OUR GUEST BLOGGER: Ijaaz is a Senior at Muhammad University Homeschool
The Mistborn Trilogy is a glorious book series detailing the mystical realms of space, time, and the nature of whether or not going shoeless is worth it. Apparently, shoeless is the way to go since shoes are rarely mentioned in the entire, three book (over 1000+ page) series. Shame, what a rip off of Lord of the Rings with the shoeless Hobbits, their dirty toes and calloused feet. (I’m joking.) But seriously, no shoes in the entire empire? It was only mentioned, if memory serves, five times. Shoeless protagonists aside, this was an amazing book, much more epic than I expected it to be. I was thinking that it was going to be a rather enjoyable, curiously exhilarating ride that I would soon forget about soon afterward.
Yes…that’s not at ALL what happened. What happened was that the book took me by the hand and threw me into a misty world where ash falls from the sky like snow, the sky itself is blood red, and the world around me is a desolate, dark and destroyed expanse reminiscent of the fabled nuclear apocalypse. Had I gone further, I would have been enslaved and put to work under some nobleman to grow some vegetables on some plantation. At least, until Kelsier came. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
My only problem was the pacing. It was slightly (very, very slightly) slow paced, which marred the otherwise perfect pace of the book, but it was negligible and did not at all detract from the story. Speaking of, the story is that the Lord Ruler is the Big Baddie/Lord Voldemort of this universe, and the Chosen One, Vin/Kelsier, must destroy said Baddie for the skaa’s – their people’s – sake. In a way, it’s the biblical story of Moses and Aaron retold, with a dash of the David/Goliath feeling. This, I suppose, could be a source of inspiration of the story, but it is so original that I just think it just popped into his mind a la J.K. Rowling.
I can not say anything regarding the ending other than that it is extremely profound and inspirational. I often wondered why hadn’t I checked this book out sooner.So the next time you go out and look up at the sky, wishing for something interesting to happen, imagine it’s a blood red sky, where snow-like ash falls and thick white mist shrouds the night sky. You just might find that adventure you’ve always been searching for in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy.