After years of having this book and author recommended to me over and over again, I finally caved and read Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I can’t believe I waited this long to read it! I am excited to read the rest of the series and other series by Sanderson.
Vin is a Skaa in a world ruled by the Lord Ruler and a land that is plagued by mysterious Mists in the night. She is part of a thieving crew, and has the strange ability that she calls Luck. She doesn’t completely understand her abilities, but she does know that they have kept her alive for all these years and are the only reason her crew has kept her on. Until the mysterious Kelsier and his crew show up. Kelsier understands her ability, tells her she is a rare Mistborn, and that he can teach her to use her talents. Not only that, he wants her to join his crew to help them overthrow the Lord Ruler. Vin is not entirely convinced, but cautiously joins Kelsier and his crew because anything is better than where she is currently at.
Vin quickly learns how to use her Mistborn abilities, burning different metals to run faster, fight better, become temporarily stronger, soothe emotions, and influence the actions of others. She also learns how to be a noblewoman, attending balls and infiltrating political circles to learn gossip. All while working with Kelsier, Ham, Spooks, and the rest of the crew to rise up against the Lord Ruler.
In Mistborn, Sanderson crafts a beautiful and compelling story. He deals with a myriad of issues from race to class to political and social standing. He paints a future with an oppressive regime and shows that oppression from above can do to how the people below view each other. Mistborn is a classic “rising from the ashes to greatness” story, but it is more than that. And it is certainly not boring or typical.
Mistborn is a unique and incredible book. I was swept in by Sanderson’s descriptions of the world, the people, and what they were going through. He is an incredible writer. When I came to the end, I wanted more and couldn’t believe I had finished the story already. Mistborn left me wanting more in the best way possible.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson gets 5/5 stars.