The ash fell for a thousand years, yet no flowers bloomed. The Skaa were slaves in misery and lived in fear for a thousand years. The Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with unlimited power and ultimate fear for a thousand years, divinely invincible. When hope had been lost for so long that not even its memory remained, a horribly scarred and sad half-Skaa recovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most dreadful jail. Kelsier "snapped" and gained the powers of a Mistborn. He put his talents as a great thief and natural leader toward the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Kelsier enlisted the underworld's elite, the brightest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom possesses one of his numerous abilities and who thrive on a high-stakes battle. Then Kelsier discloses his ultimate goal: not merely the greatest theft in history but also the heavenly despot's demise.
Even with the strongest criminal team ever gathered, Kel's scheme appears to be a long shot until a tattered girl named Vin enters his life. She, too, is a half-Skaa orphan, but her life has been far rougher. Vin has come to expect treachery from everyone she encounters. If Kel is to assist her in mastering powers she never imagined, she must learn to trust.
Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master storyteller and author of the critically acclaimed novel Elantris, takes a risk by raising a simple question: What if the foretold hero fails to destroy the Dark Lord? The solution can be found in the Misborn Trilogy, a story full of twists and turns that begins with the book in your hands. The world of fantasy will never be the same again.