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It makes sense, considering my track record, that I would stumble upon an epic fantasy novel involving magic and magical creatures. I’ve enjoyed The Lord of the Rings and the Eragon series (properly known as the Inheritance… and there’s another word he made up for a 4 book series. Cycle? Quadrilogy? Dunno). So when GeeksAreSexy added the Mistborn trilogy to their recommended books to read this summer, I was hooked in quite suddenly. I mean, the promise of a new and interesting system of magics as well as the potential of them making a video game based on it in the future? I’m all ears.

This book did not disappoint. Mistborn: The Final Empire was the first of this trilogy, and I flew through it quite quickly, excited to read the next two. For the most part it follows the story of Vin, a young girl who regularly acts as the audience surrogate. She asks a bunch of questions about how things work that we readers are ourselves interested in. She finds herself early on being hunted by some bad dudes with metal spikes THRU THEIR EYES (and yes, it hurt when they got put there). She’s also told she has the power to manipulate 8 types of magic, and is brought in on a scheme to kill the Lord Ruler, a thousand-year old dictator of the entire known world. Not only does he seem to be immortal and from all reports unkillable, he has forced the population into a class system in which over half of them are the lowest class, enslaved and basically property of their ‘betters’. Oh, and the guys with the metal spikes in the eyes? They work for him.

On occasion the point of view switches to another character. But it was still thrilling to be along for the ride as Vin learns about her new powers and tries to play her part in the master scheme to kill the Lord Ruler. The plan was mostly devised by a character named Kelsier, another magician-like fellow (they’re called Mistborn) who always has a smile on his face and a couple of secrets in his pocket.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this sort of story, from teenagers to older. The author’s name is Brandon Sanderson. It’s not a huge deal, just food for thought: he lives in Utah and is part of the Mormon church. He teaches at Brigham Young University. If that turns you off from reading him, you’re missing a great story. All it did for me was made me glad I’d gotten the books from the library for free. So I won’t be one of the people funding the planet he gets in the afterlife.