I finally feel “okay” enough to write my review on this trilogy. Mistborn took my heart, shattered into a million pieces, and then glued the pieces back together. The pieces don’t all fit where they should, but it’s an experience I will remember forever. I love that feeling. I love the feeling of reading a book for the first time and being blown away. That’s what Mistborn Era 1 was for me. Those characters will live on forever within me.
This review will be somewhat different because I am reviewing the series as a whole. I don’t want to post anything spoilery because, well, that’s what the Mistborn Wiki is for! I held back and didn’t look at anything for Era 1 because I had a super amazing support group while I read this series so my questions were asked more or less as I went along. When I finished the trilogy, I did go and check out some stuff I forgot as I read it.
I also want my friends to be able to read this review and not feel spoiled at all.
The Final Empire took me almost 2 months to read. The world building is rich as well as the complexity of the characters. Like most epic tales, there are a lot of characters with a lot of side stories but Sanderson was able to weave these stories together in a cohesive way. The chapters are long. I would feel drained after two or three, which isn’t a bad thing – I usually speed read and I wasn’t able to at all with this series. Each word felt important!
This book explores the relationship between the skaa (working class) and the nobleman (wealthy) and their 1000 year oppression under The Lord Ruler. The magic system is so unique, utilizing metals to fuel their power (allomancy). When a group of skaa plan to overthrow the Lord Ruler, we see an incredible and impossible heist in the works. This book to me can serve almost as a standalone, but definitely leaves questions for a second.
The Well of Ascension took me a month to read. This book explores the aftermath of what happens in The Final Empire. The world building is almost a side storyline and the main story is about the characters and the relationships with each other after the ending of the first novel. I loved getting different perspectives from side characters, as well as digging deeper into the main crew. I really enjoyed the twists and turns this book provided, by the end, making you question so much of what you read (in a good way!)
This book did not fall into the trap of “second book syndrome.” Although some characters were gone, I felt so much of their presence, which also was utilized as a plot point for the story (remembering the characters that were gone). I loved this book equally, felt those raw emotions just as powerfully as I did in the first. The story is unique to itself and it sets up beautifully for the third book.
The Hero of Ages broke me. I read it in about two weeks because I couldn’t stop (except when life made me). These books are huge and I wish they were bigger! I remember sitting up with my SOS MISTBORN support group at midnight just screaming, OH MY GOSH WHAT IS HAPPENING??!! And all of them just laughing, crying, and mostly enjoying how much I loved this series and how much of it shocked me. There were so many things that I had guessed wrong, a few that I had guessed right… the ending of this book was so powerful that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks.
This book was an incredibly different book from the first two. The chapters are shorter which for me was great, some characters developed in ways where they did a total 180 (but it felt natural) which presented a totally different feel, and overall, lived up to the genre of epic fantasy. I felt totally satisfied with the ending (even though it hurt), I think Brandon Sanderson did an incredible job with wrapping up this series! I have never read a book that gave me so many feelings before!
My friend Jess (IG: @wildbookbabe), as well as the rest of my SOS MISTBORN crew, were totally right. This series is the best. Brandon Sanderson is a genius. The way that he took one idea and expanded it into this incredible world is beyond my comprehension. I am already dying to reread the series again! Well, after I read Era 2 that is!