Mistborn: The Final Empire

Mistborn: The Final Empire is the first book in a trilogy and is probably the first fantasy novel in a long time with a unique and interesting magic system. The magic users of Sanderson's world ingest metals that their bodies then utilize to perform magical effects. It is common for people to have only one ability and one metal, but there are the rare people who can burn all of the known metals, and they are known as Mistborn.

The premise for the story is strange. "What if the Hero of the Ages failed?" For a thousand years the world has been ruled by the Lord Ruler, the man who was thought to have been the savior of the world. The man who evidently failed in his quest and seized the power at the Well of Ascension for himself.

This story takes place a thousand years after the end of the world as it was known, and the rise of the Lord Ruler. It follows a brilliant and charismatic half-peasant named Kelsier in his quest for revenge against the Lord Ruler and the extraordinary people he gathered to his cause.

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