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Mistborn: The 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? The Cosmere The Mistborn series Mistborn: The Final Empire The Well of Ascension The Hero of Ages Alloy of Law Shadows of Self Bands of Mourning The Stormlight Archive The Way of Kings Words of Radiance Edgedancer (Novella) Oathbringer (forthcoming) Collection Arcanum Unbounded Other Cosmere Titles Elantris Warbreaker Rithmatist 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 Reckoners Steelheart Firefight Calamityshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 537 pages
  • 162.6 x 238.8 x 43.2mm | 793.8g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 076531178X
  • 9780765311788
  • 14,186

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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"show more

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. In addition to completing Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time(r), he is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, The Alloy of Law, The Way of Kings, Rithmatist, and Steelheart. He won the 2013 Hugo Award for "The Emperor's Soul," a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris.show more

Our customer reviews

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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