Brandon Sanderson, fantasy’s newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Brandon Sanderson, fantasy’s newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.
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. Readers of Elantris thought they'd discovered someone special in Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn proves they were right.
“The right belief is like a good cloak, I think. If it fits you well, it keeps you warm and safe. The wrong fit, however, can suffocate.”Sazed
“The entire point of life is to find ways to get others to do your work for you. Don't you know anything about basic economics?”Breeze
“That's kind of what trust is, isn't it? A willful self-delusion? You have to shut out that voice that whispers about betrayal, and just hope that your friends aren't going to hurt you.”Vin
“The trick is to never stop looking. There's always another secret.”Kelsier
“Belief isn't simply a thing for fair times and bright days, I think. What is belief--what is faith--if you don't continue in it after failure? ...Anyone can believe in someone, or something, that always succeeds, Mistress. But failure...ah, now, that is hard to believe in, certainly and truly. Difficult enough to have value, I think.”Sazed
III. Part One: The Survivor of Hathsin (Chapters 1 - 8)
IV. Part Two: Rebels Beneath a Sky of Ash (Chapters 9 - 15)
V. Part Three: Children of a Bleeding Sun (Chapters 16 - 25)
VI. Part Four: Dancers in a Sea of Mist (Chapters 26 - 34)
VII. Part Five: Believers in a Forgotten World (Chapters 35 - 38)
IX. Ars Arcanum
Followed by The Well of Ascension.
If the child can appreciate Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and other epic fantasy novels, this will be a great addition to their library. There is some violence. Mentions prostitutes, abundant gory violence, a few other touchy subjects. However, all the main characters are kind, good people and are usually distanced from all the negatives.
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