Sometimes, I revisit a book I had loved ages ago, only to tell myself What the actual fuck was I thinking This book is crap Oh young Khanh, you were so dumb Thankfully, this was absolutely NOT the case for this book I appreciated it much the second time around It could be that it just took time for me to appreciate the book Or maybe it just glows in comparison to all the crap I had been reading 2.5 average rating last year, baby Either way, I ain t complaining First, the bad, because I m that sort of person Sanderson is a good writer, not a great one The world he has built is magical, his words are not Sanderson s writing is simple, readable Perhaps too simple I appreciate the fact that there is no purple prose, but sometimes, a story is woven through the magic of words, and Sanderson s writing is simply too plain for me.On the other hand, damn, he s verbose This is a huge ass book, people I mean, I get it The book is tremendously grand in scope, the story is complex, and will only get complicated as the series wears on, but I find myself wearying of reading, which is a sad thing for any reader to realize.Now, the good First, LOW ON ROMANCE, BITCHES CAN I GET A FUCK, YEAH Sanderson, I feel, is so respectful to his female characters They are strong, resourceful, independent They can get by without a man The women in his book have to earn their stripes There s no getting by on beauty and flirtation here Wit and cunning is a much safer bet than the size of a female character s tits.The world building is tremendous The magic of Allomancy is just so fucking awesome, and so well described World building, the myth and magic surrounding any high fantasy is so crucial, and Sanderson did a tremendous job.Yes, it s a long ass book, and the writing isn t as spectacular as some Guy Gavriel Kay , but on the other hand, this book is eminently readable, with a limited amount of meandering unlike Guy Gavriel Kay. 6 21 Re readingThank the Lord Ruler I finally crawled out from whatever rock I was living under and finally decided to read this book Because.It Was So Fucking Awesome.I have been telling myself for years that I should try and branch out from just romance, paranormal romance, UF romance, sci fi alien smut and the occasional murder mystery or biography not that there is a damn thing wrong with my beloved romance, but just to challenge myself to try something new and attempt to tackle a straight high fantasy Well, this book was my first true foray into that genre and all I can say is LOLZ Jay kay, peeps, jay kay Just making sure I live down to your expectations wink In all sincerity though, this book was everything and I truly don t know why I waited so long to tackle this genre Comic Sci Fi Fantasy movies are my all time FAVORITE movie genres.And this book felt like I was locked in one of them.Like I was in a theater watching an epic fantasy film.Only BETTER.Because we ALL know the book is always better Brandon Sanderson is now a front runner in the Val s Spirit Animal Games and I just want to sit across from him at a pub table and watch him breathe His world building is so amazing, I can t even.I was enthralled from page one until page end.This is an older book and and I m late to the fiesta, so I ll stop there but long story short, I loved this thing so hard I might sleep with it under my pillow for a while And the best part There are now aisles of books at the bookstore that I feel have suddenly been opened to me AISLES, people So glad I tried something new.I feel so mature Three cheers for Garth. WOW That Was Really Good. WOAH That was a crazy epic adventure full of fantastic characters and action packed madness It definitely lived up to all the hype for me. In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice Together, can they fill the world with color onceIn Brandon Sanderson s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage Allomancy, a magic of the metals. MISTBORN WAS SO GOOD GAHH HERE S MY BOOKTALK I M NOT OKAY I M STILL CRYING.On to read the next book Reviewed by Rabid ReadsI hate everyone.You Everyone who Me Yes.You Eh Me Leave me alone I don t want to talk about it You backs away slowly Me IT S ALL YOUR FAULT sobs Are you one of them Are you Did you rave about MISTBORN and convince me it was one of the BEST fantasy series ever You can t believe I haven t already read it I m going to LOVE it Hmm DID YOU Then you, friend, are whom I hate.As for you, Mr Sanderson I TRUSTED YOU.I collected your clues and gathered your hints like freaking MANNA, and when you did the thing, I panicked But then I thought, no, no, this CANNOT be, he wouldn t do this, and I went back through all my meticulously collected clues and hints and found an explanation A perfectly Reasonable Explanation.An explanation that made sense.An explanation that would keep my heart in one piece instead of the shattered, brittle thing it has since become.An explanation I am forced to conclude you deliberately planted to foster FALSE HOPE.YOU are the Deepness, Mr Sanderson YOU are that which will destroy the world And YOU will do it GLEEFULLY.I hate you most of all.I can t write the review that I want to I can t talk about Sanderson s brilliance as he cultivated my doubt, and how that doubt made the loss so much worse view spoiler I DENIED HIM MORE than three times changes name to Paul runs away to live like hermit in wilderness is generally miserable hide spoiler Allomancy The mystical power held by the nobility, granted to them by the Lord Ruler some thousand years before as a reward for their loyalty Readers have been urging me for years to pick up anything by Brandon Sanderson, and after browsing his books I knew that Mistborn would be the first world I wanted to enter Opportunity arose, and I was able to read this along with two other Goodreads friends, which made for a much exciting experience than if I had gone it alone We were able to bounce ideas off of each other, chat about theories we had, and see where we were right and where we were completely wrong The latter is where we mostly fell I m at a loss for words at how perfectly this book and I fit together the only way I can think of explaining is that, upon finishing The Final Empire, I found myself questioning the validity of most of my previous 5 star reads How could I possibly place them in the same category as this I understand it won t be for everyone the pacing is slow throughout a majority of the book and it s long by many readers standards I felt the hilarious banter between the characters relieved a bit of the slowness, but I also found that I loved the steady, detailed world building The immaculate secondary detailing is what really set this apart from other adult fantasies I have read, and I can t wait to continue on and see where Sanderson takes us I don t really have much else to say, as I ve jumped on the bandwagon late in the game, so I thought I would close with my favorite spoiler free quotes that I marked along the way If men read these words, let them know that power is a heavy burden Seek not to be bound by it s chains Every action we take has consequences, Vin I ve found that in both Allomancy and life, the person who can best judge the consequences of their actions will be the most successful The Hero of Ages shall be not a man, but a force No nation may claim him, no woman shall keep him, and no king may slay him He shall belong to none, not even himself Belief isn t simply a thing for fair times and bright days, I think What is belief what is faith if you don t continue in after failure Buddy read with Bentley and Scrill This was an odd one for me I ve seen an enormous number of opinions about Sanderson s books on the fantasy forums I hang out on, the great majority favourable I was interested to see what it was that had sold so very many books and got such an incredibly high average score on Goodreads The opening was strong and engaging Then I started to falter For most of the book I didn t think that I would be giving it 5 I started to worry that I might have a legion of Sanderfans on my case oI think I am too much of a scientist for the magic system not to jar against me I liked the complexity, and the effects, and the ways it was used were cunning, clever, and ingenious But the ingredients and the execution fill me with unanswered questions.And for much of the middle section I was struggling through all the balls and house politics, having a hard time caring.And the plans felt flimsy and dubious BUT But, the last hundred and fifty pages were a huge payoff and I really liked all the twists and turns Also the action scenes were great, and the tension was kept high, nobody felt safe, the reveals kept coming it was all really well done and I had a blast with it.I ve heard it said that Sanderson s biggest strength is plotting, and yes, the plot unwound splendidly.The reading experience and writing put me in mind of Brent Weeks than any other writer I know.A really fun read.Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes..