This week’s discussion of Brandon Sanderson’s “Mistborn: The Final Empire” covers chapters seven to fifteen. Next week’s reading will cover chapters sixteen through twenty five.
When I participate in groupreads that last more than a couple weeks, I like to include fan art in my posts when I can. There’s some really cool Mistborn fan art floating around the internet. The picture to the left is “Mistborn Vin” by twilightbeta.
From this point onward there will be spoilers. You have been warned.
The past few days have been a tremendous exercise in willpower for me. I read the entire section for this week last Thursday, and Chapter 15 ended with one hell of a cliffhanger! I’m going to try to make myself wait until the end of the day to start reading again, because I do enjoy making predictions about what’s going to happen next and am curious about what everyone else thinks.
1. The nobility, the skaa, and the Lord Ruler have integral roles in the novel and yet we haven’t really interacted with them much. Do you think there is a reason for this? Have you formed an opinion about them?
I’m fascinated by Vin’s interactions with Elend particularly because we haven’t seen much of the nobility yet, but he’s already set himself apart as being a bit different from all the rest. It leads to some ethical questions about Kelsier’s plan because the nobility aren’t being presented as pure evil. Vin seemed to have liked him, and if she gets any sort of romantic ideas then it might jeopardize her role in the plan. Right now she doesn’t know the nobility at all, but if she starts getting attached to anyone then she might have second thoughts about what she’s planning on doing.
I’m also very curious as to what’s in that room at the Lord Ruler’s palace. I’m pretty sure that the presence of the Inquisitors there means that he’s hiding something big, maybe even something world-changing.
2. Religion plays a vital role in the story. What is your opinion about the role of religion under the Lord Ruler? What do you think of Sazed’s role as a Keeper.
Sazed is one of my favorite characters thus far, so my answer here ties in with question four as well. I think that the idea of having Keepers to preserve human knowledge of various religions even when the Lord Ruler is trying to stamp them out is pretty badass. Maybe it’s because I’m studying to be a librarian and have a thing for old documents and ideas. Sazed is like a living library. I’m impressed that he’s able to remember everything!
The Lord Ruler controlling religion is a strategic move on his part because if people believe that he’s god then anything he does is moral and justified. It’s a way of establishing psychological control over the masses. I do wonder what people will believe once (and if) the Lord Ruler is overthrown.
3. Are you for/against/or ambivalent about Kelsier’s plan to overthrow the Lord Ruler? Do you think his heart is in the right place or is it just revenge?
I’m all for it. Of course, I agree with Vin and want to see what happens and whether he can pull it off. I think that his heart being in the right place and his quest for revenge aren’t mutually exclusive, especially if his quest for revenge prevents other people from suffering the same fates that he and his wife did. I still want to know more about exactly what happened in the Pits. After reading the last little bit of what happened in the Lord Ruler’s palace, I’m wondering if maybe he never was betrayed by anyone, but rather he stumbled upon something he wasn’t supposed to know about that happened to be heavily guarded anyway. Nobody knew he was on his way, which means that either someone can read minds or those Inquisitors were already there.
But yeah. I do think the skaa are oppressed and fully support a revolution to free them. It seems like the only way that they’ll end up getting their freedom is for Kelsier’s plan to succeed.
4. Vin and Kelsier are the main characters of the novel, yet there are many characters. Is there a certain character who intrigues you more than the others?
Like I said in question two, Sazed is a very interesting character, and is one of my favorites. I hope we learn more about him as the book progresses.