A few months ago, Kaimi asked you a few questions about your experience as a Mormon author. You not only responded, but your answers were interesting and thoughtful. In fact, your answers suggested that you might just be the kind of author whose books I would enjoy. So I bought Mistborn.
My favorite time to read genre fiction is on long flights home from important events whose further development is out of my control and whose minute-by-minute detail I’d prefer not to replay in my mind during the course of a transatlantic flight. My pre-flight book shopping usually results in my buying books that make me want to claw my eyes out two chapters in, but Mistborn was perfect. It was nice to disappear for several hours into a richly textured world peopled by sympathetic characters doing interesting things. Also, the story totally rocked.
Beyond that, there was a lot to like about the book. It was clear that the Final Empire was not a nice place and that it was ruled by awful people, but you didn’t utterly dehumanize the villains or dwell too fondly on the ugly details of evil. Thanks for writing an adult story without the self-indulgent wallowing in vulgarity and sexual content that would make me think twice about recommending your book to others who enjoy the genre. I got a chuckle out of the Ã¼ber-missionary character who was both eager and neutered (too true!) and also an incredibly powerful warrior (wish fulfillment!). And I appreciated that religion was not cast in its usual roles of vain superstition or ruthless oppressor, but rather as an integral part of characters’ lives and an effective interface between individuals and reality. Thanks for caring enough about writing to scrap the precursor novels and turn them into Mistborn, and for paying attention to the prose and dialog. And for the first book in a trilogy, you deserve huge credit for writing a satisfying ending that ties up nearly everything in the book. The next time I’m in need of a fantasy novel–hopefully soon–I’m buying another one of your books.