Series Review: Mistborn Era 1 by Brandon Sanderson (Spoiler Free) – Favbookshelf

Can you imagine what will happen if a bad guy or a villain wins? And gets to rule an entire empire? Indeed, it will be a recipe for pure chaos. So the books of Mistborn Era 1 have taken the concept of how the world will survive and what would happen if the lousy guy won.

It is a story of rebellion, twists and turns, evil forces at play, and a unique magic system. So, here’s a spoiler-free review of Mistborn Era 1 books.

About Mistborn Era 1 Books Trilogy

Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson; Mistborn Era 1 books
Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Mistborn

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy

Publisher: Tor Books

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 The Final Empire, #2 The Well of Ascension, #3 The Hero of Ages

Living isn’t easy in a world where ash falls from the sky. Vin has been living in the street since her brother betrayed her and has always led a terrible life. The Lord Ruler controls the entire kingdom where the rich people enjoy his favoritism, and the skaa has to go through horrible punishments. People have always been scared of the mists. Kelsier, the survivor of the pit, hates the Lord Ruler so much that he’ll do anything to overthrow him. Him, being a Mistborn, is also a plus. Moreover, for this task, he recruits the underworld’s elite, the most competent and trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers and relishes a high-stakes challenge. So, can this group of misfits bring down the divine despot? Or will they all die trying?

Review of Mistborn Era 1 Books Trilogy

The book’s first line, “Ash fell from the sky,” immediately intrigued me; thus, this incredible journey began. I am a great fan of Brandon Sanderson, and this series holds a special place in my heart. So when I read, “Belief isn’t simply a thing for fair times and bright days…What is belief – what is faith – if you don’t continue in it after failure,” how would I have prevented myself from falling in love with this trilogy?

This book has a perfect mix of worldbuilding, magic, a bleak and dull world, and bands of misfits trying to do the impossible. Moreover, it has mystery and action. It goes by quickly, even if it is a 500+ page book.

Brandon Sanderson’s writing is straightforward and easy to understand. He writes in a way that makes one imagine very clearly what is going on. His magic systems are very complex, but he explains them in a way that can be comprehended easily. His writing is a perfect balance of the characters’ interactions and surroundings.

Brandon Sanderson realistically writes his characters, and one gets easily attached to them. In addition, many a time, he also shows mental health problems through his characters. They have an equal proportion of humor and seriousness; I loved how the author added humor that doesn’t feel forced despite being tense.

The pacing of the book is consistent throughout. It is a bit slow at the beginning as the author introduces the characters but later on, it is filled with action and tremendous character growth. The ending of this series is well deserved. Even though my heart broke into millions of pieces, I still loved how the series ended. You get so easily attached to all of the characters that the ending can feel bittersweet.

Mistborn Era 1: #1 The Final Empire

About the Book

The Final Empire by  Brandon Sanderson; Mistborn Era 1 books
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Title: The Final Empire

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Tor Books

Pages  541

Goodreads rating: 4.5/5

For thousands of years, ash fell from the sky. Skaa lived their lives in misery, fear, and poverty. The Lord Ruler was considered the ultimate power of being and reigned with absolute terror and invisibility. But things are about to change when Kelsier, a broken skaa with the powers of the Mistborn, and his band of misfits, come together for the ultimate heist. The plan is to overthrow Lord Ruler. Kelsier recruits the best underworld elite and comes along a ragged girl named Vin, who, like Kelsier, is a half-skaa with the powers of the Mistborn. Together, they will be the biggest heist in history, but will they succeed?

Why do we recommend this book?

I loved this book. It is among one the best heist stories I’ve ever read. All the characters are excellent, strong, admirable, and selfish. To survive in this harsh world, one has to be selfish, and I loved all of them for it. Vin is one of the most assertive and badass female characters I’ve ever read. Also, the tutor and student relationship between Vin and Kelsier are admirable and fun to read. It is one of the finest books of Mistborn Era 1.

Rating: 5/5

Recommendation: Absolutely, YES. If you love heist stories, you’ll love this one.

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Mistborn Era 1: #2 The Well of Ascension

About the Book

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Title: The Well of Ascension

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Tor Books

Pages: 590

Goodreads rating: 4.4/5

This book follows precisely after the events of the first book. Now the impossible has been achieved. The crew is now left with the most critical task of building an empire. Vin, the former street urchin, is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Every world needs a god to help them survive, and Vin is their new ruler. However, she is uncomfortable with the stories going around about her. Though they might have achieved the impossible, enemies still knock on their doors. As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend offers a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, people need help finding the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

Why do we recommend this book?

I might have an unpopular opinion regarding this book. I loved it the most. After the action and thrilling end of the first book, this book slows down the pacing a lot. It focuses more on the after events, the character’s relationship, and their growth. It has one of the most satisfying characters, arks. Even though it is a bit slow, Sanderson’s writing still flies by quickly.

Rating: 5/5

Recommendation: 100%. You need to see your favorite characters grow and handle the responsibilities.

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Mistborn Era 1: #3 The Hero of Ages

About the Book

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson; Mistborn Era 1 books
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Title: The Hero of Ages

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Tor Books

Pages: 572

Goodreads rating: 4.5/5

Who is the Hero of Ages? After what happened at the end of the second book, Vin and her crew need to save the world, which seems to be dying. Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Unfortunately, Vin is consumed with guilt about how she helped escape the mystic force Ruin and how Ruin is now dead set on finishing the world. Together, Vin and Elend will have to find a way, or the freedom and world they fought so hard for will be gone.

Why do we recommend this book?

I still feel my heartache and how I cried after the end of this book. Sanderson does not shy away from killing his significant characters, and I was so afraid for all my favorite characters. The ending is bittersweet but well deserved. This book has some of the most heartwarming moments. I loved every second of it.

Rating: 5/5

Recommendation: Are you kidding? Of course. Please read the whole trilogy.

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Rating: 5 / 5

Recommendation: Definitely!! I honestly want to keep reading the books of Mistborn Era 1 repeatedly, even after all the heartache.

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has always enjoyed reading, even as a kid. However, he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high, he never cracked a book if he could help it. This hanged when an eighth-grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. He is the only author to make the shortlist for the David Gemmell Legend Award s x times in four years; Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. In addition, the Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot. He currently lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

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