Mistborn Book Reviews

Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson Book Summary

Now with over 10 million copies sold, The Mistborn Series has the thrills of a heist story, the twistiness of political intrigue, and the epic scale of a landmark fantasy saga.

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)

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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Book Name Mistborn
Genre Epic
Language English
E-Book Size 4.85 MB

Mistborn (Brandon Sanderson) Book Reviews 2023

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Pretty good, not his best.... I've read a few of sandersons books- namely, the way of kings and the last few books of the wheel of time. After reading those novels, then moving to Mistborn, I was unimpressed. While the plot showed some creativity and depth, I felt the character development was lacking. I didn't feel moved by the characters, and at times felt the lack of detail left me without a clear picture of individual scenes. That said, if I'd have read this book before the way of kings or wheel of time, my expectations wouldn't have been so high. In summary, it was a quick read that was enjoyable. Sanderson is an amazing writer.

One of the best!. Brandon Sanderson is a literary genius.

Pure MAGIC!. This book isn’t only amazing, it even playes with your friggin’ emotions. One of the rare books that I find myself truly immersed and engaged with. it’s full of twists and turns, intrigue, and action. I wish I had a time machine so I can experience this book again. If you’re an epic fantasy fan, then you must READ THIS!

Awesome but could’ve been faster.. Well time spent. Somehow expected turn of events until the very last 2 parts. Could’ve included more twists and been faster though.

5stars. Great book.

Freaking Awesome!. I can't believe I just now discovered this book. Seriously one of the best fantasy novels. Entertaining, funny, great characters, a fully realized and detailed world. I had so much fun reading this book! And it packs a surprisingly emotional punch. Read this, don't hesitate. This sat in my queue for a long time and I can't believe I deprived myself of such an enjoyable book.

simply too long. Chop off 300 or so useless pages and its a fantasy masterpiece. Drones on about halfway through making it tough to finish. Read Joe Abercrombie instead!

Highly recommend Mistborn!. Brandon Sanderson has "rioted" my love for the fantastic, magical characters of Mistborn. This was my first epic fantasy novel and I suspect it will be a hard act for any other franchise to follow. Just good story telling. My emotions were "pushed", and "pulled" along with the characters' struggles and triumphs. For me, Vin, Kel, Saze, Dox, Marsh, Ham, and Breeze became living, breathing people who I cared about. If you come to epic fantasy for the world building then this too will not disappoint as The Final Empire is given the full treatment from its ash stained cityscapes, depressing "skaa" slums, immaculate Noblemen's keeps, to the things that creep in the misty night. It's easy to see how Brandon Sanderson has earned such a strong reputation as a story teller.

My personal favorite book series. While one can argue stormlight is better, this book is undoubtedly incredible. A must read without a doubt

Mistborn. Well written and entertaining. The story moves at a good pace and had a interesting and new take on the hero mythos. The author doesn't bog you down in pages of tedious descriptions that require you to skim through the pages. He stays on point and moves the story along giving you what you need to envision his world and understand it. The two main characters have depth and understandable motivations that make their actions plausible. The "Crew" I especially enjoyed. A very good ensemble of lovable rouges in the spirit of (oddly enough) "The Sting" and the "A-Team". Well done! Looking forward to the next book of the Trilogy.

Excellent Fantasy read. Excellent fantasy read. On the level of tolkein and such. Truly delightful Sanderson is exceptionally gifted.

Best book I've ever read. Just finished this for the second time before moving on to 'shadows of self' and 'bands of mourning', and it was even better this time around. There's always another secret!

Best fantasy book written. They are long and the World building is fantastic. I believe this book is 800 pages long and I could not put it down. I finished it in days. I like how this was not a cookie-cutter book not everyone is good or just bad the characters have layers to them

Great. Great book as is. The entire trilogy. This is a writer at the top of his game! You cannot make a mistake reading the Mistborn Triolgy

Mistborn. Honestly the best books I have ever read!

A good read. Slow start but picks up later on. Good read. Magic system is complex and characters are amazing.

Great Series. I've finished the first two books and this is the best fantasy series I have ever read. Extremely approachable for non-hardcore fantasy readers. One gripe I always have with some fantasy books is that they slow down for large periods as they try and set up the plot. Sanderson has a way of maintaining a significant pace while still having a very deep plot with well built out characters. Loved these books and will read a lot more of Sanderson.

Stellar book,. This book sucked me in until the last page (at which point I immediately purchased the 2nd book in the series). It's full of everything a fantasy book should have (sans dragons), and very well written.

Mistborn. Such an amazing book series, you'll want to read it again and again. I'm very excited to meet the author in person and have him sign my copy of this book at Phx Comicon 2013!!!! Also read Way of Kings, which is another great one!

Mesmerizing and Powerful.. Mistborn is definitely a Page-Turner. While reading the book, I frequently lost track of time. It is exhilarating and well paced. It details the scenes accurately so you won't have a hard time visualizing what's happening and knowing what the author's been talking about. It is an interesting story that will surely get you hooked. The author, Brandon Sanderson, gives life to the characters. As you read, you'll start to get to know them. To care for them. To love them. He gives the characters memorable personalities so that the reader could really connect to them. You might find in some parts of the book that what they did is perfectly justifiable because that'll be exactly what you'll do if you're the character and in the given situation. Most of you will say that he can really understand what the character is going through. Their arguments, valid. Their philosophies, relatable. Mistborn is Unpredictable. One moment you're absolutely sure to yourself that this is what's going to happen and the next, it'll surprise you. You won't resist thinking what's gonna happen but I encourage you to ride along and let it surprise you, for it will. The experience of reading Mistborn is really fun. It tickles your curiosity and play with your emotions all while sucking you to it's mysterious world. Kudos Brandon Sanderson!

Amazing. This is the 2nd book in my opinion to stand out to me. The story gave me rushes of emotions and feeling. The scenes are very well discript and the characters are indept. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an enticing and grabbing read.

A must read!!. I've read everything Sanderson has written minus the kids books. This series is my all time favorite! But everything he writes is pure gold!! Steelheart was my least favorite but I still can't wait to read the sequel. The way of kings, Elantris and Warbreaker are must reads as well!

Mistborn Magic. An amazing trilogy that keeps you turning pages. Sanderson builds your investment in all the characters throughout the series. A great ready with some unpredictable plot twists.

Breathtakingly imaginative storytelling. What an honor to read something so creative and imaginative. I could not stop feeling a sense of gratitude and satisfaction at the end of this first novel in the Mistborn trilogy. The discoveries you make, the journey of the characters' developments, purely enjoyable. Sanderson has emerged as the top dog in the fantasy game thus far. His first novel in the stormlight archive is the single best book I've ever read. To come along and read another book of his and be this satisfied by the originality, is simply foreign to most fantasy writers. He is known most by his completion of the wheel of time series. However these books, elantris, way of kings and future stormlight books, in my opinion, will completely eclipse the spotlight Jordan has achieved from his storytelling. Some people say Sanderson is almost to Jordan's level. No No No. Jordan pales in comparison. JRR tolkein is a household hand for fantasy. A few years from now, Sanderson will have achieved the same.

Mistborn. Good book but too long.

Excellent book. Kept me glued from beginning to end.

Awesome!. This trilogy is the best I've read. Mr Sanderson does an amazing job building the characters and telling the story. I recommend purchasing the whole trilogy, once you start reading this, you won't want to stop.

Awesome. Great book. Can't wait to read the next one

Classic Fantasy Fiction Fun. This book was original, imaginative, exciting, action packed, and pulled on all my emotional strings while reading it. I loved the writing style, short, precise and too the point. Nothing felt long winded or drawn out. A must read for anyone dreaming of adventure.

Great book. This was a great book. I actually listened to the audiobook.

Out of words.. This has been the book that has dragged me for hours every day. Couldn’t put it down and don’t regret it. An excellent work.

Mist born. Amazing! I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next in the series!

A Must Read, Thrill Ride. Every reader needs to experience this series at least once. The thrills are fantastic. Just buy it and start, couldn't recommend enough. It's in my top 5 book series of all time. That includes Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Don't read anything about it in advance, just dive in.

Amazing!. This has been one of my favorite books ever. I fell in love within the first few pages. It’s a must read, it’s spectacular, unique and has me rereading every page like it’s the first time.

Mistborn. I love this book and the entire trilogy!

Perfecto!. I was really hesitant about this book at first. Re-reading it makes you realize things you wouldn’t have noticed the first time. Kel seems more like a father after re-reading it. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone. After all, that would be one less secret, although, and I quote, “There’s always another secret.” Two words for anyone who’s read the WHOLE trilogy. Book three. I do NOT regret reading this book.

Brandon Sanderson = Epic Fantasy Genius. This is the first book that I ever read from Brandon Sanderson's ever growing amount of books. I've read everything he has ever written now, because of this incredible story that had me on my couch for nearly 30 hours. All in two days. Buy this book and you will not regret it. Heck, buy ANY book released by Sanderson and you will be ever pleased.

Solid. Solid fantasy novel, I'm a fan of Robin Hobb and Robert Jordan and I found this novel to be a worth while read.

Great start to the Cosmere. I am embarking on this journey beginning with mistborn and it is a great read and tremendous fun. I can’t wait for Brandon Sanderson’s cinematic universe.

The best. Can easily say this is my favorite book of all time. Have read it twice in 1 year. Now listening to audio.

The Final Empire Review. I never read books but I took a chance on this one and was blown away. I can’t wait to finish the trilogy.

A masterpiece. I’ve tried to read a few different fantasy series lately and neither of them captured my intrigue as quickly and deeply as this. From start to finish, these characters are flawed, unique, and unbelievably lovable. The world set up in this first book has the perfect amount of mystery and detail that keeps you glued to the page. My coworkers recommended this series to me a bit too enthusiastically so I was skeptical. But this was worth every single second. Do yourself favor, clear your schedule, put your devices on do not disturb, and buckle in for this incredible ride. Also, avoid googling ANYTHING, just be patient and this amazing story.

Great story, images low resolution. Great, fun story. I look forward to read the other books in the series. It's a shame the creator of this e-book couldn't be bothered to include maps with readable resolution.

Slow to start but hard to put down. Had a hard time getting through the first few pages but by the early middle and especially the end, I was consistently looking for times I could pull up my book app. Insanely unique world building and magic system that had me asking questions but never got the wrong reasons. Bought the second book right after I finished this one!!

Spellbinding. Love the book. This is a series that I will be adding to by physical paper library!

Sanderson at his best. Although Stormlight is my favorite of his series, this is my favorite individual book. Incredible magic system and storytelling throughout, highly recommend to any fantasy fan!

Five out of Five. The first book of the mistborn trilogy is a great way to see all that Brandon Sanderson has to offer. The world building and magic is are just some of his skills. If you give mistborn a chance, you won't regret it.

Tough going. Burning copper, I turned the page, pulling iron and sneezing tin. Blah. When the world you've created is that clunky, it's never fun to read.

This series is divine!. I love this book so much! They way he tells the story is a good one. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. I also love the characters in this story.

So good. I could tell from the first chapter this was a great book, and by the end my prediction was confirmed. Highly believable characters and satisfying plot. How have I not heard of this author?

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Great intro to Sanderson. This was my first Sanderson title, and opened a door to the world of fantasy for me. The depth of character and world building made it difficult to put down.

Great. Loved this series. He creates a whole world in incredible detail and offers a beautiful story.

My new favourite book of all time. A fantastic fantasy book a must read!

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The Mistborn book written by Brandon Sanderson was published on 01 April 2010, Thursday in the Epic category. A total of 2,467 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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