The Final Empire is the first novel in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler has ruled the world. He’s not only a king, he’s a god. While the nobility mostly thrives under him, the largest part of the people are skaa, who are, essentially, slaves.
Now, one of the skaa, a famous thief and Mistborn (meaning he possesses the ability to burn metal in his body and manipulate his surroundings with it), named Kelsier starts to plan for the ultimate destruction of the Final Empire and the Lord Ruler. For that he pulls together his old thieving crew, with the new addition of Vin, a young street urchin, who is a Mistborn as well – but doesn’t even know it.
The Final Empire has an intriguing premise and Brandon Sanderson does it full justice. Though his writing style is not the cleanest, the world he’s created and especially the characters in this world are engaging and will hook you quickly.
[Loads of cover love goes to Gollancz, again.]
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