A while back I was in the mood for reading some fantasy (not something that happens very often) and I considered starting Game of Thrones but that seemed like the start of something far too big to be practical – there’s so much of it and ultimately it is unfinished. I had checked out the first chapter of the audiobook and couldn’t imagine myself listening to the whole book.
So I looked elsewhere and having seen this recommended online I gave it a try. It is the first book in the “Mistborn” series.
The story involves a plot to bring down the Lord Ruler, the ultimate evil power controlling the Final Empire, thought by many to be an immortal god. The environment has been ruined, with ash coming down from the sky and mists coming at night.
I think that this is a story aimed at a young adult audience but is a good read for everyone – I certainly enjoyed it. This is a story that could appeal to people who don’t want their fantasy too violent or graphic (Game of Thrones?) or too filled with dwarves and elves (Lord of the Rings). Spoiler: there are no dragons.
The author has come up with some good ideas – principally that there is a race of people who have the ability to ingest and “burn” metals to give themselves enhanced physical abilities. I always think these things sound a bit strange when discussed outside of the world that has been created but the “magic system” is plausible and works well – the details can be found here but don’t rush to read it if you are interested in reading the book. It won’t spoil anything but the book does a good job of explaining things.
A note on the narration of the audiobook: I had never heard of the narrator (Michael Kramer) before but he does a brilliant, flawless job. It was a pleasure to listen to. He is a professional audiobook narrator and it shows. I’m very impressed. I’ll be looking out for his name in the future.
This is a long book – nearly 25 hours for the audiobook – but the story never lags or seems padded out. There are another two books after this one (and that is just the first trilogy of the “Mistborn” series) but there does seem to be a lot more story to tell. I’m sure I’ll return to the series at some point but the next books are even longer than this one so they will have to wait.
Still, this is a slice of fantasy I can recommend.