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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.

©2006 Brandon Sanderson (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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  • Global
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  • Mitchell
  • 30/03/2018

2nd to the Storm-light Archives.....

I started the Mistborn series because I read the Stormlight Archives by Sanderson and wanted more epic fantasy. I was a bit skeptical at first because there were so many similarities between styles and even character names between the two-book series.

The Mistborn Trilogy being a predecessor to Stormlight, I thought I might be disappointed… I was wrong.

It's easy to see why Robert Jordan picked Brandon Sanderson to finish his Wheel of Time series. Although I noticed some distinct similarities in characters between Mistborn and Elantris (another great listen by Sanderson), he has so much imagination in how to make a world unique.

This story is not just another dwarves/elves/orcs story line and magic doesn't just "exist". There's a thought process behind where it comes from and how to use it and the dangers and consequences of doing so. I'm already about halfway through the next book in the series, The Well of Ascension, and it's fun to see how Sanderson left threads for the series to follow yet at the end of Mistborn, there didn't feel like there was anything unfinished.

One remarkable thing about this series is how well the history, politics and overall backdrop of this story is explained. Never once was I bored about learning new things about this fascinating, desolate world.

Also unique is that the protagonist of the book is a woman, and Sanderson does a great job of portraying her realistically. Even though she gains enormous power over the course of the narrative, the author does not forget her origins, and her origins continue to define how she reacts to her circumstances throughout the book. In fact, all of the characters, even the minor ones, display realistic motivations for their actions, and come across as very real.

As for Kramer-
Michael Kramer, once again, did an amazing job with the narration. I'm amazed at how he manages to create a voice, tone, and referent emotion for each character. He really brings the characters to life and adds an immeasurable depth the story. He is an incredible performer and his narration here is “still” flawless.

For those familiar with A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin) and Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan), Sanderson's style fits comfortably between these two tomes. His story is not as "gritty" and "real" as Martin's series and his story is not as fantastic as Jordan's series. The idea behind the magic system is well-thought out an the characters are easy to like.

My “only” gripe is that I found the writing to be a bit heavy handed at times. For instance, I felt there was a lot of repetition that reminds the reader over & over again about the same character points - ex. I found myself often thinking things like "okay okay x has had a hard life, she doesn't trust easily, alright I get it I get it." It's consequently very easy to read & follow; I think I'd just prefer a style that's a bit more subtle. I think this issue also led me to dislike one of the main characters (Vin) more than I otherwise would have - I found myself more often feeling impatient rather than sympathizing with her when hearing narration about her doubts, fears, etc.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Don Gilbert
  • 12/11/2009

A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

I just finished the third audio book in the "Mistborn" trilogy and wanted to write my review starting with th first to let anyone know who is wondering whether to invest their time in another series to absolutly read this one. This story is epic. Brandon Sanderson writes a classic and was clearly the right pick to finish Jordon's WOT series.
The narration by Michael Kramer is award worthy. He not only gives a distinct and believable voice to each character, he brings them to life.
10 stars

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  • Lore
  • 09/04/2012

Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!

I knew little of Brandon Sanderson when it was announced that he was selected to finish the Wheel of Time series after the death of Robert Jordan. I decided to check out some of his work to get a feel for his writing before his first Wheel of Time novel was published. What I discovered was that I had been missing out on one of the best Fantasy authors writing today.

Mistborn is an excellent series and I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in the series. I am a big fan of Fantasy and I was completely drawn into Sanderson's world of Allomancers and all of the interesting things they could do right from the start. Michael Kramer does an excellent job of bringing these interesting characters to life so expect this book to grab you from the start and never let go.



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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Willie K
  • 23/06/2009

Willie K Review

This is my first review, but I plan on reviewing every book I listen to from here out. I tried listening to Brandon Sandersons first title, Elantris, but had a hard time getting into it. I thought I would give Brandon another shot though since I enjoyed Michael Kramer's narration in The Eye of the World series, by Robert Jordon so much. Mr. Kramer showed his true flare for subtle voice dialects allowing the listener to immediately know who is speaking before hearing who the author told you it was. He is a bit mono tone but never the less is one of my favorite narrators.

This book had me from the beginning. I loved how Brandon Sanderson created a world where good has succumbed to evil forces, and you really cant tell if evil was meant to be the ruling force of the land and good was never meant to prevail. His description of the world made me it easy to picture in my head and his battle scenes had me locked in. I found myself driving around the block several times to finish the battles taking place. The ending also has a shock to it that I did not expect which makes me more intrigued to read the rest of the series. I look forward to trying out his first book again when I am finished with it

It is a great read.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Holly Helscher
  • 05/02/2010

Engaging Read

My first experience with Brandon Sanderson didn't disappoint. The story of the Skaa rebellion, led by Kelsier with serious backup from Vin, the female Mistborn, is entertaining, engaging, and slightly different from other fantasies. At its foundation is good versus evil. And then Sanderson throws in some fantasy, magic, conflict and sprinkles in just a bit of romance. Thieves, Dark Rulers, Obligators, Secret Keepers, and even Inquisitors are supporting characters that keep the plot moving forward without causing confusion to the reader. Kelsier, also known as the legendary Survivor of Hathcin, is a nearly mythical being to the Skaa and he is the mastermind behind the rebellion. But Vin, the newest of his thieving crew who joins their network to infiltrate the nobility, begins to learn she has quite a few Mistborn powers of her own. By the end of this first of three books she becomes legendary in her own right. The book may have benefited from a little additional editing because there is repetition of things the reader knows. We learn how the power of the metals and they work over and over again. We even get a recap of previous action in the book multiple times. It's almost as if Sanderson believes his reader can't remember from one chapter to the next. While this can be somewhat annoying, it doesn't really detract from the overall good plot and well developed characters. There is foreshadowing that is critical to the plot, so the reader has to pay attention. And in fact, some foreshadowing in Book One comes into play in Book Two, The Well of Ascension. But the book keeps the reader pretty riveted, so this isn't too much of a problem. Michael Kramer is an apt reader and once you learn the timbre of his voice, there is no problem differentiating among the characters, including the reading of someone's diary which is inserted between chapters. His pace is good and enunciation excellent. I highly recommend the book.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • H. P. Varia
  • 22/10/2009

very good book

This book has a lot going for it.
1) The world depicted is really very unique. The book depicts the second round in a fight between good vs. evil. In the first round evil had won and 1000 years have passed.
2) There are multiple Magic systems and they are all very interesting
3) Each character feels flushed out in details and many of them are very likeable
4) Lots of Drama, action and mystery

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert
  • 21/07/2011

Outstanding

I am writing this after having finished the entire trilogy. While this was an incredible book and stands alone just fine on its own, I wanted to reserve judgement on each book till I finished the trilogy in order to put each one into perspective. This was my first Bandon Sanderson book and I loved it. At first, it was challenging to get into the whole concept of Allomancy but I eventually did and appreciated every aspect of this masterpiece. The books moved quickly, the story is rich in its treatments of many aspects personal character, politics, government, philosophy and religion. And each character is fully developed to the point where we probably care about all of them including some of the bad ones. The world created by Brandon Sanderson and stunningly narrated by Michael Kramer is not like any one I or probably any of us could have possibly imagined. As long as this trilogy was, I am so sorry to have it finally end.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 10/04/2013

The Atium Must Flow

Why does he smile all the time? Because humor is all He has left. He believes that if you are always on time, it implies you never have anything better to do. He says "I've been very confident in my immaturity."

Brandon Sanderson earns five stars with this book, as he has with three of the four books of his I have read, the other just getting four stars. Sanderson is the Fantasy Writer of this Century so far. He does not borrow from anyone else to write his fantasy, it is all out of his head. Matter of fact this goes against all the fantasy laws. Usually iron is the bane of magic, which explains why elves, fairies, etc disappeared with the coming of civilization and metals. Sanderson has made metals the magic element. All of his books that I have read so far are totally different from the norm. In Elantris, Magic is the enemy. The Way of Kings is his masterpiece so far.

Look at the ratings on this book, thousands have read it and it has an average of 4.6 stars. That alone speaks volumes.

The book is not perfect and it was written early in Sanderson's career. For instance having a Feruchemist or Keeper sure comes in a little too handy as more then once he saves the day. There is also, especially in the beginning a lot of talking and planning. Hours of planning. Still I enjoyed it, the writing was great, the character development excellent, lots of twists and turns, and even with the planning there is still lots of really cool action. Fighting with metals reminds me of a character in Erickson's Gardens of the Moon, who is able to turn up down or sideways or left to right, etc. The characters are not black and white. Sometimes you are not sure who is the bad guy and who is the good guy (I love that).

Fans of Abercrombie and Paul Hoffman will love this.

Fans of The Wheel of Time series will recognize the great narrator Kramer.

Listen to the story to see why I compare Atium to Spice.

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  • Aerindel
  • 25/04/2009

Solid Fantasy

This book is exactly what fantasy should be and often isn't. Rather than trying to write the most unique mysterious gritty violent book ever this author sets up a good solid fantasy world with easily understandable rules and proceeds to tell an excellent and exciting story. The magic system is refreshingly understandable and usually sticks to its own rules. The action scenes are extremely well choreographed (think The Matrix in a fantasy setting) For a first book in a series the conclusion is remarkably conclusive for a change. Rather than leaving a bunch of loose ends this author nicely ties up the original questions the story starts with while still leaving enough of the world unexplored to make you want more. The narration is first class.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeff
  • 02/04/2009

Great Book!

Being a HUGE fan of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, I felt that I really needed to get to know Brandon's writing style in hopes that his writing talents would put my mind at ease concerning the fate of the final book that he is writing due to the original author's death. Not only is my mind and heart relieved after completing this series, I believe that I may have found a new favorite author! Brandon, may all of your books be as spellbinding!

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • der-guru
  • 09/03/2010

Einfach klasse!

Ich bin zwar noch nicht durch, aber ich kann jetzt schon sagen, dass ich von dem Buch echt begeistert bin .
Ich bin erst duch "The Gathering Storm" auf ihn aufmerksam geworden. Dort hat er mich jedoch so überzeugt, dass ich auch mal in eines seiner eigenen Werke reinhören wollte. Und wie es das Schicksal wollte, konnte ich es nicht mehr ausmachen und habe so die ersten 7h am Stück gehört und so die Nacht verbracht, obwohl ich eigentlich nur ein wenig vorm Einschlafen hören wollte.
Der Einstieg ist etwas schwierig, weil sofort viele unbekannte Personen auftauchen, wenn man sich aber ein wenig Zeit gibt, macht es danach einfach nur Spaß zuzuhören!

Michael Kramer ist dazu ein wirklich guter Vorleser, der es schafft die Figuren lebendig werden zu lassen. Kein Wunder, dass ich nicht abschalten konnte. :)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • kamui47
  • Köln, Deutschland
  • 25/04/2011

Bestes Fantasy Epos seit langem

Ich höre regelmäßig Fantasy Literatur, aber bin regelmäßig enttäuscht von den mittelmäßigen Fähigkeiten der Autoren. Oft ergehen sie sich in ellenlangen, einschläfernde Beschreibungen ihrer Fantasy-Welt, kreieren eindimensionale Charaktere und schreiben extrem simple und vorhersehbare Geschichten, die sie dennoch auf mehrere Bände platt walzen. Meist fehlen jede Grautöne, die Guten sind 100% Gut, die Bösen 100% böse, etc.
NICHT SO bei der Mistborn Serie:
Der Kosmos der Mistborn-Serie ist komplex, ungewöhnlich und sehr intelligent aufgebaut.
Die Handlungsstränge entwickeln sich fortwährend und jede Eröffnung führt zu einem weiteren Level der Geschichte.
Die Gestalten und Charaktere sind interessant und lebendig. Sie haben alle eigene Biographien und entwickeln sich im Laufe der Geschichte weiter.
Durch den Lauf der Geschichte und die Entwicklung der Charaktere entstehen immer wieder neue Handlungsstränge und es gibt tolle Wendungen - die im Nachhinein immer Sinn machen.
Bis zum Ende von Band III ist vollkommen offen, wie die Geschichte ausgehen wird.
Besser kann moderne Fantasy kaum geschrieben werden.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Stefanie Hobräck
  • 22/02/2011

gute Geschichte

ich wollte mal einen neuen Autor im Fantasybereich testen und bin zufällig auf Sanderson gestoßen. Das Buch hat mir so gut gefallen, dass ich gleich die ganze Trilogie gehört habe. Für mehr Bände reicht meine Geduld normalerweise nicht, aber die Geschichte ist spannend und hat einige gute Ideen. Die von Sanderson geschaffene Welt ist anders als andere - zur Abwechslung mal keine Elfen/Zwerge/Drachen/Werwölfe/Vampire.

Der Vorleser Michael Kramer haucht den Charakteren Leben ein. hat mir super gefallen

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Freesienfee
  • 30/11/2009

richtig gut

eigentlich habe ich diesen sanderson nur gekauft, weil ich seinen schreibstil kennenlernen wollte, denn er schreibt ja Wheel of time zu ende. erstmal hat sich mir die ganze geschichte nicht erschlossen, ich fand keinen zugang. dann habe ich es liegen lassen und jetzt wieder angehört und siehe da: mir gefällt es richtig gut. es ist eine düstere welt, die sanderson beschreibt aber mit sehr guten eigenständigen ideen. hörenswert.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • melanie m
  • 07/10/2016

a good but light read

this is a well-structured fantasy novel, and, refreshingly, with a female protagonist. however, sometimes the structure seems obvious and the characters are stereotypical in their heteronormativity and personas. all in all it is a light and quite nice read.

the reading itself is excellent. Michael Kramer has an incredibly agreeable voice and his voice acting is good and diverse.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Omphalos
  • 28/08/2018

great story with creative background story

i loved this book. one of my favorites I would say even though it was quite conservative with the plot.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Malle
  • 17/07/2018

Loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook! The story is very enticing and I loved the characters. It was not, however, as I hoped an equal to the stormlight archive stories. The story being not as deeply founded in the history, geography and physics of its world. Also the way magic is used in it seemed not as plausible and natural to me as it appears to be in the stormlight archive. (Mind however that I’m writing that only knowing the very first book of the Series, therefore that impression might yet change) Nevertheless even this first book it is in my opinion an outstanding piece of adult fantasy and I am looking forward to the next one.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Wilhelm Stöhlmacher
  • 07/07/2018

exceptionally good

This is an exceptionally good novel.
It has a coherent magic system, I know some of you care about this. And it puts two loads more plot, alone into the first book than expected.

Brandon Sanderson keeps a high quality throughout this title.

Michael Kramer is a great reader. Marvellously explored characters and a beautifully put voice. Every character gets their story ensounded in his interpretation and the general background is established throughout all characters on a deeper and sound level.

I recommend this book for the voice of Michael Kramer if you don't care about story and for the story and the voice if you are after a few days of enduldging in fantasy.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kimbo
  • 01/07/2018

Sehr empfehlenswert

Interessantes Magie-System, super Charakteren-Entwicklung und einige unerwartete Wendungen. Hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Sprecher genial!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Corvale
  • 20/02/2018

Beautiful with a slow start

The story itself begins quite subtle and it will take you a while to get used to it. Towards the second half and the finale I was sitting at the edge of my seat, cheered, cried and chewed my fingernails. Brandon Sanderson once again build a living, breathing universe with believable characters. If you enjoy fantasy novels, then this and the other cosmere books are for you!