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Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) - Brandon Sanderson,  Michael Kramer I really really enjoyed this book, I would have bumped the rating up another star if the book had been a little shorter. 24 hours is really long, but admittedly not that long for a good high fantasy book. This book reminds me a lot of [b:The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms|6437061|The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1)|N.K. Jemisin|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1303143211s/6437061.jpg|6626657]. Not that the storyline is the really the same, but the story building was reminiscent.

There were a lot of things I loved about this book. It was unique in so many ways, the characters were believable, the world was so intricately built, the relationships between characters made me feel connected to them.

This book centers around the city of Luthadel, which is the seat of the Lord Ruler. The Lord Ruler is considered a god among these people, he is immortal and has been since defeating the Deepness centuries ago. He rules over a city vastly divided between the noble born and the Skaa, who are peasant workers beaten down by centuries of servitude.

In the midst of this, there are people who possess abilities outside that of regular people. There are Mistings and Mistborn. The Mistborn have the ability to unlock certain abilities by burning metals and their alloys. These abilities can be physical or mental (or even time based, though this is still mysterious right now). Mistings are like Mistborn, but only have the ability to burn one metal so they command only one ability. These powers are passed through bloodlines and typically only the noble houses contain this bloodline.

The story centers around a group of Skaa who are hired to provide an army for the Skaa rebellion. This brings together a team of Mistborn, Mistings, Smokers (another type of misting), and other connected Skaa leaders in order to see the plan through. Their leader, Kelsier has brought the group together under the hopes that they will be able to topple the Final Empire. He recruits a young Mistborn Skaa named Vin to help their team. Vin has no idea about the range of her abilities and she provides most of the point of view in the book.

Like I mentioned before, it's hard not to like the characters. It's hard not to sympathize with Vin who has had a terrible life and continues to be let down by people. It's hard to hate Kelsier, despite his ego and constant charm. It's hard to dislike all noblemen once you meet Elend.

This book is a fun ride where you don't know what's going to happen next. I appreciate that and I'm looking forward to continuing the series.