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
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, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. :)
  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    6/21 Re-reading...Thank the Lord Ruler I finally crawled out from whatever rock I was living under and finally decided to read this book. Because.It. Was. So. Fucking. Awesome.I have been telling myself for years that I should try and branch out from just romance, paranormal romance, UF romance, sci-fi alien smut and the occasional murder mystery or biography (not that there is a damn thing wrong with my beloved romance, but just to challenge mys...
  • Christine Riccio
  • Clau R.
    I'M NOT OKAY I'M STILL CRYING.On to read the next book!
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Allomancy. The mystical power held by the nobility, granted to them by the Lord Ruler some thousand years before as a reward for their loyalty. Readers have been urging me for years to pick up anything by Brandon Sanderson, and after browsing his books I knew that Mistborn would be the first world I wanted to enter. Opportunity arose, and I was able to read this along with two other Goodreads friends, which made for a much more exciting experienc...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    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 whom I hate.As for you, Mr. Sanderson . . . I TRUS...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #4: A Book Involving a Heist(re-read)I stand by my rating! This book is FANTASTIC but just not quite a 5-star read for me. I'm really glad that I took the time to read my physical copy this time around (I speed-read most of the book on audio the first time I read it) because I feel like I grasped the story way better. I feel sufficiently re-capped now so I can finally read book 2!first read in 2014*4.5*S...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I forgot that I did a re-read on audio of this a couple of months back! Thank you to my friends who out of the blue liked my old review and reminded me. I checked my Overdrive and the next one is going to come through soon for my re-read. 😊 I still feel the same about the book because it's freaking awesome, I'm just not sure about the audio. I don't think I will get it from Audible. It's okay I guess. Anyway, the old review is below and nothin...
  • Petrik
    The beginning of the trilogy that sparked my love for reading fantasy novels.It’s been exactly one year ten months since I first joined Goodreads or started reading The Final Empire, September 1st, 2016 to be exact. This is an extremely important book for me and the more I tried to explain why the harder it felt to come up with something other than saying the cliché phrase that “I absolutely love this book”. The reason on the significance ...
  • 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...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    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...
  • Mark Lawrence
    This was an odd one for me. I've seen an enormous number of opinions about Sanderson's books on the fantasy forums I hang out on, the great majority favourable. I was interested to see what it was that had sold so very many books and got such an incredibly high average score on Goodreads. The opening was strong and engaging. Then I started to falter. For most of the book I didn't think that I would be giving it 5*. I started to worry that I might...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    MOTHER. FUCKING. FANTASTIC. The writing, the story, the characters, the world, the magic, the battle scenes. All fantastic!_ A beautifully intricate plot that includes, that's right!... A heist! (A heist?) Anyway, if that alone isn’t a reason enough, I don’t know what is. 👌_ The most badass thief among thieves who’ll also, without a doubt, steal your heart along the way. A criminal mastermind who could pull off the impossible. *Gushing* ...
  • 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...
  • Ginger
    This book was wonderful and fantastic and amazing! It’s one of the best fantasy books that I’ve read. I hope I can do this book justice with my review. So bear with me while I ramble away.The main character of the book is Vin, a street orphan who has never known friendship or trust, not even from her own family. She’s a member of a thieving crew in the criminal underworld of the empire. No one can be trusted and greed overrules any sort of ...
  • Dorreh
    I gave it 5 stars the first time, I give it five stars again!New edited review to come soon!Yes it took me a while to finish this book, but university just takes so much out of you! But enough about me, let's talk about this gorgeous piece of work right here! I love love loved this book, like as in simply adored! Kelsier broke my heart one too many time when he died, but it was the good kind of heartbreak. The kind that makes you hold you chest a...
    I want this to be my first summer read, The Love Interest certainly doesn't count. SPOILER ALERT! 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 fig...
  • Sana
    Never in my life have I ever felt an incredible amount of disappointment that this book gave me. I'm literally so fucking bitter and salty that I didn't enjoy this hyped as fuck book that no one has ever written a single negative review for.I'M SEETHING. I WANTED TO LOVE THIS ONE SO MUCH. But the amount of boredom and info dump I encountered in the beginning of this book ruined everything. (view spoiler)[And I predicted Kelsier's death?? Based of...
  • 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...
  • Jessica
    See my full discussion (with GIFs :P) at
  • Caitlin
    I am dead. I bought this book in January after hearing so much hype around it and I attempted to read this book at least 10 times since then. I got about 20 pages in each time before I got intimidated and put it on hold. FINALLY, I decided to pick it back up again and push through and oh my god I wish I had read this book sooner. It was incredible. I honestly have no words to even describe this amazing book. Just wow. The hype was so worth it for...
  • 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♥️ (hiatus)
    “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....YOU DID A GOOD FUCKING JOB LIKE JHUDHJSKJSIH...
  • 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...
  • Zain Otoom
    This review will contain unmarked spoilers.Wow. After five days of intense reading and here I am, baffled at what I just read. It's either I'm in a mood for fantasy or this book was just so darn good, because I did not expect myself to read this book in just five days. It's probably the latter. It's also the reason to why I feel like reading more fantasy! Anyway, let's talk about this book. So, I have been messaging Warda and giving her my crazy ...