Publisher's Note:  
Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

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.

Mistborn: The Final Empire

by Brandon Sanderson

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Overall Review:  

Mistborn is an excellent work of fantasy that combines some of the classic elements of fantasy with new concepts, intrigue, and, of course, action.  There is so much in this book for everyone. Lovers of fantasy, adventure, action, and even Jane Austen novels will love the unique combination of fantasy action and court intrigue, which keeps the plot moving along at a brisk pace while allowing the reader to puzzle out the plot's mysteries on their own.  The basic concept is brilliant, as well as the characters, all of which have more than one dimension to them.  Overall, an extraordinary piece by Brandon Sanderson, who may very well join the ranks of great fantasy writers if he continues to produce works of art like Mistborn.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 17 mild obscenities; 2 deragatory names. 

Violence/Gore:  Dozens of characters are killed in numerous ways via beheading, torture, graphic torture, stabbing, shot through with coins, with some graphic description; adult regularly hits/beats a teenage girl.  There are several battle scenes involving non-life threatening injuries.  There are 2 graphic scenes of the aftermath of violent torture, and there are several characters/monsters that have spikes shoved into their head as part of a ritual.

Sex/Nudity: One character is a eunuch who becomes nude during a rescue attempt, and there are several references to lords sleeping with slave women, women of the street, and some references to prostitution; sexual innuendo; many characters are illegitimate children.

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Slavery, illegitmate children, theft, corruption, power, rebellion.

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Some characters casually drink wine or brandy.

Reviewed By Jackson
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