This is the last discussion of Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson. The group read has been hosted by Carl. Before I get to my answers I would like to thank everyone. This has been an exciting novel and it was fun discussing it with all of you.
Now I have said this in the past and I will say it again, there are spoilers in this discussion. Seriously folks, if you plan on reading this novel do not read the answers below. Here is the page for all of the discussions.
1. So, what do you think of Kelsier’s plan now? Or his ‘plan within a plan’? How do you feel the late introduction of the kandra and how it fit into Kelsier’s plan?
When the Lord Ruler struck Kelsier down I could not set aside the book until I finished it. At first I thought, or hoped, that he wasn’t really dead. But then when his Plan B was revealed I was shocked. I shouldn’t be. I know Sanderson has many tricks up his sleeves, but I didn’t expect Kelsier to sacrifice himself for the good of the revolution. And yet what a brilliant idea. Of course I was still sad, but I also started to think that Kelsier was nobler than I gave him credit for. Part of me still wonders if he was an egomaniac and wanted a grand exit. Even if this was the case, his actions still gave the skaa belief and spurred them to action. I have to wonder if Kelsier will be remembered as a hero. There is still the mystery around the Deepness and will this taint his memory and actions?
As for the kandra once again I was astonished. With this author, you have to pay close attention even to the tiniest details. The clues are there, but it is hard to spot them. Sanderson made it clear that there was something different about Renoux, but it wasn’t until this part did I realize just what it was. And then it was an “A ha” moment.
2. The final section of the book was very Vin-centric. How do you feel about the choices she made and did you have any worries/fears about what might happen to her before everything was resolved?
Oh Vin, on the one hand I applauded her actions, and then on the other I was shouting at her and telling her she was a fool. And her actions were so Kelsier-like that I worried that she would become the next crazy person who I would admire and hate all at once. Then when I read that Sazed was in trouble I was angry with Vin. If Sazed died so soon after Kelsier I may have thrown the book out the window. However, when I realized that Sazed planned on being captured I admired his gumption. This part, even though it was shorter, had so many twists and turns that at points I wasn’t sure what I should feel. But the excitement kept me going.
3. After all that we find out that the Lord Ruler wasn’t the prophesied one after all. Surprised? Had you figured it out? What thoughts do you have about the big reveal, including how it tied into Sazed’s people?
I was surprised and I wasn’t surprised. After reading the quotes I couldn’t believe that the person who wrote them could turn into such a monster. I didn’t figure out that the actual Lord Ruler was a Terrisman. This part is despicable since the Lord Ruler went to such great lengths to protect his role by hunting down other Terrisman. If it was possible, I lost even more respect for him. Such a hateful creature.
I do wonder why Lord Ruler feared the Deepness so much. The anticipation is killing me.
4. There was some back and forth about Elend throughout the story and we finally got to see him take a greater stand. Any predictions about what might happen in book two with Elend taking on leadership duties?
I’m going to be honest. I was totally thrown by Elend becoming King. Yes I understand that he was from a powerful house and such, but King, really? I still see him as a naïve kid so I’m curious to see what will happen in the next book. I know he has read a lot and seems educated but is he actually prepared to lead the people and the skaa? Having grand ideas is one thing, being a leader is completely different. This was the one part of the ending that did not sit well with me. And I consider myself a fan of Elend. I don’t have any predictions for the next book, but I am wondering what type of mess he will create. That didn’t sound very positive.
5. Lastly, provide a little wrap up of your experience with the book. What do you think Sanderson’s strengths are? How does this book stack up against other fantasies you’ve read?
I was excited to read this novel since I loved The Way of Kings. Saying this, when we first started I thought it would be a little bit of a letdown. After reading the first section, I thought it was an entertaining read, but not as powerful as TWOK. Then everything started to come together and by the end of the novel I couldn’t believe all the twists and turns, excitement, and agony. All I can say is bravo Sanderson. Bravo.
We will be continuing this series, but first we are doing a group read of Neverwhere. When I finished the first book, I didn’t think I could wait to read the next Mistborn book in the series but now I think it will make it even better. It is a little like Christmas all the waiting and anticipation will, I hope, make it even more enjoyable.