- Publisher: Gollancz
- Format: Paperback | 672 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 194mm x 50mm | 420g
- Publication date: 1 October 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0575089911
- ISBN 13: 9780575089914
- Sales rank: 922
Brandon Sanderson's epic fantasy trilogy overturns the expectations of readers and then goes on to tell the epic story of evil overturned in a richly imagined world. A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy - the magic that lies in all metals. A word of mouth success in the states the Mistborn trilogy has, this year, broken onto the New York Times Bestseller list. The time is ripe for its success to cross the Atlantic
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Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University and lives, with his wife, in Utah. His Mistborn trilogy has become an international publishing success.
By T.Eveleigh 01 May 2011
In 'The Final Empire', Sanderson has undoubtedly written one of the best opening books to a debut fantasy trilogy that you're ever likely to read. The action packed, rip-roaring plot is fantastically crafted into a story of intrigue, betrayal, suffering, love and Mistborn. Through the protagonists of Vin and Kelsier, Sanderson delves into the wonderfully original magic system of Allomancy, the power to manipulate metals in order to enhance aspects of ones physical being.
The characterisation of not only the protagonists, but the ensemble cast aswell, is superb and really plays on the reader's emotions. Sanderson's world building is vivid and imaginative, and quickly establishes a sense of history. In relation, the city of Luthadel is so finely detailed that it becomes a character of its own, one that immerses the reader's imagination.
In a genre of ever increasing popularity and quality, due to the likes of Rothfuss, Lynch and Tchaikovsky, it is a testament to his writing that Sanderson is able to shine out like in beacon in the night
By Selina Quach 25 Apr 2010
For a book that i bought on mere whim, i must say this is a great choice!I simply couldn't put the book down and after finishing it, i wanted to zoom out there and grab the second book (which I couldn't).
After reading it, i can only ever say that it is superb, epic, fantastic and masterful. Sanderson is a master storyteller. The story itself comes alive under his hand, riveting and addictive.
So readers, I have two things to say:
Firstly, if you are an avid reader of fantasy or are in fact open to a range of genres, i highly recommend that this book be read. There is simply no excuses.
Secondly, if you have a little collection of novels at home, this one is a must have.