Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

“Somehow, we'll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.”


Mariah Rose

8/16/2021 2 min read

I love this world and magic system but I'm having a hard time connecting deeply to the characters and tbh this book had me so confused as to the direction this series was going.
The ending was crazy, and I love a good plot twist but I was bored through 85% of this and that's no good.

I guess I'm also frustrated because I was sold this Epic Fantasy centered around a young woman coming into her power (which is wild for the early 2000s) and instead she got overshadowed by Kelsier in B1 and now by (view spoiler) in Book 2. To the point where I couldn't even rejoice in that crazy ending of(view spoiler)

I guess the fact that the narrator is male should've clued me in? I mean 95% of the characters in this book are dudes. You'd think if Vin was truly the MC she would've gotten at least a second narrator.

I love Allomancy and the whole thing with the phrophecy of The Hero of Ages is a mindfuck in the best way so I'll see this through, but, overall, I'm glad my first full Sanderson experience was Elantris.

I'm still a bit frustrated. I've felt that, since Book 2, Vin was unceremoniously pushed out of the main role of this series, and we were just expected to roll with it. I mean, its 2008 dude-het Epic Fantasy, so I guess I should have expected it?

The world building and magic system are it for me though. I think it's so intricately done, and it keeps building and growing without ever reaching the dreaded point of
deus ex machina. Hats off, truly.

What didn't ever quite click for me though, was Rin's character. I liked her, cared for her, rooted for her, but there was something always off for me. I don't think Sanderson managed to write from a POV so starkly different from his own, that of an orphaned, underprivileged, poor and scared young girl, and that was something that never truly sat right with me.

There is a wealth of secondary characters I cared for, but I never got that Chosen Family TM feel that I was expecting.

There were many twists and turns, quite a few surprises, a jaw dropping moment of realization, and smaller ones in between that made this a breeze to get through, and overall a satisfactory ending to the series for me. But I'm afraid you won't find me passionately recommending this to my friends, and annoying them until they read it lol.

The tldr:
I still like Elantris better