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Are you willing to read a new series but you don’t know how to start? maybe you need some kind of introduction so you can start discovering a new saga? Book series is what you are looking for.

This category is about introducing new book sagas, I will provide all the useful information you need. Starting with an introduction so you know the basics about the saga and every useful information.

A brief plot summary, so you can know what the story is about and see if it fits your interests.

Books in the series (and a reading order if needed) providing you the length of the series so you can know how many books you will have to read.

About the author feedback, which will introduce you other works written by the same author.

And also a “you might like this book if you liked” section which will give you other book titles which are similar to the series introduced. This way if you loved a certain saga you will know easily if this new series fits what you are looking for.

With all this information you will be able to dive into a new saga knowing everything you need.  You will know you will like a new saga before turning the first page and without spoiling anything.

For the longest sagas, there will be a related post with the proper reading order, so you can know exactly which is the proper way to start reading each of this recommended sagas.

 

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Introducing The Shadowhunter Chronicles

Hello Wottareaders, today I am introducing The Shadowhunter Chronicles. Maybe you hear of this young adult fantasy series written by the American author Cassandra Clare? it might sound familiar to you since this series has had both movie and tv series adaptation known as Shadowhunters tv series.

What is The Shadowhunter Chronicles about?

The simple plot predominant in the series of The Shadowhunter Chronicles is the existence of yet another world within the world of humans. This other spiritual world is inhabited by demons, greater demons, vampires, werewolves and “baddies” as the Buffy calls them. In this other world, there is also Shadowhunters as well. The Shadowhunters came to be following the consumption of the blood of an angel by a mortal man. The Shadowhunters are befogged with the sole responsibility of protecting humankind from demons and Downworlders, which of course gets intricate along the line. Some unscrupulous toadies hell-bent on ending both the world of humans and that of the Shadowhunters came into play.

The main series of the original novels, The Mortal Instruments (also known as TMI), tells the story of Clary Fray.  She is a teenager who eventually discovers is the descendant from a line of Shadowhunters. One day her mother is kidnapped, therefore she will have to team up with other shadowhunters in order to save her.

Of course, readers who do not like paranormal creatures (i.e., vampires, werewolves, faeries, etc.) may not like what is going on here.

The Shadowhunter Chronicles books

The Shadowhunter Chronicles is a three novel series. Which are the following:

  • The Mortal Instruments. Original series.
  • Infernal Devices. Prequel.
  • The Dark Artifices. Sequel.

Readers will better appreciate The Mortal Instruments when they read all the six books in this series when, not leaving out its prequel series, The Infernal Devices. You will find yourself being entirely immersed in this series; it is a solemn promise. The truth is that you are going to get just as attached to the characters in The Infernal Devices. So get yourself prepared for this downfall.

The original series  The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments is one beautiful series that took book lovers by storm.

Following the progression of this book series Clary and her friends are seen fighting the prevalent evil while trying to avoid death. The above scene went on with some being more successful than others. The climax is the outburst of romantic affairs while they all fall in love with each other.

The Mortal Instruments is a six novel series starting with City of Bones. The action takes place in 2007  having the city of New York as the main scenario.

The sequel The Dark Artifices

The Dark Artifices is a trilogy, taking place five years after The Mortal Instruments, that is, 2012. In this case, the main character is not Clary, but  Emma Carstairs instead, another Shadowhunter previously introduced in the last novel of The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire.  While the main action happens around Emma Carstairs, the previous characters make their appearance letting us know how they are doing.

An interesting fact about the Dark Artifices revealed by Casandra Clare on her Tumblr, this series is based on the poem Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe.

The prequel Infernal Devices

While The Mortal Instruments is set in 2007, it’s prequel goes back more than a century ago. More specifically, this series first novel, Clockwork Angel, is set in 1878 the action taking place in London.  Infernal Devices is a trilogy and, for some fans, is considered more enjoyable than the original series.

Infernal Devices will have a sequel, The Last Hours. While the first novel of this series, Chain of Gold, has not been published yet. The release date has been confirmed, it will be published in November 2019. This same year!

After this, a last series will be published, The Wicked Powers, for which there are no release dates yet. This series will conclude these chronicles.

Why you will love The Shadowhunter Chronicles

The Shadowhunter Chronicles has fascinating characters. You cannot help but to completely submit yourself to every single one of her major players, most especially the romantic and platonic ties between all of them. In The Mortal Instruments, one that is stark obvious is the dramatic interplay between Clary and Jace, between Alec and Magnus, between Simon and Isabelle; these will spellbind you and keep you.

The Shadowhunter Chronicles feels like fan-fiction, which entails that it is incredibly easy and fast to read. The series keeps readers enthralled, though a few elements of it may make you squirm or feel utterly ridiculous.

In these novels, you will find solace in almost all of its characters that will keep you reading. As with most series, they are parts of the books that are worth the attachment, but the characters, as well as certain moments between the characters,  will make all of your reservation and ‘disappointment’ ultimately worth it.

Also, if instead of reading it you want to watch Shadowhunters, you can too. Just keep reading.

The proper reading order

If you are wondering what is the best order to start reading this saga you might have to make a choice here. If you are a fan of the publication order then you must now that after the first three books of The Mortal Instruments came the first novel of The Infernal Devices. It was not until the entire prequel was published that the remaining novels of the original series were published. This makes sense, since the last three books of the original series are better understood, and enjoyed, if you the prequel first. Therefore I suggest the following reading order:

Shadowhunters books in order:

  • The Mortal Instruments. Novels 1 to 3.
  • Infernal Devices.
  • The Mortal Instruments. Novels 4 to 6.
  • The Dark Artifices. Sequel.

Adaptations

The first novel of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, had a movie adaptation which was released in 2013. The film, directed by Harald Zwart, had a budget of $60 million and spent around another $60 million on advertising.  Since the film grossed 90 million, it was considered a major flop. As a result, the film sequel was canceled. As happened with Percy Jackson’s movie adaptation the film was expected to be a major success, and therefore the results were way below the expectations.

Years after, TMI had a second adaptation: Shadowhunters series. This time premiered in 2016 as a tv series. After three seasons the series was canceled in 2018.

Shadowhunters tv series followed the story of the books and even though the show became quite popular it was not enough for the producers. The Shadowhunters show was eventually canceled, but maybe it will have a reboot?

Where can I Watch Shadowhunters online?

Want to watch Shadowhunters online? Then you only have to click here so you can start watching it. Here you can watch Shadowhunters season 1, 2 and 3. That is, you can also watch here Freeform Shadowhunters.

Yes, the show is on Netflix so it is easy if you want to start to watch Shadowhunters online. If you need a list of Shadowhunters episodes here you have:

List of Shadowhunters episodes just click on the following link.

Of course, Shadowhunters show might be good, but it will never be as good as the novels for obvious reasons.

Who Wrote The The Shadowhunter Chronicles?

Cassandra Clare is an American author. She is best known for her novels for young adults, including the blockbuster The Chronicles of Dark Hunters, from which the series The City of Darkness comes from.

In Los Angeles, Clara begins to write fan-fiction under the name of Cassandra Clare.  Some of her stories had some success: The Draco Trilogy, based on the Harry Potter series, and The Very Secret Diaries, based on The Lord of the Rings (check here to know how accurate the movie adaptation was)

Was Cassandra Clare involved in the Shadowhunters show?

This is what she said about it when she was interviewed by Barnes and Noble:

I wrote notes, the kind of notes I’d write on another author’s book. Some good and some critical like: “This isn’t working,” “maybe this isn’t a good idea,” etc. After they received my notes they made clear to me something I hadn’t realized before, which was that their target audience was older and male—specifically the 18–35 male demographic. Which is very different from the book audience, and the audience I’d been thinking of, many of whom are young women and girls, of say, 14 to any age. The idea was that the show should be Batman and not The Hunger Games. So a lot of elements meant to attract men were introduced—technology and computers—and there were a lot of scenes with “sexy” women, a good portion of whom were bloodily murdered.

You can watch the full interview here.

You will like this series if you liked

If you liked The Iron King by Julie Kagawa; The Iron Fey Series, then you will love The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare.

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Introducing Discworld

Hello Wottareaders, today it’s time to introduce Terry Pratchett’s books: Introducing Discworld!

Each time you come across the coinage “Discworld,” do not forget that it refers to an outstanding fantasy series in the world of literature. Discworld books are a must-read for every fantasy lover. Are you looking for a fun saga to read? Terry Pratchett Discworld is what you were looking for. If you have been following my blog, then you have heard before, since I mentioned this sage in my article about Racism in literature.

What is Discworld about?

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The author of this series worked relentlessly hard and created an irresistible magical flat Discworld on a turtle’s back floating laterally in space. The natives of this “turtledom” are hardworking patriots committed to building their world into a better and happy sphere.

Terry Pratchett Discworld  is plit into several mini-series (based on the main characters); Additionally, the Discworld books is a lovely collection for readers of any age bracket. This series is a parody of the Fantasy cliches and stereotypes, full of real-world analogies and references.

The first books tell the story of Rincewind, an unskilled magician, he is not a hero but a coward instead. Despite his reluctance, he will get involved in several dangerous expeditions.

What are the Strengths of Discworld books?

The truth is; no book rivals Discworld’s magic, warmth, humor, command of words, silliness, emotion, character and occasional despairs. It is thrilling and aptly written. Every fan of the Discworld series has the same opinion.

Readers looking for a stand-alone-book can be happy any of the stories can be enjoyed independently.

There is a purpose for Death’s appearance in every book: he’s the best one in the universe and the most magnificent saga of the Discworld Series. The first novel focused on him showing him at his freshest and funniest. Death as a predominant saga unfolds from the beginning through all the books.

Who wrote this series?

The Discworld books were written by no other else than Sir Terence David John Pratchett? Terry Pratchett was an excellent English writer of comical fantasy novels. One of his greatest works is the Discworld series which comprise of over 40 books. Pratchett published his first novel, The Carpet People, in 1971 at the age of thirteen.

Adaptations: Terry Pratchett movies

Terry Pratchett’s books would be difficult to be adapted into a movie format, this is why there are no Terry Pratchett films. However,  for those who were praying for any Terry Pratchett movies. there is a miniseries composed of two episodes narrating the story of The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic.

Therefore, this miniseries narrates the story of Rincewind (David Jason) when he meets the naive tourist Twoflower (Sean Astin). The series cast of this Discworld’s miniseries is actually worth the mention:

  • David Jason- Rincewind
  • Sean Astin – Twoflower
  • Tim Curry – Trymon
  • Jeremy Irons – Patrician
  • Brian Cox – Narrator
  • Christopher Lee – Death

Even the same Pretty Pratchett did a cameo playing one of the astrozoologists.

Also, an upcoming tv series will take place in the world of Discworld: The Watch.

Alternatively to Terry Pratchett films, 18 novels of the series have a stage adaptation, so if you are fond of theatre you might want to check if you can watch one of these productions!

Any Discworld Game?

Also, fancy to play a Discworld game? Discworld series has more than one videogame adaptation, most notorious are Discworld and Discworld II for Play Station and Play Station 2 respectively. Furthermore, if you like board games, you can enjoy some of this series in such format, it is the case for Thud! Guards! Guards! Clacks and Ankh-Morpork.

You should read Discworld if you liked

If you like Steven Erikson’s Malazan Books of the Fallen, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Five Gods novels, or Kate Griffin’s Matthew Swift and the related Magical Anonymous series, then you will love Terry Pratchett’s books.

Hope my article thrilled you to read the Terry Pratchett Discworld series, will you play a Discworld game? maybe watch some of the Terry Pratchett movies? don’t forget to comment and tell.

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Introducing Dragonlance Chronicles

It is time you know about Dragonlance, if you don’t already of course. Dragonlance is a popular series it is related to the famous board game Dungeons and Dragons. Such is that connection that these series are based on Dungeons & Dragons universe and modules. This all began playing a board game,

This is an enjoyable series of fantasy books best suitable for younger readers. Dragonlance Chronicles is an Epic Fantasy in style and penned from the third-person perspective. The characters are somewhat one-dimensional but well written with simplistic and easy to read form. The great success of Dragonlance is the secret behind all the greatest fantasy series: there is a different recurrent saga, there is magic, someone, and action for everyone to note. If you ask a reader of Dragonlance who their favorite character is, they won’t be able to pick out one.

Today, teenagers may say adults who haven’t read Harry Potter do not understand magic. They fail to realize that every generation has walked on the sands of magic. Subsequently, all those who love Harry Potter books will surely love Dragonlance. Or also, you can check these other “Books like Harry Potter suggestions” post.

What is Dragonlance about?

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These novels set in the world of Krynn, a place where humans coexist with magic and monsters.  In this story, Krynn no longer has the favour of the ancient gods centuries ago, a period known as the Cataclysm. The world has become a dangerous place, full of enemies and dangers.  It tells the story of a band of adventurers who reunite after five years separated, having a new journey together after discovering a powerful staff with healing powers, an ability long time no seen since the Cataclysm.

The cadre of companions is surrounded by obscure, fully fleshed characters. While King Lorac is likened to Shakespeare’s King Lear in madness. Lord Soth’s story of requited love and madness is found in Ann Radcliffe’s gothic tales. Beren, the immortal man, is seen searching for his sister who keeps the green emerald. Also seen is Fistandantilus, Par-Salian, Elistan, Bupu, Crysania, Ariakis, Gilthanas,  and many more. There is someone for every reader to latch on to, sympathize with, love or hate. The action is progressive, raging across the mountains, lands to the seas, and the skies. There are castles and towns in trees, taverns and libraries, great cities and tiny villages. There is also a Shrove where the dead reaches out, the magical tests; the Abyss, and there are dragons. No matter what, every great fantasy needs a dragon (saving David Eddings).

The authors tried their best to be creatively elaborate in these books, that you identify right the good, bad and the ugly without difficulty. There is adequate light-heartedness that abounds in this story, and the fantasy genre is evident in these series.

What will you like about Dragonlance?

The authors of Dragonlance Chronicles did an exceptional job, creating an entertaining, and reader-friendly series that enthralls and keeps readers engrossed.

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman were able to take cognizance of the fact that all good fantasy entails that each character has a particular quest which they are known to pursue. Hence, you may;

  • love the troubled Tanis Half-Elven
  • year for either the pure Lauralanthalsa or the edgy, chaotic Kitiara
  • become fond of the dour old dwarf, Flint, or
  • find solace in the overly chivalrous Sturm.

There is the mysticism in Riverwind and Goldmoon, the bitter, powerful mage Raistlin Majere or his athletic, gladiatorial twin, Cameron. You will also love the prankish Kender, Tasslehoff, the Fellowship racing from Draconians crashing up Tika’s Inn in Solace and discovering themselves clashing with Queen Takhisis’ blue, red, green, black dragons.

Again, like in Star Wars, here we have a family doing all they can to combat evil and restore the good. According to Raistlin, “Hope is the denial of reality,” but in the end, it is the hope that is made evident.

The trilogy

The Dragonlance Chronicles is a compilation of all first three volumes of the popular Dragonlance series. Written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, the Chronicles consist of the following:

In this case, the proper reading order is the published order. This is at the same time the chronological order.

  • The Dragons of Autumn Twilight
  • Dragons of Winter Night
  • Dragons of Spring Dawning

Equivalent to Star Wars, the saga of the first trilogy takes us through the initial triumph seen in the Dragons of Autumn Twilight, down to gloom that loom when evil rules in Dragons of Winter Night, to final conquest in Dragons of Spring Dawning.

The extended Dragonlance universe

As the years go by, over 200 novels (such a number uh?) are already published with the Dragonlance universe as a setting. Such as the Legends, the Chronicles, The Dark Disciple, the War of Souls and a lot more.

The Dragonlance series was more than six (6) books; the second trilogy, ‘Time of the Twins’, ‘War of the Twins’, and ‘Test of the Twins’ are cleverly merged time journey into an ancient fantasy. Two futures appear; one where Raistlin becomes a God and another where he recognizes that his successes are futile, and his inner struggles ultimately let ‘good’ win. If you are willing to read Dragonlance series as a whole and you are wondering which is the reading order for this series, don’t worry, my How to Read Dragonlance series post will come soon.

Adaptations

Dragonlance had an animated movie adaptation released in 2008 by the name Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight. This movie bases on the first novel of the Dragonlance series and was directed by Will Meugnio. Critics were predominantly negative though, which was the reason why the following books in the original trilogy didn’t have a movie adaptation. Animation didn’t meet the expectations, this was so that the coauthor, Tracy Hickman, stated the following:

“The animation itself is less than I would have hoped it to be”

Even so, if you want to watch the movie you can find it on DVD for less than 5$.

About the authors

Margaret Edith Weis is a terrific fantasy and science-fiction writer of dozens of novels and short stories. Fondly called Margaret Weis, called is one of the original creators of the Dragonlance game world, alongside Tracy Hickman and others.

Tracy Raye Hickman is also an American fantasy author who has written or co-authored dozens of novels with Dragonlance being one of his widely accepted work.

You should read Dragonlance if you liked

The Companions written by Tina Daniell and Douglas Niles’ Crown and the Sword are among the books there have striking similarities with the Dragonlance saga series.

 

Hope you enjoyed this article and will be willing to start reading The Dragonlance Chronicles. Keep reading!

 

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Introducing Mistborn series

Have you heard about Mistborn book series? this is a trilogy written by the American author Brandon Sanderson. Introducing Mistborn series will tell you everything you need to know before start reading this amazing saga. Mistborn will have its movie adaptation, so you still have time to read this series before the first movie, Mistborn: The Final Empire gets released (there is still no release date for this upcoming movie). Also, if you were waiting for The final empire audiobook got good news for you just keep reading!

The trilogy, Mistborn, is part of a larger series of books. It is considered a separate trilogy since these are the only three books which function perfectly as a trilogy all on their own. When you read the Mistborn series, you will fondly become addicted to it, because it sparks off curiosity to find out what the end holds. For this purpose, we will be looking at the full trilogy; Final Empire, Well of Ascension and Hero of Ages.

What is Mistborn about?

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Mistborn book series is set in a world where ash falls from the sky, and mists envelop the streets by night. Sitting on the throne is the Lord Ruler; a god served by sinister and powerful men whose eyes are made of metal spikes. The Skaa people are however oppressed, poor, starving, and live in perpetual dread of the Lord Ruler. The nobles, on the other hand, take pleasure in balls and court intrigue. There are also the allomancers (magicians) who dwell among the commoners, and they are often seen burrowing in the Skaa community, protecting their houses and skewing politics. They are those blessed with the gift of drawing powers from metals. These groups are said to possess possible powers that might bring down the dreaded Lord Ruler and lift the oppression from the Skaa community.

Mistborn The Final Empire, which is the first book in the series records the account of one man with such powers who assembles a team of criminals to spur the Lord Ruler to great annoyance.

Mistborn book series is set in the Cosmere Universe, that is, most of Brandon Sanderson’s books have the same fundamentals of magic and cosmology even though if the stories are separate. So, Mistborn is set in the same universe as Elantris and The Stormlight Archive despite having a different story. If you want to know more about the Cosmere Universe, you can check Brandon Sanderson’s website, where he explains it better than any other could.

How to read Mistborn book series

Mistborn original series is a trilogy, the proper reading order is the published order. This is at the same time the chronological order, so if you don’t know where to start here you go:

In what order should I read Mistborn?

The Mistborn series order you need:

In which order should I read Mistborn?

  • The Final Empire. 541 pages.
  • The Well of Ascension. 590 pages.
  • The Hero of Ages. 572 pages.

The story begins with Mistborn The Final Empire (which some call Mistborn book 1), a reason why Mistborn is also known for some readers as The Final Empire series.

After this come Wax and Wayne series on which the last book, The Lost Metal, is still not published. Also, you can read this book considering the Cosmere universe as a whole, I will eventually post a How to read article so stay tuned.

Why is Mistborn so good?

One most impressive things about this series was the unique power system of using metals to gain (sometimes physics-based) superhuman abilities. The magic here is depicted in three disciplines: Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy. What will keep you enthralled are the series of rapidly-changing scenarios that the protagonists found themselves in; the effects of their actions ripple and escalate as the story progressed.

Brandon Sanderson made the writing of this series more straight-forward than a lot of fantasy books. This made it refreshingly easy to read. The only sad part is the occasional over-explanation of somethings (this happen to be the opposite problem to that of a lot of fantasy books), but this happens less as the saga goes on.

The trilogy is laden with loads of mystery, but also plenty of solutions, which makes for a very satisfying ending, as there’s a real pay-off from plans which are laid very early on in the series. The books, however, made improvements as the series goes on, with the final installment, The Hero of Ages is one of the most exciting series conclusions ever.

Buy Mistborn trilogy audiobook

If you want to listen this story instead of reading it, you can also buy the Mistborn trilogy audiobooks just clicking on their book covers:

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The Final Empire

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The Hero of Ages

If you were awating for Mistborn The Final Empire audiobook it is finally here, you can buy it only by clicking on its book cover.

The Final Empire is narrated by the American narrator Michael Kramer (as well as the rest of the Mistborn trilogy audiobook novels). He has narrated over one hundred audiobooks and has been praised by his narrations as well as received some awards as are the AudioFile Earphones Award and the Torgi Award .

Aside from being in charge of narrating any Mistborn audiobook he also narrates other known fantasy series as The Wheel of Time.

Are Mistborn and Stormlight connected?

These series have a good balance of action, character-development, politics, mystery, and even some romance. It is an excellent book for anyone who likes fantasy and would urge any readers to stick with it until the end because the pay-off makes even the more awkward sections of the first book worthwhile. Since Mistborn has an entirely different feel to books by authors like George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb, this series felt like a really unique read.

Yes, Mistborn and Stormlight Archives are connected in different ways. Not only both take place in the universe of Cosmere, but also there are characters like Hoid that make their appearance in both stories (he will even use allomancy in Stormlight also). Generallly, Sanderson’s books are full of Easter Eggs relating all his stories to previous works or sagsas.

About the author: Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is a prolific American fantasy and science fiction writer. One of his works, Cosmere Universe, brought him to fame. Cosmere Universe is a word which most of his fantasy novels are set.  Also, Brandon gained some extra notoriety for finishing Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. His latest book is Skyward, which is not set in the Cosmere Universe, is a YA novel about which you can learn more about just clicking here.

Also, Patrick Rothfuss, writer of  The Kingkiller Chronicle, praised Mistborn and Brandon Sanderson’s work and particularly the Mistborn series:

The Mistborn books are set in a fascinating world different from any fantasy I’ve run into before. He’s got a good grip on character and story, and his magic system is unlike anything I’ve ever run into before either. He makes it very solid and logical, while still leaving room for cleverness and mystery.

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You should read Mistborn books if you liked

“Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.”

– Mistborn Book 3; The Hero of Ages

If you like other sagas such as Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World and the Lies of Locke Lamora written by Scott Lynch you will definitely love Mistborn. Also, if you like Harry Potter (and you are willing to discover a new world full of magic this series will prove to be a good candidate for your needs (or you can check these other Harry Potter suggestions).

Will Mistborn trilogy be made into a movie series?

Brandon Sanderson said in his website that he had a tv or movie deals for Mistborn as well as for other of his works. However, this only means that he has sold the rights, which is the first step in a long process. So far, there are no news about Misborn having a movie adaptation.

Here you have your introduction to Mistborn, hope it’s helpful for you. Just stand in front your copy of Mistborn the Final Empire and start having fun reading some great fantasy. Are you one of those who calls this saga The Final Empire Series?

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