I've decided to stop torturing myself, and give up on this book halfway through. I'm surprised at how I didn't enjoy this, as I'm a big fan of Sanderson's latest book! The magic system is, as mentioned in many other reviews, very complicated and well explained. The trouble is that for me it was confusing and a bit boring - too many lengthy explanations of how it works. The characters feel a bit flat and two dimensional. They fill the standard fantasy roles, but I never got the impression that they had anything else going on. Actually, there is very little going on for most of the book - there is a lot of exposition but very little substance. I didn't care for the fighting scenes. They were hard to follow, and spent too much time telling us about what metal the allomancer was currently burning. In short, I don't recommend this one, but I do
recommend Sanderson's latest novel, "The Way of Kings." There are a lot of similarities between Mistborn and the newer book, but in every way the new book is superior.