Brandon Sanderson is one of the best currently living fantasy authors around. His work on completing The Wheel of Time brought his work to the attention of the masses. However, it is his own series – The Stormlight Archive and The Mistborn Trilogies – that are among the finest pieces of modern fantasy today.
Mistborn delves into political intrigue, into religion, into the masks people use to hide who they truly are, into superstition and into everyday human emotions. In many ways Mistborn addresses very deep philosophical issues while also being very entertaining. This is naturally the mark of a great writer: a man or woman capable of creating an enjoyable story full of hidden depth.
The novel features a strong female protagonist (although some readers argue that she is a Mary Sue), limited reliance on cliches, and sound plotting and storytelling. The world building is incredibly memorable, revealing Sanderson’s incredible work ethic as he spares no liberties in layering his world with detailed minutiae, as well as expanding a plethora of grand ideas. This is a living and breathing world written in a style that is very much narrative and expository for the purpose of entertainment. The writing was literary in some aspects, poetic in others and all around a gentle narrative that could be grasped by any fantasy lover as something slightly more fresh.
The magic system is unique and further novels in the series expand upon the origin of the Metallurgy and Feruchemy systems, explained in brief detail here. The beauty of Brandon Sanderson’s sequels here are that they serve as stand-alone narratives, but expand the overarching narrative and worldbuilding.
This is a grandly imaginative tale for fantasy readers who are looking for the best in modern fantasy fiction. If you enjoy fantasy but have had enough of elves, dragons and dwarves then read this (yes fantasy readers love Tolkienesque fiction, but sometimes authors need to break a little away from what other people have already written). As another aside, other suggestions for readers who enjoy Sanderson are: Steven Erikson, Michael J. Sullivan, Robert Jordan, and Anthony Ryan for beginners.