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It was an amazing book. I loved all 541 pages of it. Elantris was wonderful, but I think that I like this book even better. The characters were all so real that I felt like I really connected with them. And the magic! It was so unique that I was drawn to it.
All the twists and turns were wonderfully done. The ending was NOT something I would have predicted.
I can't wait to read the next in the trilogy but now I have to read a book for my school book club. I'll share more of what I thought after a few people post.
And yes, I admit that I am indeed in love with Kelsier :)
I thought the second book in the trilogy was even better, and I can't WAIT for the third one.
I can't believe we have to wait until May 2008!
Brandon is so good at creating incredibly intelligent, interesting magic systems.
I think Kelsier is a little too brutal for a crush, tho.
May 2008. Brandon, you have my deepest thanks. The final book in the trilogy is the best graduation gift that anyone could give me :D
If you have questions or the like about the process or the book, just let me know.
I didn't predict the ending either. I loved it, surprises are awesome.
See you in Half Moon Bay, Brandon.
But he was amazingly charismatic, wasn't he? I can absolutely understand why people would want to follow him. But he was no shrinking violet. And he REALLY had an enormous chip on his shoulder about the noble houses. I mean, it was understandable, but still!
He was a man who had the fires of conviction.
I was less interested in the characters in the second book, but the plot was GRIPPING.
I will admit I wasn't terribly thrilled with the ending of the second book (although I liked everything up to it a lot), but I imagine my objections will be dealt with in the third book. I never much noticed second-book-in-a-trilogy issues before, but then I don't usually read books before the whole series is out.
I really like the way Vin grew and changed - it was much more subtle and believable than similar emotional growth in other books I've read.
Vin's character intrigued me as well. I agree with bluesalamanders about her emotional growth. It happened slowly instead of *boom* I'm a better person.
One thing that really touched me in the book was the part about Reen (Vin's older brother). We were led to believe that he had betrayed her, but then we find that he spent the last part of his life defending her against the Empire.
It was a nice touch on Brandon's part.
I loved the way all of the mistborn scenes were written. I felt like when Vin and Kelsier were flying through the air pushing and pulling on metals, I could really feel the joy/fear of almost-flying.
I loved the priest character (I forget his name and I've loaned out the books), especially in the 2nd book. I guess that's not surprising since I liked Hrathen the most in Elantris.
After having Mistborn sitting on my shelves since October last year, glowering at me whenever I dare look in its direction, I finally picked it as my next read. And now it's done/with - read, finished...! - and I thought about checking this thread for what the rest of you thought about it.
When I read #4, from friend Littlegeek, I winked in her direction as I remembered our conversation about Ibn Khairan (Lions of Al-Rassan), another not altogether nice man ;-)
I confess no crush on this Kelsier guy, though, but this have nothing to do with brutality but with his Jesusish appearance.
(No crush on that other guy either, because it's a BOOK, eh, dontcha figure, it's fiction! but anyway...)
About halfway through I figured out that he would die before the story ended, so I was prepared for that, and all in all the book offered very few surprises - I think about the only one was that yes, the protagonists really were a bunch of thieves, and nowhere throughout the story do we get a moralistic prayer about 'do not steal'. I read through the first quarter of the book waiting for a switch in point of view but it never came. Not that I complain, the story was very compelling, but in combination with the Jesus allegory I don't know where to stand.
I also think it lacked in political intrigue - it was non-existent. A shade of politics - yes; politicking - no. Same with the main characters - likeable but lacking in depth other than in being tagged as something we usually disagree with - thieves and murderers, something that is not delved upon.
I'm left feeling that I missed something. Can anyone tell me what? Because I keep looking and looking, almost feeling left out.
Yes, they try to survive in a society trying to oppress them. Yes, they try to overturn the Lord Ruler. But the messianic thread, and themes of friendship and trust, makes everything else polite background.
Now it sounds like I didn't like the book, but I really did. Right now I'm contemplating if I should go out and buy Well of Ascension in hardback when it will be available in paperback in a couple of weeks... and then I will want to get Hero of Ages ASAP and I know I won't be able to resist the urge to get it in hardback because I won't wait until next year to read part III.
Brandon really knows how to tell a story - it's like his love for the story makes the pages shine! - and he knows how to make magic seem natural and... I think a lot of people can identify with Vin, because no one is 100% self assured all the time, and as she grows more and more secure in herself we revel with her because we feel she deserves to have a good life.
I hope to get to know some of the others better, in the other books!
His takes on religion is always interesting, and I find I have to question my own prejudices about religion while reading his books. I think the lack of overt sex is more or less made up for by massive slaughtering, don't you think? ;-)
Now, I don't particularly think these are the most important matters, so maybe that's what I find lacking - I enjoy the story and the writing style, and I like the characters, but it won't engage on a more intellectual level?
I'm generally awed by his imagination. The creatures, all those systems of magic, the worlds, the people... awesome.
Off to buy Well of Ascension tomorrow, I think :-)
lol! Well put. Actually, I usually prefer sex to violence but I'll forgive Brandon this one. As you say, his imagination more than makes up for it.
Definitely there with you on the sex vs violence stuff, in both regards.
The others was good enough for me to get the third in preordered hardback :)
However, I didn't dislike them enough to stop me from reading his other books. Just enough to stop me from running to get a copy as soon as they're out.
Generally books with a religious background irritate me to no end, like itching balls during an important meeting. With mistborn I wasn't bothered at all, it probably had something to do with Sazed constantly offering up new religions and letting people choose for themselves. The thing that grates is when religious people push there beliefs on someone, I didn't have that feeling while reading this book. Which means I get to comfortably enjoy the magical exhileration of the fighting scene's. :)
The Lord Ruler, much as I disliked him, in a sense he was one of my favorite characters, and we find out in the third book that he was deliciously more complex and nuanced than he came off at the beginning of the series. I guess one reason I like the Mistborn trilogy is the amazing job Brandon did of making you question whether there was really any stereotypical "bad guy" (at least I found myself doing this).
~tears out hair~
I found the characters unengaging, the magic boring.
Bored and infutriated does not a good reading experience make.
I'll be trading them in.