Monday, March 12, 2018

Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn (Mistborn, #1)  The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)  The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)
After a soul crushing read of The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan, I was really in the mood to backtrack to some classic authors that made me a bookworm.  I needed to reassert that there are good authors out there.  There are good novels of magic and wonder and epic awesomeness.

I went back and reread the "Mistborn" trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.  I fell in love with the series immediately and they left a very lasting impression with me.  They are what all these modern authors should be aspiring to do when they create these dystopian worlds and female protagonists.

I was not disappointed in the reread.  While this time around I knew everything that was coming, I was able to absorb even more goodness from the story.  This is the absolute hallmark of a master author.  No matter how many times you read a story there is always a new angle to view and new lessons to learn.  

Vin is amazing, but she is not the story.  She is merely part of a lesson to be learned.  The world that Sanderson creates around her is cosmic and complete.  The magic system of Allomancy and Feruchemy is well thought out and dependent on the story.

A decade later and I still feel the same way about these stories.  I recommend them to every person looking to get into epic fantasy.  They are epic.  They have it all.  They are the real deal.

The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan

I actually ended up finishing this book at the end of last year, but I needed to step away before writing my review.  When I "closed" the book, I was antagonistic and aggressive towards it.  If it hadn't been on my Kindle, I probably would have thrown it out the window, down the mountain.  Now that I am sitting down to finally write up the review a lot of that emotion is coming back so I will be keeping this review incredibly brief.  

To say I am disappointed by this novel would be an understatement.  I truly enjoyed The Bullet Catcher's Daughter immensely.  The trilogy was strong, but the first novel was something new and exciting that pulled me in from the first chapter.  The series lagged a little in the middle, but it finished strong and I continued to have high hopes for the author.  I even bought Kindle and paperback copies of each.  

I knew The Queen of All Crows was going to be a new trilogy.  It would have the same protagonist and some supporting characters, but they would be in a whole new situation.  I just wish that situation hadn't felt like an overdrawn, exhausting propaganda pamphlet.  This work was so, so disappointing.

If you were a fan of The Bullet Catcher's Daughter, I would not recommend this book to you.  If you are looking for pirates, political intrigue at every corner and an all woman society, then please pick this up and find some entertainment where I just couldn't.  

I'll continue to check in with the author to see if Elizabeth handles her predicament better than my current predictions and for any new works that might go back to those bullet catching days.  But for now, I will certainly not be supporting this work.