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Mistborn : the final empire
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Kelsier (Male), Thief, Scarred; found in himself the powers of a Mistborn; determined to bring down the Lord Ruler's reign; leader of a group of rebels with powers; can burn 10 metals internally; Vin's mentor
Vin (Female), Street-wise, Orphan, Able to burn metals internally
Underworld crime
Magical powers
Good vs. evil
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Sanderson's eerie second fantasy (after 2005's Elantris), set in a mist-haunted, ash-ridden world, pits Kelsier, "the Survivor of Hathsin," against the immortal Lord Ruler's 1,000-year domination of both the Great Houses and their serflike "skaa." Through Allomancy acquired in the Ruler's most hellish prison, Kelsier can "burn" 10 metals internally, fueling superhuman powers he uses to assemble rebels in a loose plan to destroy the nobility, the empire and the Lord Ruler himself. Kelsier uses Vin, a street urchin with the same Mistborn powers Kelsier possesses, to infiltrate the Great Houses' society, where she falls in love with philosopher prince Elend Venture. This mystico-metallurgical fantasy combines Vin's coming-of-age-in-magic and its well-worn theme of revolt against oppression with copious mutilations, a large-scale cast of thieves, cutthroats, conniving nobles and exotic mutants. The fast-paced action scenes temper Vin's interminable ballroom intrigues, while the characters, though not profoundly drawn, have a raw stereotypic appeal. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
<p> From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action. </p> <p>For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.</p> <p>Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.</p> <p>But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.</p> <p>This saga dares to ask a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails?</p> <p> Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson </p> <p> The Cosmere </p> <p> The Stormlight Archive <br> The Way of Kings <br> Words of Radiance <br> Edgedancer (Novella)<br> Oathbringer (forthcoming)</p> <p> The Mistborn trilogy <br> Mistborn: The Final Empire <br> The Well of Ascension <br> The Hero of Ages <br> <br> Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series <br> Alloy of Law <br> Shadows of Self <br> Bands of Mourning </p> <p> Collection <br> Arcanum Unbounded </p> <p> Other Cosmere novels <br> Elantris <br> Warbreaker </p> <p> The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series <br> Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians <br> The Scrivener's Bones <br> The Knights of Crystallia <br> The Shattered Lens <br> The Dark Talent </p> <p> The Rithmatist series <br> The Rithmatist </p> <p> Other books by Brandon Sanderson </p> <p> The Reckoners <br> Steelheart <br> Firefight <br> Calamity </p>
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