Mistbook Book 1, the Final Empire, takes place in a world where the evil Lord Ruler has reigned for a thousand years, having fulfilled some prophecies and overthrown a darker eviler evil. Ash now falls from the sky. A strange mist dominates the night. Society is split into two castes, the ruling nobility and the slave class called the Skaa. Understatement of the year: the Skaa are treated horribly. What’s worse is there is no way out from beneath the thumb of the nobility and the Dark Lord as it is believed he is a god. The Sliver of Infinity, they call him, a splinter of god.
Only violent Danny Ocean…I’m sorry Kelsier, the survivor of Hathsin, dares to dream of a world without the Lord Ruler. And like the Cylons, he has a plan.
The Final Empire does a lot of things very well. In my reading experience, no one makes me care about characters faster than Brandon Sanderson. Kelsier has a flair for the dramatic from the start. He’s a freedom fighter who is fighting for more than just his slice of pain. He dreams of something bigger. Vin is a broken child of the streets, pulled in to something bigger than she could have imagined. Even the rest of the crew (Sazed, Breeze, Ham, Spook, Clubs, Marsh, etc.) are all given enough character and depth that I grew to deeply care for them. The world felt real almost immediately. The magic system is so intricate and so integral to the world (I mean, it’s BranSan) that it almost feels much. I think about 10% of the book is spent just explaining how Allomancy (metal-based magic) works. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it ever felt forced. It helped that one character was learning ALL the metals.
If you’re hankering for a good story in an immersive world with spectacular characters and a complex magic system, what are you waiting for? The Final Empire is only the first book of the trilogy, and there’s a sequel series to boot...with a fourth book on the way (eventually). Furthermore, Well of Ascension and the Hero of Ages are even better than the Final Empire. So I’ll ask this one more time…
What are you waiting for?
An enthusiastic 5/5