The following is an author’s annotation that relates to a specific chapter of the book MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE. Note that the following is NOT the text of the actual chapter, but a companion to the chapter, revealing “behind the scenes” information. If you have not read the book up to–and including–this chapter, you risk serious spoilers! Please, if you haven’t read MISTBORN, go visit the sample chapters, or perhaps purchase the book via Amazon.
You can navigate between annotations by using the list of links on the left. The very first annotation has a more detailed explanation of what is going on. If you want to start there, go to this link. Note–thoughts in the following annotation that might spoil later chapters have been hidden. You can reveal them via the button on the left, and they will appear in red. Not all chapters have hidden text–in fact, relatively few of them do. Thanks!
Chapter Thirty-Five Part Two
I was forced to cut one of my favorite lines from the book, and it was in this chapter. I’ll write it now. Near the beginning, the narrative says regarding Vin:
“She was, as if, nowhere.”
Moshe convinced me that this sentence just didn’t make enough sense. Yet, to me, it somehow expressed how Vin felt. She had been cut free by Kelsier’s death. Yet, she was still there. She wished she could just meld with the mists–she felt as if her soul were already cast away. Yet, she couldn’t vanish, as she wished.
Ah, cursed grammar, ruining a perfectly good sentence!
Sazed gets a little preachy about belief in this chapter. He is actually expressing my own thoughts on the matter. A belief that is never tested isn’t really that strong. Yet, I have other reasons to put this conversation in. Sazed himself is going to be tested a bit in future books–and I needed him to say these things here so that he could, later on, have to ‘put his money where his mouth is.’
Kelsier gets to have some last words in this chapter. He earned them, I think. I’m sorry to keep the truth of kandra from you so long, as I’ve said before. However, I needed to leave the explanation off so that the reader could experience the revelation with Vin here. Even if you’d already figured out what Renoux was, then I think this scene is more powerful by having the revelations happen like they did.
Anyway, Kelsier is among my personal favorite characters, if only for his depth. He is a complicated, multi-faceted man who managed to scam not only the entire empire, but his own crew at the same time. I felt I had to give him some last words, if only through a letter, so that the reader could bid him a proper farewell. In addition, I wanted him to pass that flower on to Vin–symbolically charging her with Mare’s dream, now that Kelsier himself is dead.
Hum, let’s see. Anything I’m forgetting? I do mention boxings in this chapter. You might be interested to know (now that you’ve read pretty much the whole book) where I got the word. In my mind, boxings (the coins) are actually called “Imperials” on the official coffers. However, that was too boring a word.
So, the people call them boxings because they have a picture of Kredik Shaw on the back. The Lord Ruler’s home–or, his box. Boxings.