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The Hero of Ages: Mistborn Book Three: 3/3 Paperback – 11 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (11 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575089946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575089945
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 4.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
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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

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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.

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This is a long book, and it felt like it. Each book in this series has taken me longer and longer to read. The pacing was snail-like and the plot had many of the same tiring elements of the second book. Sieges don't go anywhere for chapters and chapters, characters have secret morality crises in their own heads, and a number of characters got killed off with little preamble or time given to their passing. Many of the fighting scenes are skimmed over, including one which in my opinion should have been the climax to a plot point. However, I was glad to see less fighting scenes on the whole because they became overly technical and lacked emotion in the first two books.

What really ticked me off about the book, beyond its plot being spread too thin, was that one of the major relationships between the characters was unsatisfactorily ended in the conclusion. It's hard to critique too closely here without giving spoilers, but let's just say that the end of the book leaves us with very few characters from the original crew and very little closure for those gone from the world. Their lives are cut short with little thought for the emotional impact of this upon the reader, with even the characters themselves seeming apathetic upon their deaths. Their reasoning for this acceptance fell flat to me. Everyone wants to live longer.

In fact, most the main characters lose the brightest sparks of their personalities in this book. They become play pieces for the greater narrative and are put in situations they are unhappy, yet do little to combat it. Perhaps this also contributed to the slow pacing...

This book does answer the mysteries already raised. In that, the ending was satisfied and plot strings were tied.
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The Hero of Ages is the third book in the original Mistborn trilogy with a sequel trilogy and side story novella released since and another book in the works. If you haven't read the first two books (The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One and The Well of Ascension: Mistborn Book Two) I highly recommend you do so before reading this as they are all part of one story.

The Hero of Ages sees Vin, Elend and the rest of Kelsier's former crew continue to fight to unite both the world and fight an enemy they don't understand from destroying it. The overall story is really good and I enjoyed it a lot with the best aspect being how all the different plot threads and ideas throughout the series are wrapped up in the end and make total sense. That said the ending feels rather abupt and could have done with a little more depth or feeling in the last few pages for impact I felt, not a deal breaker though as Brandon Sanderson's writing style is otherwise very enjoyable throughout and easy to read.

The action and magic system are still great to read about and the characters are largely still very interesting with Spook and Tensoon really standing out and having the most engrossing threads. It does suffer from the same flaw as the second book though in that one of the characters is just an awful slog to read through where their chapters are just a lot of self pitying inner monologue that doesn't seem to go anywhere, sadly these chapters happen too often and parts of the book really drag because of it.
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Ideally I would give this book 3.5/5. I'm still torn about how much I enjoyed the mistborn series. The hundreds of pages of un necessary introspection by multiple characters is a real ruiner for me. This is a 2500 page series that could have been cut down to 1500 pages without affecting how it reads. Even right to the very end, some of the last 100 pages of the final book are slow. I would rather have read the book than not read it, but the writing style is something I will never get accustomed to. Still, a beautiful world with some very interesting ideas and a good plot.
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The third book in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, and the end of the first of three planned trilogies is another brilliant read. Having accidentally released 'Ruin', a destroyer god, Vin and Elend must wage war against the falling ash, killing mists and an even more uncontrollable force of nature.

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and the third has certainly continued the trend. This episode really goes a long way to explain a lot about the world the characters live in and the reader learns a lot more about its past. This is all presented in a well-paced manner, and the style of having a short piece of first person narration at the beginning of each chapter really helps to keep the reader informed, engaged and also mystified.

I feel that in this book the character focus has shifted slightly away from Vin, and although she remains the main character we see a lot more action aligned with Sazed and TenSoon - providing a lot of the exposition - and Spook - providing a lot of action. I quite enjoyed this as it helped to flesh the world out a little better and made the book feel much more rounded.

My only criticism of Sanderson's writing style would be that he is constantly reminding the reader of things they already know - I can understand having a bit of a refresher towards the opening, as it may be some time since the reader consumed the previous novel, but it's all the way through which feels a little redundant. My favourite thing though was the volume of exposition that he manages to seamlessly wedge in, which really served to pull the whole series together - lots of elements from the first two books can now be seen in a completely new light and make a lot of sense.

Overall, this is a fantasy series I certainly would recommend (and have done) and I'm really looking forward to reading more of Sanderson's writing, and particularly the continuation of this world.
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