This groupread has flown by! This week’s discussion covers the last section of “Mistborn: The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson. If you haven’t read the book, you should not read the rest of this post, as it will include major spoilers. I’ll be posting a spoiler-free review of the book in a couple days for anyone who hasn’t been following along.
Carl wrote this week’s discussion questions. Check out his blog for links to everyone’s discussions.
1. So, what do you think of Kelsier’s plan now? Or his ‘plan within a plan’? How do you feel the late introduction of the kandra and how it fit into Kelsier’s plan?
The Kandra is so interesting. We knew the whole time that there was something off about Renoux, and now we know what it is. I like the connection to the Mistwraiths; it makes me even more curious about what happened when the Lord Ruler took power.
On one hand I’m still very sad about Kelsier’s death, but it did provide the cataclysmic event necessary to snap the skaa out of their complacency and make them stand up. Kelsier’s been planning this ever since Mare’s death, and he knew he was going to sacrifice himself. The plan worked, but I don’t think Kelsier believed that the Deepness was real. Whatever it is, they’re going to have to fight it without him now.
2. The final section of the book was very Vin-centric. How do you feel about the choices she made and did you have any worries/fears about what might happen to her before everything was resolved?
I was worried when the Eleventh Metal didn’t work. I had guessed that the Lord Ruler was both a Feruchemist and an Allomancer, which would have been the key to his defeat. Honestly though my biggest panic was when Vin was in her cell and they brought Sazed in. I was terrified that they’d torture and/or kill him. I breathed a big sigh of relief when I realized that he’d intended to get himself captured.
3. After all that we find out that the Lord Ruler wasn’t the prophesied one after all. Surprised? Had you figured it out? What thoughts do you have about the big reveal, including how it tied into Sazed’s people?
I hadn’t guessed it, but it makes so much sense. I was very sympathetic toward the Lord Ruler of the journals and had a hard time reconciling that man who had such good intentions with the tyrant ruling Luthadel. Since the Lord Ruler was a fake, it makes sense that he’d want to stifle the Terrisman prophecies as well as any information that his claim isn’t legitimate. The thing that still worries me though is that even the fake Lord Ruler seemed to be very worried about The Deepness. If it can freak out a man who can execute and torture his own people on a whim, it must be some pretty scary stuff.
4. There was some back and forth about Elend throughout the story and we finally got to see him take a greater stand. Any predictions about what might happen in book two with Elend taking on leadership duties?
I’m guessing that Elend is going to replace Kelsier as a point-of-view character. I like that they put him on the throne; his education seems to uniquely prepare him for leadership, and his ties to House Venture give him a legitimate enough claim in the eyes of the nobility to represent a greater deal of stability than if an unknown were to take the throne. Yes, he’s a bit naive, but he’s got Vin and crew to back him up and tell him if he starts getting out-of-hand.
Also, I’d have loved to see the look on his face when he was trying to save Vin only to realize that she’s a full Mistborn and can kick Inquisitor ass. I hope he doesn’t feel too intimidated by her.
5. Lastly, provide a little wrap up of your experience with the book. What do you think Sanderson’s strengths are? How does this book stack up against other fantasies you’ve read?
Sanderson is one of my favorite fantasy authors because he’s so unique. His stories aren’t just a rehashing of Tolkein, and I love that they’re all interconnected. His fight scenes are so vivid that you can picture every detail. All in all, he’s just fantastic. Also, he needs to write faster. Just saying…