Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson

The blurb on the back hooked me immediately: “Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land. He failed.” A land where the bad guys win is unique, and the promise of this uniqueness was quickly fulfilled in the world Sanderson creates. A tale of class rebellion and long cons unfolds in a delightful manner and reveals one of the more original magic systems I’ve encountered.

Allomancy is the ability to consume metals for a particular power; for instance, tin will greatly enhance your senses and zinc allows you to riot other people’s emotions. The skill is rare in the population, and rarer still is the ability to use more than one type of metal. Not only is Allomancy well thought-out and presented consistently, but the uses of the various skills are original and exciting. Mistborn is the first of a series, and I’ll eagerly seek out the next volume.

First Sentence:
Ash fell from the sky.

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