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Annotation Mistborn Epilogue Part Two

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Epilogue Part Two

The discussion of Feruchemy and Allomancy working together is one of the most complicated magical explanations I’ve ever done, and I hope it works. One of the fun things about my books are the magic, and it’s really tough to walk the line between making magic that has technically interesting aspects without making it either a) too complicated or b) feel like I’m just making it up as I go along.

I was trying to get across here an unexpected consequence of mixing the two magics. Like how certain chemicals react oddly when mixed, or even like two computer programs running on the same computer can cause odd reactions, letting someone use Feruchemy and Allomancy together makes for some very strange mixtures of the powers. (I intend to get into this later.)

Of course, what this also does is un-deify the Lord Ruler somewhat, which is intentional. I don’t want it to undermine the accomplishment the characters have made–what they did was difficult and they have achieved a great victory. However, what I’m trying to give in this book–however–is a sense of foreboding.

Remember the Lord Ruler’s final words. They’re important. The lack of atium will impact the second book greatly, as well the fact that Kelsier is dead. Overthrowing the Lord Ruler was tough, but it was still the easy part of this trilogy. Things get hard from here on out. . . .

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