Mistborn by: Brandon Sanderson

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the Sliver of Infinity, reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier snapped and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails?


Content Warnings:
Graphic: Slavery, abuse, murder, executions, torture, attempted murder, and death of a loved one.
Mentioned: Rape, death of a loved one, and infanticide.

A few months back one of my gaming friends rekindled their love of reading and we started talking books. When they brought up the idea of starting a book club I was all in. A bit apprehensive as I tend to binge through books and have never attempted to tandem read, [other than reading one non-fiction while also reading one fiction book at the same time] I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pace myself for a book club.

Though we agreed we’d have a laid-back, no-pressure, book club I thought it was time to attempt to read multiple fictions books at once. Then I could spread out my Mistborn read while continuing to read other books at the same time. This was also the first time that instead of just highlighting passages, while I read, I decided to also write notes in the margins to keep track of my thoughts while reading. And let me tell you, there are many notes, questions, and highlights throughout my copy. 😅

Having heard amazing things about The Cosmere, the world Sanderson has created, I was excited to jump in.

Throughout the book, we get multiple perspectives, seven if I counted correctly, which I love in fantasy novels. We see two perspectives the most, that of Kelsier and Vin, which gives us a mentor and mentee perspective. I absolutely adored the relationship between Kelsier and Vin, from complete strangers to, [at least from Vin] wary teacher/student, to friends/family. Watching the evolution of their relationship grow, throughout the book, was probably my favorite part, aside from all their bantering.

Like many fantasy stories, we get a lot of deep and heavy topics discussed and the story is full of so many shades of gray when it comes to decisions the crew needs to make. While reading, although I knew the main goal of the journey, I loved how I really couldn’t see, or guess, all the many different directions we took before getting to the end.

While reading every time I finished a section/part I found myself more invested than the last. Throughout the book I found myself going through…I want to say EVERY emotion, furious to giddy, overwhelmed with sadness, and then filled with hope…this book hit so many strong emotions.

My one regret is that I didn’t already have book two on hand to jump directly into upon finishing this book. If you’re looking for a fantasy with amazing world-building, found family, strength in the face of hopelessness, and so much more…I highly recommend diving into this book!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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