Monday, 23 November 2009

FANTASY REVIEW: The Final Empire (Mistborn 1) - Brandon Sanderson


Brandon Sanderson's epic fantasy trilogy overturns the expectations of readers and then goes on to tell the epic story of evil overturned in a richly imagined world. A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy - the magic that lies in all metals. A word of mouth success in the states the Mistborn trilogy has, this year, broken onto the New York Times Bestseller list. The time is ripe for its success to cross the Atlantic


To be honest I’ve not read Brandon’s work before and whilst I’d heard the name I only really decided to give him a go after his nomination for the David Gemmell Award last year as well as having had the mantle of concluding Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series thrust upon him.

What was evident with this novel was that the he’d taken plenty of time to construct the tale as the world building was very good, I loved the concept of the Evil Empire having risen for so long and looked back at the novel more as a Star War’s: New Hope (Episode 4) type of tale. The characters were pretty rounded, the careful sculpting of the scenes wonderfully creative and its easy to see with his own writing style why he was picked to finish Jordan’s series. Its pretty addictive and I found it engrossing as I read late into the night with this offering regretting the time I had to put it down for some sleep. I’ll look forward to future novels in the series to see where it goes and hope for continual character growth as I loved the people that I met within.

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