Inspired by... The Final Empire: NOTD + Book Review
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series : Mistborn Trilogy (Book #1)
Length: 647 pages
Genre: High Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★
The Nail Polishes: Butter London's- Cotton Buds, Lady Muck, Full Steam Ahead, and Essie's Avenue Maintain
As you may remember from my last post, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson was one of the books I finished last month. Not only does it have amazing cover art that inspired my nails this week, but it also is one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read.
The Final Empire takes place in a society that is extremely oppressive and stratified. There are two main economic classes, the noblemen and the skaa, all of whom are under the control of "The Lord Ruler". Immortal and all-powerful, the Lord Ruler keeps control of his people and although the skaa have tried to rise up against him, they have never been successful. A band of misfits come together to try to change this. They organize what can only be described as an "Ocean's Eleven" type plan to disrupt the world as they know it.
Being the fantasy story it is, of course there has to be some magic involved. This type of magic happens to be centered around people who have the ability to ingest and burn metals in their stomach to gain certain powers. While this sounds a little odd, it actually becomes really interesting the more you learn about what affect each medal has. The logic and thought Sanderson put into all these abilities is so detailed and solid. What I like so much about the "magic system" (as those booktubers say) is that there is a balance to it. There are strengths and weaknesses, and it doesn't make the user invincible or over-powered.
I'm not going to talk any more about the story, because I don't want to reveal anything, but I do want to talk about the expectations I had going into this and how it affected my reading. I decided to read this trilogy after seeing SO many bookish youtubers rave about it. They all say it's amazing and had SO many unexpected twists. I have to say, hearing that before reading made me aware that plot twists were coming and ruined the experience a little bit. In my opinion, the "twists" were not so much unexpected, but the plot finally evolving. A lot of the novel is spent setting up the story, explaining the magic, introducing characters, and describing the setting, so when the plot and events start to unfold, I was ready for it. When I think of a shocking plot twist, I think of the red wedding in Game of Thrones, and since I was expecting the worse, nothing really shocked me.
That all said, I still loved reading this book. I got so invested in the characters and rooting for them that I never wanted to put down the book to go to bed at night. I can't wait to continue on with the series and see what happens next.
Let me know if you have read this and what you thought!