The Final Empire
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The Final Empire

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For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader. Hope is long lost, until a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa in the depths of the most hellish prison and discovered he has the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, Kelsier will turn his talents to the ultimate caper: one with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Only he's not just planning the greatest heist in history, he's plotting the overthrow of a divine despot. Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks like a long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 50mm | 419.99g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0575089911
  • 9780575089914
  • 975

About Brandon Sanderson

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.show more

Customer reviews

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 nightshow more
by T.Eveleigh
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.show more
by Selina Quach