THE FINAL EMPIRE Wednesday 14 March, 2012

Push. Pull. Get drawn into a vivid fantasy world.

The Final Empire is the first book of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy and it’s amazing. It’s brilliantly paced and full of exquisitely drawn characters.

I don’t want to tell you anything about the contents of the book because it would rob you of the enjoyment to be had from allowing into unfold page by page. If you are a fan of Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician trilogy then you’ll be in familiar territory…very familiar territory. At times the core essentials of the two narratives are remarkably close but this book offers more than enough to make allowances.

I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi so I was pleasantly surprised by Mr Sanderson’s willingness to comprehensively describe the mysterious creations of his imagination. It is far more usual that we, as readers, are expected to just know about things that are figments of the author’s imagination. It’s almost feels like it is frowned upon to want to ask a question about the unusual worlds that we have been transported to. Thankfully that is not the case here. With everything explained so wonderfully it allows a much better reading of what you’re…reading.

If you like fantasy books but are sick and tired of Tolkien-alikes then this will be right up your alley. Be warned though, it’s a big book and you will not want to do anything until you finish it, much to the annoyance of those around you.

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