Welcome to part 4 of the Mistborn: The Final Empire group read hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings. Warning, this post contains major spoilers for the whole book!
“You don’t understand,” he wheezed. “You don’t know what I do for mankind. I was your god, even if you couldn’t see it. By killing me, you have doomed yourselves…” p.632
1. So, what do you think of Kelsier’s plan now? Or his ‘plan within a plan’? How do you feel about the late introduction of the kandra and how it fit into Kelsier’s plan?
I don’t think Kell was planning on sacrificing himself until after he thought Marsh was murdered. That, plus the conversations with Sazed about how past religions gave people hope probably put the idea in his mind. In the end, I think his sacrifice is probably the only thing that would have allowed Luthadel to fall.
I think the kandra are super interesting and I like how it was revealed in the end how Renoux was being impersonated. I also how they mentioned that kanda are like mistwraiths but grown up. It really adds another element to the world building and what kind of fantastical creatures live in this world.
2. The final section of the book was very Vin-centric. How do you feel about the choices she made and did you have any worries/fears about what might happen to her before everything was resolved?
I read the book before so I wasn’t really worried about her in the end and I can’t remember if I was the first time around. I guess I expected her to do what she did – we’ve been working up to a confrontation with the Lord Ruler himself the whole book. I guess the biggest decision she made was to actually go ahead and kill him and there were hints that this might have some kind of long-term consequences.
3. After all that we find out that the Lord Ruler wasn’t the prophesied one after all. Surprised? Had you figured it out? What thoughts do you have about the big reveal, including how it tied into Sazed’s people?
I definitely hadn’t seen that coming but I think it makes so much sense. The reason the Lord Ruler is so harsh on the Terrismen? Because he is a Terrisman and he knows what magic they’re capable of. Also, I think he has a self-loathing thing going on – he, a Terrisman, betrayed the hero and I think he might internally believe they can’t be trusted because he can’t be trusted.
And I think it also makes sense that he wasn’t the one prophesied about because when he took power; the world didn’t get better for anyone like the prophecy said. There’s something inherently wrong in the world.
4. There was some back and forth about Elend throughout the story and we finally got to see him take a greater stand. Any predictions about what might happen in book two with Elend taking on leadership duties?
I think he’s going to try to implement some of the ideas he’s debated about with his friends about how to rule people in a good way. But I also think he’s going to realize that it’s not just easy as following what is written in a book.
5. Lastly, provide a little wrap up of your experience with the book. What do you think Sanderson’s strengths are? How does this book stack up against other fantasies you’ve read?
So this book is one of my favorite fantasy books ever also the series as a whole. I love all the details he fits into the story (this is even more apparent in the re-read) and the world building. His world building, including the magic systems, is always so original and engrossing. His books seem well planned out from start to finish and don’t come off as something that’s done as he goes. What’s laid in place in the first book has effects into the second and third.
I wanted to let everyone know that Sanderson has anootations on the book on his website here. He writes them for every chapter and they reveal some cool behind the scenes info.