Oh my, this is the tenth installment of Mistborn Monday, this is kinda turning into a big deal. If you would like to catch up on some of the other articles here is an intro, books 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, a guest post from the man who introduced me into the world of Scadriel and of course last weeks review on Mistborn: Secret History.
Today will be a mini review on the short story Mistborn: The Eleventh Metal, which was included as a part of the Mistborn Adventure Game. Lucky for Sanderson fans who have been unable to get their hands on the pen-and-paper RPG (like myself) the story was included in the recently released Cosmere short story collection Arcanum Unbounded.
The purpose of the inclusion of the short story to the adventure game was to give players unfamiliar with Mistborn a little insight into the world they were embarking, plus, a quick look at the magic system involved. Thus, The Eleventh Metal is 100% spoiler free for any of the released novels, and is documented as Mistborn 0.5.
Despite being a precursor to any major Mistborn events, the short story is still of high interest for any Mistborn fan. It follows beloved character Kelsier in the early days of his new found powers, after his escape from the pits. Being trained by a character that was only briefly mentioned during The Final Empire, Gemmel. Giving the reader bonus insight as to who Gemmel is, what kind of student Kelsier was, and how that relationship worked. Also, a major point of the plot is Kelsier slowly working out his ultimate plans that kick off the events of The Final Empire. All whilst the two powerful men perform a heist, and battle another full blown mistborn.
Reading this short story as an established fan was interesting, but much of the wording is designed for new readers, purposefully. The magic systems are being explained slowly, once again, which is extra fodder for most fans. Yet, there are still many fun little elements for old readers. Gemmel is an interesting mentor, in the sense that he is kind of resentful to be training Kelsier, and is not gentle about it in the slightest. It is also really intriguing to see Kelsier in these early stages, he is overconfident with powers he is yet to understand and still reeling over his trauma in the pits. I think this story would have been a lot of fun to read before starting the series, but, still very much enjoyable.
I would recommend this book for anyone on the bubble about reading the series. It is focused on explaining the intensive magic system, which for me was the biggest draw to pick up these books in the first place. I give the story a 3.5/5, it’s great but, you can tell Sanderson doesn’t enjoy doing short, it feels like there are a couple hundred pages missing from the bigger storyline here. Of course, if you are a Mistborn fan you should still be all over this, even just to see Kelsier as a young little rebel.
Thanks booknerds, I really need a new Mistborn novel now.