|I finished The Hero of Ages (#3) a few days ago: PERFECTION. All trilogies should end like Mistborn did. So. Good.|
I go through phases of being incredibly obsessed with different trilogies at different times. My current obsession? Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Now, where to begin? This trilogy is EVERYTHING I love about fantasy. Sanderson embraces the genre with open arms, encompassing all different elements: it seriously has EVERYTHING. Believe me when I say Mistborn is not a trilogy you want to miss out on. Here are ten reasons you should read it:
1) Kelsier and his crew
Kelsier, oh Kelsier. What a legend. Criminal mastermind, fatherly figure for Vin, leader of the revolution… he's just brilliant. I genuinely can't remember the last time I encountered a character who's quite as loveable as Kelsier.
The brilliance of Kelsier:
"Ah, but being an annoyance is something that I am very good at. In fact, I'm far more than just a 'mild' annoyance – people tell me I can be downright frustrating. Might as well use this talent for the cause of good, eh?"
"There's always another secret."
"Foolhardy?" Kelsier asked with a laugh. "that wasn't foolhardy - that was just a small diversion. You should see some of the things I'm planning to do!
Not to mention all of his thieving crew are awesome too. Breeze, Ham, Dockson… etc. Kelsier's crew are a band of charismatic and charming rogues of the mayhem causing kind. The dialogue between them all is so dynamic and it's great characters like this that make Mistborn such an enjoyable trilogy.
Allomancy is perhaps THE BEST system of magic I have ever came across within the fantasy genre. It's the kind of magic system that has me jumping-up-and-down excited – it's just SO original.
If you like magic, READ MISTBORN. Especially if the concept of a 'mistborn' – somebody who uses the magic of the metals – intrigues you. ;)
Okay, so the world-building is IMMACULATE. Sanderson draws the reader in with concepts as intriguing as a world where ash falls from the sky and a swarm of mist creeps up at night.
It's so easy to picture each detail of the Final Empire because Sanderson describes them so well. Yet, he doesn't describe them through plain prose, but through the reactions of the characters – the Skaa slaving in the pits as the ash falls upon them & Kelsier training Vin in the mist.
|Also, LOOK AT THESE COVERS. Gorgeous or what?! The designer did a more than excellent job.|
This is one of the best aspects of the trilogy. Sanderson has this wonderful way of introducing such intricacies and complexities without falling into the trap of info-dump.
And, with books so long, there's certainly a lot of information crammed in without it ever feeling like too much. Seriously, with Mistborn, there's just SO MUCH TO LOVE.
As a heroine, Vin is so easy to warm to. She's the underdog – a street urchin who works in underground thieving crews. She's driven by this sheer dose of curiosity (which I can't help but admire!) flawed only by her naivety and stubbornness.
Her backstory is also fascinating and, as a protagonist, you can't help but root for her!
6) Fight scenes
This may seem like a funny thing to mention, BUT, given how incredibly dull fight scenes can be, Brandon Sanderson definitely writes them with such flair. Part of what makes them so gripping is the way Sanderson combines the battle scenes with allomancy [see point 2]. With this system of magic, the battle scenes flow so beautifully and keep the reader intrigued. Also, the way Vin fights kind of reminds me of Celaena from Throne of Glass!
I'm 100% blaming Kelsier for this one! Let's flash back to a quotation I used above:
"There's always another secret."
And, yep, in Mistborn, there always is. I have to admit, half the time whilst reading the trilogy I had NO CLUE what was going to happen – and that's so refreshing.
8) Prophecies, myths & Legends
Mistborn reaches this wonderful point where it's so endlessly original and well-developed that it can start to have its own inner myths and legends (e.g. the Well of Ascension and the Hero of Ages). And there's something about having prophecies within a story that just makes everything even more magical and even more intriguing.
9) House conflicts
Okay, so I personally love this aspect of Mistborn – it just adds a whole other dimension! You can just tell how detailed Mistborn is when the royalty have a system of houses (Great Houses of Luthadel). And the conflicts between these houses are fascinating! Hearing all the extra info at Royal Balls was so entertaining and made everything feel SO REALISTIC.
Also, did you see what I just wrote? ROYAL BALLS. Those scenes were a lot of fun.
10) THE PLANS/SCHEMES
Mistborn is full to the brim with wacky schemes and plans that are so entertaining to see carried out. If you like complex schemes then you'll love Mistborn!
Have you read Mistborn yet? Are you as obsessed as me? Have I persuaded you to start? (I hope I have!)