Reviews: Mistborn The Original Trilogy


Mistborn: the final empire (#1) was full of interesting ideas. The magic systems were interesting and the world is well built. Where everything fell apart for me is in the treatment of the characters. The internal monologues and the dialogues feel immature. Characters explain to one another and uncomfortable amount of information. During negotiations both sides show all their cards immediately. The characters didn't feel realistic. Vin was a typical "ugly girl" that turns into "attractive young woman". Too many tropes were used that took away from the novelty of the story devices and turn this into a typical fantasy tripe.


Warning, contains spoilers.

The series was interesting, but in short, extremely underwhelming. There was so much set up for epic end of the world scenarios, but they didn't go anywhere. With a name like THE DEEPNESS, glass windows depicting a eldritch horror with writing black tentacles, and a diary that goes on at length talking about how armies are useless and it's destroying the world, it turns out to be... a little bit of mist. The Deepness comes back, in that it gets a little misty during the day. There was a lot of setup, and it went nowhere. It turns out that the mist is actually caused by the good deity too.

Normally I don't mind a good amount of introspection, but there's so many times the characters have lengthy internal monologues during action scenes or when they're jumping off walls. It really stops up the action unnecessarily. It got worse towards the last book.

And the most disappointing part was the ending. The trilogy was perfectly set up to have a good ending, but it basically seems like so many important characters made it to the last chapter just to die, while a minor recurring servant character randomly ascends to godhood to save the world. The deaths of Vin and Elend, the former ascending to godhood then dying, and the latter, who burns a stockpile of Atium and nearly fights off an army, then dying, didn't seem to fit. Don't get me wrong, I've read all the ASOIAF series and I'm plenty used to characters dying, it just seemed so random and unnecessary. As far as plot goes, this is the most unfulfilling ending I have ever read.

Mistborn: Upending Fantasy One Trope at a Time

The Mistborn Triology is a wonderful romp into a startlingly believable world with a strong Feudal Europe flavor. The magic systems (Hemalurgy, Allomancy, and Feruchemy) are hallmarks of his meticulously planned Magic A Is Magic A and Functional Magic systems.

The characters like Vin and Elend are strong and sympathetic, while still remaining sufficiently different from any of us to provide a new experience. The creatures (Koloss in particular) are unearthly and, with the application of Frige Horror, rather disturbing. To me, they have the ring of Magic The Gathering about them. The battle between Ruin and Preservation is a nicely-grounded background event that gradually becomes more important.

His writing style is concise and smart, and his Deadpan Snarkers are rampant. He ties up loose plot threads neatly, while leaving readers with just enough questions to make us want to read it all over again.

It is a trilogy I would (and do) recommend to my fellow lovers of fantasy looking for something different from all the other things on the shelf. It is worth your time, and I strongly encourage you to pick up the first book and start reading.