The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

Details The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

TitleThe Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
Release DateJul 25th, 2006
PublisherTor Books
Number of pages541 pages
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Reviews The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    BOOKTALK HERE: as I expected, this book was FANTASTIC. The story, the characters, the world, the magic system--I loved it all! It was a wonderful first book in a series--satisfying on its own, yet there's still plenty to explore in future books (which I will definitely be reading soon!)Really, the only somewhat negative thing I have to say is regarding all the hype. While I definitely think the praise ...
  • Khanh (the Grinch)
    Sometimes, I revisit a book I had loved ages ago, only to tell myself "What the actual fuck was I thinking?! This book is crap!!!!! Oh young Khanh, you were so dumb :("Thankfully, this was absolutely NOT the case for this book. I appreciated it much more the second time around. It could be that it just took time for me to appreciate the book. Or maybe it just glows in comparison to all the crap I had been reading (2.5 average rating last year, ba...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    WOAH. That was a crazy epic adventure full of fantastic characters and action packed madness! It definitely lived up to all the hype for me. :)
  • Benjamin Duffy
    I can't remember being this violently conflicted about a book in quite some time. There are some areas where it's just so well done, with the author absolutely nailing it, and then others where I found myself grinding my teeth in frustration. I'm going to abandon my usual practice of writing short, pithy reviews and just drunkenly ramble on a few things here. (Still no spoilers, though.) That OK with y'all?Language. About two and a half chapters ...
  • Christine Riccio
  • Clau R.
    I'M NOT OKAY I'M STILL CRYING.On to read the next book!
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsI hate everyone.You: Everyone who?Me: Yes.You: Eh?Me: Leave me alone. I don't want to talk about it!You: *backs away slowly*Me: IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT. *sobs*Are you one of them? Are you? Did you rave about MISTBORN and convince me it was one of the BEST fantasy series ever? You can't believe I haven't already read it--I'm going to LOVE it. Hmm? DID YOU?!Then you, friend, are who I hate.As for you, Mr. Sanderson . . . I TRUST...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    4.5 stars. I kept stalling on reading this because so many people told me I'd love it. I was worried the hype would be a letdown, but nope... this was SO GOOD. The last half was AMAZING and feels like a new favorite book, buuuut I honestly didn't get into it until around 40%. There's a lot about Allomancy and I wasn't entirely sure that I cared just yet. Parts dragged for me but I kept reading because I loved the characters.But the last half of t...
  • Chris
    It reminds me of Ocean's Eleven meets The Italian Job, but set in Mordor after Sauron has ruled for 1000 years or so. In many fantasy stories, a dark lord is rising and it is up to our heroes to defeat him before that happens. In this, the Dark Lord is already set in place as the status quo and the heroes have to motivate others to want a change.....Yet there is a noble class of The Lord Ruler's flunkies who will need to be scammed and robbed alo...
  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
    Oh my gosh. I have tears in my eyes. This was by far one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. I don't even know how I'm going to function enough to give this a worthy review. Brandon Sanderson, you have rocked my world. Seriously, if you want to try a high fantasy but you want to avoid those long/boring/depressing series - give this a go. I'm just going to point out all the things that made this a great read for me - but I'm not going to go...
  • Kogiopsis
    Note to self: You are no longer allowed to bring books this good on family road trips. It makes you antisocial. You ignore the great views outside the car. You resent being torn away from the book to spend time with family, and when you are you babble incessantly about how awesome it is and how everyone would like it and how cool the magic is and how great the characters and on and on and on until your family is probably sick of you. And then, ev...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    This is an epic fantasy series and The Final Empire, the first book in the trilogy is, in itself, epic. A world oppressed by a dark ruler sees a thieving group take upon the mantels of heroes. This, along with the help of their mystical power, Alomancy, determines the fate of the Mistborn. If anything, Brandon Sanderson certainly knows how to write alarmingly cool books. Awesome magic system Alomancy allows the wielder to burn metals, inside them...
  • Jessica (priceiswong)
    See my full discussion (with GIFs :P) at
  • Markus
    "He shall defend their ways, yet shall violate them. He will be their savior, yet they shall call him heretic. His name shall be Discord, yet they shall love him for it."A thousand years ago, a young and noble hero arose from rural obscurity into being hailed by Terris priests as the prophesised Hero of Ages. The nations and armies of the world were united beneath his banner in an effort to challenge the Deepness, the mysterious force of darkness...
    You know, when a book leaves you feeling dead inside?No? Then you obviously haven't read The Final Empire!! “He smiled despite the grief he felt at the deaths of his men; he smiled because that was what he did. That was how he proved to the Lord Rulerand to himself that he wasn't beaten.” "Survivor of Hathsin," it said."You promised me a fight."Kelsier flares him metals. "I never said we were done." Then he smiled." Brandon Sanderson, you...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    December 2015I re-read half of this (on audiobook), and I feel like I remember enough now to continue on with the trilogy. I only read this a year ago, so it's actually a bit fresher in my memory than I thought!July 2014*4.5*So good oh my godddddd
  • Melanie
    Well, for starters, this was the best prologue of any book I've ever read. I have been neglecting this series (and author) for far too long, and after I read that prologue I was fiending for the actual story. Is fiending a word? I think it's slang. Now I'm answering my own questions in a review. Whatever, I like fiending and I'm keeping it! This story has two very predominate social classes in this book; The nobility and the slaves. The Lord Rule...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Reread of Series starting August 12 - Just as good the 2nd time through plus I caught some hints this time so even better.Shadows of Self should be released October 6th. So what better excuse do I need to reread every book in the Mistborn world? NONE!!!Original Review May 2014: “There’s always another secret.” That seemed to be the theme for this book. Even when I thought I was on the inside and knew what was going on a new development wo...
  • April
    Would've been 5 stars, but didn't start picking up till part three for me. Overall a fantastic book.
  • Warda
    No words really to review this book or explain to you where it stands on the scale of bookish epicness. And this is after reading it 4 times. This series will always hold a unique place in my heart. It was my first exposure to adult fantasy and the start of my bookish obsession (since before that I didn't read actively for a good 3 to 4 years! *shudders*) as well as fandoms since the Potter days. Not to mention that it's perfect from start to fin...
  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    My name is Sarah and I am immune to the deadly virus that is Acute Sandersonitis.Oh dear, even Schwarzy is in shock. I guess that's what happens when you come across one of the two sane people on this silly planet who do not lose their silly senses the minute Silly Sanderson is mentioned. Yes, you Freaks, I just called your Lord and Master SILLY. Go ahead and unleash your vengeful wrath upon me. And watch me shudder with fear. And tremble with to...
  • Regan
    WOW. That. Was. Really. Good.
  • Jonathan
    Add-on December 7 2014:I completed my first re-read of Mistborn today and I must say that it becomes a lot slower to read the second time when you know where everything is headed. You notice the wordiness of the prose, the clunky dialogue and the fact that there are quite a few spots where it feels overly dramatised rather than necessarily natural. Yet for all of that Brandon Sanderson is a fine storyteller - not necessarily as great a writer at ...
  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
  • David
    A masterpiece in every way, Mistborn - The Final Empire doesn't just rise to the top of the fantasy genre, it actually redefines it!The history books of the Final Empire tell of a battle that took place over 1,000 years ago, when a prophesied hero defeated a threat known only as The Deepness and gained the powers of a god to be come the Lord Ruler. However, the people of The Final Empire know better! They know that the omnipotent Lord Ruler that ...
  • Hasham Rasool
    The Final Empire genres are fantasy and sci-fi.I feel great to come back reading Sanderson's book. Alhamdulillah.I love this book so much Alhamdulillah!I remember when I have seen there are lots of people, who are fans of Mistborn series.They excited about Mistborn: House War board game, this board game will be releasing I don't know when and they talked about Mistborn book series. I thought what is so special about Mistborn series is it just boo...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsThis was my book club's pick of the month! I can't even believe this was so good. I mean I can, because it's Brandon Sanderson! But seriously... This was an excellent high fantasy novel. I'm going to try to put my feelings into words, but I find I have a harder time writing positive reviews vs. negative reviews. The World/Magic System: This novel takes place in a world devoid of most of its natural color. It's a ruthless ...
  • Tweebs☯
    **Re: Edit because 1000 Typos, that's why >.<**“The trick is to never stop looking. There’s always another secret.” Guys, what the fuck I'm 9000% sure that Sanderson practices Black magic. I have never felt SO conflicted over a book in my entire existence. No, I'm fully convinced that this is a product of black magic. Sanderson must've woke up one day and thought,"It's a good day to royally fuck up everyone's life muhahaha" WELL, Sanderson....
  • Kaya
    "But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope.“ This book wrecked me. It was better than I expected. Robert Jordan's influence is apparent, but Sanderson is still original in sharing his imagination. He lays low on the cliché and this novel is everything but predictable. It can also be read as a stand-alone, though I can't wait to continue with the series...