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url 2018-09-27 22:15
The 10 Best Completed SF and Fantasy Series According to. ...
The Runelords - David Farland
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Heroes Die - Matthew Stover
The Gap Into Conflict: The Real Story - Stephen R. Donaldson
The Shadow of the Torturer - Gene Wolfe
Chronicles of the Black Company - Glen Cook
The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
Source: www.tor.com/2018/09/25/the-10-best-completed-sf-and-fantasy-series-according-to-me
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review 2018-04-10 00:00
Mistborn: The Final Empire
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson The Final Empire follows a girl named Vin, an orphan street urchin who discovers she has the powers of a Mistborn, and Kelsier, a Mistborn half-skaa who wants to overthrow the Lord Ruler.

I read this over the span of two days, faster than I usually do, probably because it's pretty fast-paced and it has a lot of action, political intrigue, and even some drama. I even stayed up until 1:30 am this morning just to finish it, something I only did before for The Great Hunt.

I liked The Final Empire. It's full of amazing moments where characters get to show off their powers and also slower moments where we get to know the characters better. I liked the characters in this story even if we don't get to see some of them aren't really very well-rounded. The writing is more straightforward, less flowery and lyrical but it does its job to show us the world and the characters.

The worldbuilding and magic system were fantastic. You can see that a lot of effort was put into making a believable world and a magic system that works in a rational way. Allomancy and Feruchemy have to be the most original magic systems I've encountered thus far. I can vividly picture the world in my mind along with the characters and their actions.

Some of the characters felt a bit flat and some scenes seemed to go by too quickly (hence the 4-star rating) but overall, the book was enjoyable Vin's character development is amazing and I loved seeing her become a powerful Mistborn, learn political intrigue, and how to trust her friends. Vin definitely has trust issues and I liked seeing her try to trust others more. Also, I'm going to admit to being a sap and loving Disney-style romances featuring good boys who love books (I don't like bad boys). That said, that particular subplot wasn't really the highlight of the story and I appreciate it. As much as I missed reading books with romance, books that have the plot take a backseat to romance wasn't cutting it.

The highlight of this story, for me, is the skaa rebellion. It goes by pretty fast and in some parts, I was confused by how quickly it went by, but I guess I can understand it. There's a lot of political stuff going on, more than I'm used to but I love it. I actually prefer my epic fantasy to have well-thought-out political systems. If I could see a functional legal system backed by logic and political theory, I'd have my perfect book. Still, this one is good and I liked seeing Vin and Kelsier try to navigate the politics and machinations of the noble families in order to succeed. I'll admit though, I think that Kelsier's actions were very drastic by the end and the way he does it was pretty surprising. suppose I could understand somewhat since he seemed to be setting it up for some time. There were some twists in this book that can be easy to predict, but it doesn't really matter to me. I don't usually care so much about twists than I do about an interesting plot.

The way the story concludes would almost make you think that this book is standalone. There are two more books in the series that might answer my questions and let me spend more time with characters I've grown to love. I'll have to wait before reading it though since I might still need more time to fully digest the story. Still, I liked The Final Empire and I will definitely be continuing with the series. Will I read more books in the Cosmere? Yes.

This book is highly recommended for fantasy fans, people who like worldbuilding and magic systems, and people trying to get into adult fantasy after young adult fantasy.

This review is also at The Bookworm Daydreamer
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text 2017-12-28 18:00
Favourite 10 books of 2017
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) by Taylor, Laini (2012) Paperback - Laini Taylor
Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton
Horizons (Phobos #4) - Victor Dixen
The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas
The Crown's Game - Evelyn Skye
Warcross - Marie Lu
The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

Out of the 82 books I read (hopefully 83 if I manage to finish Outlander before the end of the year), those were my favourites (well, I took all my 5 stars read of 2017 and chose 10 out of those, it's not really a scientific rating):


1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: because this book was EVERYTHING. You need to read it if you haven't yet.


2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: and the whole trilogy. I totally enjoyed this unique universe with those amazing characters, a must read!


3. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton: just WOW! This series is just so important for me, I love this world.


4. Phobos4 by Victor Dixen: this is the last book in my favourite series of 2016. This conclusion was epic.


5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: I just can't understand how I had never read Sanderson before this year. He is such an amazing author and I can't wait to discover more of his work.


6. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas: well, this series is one of my favourite of all time and this book did not disappoint.


7. The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye: I love this series full of Russian magic. I fell in love with the author's universe.


8. Warcross by Marie Lu: because, Marie Lu + video game = perfection.


9. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: a beautiful book with a strong message. This book made me open my eyes.


10. Wild by Cheryl Strayed: I think it is the first time ever a non-fiction book is on my top 10. But this was such a great experience, I had to include it.


What were some of your favourite books this year?


Thanks for reading,



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review 2017-11-18 12:23
#75 - The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson

I started the Mistborn trilogy earlier this year and I immediately fell in love with the world Sanderson created. It was also the first book by him that I read. I really wanted to learn more about the storyline and I was not disappointed by this second instalment.


The Well of Ascension is massive, there are more than 700pages and I'm not used to reading such long books. I much prefer smaller books because I don't like spending too much time on the same book. No matter how good it is, I get bored easily. I still really enjoyed reading this.


Vin is an amazing character, I like how she has doubts and flaws. She is probably the most powerful women in the world but she still doubts herself. I love that this aspect of her personality was so much developed. What is even more amazing about Vin is that she loves Elend, but her world does not consist of only him. She cares about herself and she knows she has important things to do (like saving the world or something). What really gets on my nerves in YA books is when female character relies so much on their love interest it is scary, so it was refreshing not to have to read about that. Vin is also one of the most selfless character ever without even knowing it.


As far as the other characters are concerned I still keep mixing them (apart from Sazed who is way more developed in this book). There are new characters as well and Allriane was really intriguing, I can’t wait to learn more about her in the next book.


I had fun reading this book and I definitely recommend this series if you haven’t read it yet. The fact that this book was so long was a problem for me, but the pacing was really well done, it’s just because of my personal tastes.


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text 2017-10-14 22:02
One of the BEST Fantasy series EVER!
Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set - Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is my all time favorite author because of this series. After reading the last word, I closed the book and just sat in stunned awe. I didn't expect that ending. I won't get too in depth in this review because to do so would spoil it for other readers.


This series has one of the most incredible worlds and an amazing magic system. The fight scenes are epic! I loved Vin, Kelsier, Sazed, and the whole team. Sazed was, without a doubt, one of my most favorite characters because I empathized with his "what to believe" struggle. I went through it myself.


This series has some of my favorite quotes. The writing is flawless. If you love fantasy, you will love this trilogy.


Highly recommended.

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