What's great about Sanderson's books and his magic systems, is that his books are basically all from the same universe (I think it is referred to as the "cosmos" or something). Basically some magical items have been scattered throughout the planets in this "cosmos" thereby vesting magic abilities in certain people. In each of the books/worlds, these magical items manifest in a different manner. I like the concept as you read through different Sanderson books (except for WoT of course).
Ok,I've finished the first book. While I enjoyed it I don't have a burning desire to grab the next volume right away. Sanderson's strengths are his imagination (magic system and general worldbuilding) but his chief weakness is writing. I found it to be a tad too juvenile at times, without much variety in tone. Most of the characters start as cliches and stay that way. Still, Sanderson is a definitely a talented storyteller and I'm sure he has learned a lot since Mistborn with WOT and all the other books he's been writing.
You guys are making me want to read on!
Obviously it'd be a spoiler if you answered me. But it appears pretty obvious that the Monologue before each chapter is the "Lord Ruler" talking. He started out as being a good person and things just started getting worse and worse. And/Or possibly the person that committed the deeds to become the Lord Ruler isn't necessarily the evil person acting as Lord Ruler right now?
Finished the series 2-3 days ago. It may not be great writing, but it was entertaining as hell.
A massive thumbs up from me.
Anyways, I am almost done with book and have been somewhat surprised a few times. I like it so far. I like the logical magic. Coming from Malazan it's a breath of fresh air. I do wish theyJudging from the next two book's titles and the way this one is going. My guess is he didn't exactly defeat the deepness, he probably just absorbed it. He's talking like he's afraid he will take the power for himself. Or he is the deepness incarnate? Anyways I also assumed either Vin or Kelsier was the true Hero of Ages. Something probably happens in the next book that makes Vin really powerful. At the Well of Ascension? Where now it is amazing that Kelsier could defeat one steel inquisitor, Vin at some point probably fights 3-4 at once or something(Kind of like The Matrix). There is also something to her trying to burn Saze's pewter metal. They wouldn't have mentioned it and had her try it, only to fail quickly. She can break a copper cloud, she can likely break a Keeper's metal. Lastly, for now, I believe there is a reason the skaa are so beaten down. The noble let live. We assume that the Noble are the only ones to have this Mistborn power. I can't quite figure it out, but there's something about the skaa. Maybe the instill this fear of the mist because the skaa can have power through it somehow? Vin mentions she feels like she is one w/the mist sometimes....because she is skaa/noble mixbreed mistborn? Am I close on any of these!? =)Spoiler:
didn't kill Kelsier off.
Almost immediately after I said I bet the monologue is the Lord Rule they discovered a book that confirmed it, so I don't think he was trying to hide it much.
- October 23rd, 2012, 08:15 PMMattNYQuote:
I feel it was necessary. Keiser's role was to develop all the characters into the roles they need to play and he accomplished it beautifully. From an author POV, if Keiser was still around, he would be handicapping the rest of the crew. I loved his character too, but he had to go. And it was a fantastic way to do so. It was like ObiWan sacrificing himself to Vader to push Luke where he needed to go..except handled even better.