Title: The Final Empire
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Orion Publishing (UK)
Date: 21st June 2016
Source: QBD Bookshop
Synopsis from GoodReads:
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 colour once more?
In 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.
I immediately adored the writing style that Sanderson uses in this novel. It flowed well, and the amount of description was perfectly balanced and didn’t slow the story down at all. This is totally different from many of the high fantasy novels that I have read, and I really liked how there was the perfect amount of descriptive text, detailed, but it didn’t draw away from the action too much. Despite being a dense, complicated high fantasy novel, I found myself speeding through it, and I didn’t feel that it was a slow read at all.
The plot was detailed, complex, and had many different things going on at once. It worked really well in the end, with a surprising twist to end the novel with a bang. In saying that, Sanderson has left an easy opening for the sequel, providing enough intrigue for me to want to read the rest of the series. There were a few openings for romance throughout, but it wasn’t a central focus of the story. The few romantic encounters that occurred were just enough to satisfy my ‘cuteness’ needs for the book, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the rest of the series.
There was a great emphasis put on the world-building, which got progressively more detailed as the book went on. Being such a complicated world in terms of the Allomancy system and the politics of The Final Empire, I was glad that there were no ‘info-dumps’, and the information was provided in tidbits throughout. By the end of the book, I felt fully immersed and confident in my knowledge of the Allomancy system and the world itself.
I enjoyed the explorations into friendship and trust, particularly through the relationships between Vin, her brother, and Kellsier. One character, Vin, has a very ingrained distrust of of people, and throughout the novel this concept of trust is explored in detail.
All of the characters had detailed, unique backstories that are uncovered as the novel progresses. They all bring something special to the novel, and have clearly defined personalities. All of these characters are well-fleshed out and show a great deal of character development throughout, but I felt that this was shown the best through Vin and Kellsier.
Overall I loved this book. It was complex and detailed, but that didn’t affect the pacing of the novel, nor did it change how action-packed it felt. An incredible book, filled with lovable characters and beautiful writing. Definitely a five-star read.