a firm embrace. Not to mention the fact when he actually held a sword in untrained hands to protect her and Sazed was like, “I was wrong about that one.” Oh no no, I am not crying. I am perfectly A-okay.
  • When Ham questioned the compatibility of the Skaa back at the caves and Kelsier brought him around. It brought so much depth into the crew and their character. Loved it. 
  • When Kelsier died, and they found the letter and they kept saying HE WAS A LUNATIC GENIUS
  • When Vin lost it and screamed at Kel that HE was a nobleman. And he went upstairs to comfort her and then she apologized and was uncomfortable coming back and he was like she wouldn’t be a part of this crew if she didn’t act stupid.
  • In the scene where the Kandra was hit by an axe and before when Vin said, “We are not invincible,” and Kel countered that she still has a few things to learn about friendship and this was the very same thought that made her go infiltrate that palace on her own and wait for Sazed. I loved, loved the character arc. 
  • And lastly, I just have to say this:

“There was always another secret.”

Pages: 672

Release Date: 01 Oct’ 09

Publisher: Gollancz

Rating: ★★★★★/5

hello there! is this book on your tbr? what are your thoughts on this?

29 thoughts on “book talk: mistborn: the final empire || i have officially lost it

  1. Wow is right.. I’ve been really excited about getting my hands on his Skyward series but, if this rambling-fangirling-review is anything to go by, I’ll have to keep my eye out for them all!
    Thank you so much for sharing, Ashmita!

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  2. You know it was one damn of a worth when this is the review!! Sounds like a mixed delicacy – sweet, spicy, sour and everything mixed. Would like to read it someday ❤️

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  3. You’re very welcome! I heard something similar about his writing ya’s.. but the one thing everyone seems to agree on is that he’s a brilliant author.
    Thank you, at this point, I would be really surprised if I didn’t enjoy them!


  4. omg i’m so glad you enjoyed this!! mistborn is one of my all-time favorite books, and sanderson is such an amazing writer! idk if you’ve read any of his other books, but you totally should, they’re so amazing!! also spook needs WAY more hype, he’s actually the sweetest (and in book 3 there’s a section from his perspective it’s literally sooo heart-wrenching) and in that scene where he gives vin the handkerchief i was like:🥺🥺🥺

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