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The Final Empire

(2006)
(Mistborn)
(The first book in the Mistborn series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
John W. Campbell Best Book (nominee)
Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.
But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

Readers of Elantris thought they'd discovered someone special in Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn proves they were right.


Genre: Fantasy
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Hardback Editions

2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Final Empire: Collector's Tenth Anniversary Limited Edition (Mistborn 1)
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 1-4732-1681-8 / 978-1-4732-1681-5 (UK edition)
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July 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 0-7653-1178-X / 978-0-7653-1178-8 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 1-250-31854-8 / 978-1-250-31854-1 (USA edition)
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May 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 0-7653-7713-6 / 978-0-7653-7713-5 (USA edition)
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October 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One: 1
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 0-575-08991-1 / 978-0-575-08991-4 (UK edition)
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June 2008 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 0-7653-6096-9 / 978-0-7653-6096-0 (USA edition)
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July 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book No. 1)
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 0-7653-5038-6 / 978-0-7653-5038-1 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

September 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 1-4272-7510-6 / 978-1-4272-7510-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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February 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Mistborn 1: The Final Empire (3 of 3)
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 1-62851-029-3 / 978-1-62851-029-4 (USA edition)
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January 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Mistborn 1: The Final Empire (2 of 3)
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 1-62851-028-5 / 978-1-62851-028-7 (USA edition)
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2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Mistborn
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 1-62851-061-7 / 978-1-62851-061-4 (USA edition)
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December 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Mistborn 1: The Final Empire (1 of 3)
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 1-62851-021-8 / 978-1-62851-021-8 (USA edition)
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March 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Final Empire: Mistborn, Book 1
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
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March 2011 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Final Empire: Mistborn, Book 1
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March 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Final Empire: Mistborn, Book 1
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
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March 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Final Empire: Mistborn, Book 1
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
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January 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
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Kindle Editions

April 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
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March 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Gollancz
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