Title: The Mistborn Trilogy: The Final Empire; The Well of Ascension; The Hero of Ages
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Length: Three books, 1,703 pages total (541, 590, 572, respectively)
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: The Final Empire is dominated by the tyrant ruler, Lord Ruler, who is the god of the people. A Skaa rebellion works against him, however, and over the course of the three books, the whole world is turned upside down through politics, rebellion, wars, and magic of the sort that no one in the rebellion ever dreamed of.
Banter Points: I loved this series. The pacing accommodated the complex world building that Sanderson envisioned so that at the end of the trilogy, all of the rules made sense together. It has an alternate Earth feel to the land, likely in Europe, but uses magic in a way that I haven’t seen in a book before. As a ruler, the Lord Ruler had a tight fist on every aspect of the lives of his people. The rules seem harsh and rebellion worthy in the first book, but the second book shows how hard it is to rule, and the third resolves the danger that only the the Lord Ruler knew of during his life. It really needs to be read back to back. Back story is well done, and relevant information is repeated between the books.
My personal favorite was the Terris people, the knowledge keepers of the land. In a world without computers, they have special powers that allow them to study and remember knowledge, to pass it from one to another, so that the information is available even when the Lord Ruler has limited what he wants people to know.
Bummer Points: If I had been reading this as released, it would have been disappointing to wait for installments. Fortunately, I was able to read all three.
Stacie’s Recommendation: Check these out. The series is actually a trilogy of trilogies, so books 4 through 6 are meant to be a set too. I hear that they are current day, and books 7 though 9 are future day. I’m pretty excited to have these to look forward too, but am taking a break for some cozy mysteries instead.