Mistborn Book Cover Mistborn
Mistborn #1
Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy, High Fantasy
Tor Fantasy
July 31st 2007

Where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. Criminal mastermind Kelsier teaches Allomancy, the magic of metals, to another Mistborn, urchin Vin 16. The unlikely heroine is distracted by rich Venture heir Elend. Can Kelsier's thieving crew take on the tyrant Lord Ruler and bring back colour to their world?

RATING: 5 stars

I fucking hate you Brandon Sanderson.

You are an evil person. A mad person. A person who has no conscience at all!!!

Why? Why the fuck? Why???


I’m upset.

I’m sad.

I’m angry.

I’m happy.

I want to kill people.

I’m seriously distraught with this entire thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this book. But there were just so many things towards the end of this book that broke my heart. I was so invested with these characters that when I lost one of them, I just couldn’t help myself not to cry.

Gsakdghsfghidfg!! I hate you Brandon Sanderson.

*Breathes in. Breathes out.*

Okay so let’s start this review shall we?


The Final Empire mostly follow both Kelsier and Vin and their quest to bring down the Final Empire.

Let’s talk about Vin first.


Vin is a skaa (or slaves) and is part of a thieving crew that milks money from the noble men of the empire. She never knew her mother or her father. All she had was her brother, Reen who was originally a part of this thieving crew. But he abandoned her so she replaces him in the thieving crew.

Turns out, Vin has a weird ability that is so valuable to the leader of the crew, Camon. She is his lucky charm. Whenever she’s  around, his deals always ends up well. Vin could influence the emotions of others. She, somehow, could manipulate the emotion of others without knowing how or why it happens. There is something more to her than just being able to soothe emotions.

Then there’s Kelsier.


Kelsier is another skaa or was a skaa. And he was supposed to die in the Pits of Hathsin where they sentenced him there for treason. But he didn’t die. He didn’t die, but something happened to him in the pits. He snapped.

What does snapping mean?

So in this world, there are people called Mistings. Mistings were usually noble-borns who develop a certain ability when they ingest metals. Like for example, when they ingest and burn Iron, they can push or pull metals. Or when they ingest and burn (its the term they use) Brass, they can soothe emotions. For Mistings, they can only use one metal. The other metals won’t work for them.

Okay so going back to Kel. He lost so much in his life because of the Lord Ruler and he wasn’t going to sit down and wallow in his misery. He had a plan. A plan that involved wiping out the Final Empire and killing the Lord Ruler.

So how would Kel and Vin bring down the Final Empire?

That my friend, you have to find out when you read the book.



  • I would have to say that I am absolutely in love with the world building. The world that Brandon Sanderson made seemed so real. He didn’t throw us a lot of details about this world he created. He took his time to show us and introduce us to this world. And boy was I hooked.
  • The writing was so easy to get into. This was a fantasy book, but it did not have the same Lord of the Rings type of writing to it.
  • I loved all the characters in this book. Vin is such a great female protagonist in my opinion because she was so relatable and kickass. There were a lot of character development in her part and I loved watching her grow from this meek member of the thieving crew to this confident girl who could take on the entire world. Then there’s Kelsier who I love to death. He is such a fun character to read about because of the humor he brings to the table every freaking time he talks. Of course he has his serious moments, especially when it comes to any discussion about his deceased wife. But overall, I love his character. Vin and Kel aren’t the only characters here that I really enjoyed. There were Marsh (Kel’s brother), Ham, Docks, Spook, Clubs and Sazed. And there’s a certain noble man that caught my attention.
  • The villain in this book is truly a menacing villain. The Lord Ruler is such a revelation. I did not expect him to be who he is. You hear about the evil things that this person did. You don’t get too see him in the story often, but just by those stories, you get a feel of how evil and corrupt this character is. I feel that a lot of good stories missed on having a great antagonist. The Lord Ruler is one of the best I have read  so far.
  • I loved the relationships that developed throughout this book. There are a lot of relationships in this book. And when I mean by relationships, I’m not just pertaining to romantic ones.  One example, is the relationship between Vin and Kelsier. I loved reading about their conversations and how they share their thoughts about things. I liked seeing how Kelsier sort of became a fatherly figure to Vin. It was so heartwarming.
  • The romance!!!! Oh boy. I loved how I was caught of guard by this. I wasn’t expecting Vin to meet someone. Honestly. I was actually hoping there wouldn’t any romance in this book, just for a change. But when it happened I was like “Oh my god! I want more of that.” It gave me the feels!! So much feels. It didn’t feel forced at all. It was a little bit insta-lovey, but I kid you not, it’s so good you won’t even care it’s insta-love.
  • There were quite a lot of unexpected turns in this book and I am a great big fan of that. One good example of this is the Lord Ruler and Kelsier’s plan.


None. None None.


I hate people dying on me. This is just my opinion okay. I hated that people had to die in this book, I really do. I thought George RR Martin was the only one who does that, but I was wrong. Brandon Sanderson does it too.


It took me a year to finish this book! Yes. Literally, a year. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the book when I first started it, but it was because it was so good I get annoyed and put it down when I get distracted.

Guys! If you love fantasy and have not read this yet, what the hell are you doing? Read this. Read this now!

I can’t wait to get my greedy hands on the next books. I don’t have them yet because I am on a book buying ban, but I would… Soon. I promise!!

Now leave me in peace while I reminisce my heartache towards this book.

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  • Oh Rebecca!!! I have read quite a few of his books, even his middle grade one, and all of them are nothing short of amazing. 🙂