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  • Mass Market Paperback: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (28 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765356147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765356147
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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"This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax. . . . Sanderson's saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.""--Publishers Weekly" on "The Hero of Ages""Transcendent!""--Romantic Times BOOKreviews" on "The Hero of Ages""" ""Elantris" is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. Brandon Sanderson has created a truly original world of magic and intrigue, and with the rigor of the best science fiction writers he has made it real at every level."--Orson Scott Card "Elantris . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters (including a memorable female character) and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!"--Katherine Kurtz, "New York Times "bestselling author of the Deryni series "Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut . . offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, poli --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Mistborn saga comes to its thrilling conclusion, as an acclaimed epic commercial fantasy comes to the UK for the first time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ali on 12 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
So much potential lay in this series and, with the exception of the first instalment, little of it worked for me.

For a start it was too long. 250 or so pages could have been shaved off this book, making at far less plodding and repetitive and a tad more concise (let us ignore the fact I think The Final Empire worked perfectly well as a standalone). Sections jumped in periods of weeks and, honestly, if it wasn't pointed out to me I would never have noticed. The characters thought and did the same things over and over and generally got on my nerves a bit with their introspection and indecision.

I read a review of this a while ago and the reviewer pointed out that all the characters sounded the same. I have to agree with that opinion. Sazed's (a Keeper of religion) dialogue didn't at all differ from Vin's (more a warrior) or Elend's (more a scholar) despite all three of them having such different characteristics and personalities on paper. And the characters in this third book just didn't match up to the ones in the first.

Another problem I had was the information given to us before each chapter. In The Final Empire, this information was given in diary format by Rashek before he became The Lord Ruler. This added to the story, eventually answering some of our questions along the way. In The Hero of Ages this information is written by an unknown author, although I did figure out who wrote it quite early on, who, unfortunately, gave the answers to questions we didn't know yet. This meant that I knew more than the characters did and reading about them making bad decisions and floundering around frustrated me and slowed the story down rather a lot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ninefingers on 5 July 2014
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The series was fairly enjoyable to read and the ideas and design of the whole Alomancy 'magic' system was really well thought out. The story is quite original and kept me going through the irritating aspects of this book.

The reason for three stars for me, was it just felt dragged out. I was beginning to get this feeling during my read through of the second book but by the third one, I think it's safe to say that I REALLY did not need reminding every chapter about the way certain metals work, who has what powers, how they have acted previously, what I already know about their character etc. all this sort of thing became highly irritating. The only person who would benefit from these constant reminders and recaps of previous story lines would be one that can't be bothered to read the first two books.

I also think this and the second book could have done with a larger dose of humour to help reinforce the interaction between he characters. It was more apparent in the first book but no in the subsequent two which is a shame.

I will read more of Brandon's work, but just hope he doesn't carry on this writing that almost seems to assume I've forgotten everything previously told.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Wrigley on 4 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Hero of Ages is the third book and the conclusion of the Mistborn series, by Brandon Sanderson.

This is an old-style fantasy series - the books tell a single long story and you must complete the trilogy to get any sense of closure. The initial Mistborn book was of a standard length but the second book was almost twice as long, which surprised me in a publishing culture focused on keeping books "a reasonable length". Sanderson commented on his blog: "When I'd turned in Mistborn 2 (revised and already trimmed) at 250k, production and marketing had nearly had a fit, complaining that the book would cost more to print than it would make." Personally, I was thrilled to see that the books told one long interwoven story (although Sanderson did repeat key elements in order to refresh the readers' memories) rather than a half-hearted attempt to make the novels stand alone.

As I was reading the second book, I wondered if the series could be shortened - subplots dropped out and the story streamlined. I'm pleased to say that when I reached the end of the trilogy, the Hero of Ages, I was not disappointed.

It is important to me that a fantasy world hangs together and there is no inexplicable magic without an explanation and basis. I will accept the most fantastical of elements but they must have a logic and once rules of the world are established, those rules need to hold true. Sanderson uses this to his advantages. Rules are broken and his fantasy physics act erratically but in every instance the characters are more shocked than the reader is, and there is a strong focus on finding out why the world isn't acting as it should.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2013
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Third and final volume in the Mistborn series of fantasy novels. There is a summary of the events in the first two books of the series - although it's placed at the back of the book rather than the front - but new readers would still be better off starting with volume one The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One.

Regular readers of the series, read on.

This volume runs for seven hundred and twenty four pages of story. It has a few appendices at the end, and maps at the front. It is divided into five parts plus a prologue and an epilogue. And these are divided into shorter chapters.

As with the second book of the trilogy, this one begins with a year having passed since the events of the previous volume. Elend and Vin are travelling the land with their forces looking for caches and other information left behind by the Lord Ruler. Sazed is still looking for the one true religion.

And the ashfall is getting heavier.

Can they stop the end of the world?

The previous two volumes did feel as if they took a while to get going. This one feels as if it takes even longer to do that than they did. Now that Elend and Vin are married there's not nearly so much angst in their relationship as there was before, which is quite pleasing, but early sections do feel as if they drift by with little happening. Although the opening battle and the way Elend is seen through the eyes of another character is pretty good.

There are moral dilemmas for the reader to consider about the power and the use of it and such, which is good food for thought. Sazed remains a very sympathetic character.
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