Brandon Sanderson
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Mistborn: The Final Empire


This is probably one of the most solidly constructed works of fantasy I have ever read. It really does have everything I want in a fantasy novel: an oppressive empire with a brutal dictator, a scrappy peasant's rebellion, a well constructed magic system, political intrigue, a "heist" style of story telling, a fully fleshed out world, and a layer of mystery behind all of the events. Not to mention fantastic twists and turns, especially as you reach the "Brandon avalanche" near the end of the book.

Oh yeah and the characters are amazing.

Really, it has everything. If you don't like this book by the time you've finished it then Brandon Sanderson is just not the guy for you.