Rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★
Sometimes, I worry that I’m not the hero everyone thinks I am.
For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.
Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.
Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?
Vin grows up on the streets of Luthadel, capital of the Final Empire. For over a thousand years, the Lord Ruler has held the land in his iron grip, granting favours to the aristocracy and suppressing everyone else, the so-called skaa.
He had heard whispers of times when once, long ago, the sun had not been red. Times when the sky hadn’t been clogged by smoke and ash, when plants hadn’t struggled to grow, and when skaa hadn’t been slaves. Times before the Lord Ruler.
The Lord Ruler is immortal, nothing can kill him and no rebellion has ever succeeded. That doesn’t mean that people do not try. The newest scheme is cooked up by the head of a gang of thieves, Kelsier.
They are skaa who are also capable Alliomancers, able to do magic forbidden to the skaa, only allowed to nobility. By burning certain metals they can do impressive things.
“What is it?” Vin asked, her quiet voice almost haunting in the night mists.
“A Mistborn cloak,” Dockson said. “They all wear the things – it’s kind of like a … sign of membership in their club.”
“It’s coloured and constructed to hide you in the mist,” Kelsier said. “And it warns city guards and other Mistborn not to bother you.” He spun, letting the cloak flare dramatically. “I think it suits me.”
Dockson rolled his eyes.
It is the world Vin is thrust into. Kelsier shows she is a mistborn, able to burn all the metals. Hesitant and shy at first, she finds friends in this group of thieves and is determined to fight for them. Not just as a mistborn, but also pretending to be a noblewoman, dealing with the politics of the capital.
I loved the worldbuilding and the magic system is one of the best I have read in a long time. The Final Empire is one of those books I go back to again and again, rereading them and enjoying them every single time.
I adored Vin and the characters. I loved Vin’s characterization, her transformation from distrustful street urchin to member of the rebellion. She’s a true badass.
“You might want to grab her something to wear too,” Kelsier suggested. “I think poor Spook’s about to have a heart attack.”
“What’s wrong with this?” Vin asked, nodding toward her clothing. “It’s not that much more revealing than some of the thief’s clothing I’ve worn:”
“Those are undergarments, Vin,” Dockson said.
“It’s the principle of the matter,” Dockson said. “Young ladies do not run around in their undergarments, no matter how much those undergarments may resemble regular clothing.”
The other characters are great as well. Kelsier’s whole gang are amazing, fun people you’d love to be friends with.
The villains are great as well. The Lord Ruler is an ominous presence throughout the book. His henchmen, the Steel Inquisitors are incredibly creepy.
It’s just an overall great story.
One of the best magic systems, great worldbuilding, amazing characters and a action-packed plot.