What if the Dark Lord won?
For a thousand years the ash fell.
for a thousand years, the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear.
for a thousand years, the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Every ...
ly invincible. Every attempted revolt has failed miserably.
Yet somehow hope survives.
With an impressive debut novel under his belt (Elantris), Brandon Sanderson launched the Mistborn trilogy in 2006 with Mistborn: The Final Empire. The primary plot of the novel involves a group of rebels who are trying to overthrow the God-like Lord Ruler of the Final Empire. One might say the story has a caper-like quality to it, but that would be underselling Sanderson’s expertly crafted story far too much. He populates this fantastical, red-skied, ash-falling, mist-rising world with believable characters in a fascinatingly detailed world.
4.5/5Il sostentamento dell’impero prevede una casta di schiavi sfruttati, gli skaa, e una serie di classi privilegiate che gestiscono le ricchezze, il tutto dominato da un tiranno potente come un dio.Tra i nobili solo alcuni hanno la fortuna di
..."o la fortuna di nascere con poteri allomantici, ovvero la possibilità di bruciare determinati metalli per ottenere poteri particolari, ancora minori sono le probabilità di nascere mistborn, cioè dotati della capacità di bruciare tutti i metalli allomantici. Anche l’unione tra nobili e schiave può generare mistings e mistborn, per questo le donne vengono uccise subito dopo il rapporto, però in alcuni casi fortunati i bambini sopravvivono diventando talentuosi skaa. Queste le premesse in Mistborn, un romanzo avvincente in cui azione, trame politiche e abilità super naturali si intrecciano con l’obiettivo di terminare l’impero e riformare il sistema, obiettivo nobile ma difficile da perseguire a causa di inquisitori e della potenza del Tiranno. Un ottimo romanzo in cui i personaggi sono ben caratterizzati e sostenuti da un worldbuilding dettagliato; non ci sono infodump improvvisi e eccessivi: le abilità allomantiche vengono dettagliate nel corso del romanzo dando modo al lettore di impararne cause e effetti.
--- The empire is built upon a class of slaves, the skaa, and on a series of privileged classes who manages the riches, everything dominated by the Lord Ruler, a tyrant powerful like a god. Among the nobles someone has the luck to born with allomantic powers, so the skill to burn determined metals and gain supernatural powers from them. The chances to born mistborn as lower: a mistborn is able to use all the allomantic metals. Also the union between skaa and nobles can give birth to mistings and mistborns, for this reason women are killed after the sexual intercourse. Sometimes however they are spared and their children lives growing in talented skaas. These are the premises of Mistborn, an engaging novel in which action, political intrigue and supernatural skills merges with the purpose to annihilate the empire and to reform the political system, a noble bud difficult purpose, because of the inquisitors and the power of the Lord Ruler. Mistborn is a very interesting novel where the characters are well described and supported by a detailed worldbuilding; there are no excessive infodumps: the allomantic skills are described during the whole novel so the reader is able to understand their cause and effects.Continua...Nascondi
I consider myself to be a man of principle. But, what man does not? Even the cutthroat, I have noticed, considers his actions "moral" after a fashion.Perhaps another person, reading of my life, would name me a religious tyrant. He could call me
... call me arrogant. What is to make that man's opinion any less valid than my own? I guess it all comes down to one fact: In the end, I'm the one with the armies. (before chapter 1)Continua...Nascondi
What would they think if they knew that their champion---the Hero of Ages, their savior---doubted himself? Perhaps they wouldn't be shocked at all. In a way, this is what worries me most. Maybe, in their hearts, they wonder---just as I do.When they
...hen they see me, do they see a liar? (before prologue)Continua...Nascondi
Tresting nodded as he watched the crow of lazy skaa, some working with their hoes, others on hands and knees, pushing the ash away from the fledgling crops. They didn't complain. They didn't hope. They barely dared think. That was the way it should
... be, for they were skaa. They were— Tresting froze as one of the skaa looked up. The man met Tresting's eyes, a spark—no, a fire—of defiance showing in his expression. Tresting had never seen anything like it, not in the face of a skaa. Tresting stepped backward reflexively, a chill running through him as the strange, straight-backed skaa held his eyes. And smiled.Continua...Nascondi
"I killed you once", the Lord Ruler said, turning back to Kelsier."You tried", Kelsier replied, his voice loud and firm, carrying across the square. "But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that thing you've never been able to kill no matter
...ll no matter how hard you try. I am hope."Continua...Nascondi