Attention, future and current fantasy writers. Here is a book that has zero:
- foul language
- sex scenes
- make out sessions
And it's an absolute and phenomenal pleasure to read. While those things are vital in many instances, most use them as shock factors that would hopefully attract more readers. Read and learn from Sanderson, the man knows how to write good (pshh, no, not good - GREAT fantasy!).
( in my humble opinion).
“Our belief is often strongest when it should be weakest. That is the nature of hope.”
It's going to be very hard to say something about The Mistborn series that hasn't been said before.
I've heard people say that if you are true fantasy genre fan and haven't read this series then you have no right to call yourself that. And I have to say that I agree.
I've heard people calling Sanderson an absolute genius. And once again I have to agree.
I'm going to go ahead and say that I completely spoiled the ending for myself. A fool that I am I stumbled upon things I shouldn't have and thus I knew the 2 very major things that were going to happen. If I didn't, I would have been bowling my eyes out when they did happen, but my eyes only misted (see what I did there?) since I already knew. However, that didn't dampened the book experience at all! Even with knowing the spoilers I was still blown away.
The experience however was dampened by the gigantic amount of info-dumping in the beginning. The first 200 pages were so very slow - I kept slugging through. But I made it, and man, oh man, I'm glad that I did. Now, I was also just sluggish in general so it may have something to do with that (but just wanted to give you a fair warning).
“Plots behind plots, plans behind plans. There was always another secret.”
The characters were absolutely phenomenal. All of them. Maybe that's why it's so hard to pick a favorite.
Kelsier is hard to describe - you just have to meet Kelsier yourself. He's both infuriating and quite mesmerizing. Selfish and the most selfless. The happiest of all and the saddest one alive.
“I've always been very confident in my immaturity.”
Vin portrays the greatest character growth and development I have ever seen. Vin is a powerhouse in a body of a skinny and scared 16 year old girl. Vin is phenomenal. Her background makes such perfect sense in the way she acts and thinks. Vin is quite paranoid, but she is no coward. Vin is very skeptical, but she's not a traitor. Vin is loyal, Vin is blunt and spunky.
“That's kind of what trust is, isn't it? A willful self-delusion.”
Breeze and Ham - I had to put these two together because their banter is life!
“Be warned - Hammond does tend to be a bit optimistic about these kind of things. If the army were made up of one-legged mutes, he would praise their balance and their listening skills.”
Elend is, well, if you are a true book worm and don't fall involve with Elon then something is not right.
“She wasn't trying to spy on me -- she was just trying to rob me”
Yeden, Yeden who? Nobody cares for Yeden.
Dox is easy to overlook, but he is pretty awesome too.
Marsh. Oh Marsh, is a badass,and I'm just going to leave it at that.
Sazed is a whole new world which you have to discover for yourself as well.
"There's always another secret."
“Sometimes Vin imagined she was like the ash, or the wind, or the mist itself. A thing without thought, capable of simply being, not thinking, caring, or hurting. Then she could be...free.”
I also would recommend buddy reading the series. It makes it at least 10 times more fun. I read it with my husband and we spent so much time just taking it over, coming up with theories and just talking in general about the magic system.
Which is not really magic, but it's very complicated. Let's just say that my husband is a physics geek, so he loved it to infinity. And me, well sometimes I was quite confused, as it was a bit hard to follow at first. But once you get it - it's impossible to get out!
The Mistborn series is a complex and beautiful world, which doesn't even feel fictional at times - it's so enveloping. No wonder that Goodreads is so hyped up about it! And let me tell you - the hype is real! I cannot wait to pick up the second book and see where the story goes from here.
“Troublemaking is just about the only thing I’m good at”