Sunday, April 24, 2011

Reflections: Mistborn

Adam C. Zern shares his thoughts on Brandon Sanderson's fantasy novel Mistborn:

“I heard good things about Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn from several friends so I decided to give it a try.  I had read Sanderson’s first novel—Elantris—and I enjoyed it for what it was.  Mistborn feels very much like Elantris in many ways, but it stands out sufficiently from Sanderson’s first novel. 

Having read two of Sanderson’s books thus far, I think he is very good at implementing complications into his stories.  When things go wrong, which they always must for a story to have conflict, those complications can feel very contrived and cliché.  Sanderson, however, writes in such a way that when those complications come I felt genuinely surprised and concerned.  Mistborn has a wonderfully unique magic system (but Sanderson doesn’t bury you in it).  The world, full of political and cultural elements, gives the story enough style and substance to support a few more books, which Sanderson has already written.

One of the weaknesses of Mistborn is the dialogue.  The dialogue feels a little trite and overused.  In addition, some of his characters are not sufficiently developed through their dialogue to really stand apart although it’s adequate.

I enjoyed Mistborn a lot, and I fully expect to read the other two books that are a part of Sanderson’s trilogy.  I’m always on the lookout for a good fantasy novel, and this one was definitely worth the time.”

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