I'm late to this one

Mistborn: The Final Empire  - Brandon Sanderson

Everyone keeps raving about this author and this series.  So I'm finally getting around to it.


First thing, I almost immediately quit, because I found Kelsier just that annoying.  He seemed to lack empathy.  He was a smug, condescending know-it-all who reminded me way too much of Richard Rahl from the Sword of Truth series.  Because people assured me that this series is nothing like SoT, I kept at it, although I cheated on it with three or four other books, before finally finding some momentum and real interest.


I wasn't sure I'd like Vin, either, but she didn't drive me crazy like Kelsier.  And she became a lot more likable as the story progressed and she grew as a character.  I got quite attached to her and several of the others.  Sazed in particular was very interesting to me.  


It wasn't until more than half-way through that I was able to decide whether I liked this book or despised it.  The issue was that certain characters, like Kelsier, had a very black and white view on things, and it rubbed me the wrong way.  Those who disagreed were dismissed as naive.  I wasn't interested in black and white.  I wanted complicated and messy.  


Ultimately, I was not disappointed.  The last hundred pages kept me glued to the book, which is a bit of a challenge with how busy I am.  I was happy with the conclusion in it.  It gave some satisfaction while leaving just enough unanswered questions to lead into the next book.  So, I'm glad I let myself get talked out of giving up on it.