This book is a solid continuation of the first book, but the content is more focused on the politics and effects of the first book. I really liked the heist and revolution aspects of the first book but I really liked seeing what the effects of those actions were. There was a lot so self doubt that was going on in this book which I know is grating to some people but not everyone can be Kelsier and it would have been more obnoxious to have people acting out of character and taking that attitude on. I enjoyed this book a lot and can't wait for the third one.
I just reread my review of The Final Empire and I'd forgotten how eh I'd felt about Elend, I really loved him in this book and his relationship with Vin and how that all worked out.(show spoiler)