Mistborn : Final Empire

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

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. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate 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.

This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails?

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners
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Product details

  • Hardback | 541 pages
  • 168 x 239 x 43mm | 748g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 076531178X
  • 9780765311788
  • 39,122

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"Elantris" is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. Brandon Sanderson has created a truly original world of magic and intrigue, and with the rigor of the best science fiction writers he has made it real at every level. "Orson Scott Card"

"Elantris" . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters (including a memorable female character) and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it! "Katherine Kurtz, New York Times-bestselling author of the Deryni series"

Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut . . offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters. . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. . . . Sanderson is a writer to watch. "Publishers Weekly, Starred Review on Elantris"

In this stunning debut novel [is] a completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page. "Romantic Times Bookclub on Elantris""
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About Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn(R) trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time(R) sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit brandonsanderson.com.
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249,396 ratings
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4 32% (79,773)
3 9% (21,287)
2 2% (4,146)
1 1% (1,834)

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Did I enjoy this book: Let�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢s just say I gave up both sleep AND personal hygiene so I could keep reading. It�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢s fantastic. It�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢s a superpower driven fantasy that, for once, involves a bit of actual science (well, if you can call people who eat metal �?�¢�¢?�¬�??science�?�¢�¢?�¬�??). At any rate, it�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢s a nice switch from the usual magic found in fantasy novels, and although you�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢ll find many of the Usual Suspects (snarky hero with a dark past, youngling who doesn�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢t understand her power, corrupt politicians, etc), I guarantee you�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢ll be hooked well before you finish the first hundred pages. This isn�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢t the first book of Sanderson�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢s I�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢ve read �?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?? I reviewed Elantris in 2013, so while I was expecting to enjoy Mistborn, I wasn�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢t expecting to be quite so obsessed. It�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢s brilliant. It�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢s awesome. I haven�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢t showered in two days, but I�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢m going to crack open The Well of Ascension (book two in the series) just as soon as I finish typing this anyway. I�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢ll just tell my Husband to sit on the other side of the room. Would I recommend it: Yes. Go. Read it. Just be careful where you wear your metal. Will I read it again: Almost certainly. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.show more
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