Wednesday, 14 June 2017

My favourite read of 2017 so far?

I feel like I'm doing an injustice to the genius Sanderson for every minute that I don't write something about this brilliant book. I'll keep it short and sweet, however, as I'm still not over the last hundred or so pages...

But first, the important stuff:

Title: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co.
Publication date: October 1, 2009
Pages: 647

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour 
once more?
In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

I have to say, I was drawn to this book as soon as I heard about it. The fact that its ratings were incredibly high was one thing, but when I saw it in the bookstore with 'What if the Dark Lord won?' written on the cover, I bought it instantly. I'm all about dark fantasy, so I was hooked before I even started.

Anyway, point is, I expected it to be good. But it wasn't good, it was amazing.

There were no inconsistencies in the plot, and it was so complex. I mean, that's actually difficult to achieve (if some of the books that make it to publication are any indication), but Sanderson did it, and not just well—he killed it! Each and every little thing that happened was realistic in this world, everything makes sense and has something backing it up—every action, every rule for the use of magic (don't get me started on the magic system!), the history... everything. Every single sentence had a purpose, not one was unnecessary.

The characters are incredible, full of depth and distinct, their thoughts so realistic and, once again, different. I knew who was talking without having to read the text behind the dialogue. I knew just by the things they said—in that way, it was much like recognising 
a familiar voice in a movie or TV series without having to look up at the screen. It just really added to the experience and character depth.

The magic system, Lord Ruler. It is unique to say the least, has steady, realistic rules and is just incredible. I can't even express how truly awesome it is in words. Oh, and the plot twists! Everything keeps you guessing, keeps your mind working, which is, essentially, what a good book is supposed to do!

I haven't covered nearly as many amazing aspects of this book, but—just, please—do yourself a favour and READ THE BOOK. See for yourself. You will not regret it, I promise!


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