Mistborn Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

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.

This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails?

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

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Book Reviews


The Final Empire Review5 star

I never read books but I took a chance on this one and was blown away. I can’t wait to finish the trilogy.55


simply too long3 star

Chop off 300 or so useless pages and its a fantasy masterpiece. Drones on about halfway through making it tough to finish. Read Joe Abercrombie instead!35


A Must Read, Thrill Ride5 star

Every reader needs to experience this series at least once. The thrills are fantastic. Just buy it and start, couldn't recommend enough. It's in my top 5 book series of all time. That includes Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Don't read anything about it in advance, just dive in.55


Great start to the Cosmere5 star

I am embarking on this journey beginning with mistborn and it is a great read and tremendous fun. I can’t wait for Brandon Sanderson’s cinematic universe.55


A masterpiece5 star

I’ve tried to read a few different fantasy series lately and neither of them captured my intrigue as quickly and deeply as this. From start to finish, these characters are flawed, unique, and unbelievably lovable. The world set up in this first book has the perfect amount of mystery and detail that keeps you glued to the page. My coworkers recommended this series to me a bit too enthusiastically so I was skeptical. But this was worth every single second. Do yourself favor, clear your schedule, put your devices on do not disturb, and buckle in for this incredible ride. Also, avoid googling ANYTHING, just be patient and this amazing story.55


Awesome but could’ve been faster.5 star

Well time spent. Somehow expected turn of events until the very last 2 parts. Could’ve included more twists and been faster though.55


Excellent book5 star

Kept me glued from beginning to end.55


A good read4 star

Slow start but picks up later on. Good read. Magic system is complex and characters are amazing.45


Out of words.5 star

This has been the book that has dragged me for hours every day. Couldn’t put it down and don’t regret it. An excellent work.55


My personal favorite book series5 star

While one can argue stormlight is better, this book is undoubtedly incredible. A must read without a doubt55

Other Books by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings


The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance


Words of Radiance
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