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 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.
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Book 1: The Final Empire
Book 2: The Well of Ascension
Book 3: Hero of Ages
I worked at Barnes & Noble as a temp employee for last year’s holiday season (which was awesome!). During one of my shifts, a coworker pulled The Final Empire off the shelf, shoved it at me, and said, “Read this.” I am so glad that I listened! This was my first experience with Brandon Sanderson, but I have absolutely come to understand why he is such a fantasy powerhouse. What a universe he has created in this trilogy (and beyond). If you like fantasy, you HAVE to read this. I mean it.
These books were on the longer side, but they needed to be because the plot and characters are so complex. I was almost always fully engaged and eager to see what would happen next. In fact, the endings of all three were some of the best book endings I have ever read! And I loved watching Vin progress from the fearful and distrustful child to the strong, brave and loving woman she became.
Also, you know that feeling when you’re reading a book and you can kind of see what will happen next, and you really don’t want it to, but you know it’s probably necessary for the plot? One of my favorite aspects of these books was that Sanderson found a way to make it so that it didn’t have to happen that way! It made these stories feel so much more original, creative, and, ultimately, enjoyable.