The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson – review

Like a lot of people I suspect, I first came across Brandon Sanderson because sheer bloody mindedness is driving me to finish Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (14 books is ridiculous but I started reading them in my university days and feel an irrational need to get through to the end).

Sanderson was the author chosen to complete the series after Jordan’s passing. After reading The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight I decided to give his newest novel, The Way of Kings a go and really liked it. So I decided to go back and read some of his earlier work.

That is a long way to explain the reason why I’ve been reading the Mistborn trilogy of late – an epic fantasy series. I read The Final Empire earlier in the year and I’ve just finished The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages. The first thing I’ll get out of the way is the magic. Every review/article I’ve ever read about Sanderson’s books talks about the excellence and innovativeness of his magic systems. And they are right. I loved the description of the magic in The Way of Kings. I love it in the Mistborn books. It is consistent, well realised and lends itself to excellent action sequences.

I found the books to be very readable as well. I liked the characters, they had enough flaws to be relatable and I thought the stories were interesting. While it is in a lot of ways a “typical” fantasy series, all three books contained a bit of a twist at the end. I don’t really try to guess twists – I’m more of a “see where the story takes you” kind of guy – but I don’t like it when the kink in the road is so obvious that even I see it coming. Fortunately each of these books had a genuinely surprising element for me.

Look, it is probably very “bowing to the gods of the commercial author of the moment” of me but I’ve really liked all of Sanderson’s stuff so far. I’d recommend the Mistborn trilogy. I see on Amazon that he has a new Mistborn novel – The Alloy of Law – coming out later in the year. I’ll probably get that too.

I also reviewed this book on Goodreads. View all my reviews.

Author: mark

A writer of speculative fiction and all round good egg. Well, mostly good. OK, sometimes good.

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