Welcome to the first week of the Mistborn: The Final Empire group read hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings!
So, I’ve read the entire series before. It’s one of my all time favorite fantasy series. So yeah, I’m going to be pretty biased in these group read questions. However, I won’t spoil past the point of what we read, so you can be sure about that.
“Gentleman, this isn’t going to be a regular job. It’s going to be different from anything any crew has ever tried to pull. We’re going to help Yeden overthrow the Final Empire.” p.73
1. This first hundred or so pages was packed! What things are standing out for you in the story thus far?
Well, I’m going to have a bit of a different perspective because I’ve actually read the entire series already, but it’s been a while and want to get reacquainted.
I really, really love the setting. I think it’s one of the most unique settings that I’ve experienced in a fantasy novel. Sanderson describes the world as being dark with red light and ash falling from the sky. At night, everything is shrouded in mist. People are afraid of the mists, especially the skaa, and I really enjoy that there’s this mysterious atmosphere to the city. It makes it extra creepy when Kelsier, as a Mistborn, travels through the night.
We get introduced to a lot of characters, I feel, for the beginning of the novel. There’s a whole crew to get to know, but we start to see a bit of each person’s personality.
2. What are your thoughts on the magic system that Sanderson is unveiling in this novel?
I love Allomancy so, so much, I would consider downing a vial of metallic flakes myself. We see how Allomancy can manifest, as one power in a Misting or all powers in a Mistborn. I particularly liked the scene where Kelsier goes on a mission into a noble’s house to try to steal some atium and he has to fight a bunch of guards. Sanderson really knows how to make a magic fighting scene cinematic. He thinks of really clever ways to use the various Allomantic powers, such as pushing on a coin on the ground to lift oneself into the air. How cool is that?
3. Kelsier and Vin have held most of the spotlight in these first 6 chapters. As you compare/contrast the two characters, how do you feel about them? Likes? Dislikes?
To be honest, I’m not that impressed with Vin so far. She has potential but she’s very damaged and untrusting of others. I can’t blame her, because of the life she’s lived, but I’m anxious to see her grow out of this.
Kelsier in all his arrogant glory, is interesting to me. I want to know more about how he survived the Pits of Hathsin (since no one else has).
I actually really like the chemistry between Kelsier and Vin. The scene where he goes to the lair to find Vin and he tests her abilities is one of my favorites so far.
4. Finally, how would you assess Sanderson’s storytelling abilities to this point?
I think his world-building and character dialogue is always on par. It’s what I like most about his books, not just this one. However, he’s so thorough with his world-building that there can be a lot of information to digest, especially in the beginning of a novel like this. I’m glad this is my second time through as I’m sure it’s made it easier for me, but even then, there can be long passages of explaining.
This was a great first week! How’d you all do?