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Mistborn Trilogy: The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages (The Mistborn Saga) by [Brandon Sanderson]

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Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004H1TQBW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books (February 1, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 1, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6533 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 2582 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

In November 2020 we saw the release of Rhythm of War—the fourth massive book in the New York Times #1 bestselling Stormlight Archive series that began with The Way of Kings—and Dawnshard (book 3.5), a novella set in the same world that bridges the gaps between the main releases. This series is my love letter to the epic fantasy genre, and it's the type of story I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

November 2018 marked the release of Skyward, the first book in a new YA quartet about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world under alien attack. The follow-up, Starsight, was released December 2019. Also out that year was the final volume of the Stephen Leeds saga, Legion: Lies of the Beholder, which was also published in an omnibus edition, Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds, that includes all three volumes.

Most readers have noticed that my adult fantasy novels are in a connected universe, called the Cosmere. This includes The Stormlight Archive, both Mistborn series, Elantris, Warbreaker, and various novellas available on Amazon, including The Emperor's Soul, which won a Hugo Award in 2013. In November 2016 all of the existing Cosmere short fiction including those novellas was released in one volume called Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection. If you've read all of my adult fantasy novels and want to see some behind-the-scenes information, that collection is a must-read.

I also have three YA series: The Rithmatist (currently at one book), The Reckoners (a trilogy beginning with Steelheart), and Skyward. For young readers I also have my humorous series Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. Many of my adult readers enjoy all of those books as well, and many of my YA readers enjoy my adult books, usually starting with Mistborn.

Additionally, I have a few other novellas that are more on the thriller/sci-fi side. These include the Legion series, as well as Perfect State and Snapshot. There's a lot of material to go around!

Good starting places are Mistborn (a.k.a. The Final Empire), Skyward, Steelheart, The Emperor's Soul, and Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. If you're already a fan of big fat fantasies, you can jump right into The Way of Kings.

I was also honored to be able to complete the final three volumes of The Wheel of Time, beginning with The Gathering Storm, using Robert Jordan's notes.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at—and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Books, Bad Packaging
By Adam Albee on December 14, 2018
I'd read these before purchasing this set, I just wanted to have a copy for myself and so I could lend it to others and spread the Sanderson addiction. Seriously, if you like hard magic and gritty fantasy, get these books. What do I mean by hard magic? Do you like when magic has a strict set of rules? Think "Avater: The Last Airbender" as hard magic, with a set logic, versus "Lord of the Rings" as soft magic, which can do pretty much anything needed by the story. That's the backdrop of these books, and they allow for an incredible story. If you're like me, you'll look around trying to find out more about this world and discover that Brandon Sanderson has created an immense universe, called the Cosmere, in which this story and many others are just small parts. And all of these worlds share that common thread of having a magic system with hard rules. They play a greater or lesser role in each of the worlds, and half the fun in each is figuring out the rules they follow. The best part is, each of the worlds, they are all connected, and once you start recognizing those connections, you're jaw will drop. Get ready, though, there are a LOT of books, and the Cosmere is still growing. Its very much worth it. For all that and more, I had to give it a 5 star.

However, the packaging was bad. Just, really bad. The set was delivered in an Amazon box with no bubble wrap or anything inside. When I opened the box, the plastic wrap on the set was torn and the top two corners of the set's sleeve were torn badly and the included poster map was a bit wrinkled. The books don't appear to have any damage, thankfully, and the poster map wrinkles don't seem to be too terrible. It is a shame the sleeve was ruined, though, as I do like to keep those on my shelf. I'm not angry enough to return it, as the important parts are fine, but I am a bit disappointed. I hope in the future Amazon takes the same care packaging my precious books as they do with any other type of item I purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars International Trade Paperback Edition
By Marissa Baker on April 5, 2021
This is a review for the print quality of the International Trade Paperback Edition of the Mistborne box set to help those who are trying to decide with edition to purchase (like I was last week).

The paper for book one is different than books two and three. Book one's paper feels like the sort of cheap paper used in Mass Market Paperbacks, whereas the paper used in books two and three is higher quality. I'm not sure if that will be the case in every set. I thought it strange enough to mention, but not enough of a reason to send them back.

Text is printed clearly and readably. There is some ink transfer on a few of the pages, as if the books were bound when the ink was still wet, but not enough to interfere with reading. Overall, if you want to save some money by not purchasing the hardcovers and avoid the YA-style cover art (like I did), this set seems like a decent choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh feeling fantasy series with a clever magic system - Recommended!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best trilogies I've read in a long time. Don't miss it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story let down by poor paper quality and font
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story let down by poor paper quality and font
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2021
The review is for paperback version.

The book itself is a typical Sanderson - engaging rich world and a well built story. Slow buildup and long at times but interesting all the same. Well worth picking up and reading, just not in this edition.

What is truly horrendous, however, is the quality of the paper and font. Paper appears to be recycled, slightly yellowing and of a very poor quality. If this book was printed on a roll of Andrex it would still be more readable.

Font feels slightly too heavy and with the thinness of the paper itself you can see shading from the text on the opposite side of the paper.

I can honestly say that this edition is making it really hard to read and enjoy the book. Do yourself a favour and get a different print - or go direct for a digital if you own a good book reader. Getting this paperback will just ruin your eyes and make it hard for you to enjoy the rich involved story and unusual magic systems in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic, amazing, but can be a little slow.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2019
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