Welcome to the Mistborn Monday Mini-event. Over the next 7 weeks I will be looking at each installment of the Mistborn series, thus far. Mistborn is the brain child of fantasy master Brandon Sanderson. Built as a chronology, the series follows this imaginative world through its history. From the original trilogy based on the middle ages, which leads to four books in a western/industrial age, then will include the modern era, to conclude with a futuristic, science fiction storyline. The massive series is planned to have 13 novels released over 20+ years. Currently there are six novels and one novella available, expanding and connecting two timelines.
Further to the expansive world, Mistborn is also a key piece to the Cosmere. Which is the universe that connects all of Mr. Sandersons adult creations. Tied in with previous stand alones Elantris and Warbreaker, as well as follow up series The Stormlight Archives. 40+ books are planned for the complete Cosmere, where characters and objects are already crossing over worlds. The secrets of Mistborn are just the tip of the iceberg for what Brandon Sanderson has planned.
What drew me in to these books initially was a description regarding the innovational magic system. The basics being the use of different metals, either consumed or by contact. Certain metals give the user a specific power, limited to which metal they’re able to use. An example being, someone who consumes pewter and is able to ‘burn’ the metal within, gains super strength for a limited duration. The magic is typically inherited, and tends to lose potency through generations. With the rare appearance of those able to use all of the metals, known as a ‘Mistborn’.
Despite the inclusion of magic and an unfamiliar weather phenomenon, the world of Mistborn mirrors our own. As far as epic fantasy goes this is a dark, mysterious, world, but one that feels conventional and to a point, believable. Breaking off from common fantasy tropes, yet easily understandable, with class systems and religions that are relatable.
As if the series were not unique enough, a major appeal to the series is the tag- ‘there is always another secret’. So far in the series, each book has added twists that leaves us questioning everything we have read previous. The world, and our understanding of it, are ever expanding, blowing minds at every turn. Though it is evident Mr. Sanderson has had every step planned since the first words hit the page.
Thanks booknerds, be sure to check in next Monday, when we take a look at the first book, Mistborn: The Final Empire.