Okay, I’m way behind on reading Brandon Sanderson. Last year, I read my first book of his in the Stormlight series. Those are incredibly long books that were hard to get into. Once I did though, I became hooked.
But my daughter had me read the Mistborn series during Quarantine, and I liked these even better than the Stormlight books. The Mistborn set might be my new favorite books ever.
I’m not going to review each individual book, but tell you about the first three and the last three (which are separated by 300 years in that story’s history).
The first 3 books
There are a lot of characters, but I’ll focus mostly on Vin, Elund, Kelsior, Marsh, Sayzez. These books are kind of dark and serious. But I count them as my favorite series and love story of all times–although the love story is more of a secondary arc. These are NOT romances. They are fantasy. Thrilling, amazing fantasy.
I’m not usually into fantasy, but when I find a good one, they end up becoming my favorite stories in my All-Time-Bests list. These are now at the top of that list for me.
The world building is fantastic and emotional. I hated when I had to stop to sleep, eat, or do some other necessary human task. 🙂 They are THAT good.!
Each book ends with a nice tie up of the story arc–no cliffhanger endings (my pet peeve!). But the ending of the third book in this series was truly EPIC! No other word does it justice. The author is pure genius. So many plot twists to surprise me. I will definitely read this again. I will ache to read it again.
The 2nd three books
These stories jump forward about 300 years after the epic ending of Hero of Ages. They focus on mainly two characters–Waxillium and Wayne. They are two lawmen who have returned to town from the Roughs. These books still have the magical elements of steel from the first three books, but they have a whole different tone than the first.
The first three books are dark and serious and heartbreaking at times. The last three books have way more humor. I highly recommend LISTENING to them on audio because the narrator is absolutely fantastic! It was like listening to an incredible movie, but even better because I could imagine it all in my mind.
“There has to be a balance, Vin,” he said. “Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between who we wish to be and who we need to be.” He sighed. “But for now,” he said, nodding to the side, “we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.” The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Cett sighed, shaking his head. “A few years ago, I would have laughed at anyone who chose loyalty as a basis for rule. But, well…with the world falling apart as it is, I think even I would rather have someone to trust, as opposed to someone to fear. I guess that’s why the soldiers act as they do.” The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
So, Mistborn. If you haven’t read it, consider giving it a try. I am so thankful I did. Just writing this post makes me want to revisit those old friends and reread them.