It’s so obviously a precursor to Mistborn and a lot of other Sanderson-fiction, that just rummaging through the pages is kind of like spending a day in the attic of your parents finding all these tiny things. “Oh how great, how wonderful, how splendid it was back then.” But also, “how far we’ve come since then.”
The most striking part is the simplicity of its magic system, it’s only towards the end that the normal balance within the system is implied. The story also takes it sweet time to build up and once it starts rolling, everything passes a bit too quickly to fully comprehend. Kiin’s background especially is so casually explained between events that you might miss it.
Despite those niggles, the main characters themselves are fun and evenly matched. Again, you can see them displaying traits that would come back in the Mistborn tales. I really enjoyed watching it all unfold even though the snackish nature of it all might put some people off. The enthusiastic potential in the setting and characters however, is more than filling.