The Hero of Ages (Mistborn Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Apr 2009
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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, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters. . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. . . . Sanderson is a writer to watch." --Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
About the Author
Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn(R) trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time(R) sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit brandonsanderson.com.
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Kelsier made the first book work and there is still a yawning gap at the centre of the narrative where he used to be. Vin and Elend still have no chemistry and we never get to see them settling down together as they are constantly off fighting one crisis or another.
The "bad guy", Ruin, is disappointing. He/it seems to be little more than an unexplained supernatural force who is destructive simply by nature and that's the extent of his involvement in the story. Ironically the Lord Ruler from book 1, while long dead is further expanded and given extra depth to what we saw originally, which only made Ruin seem even more shallow and uninteresting.
We see very little of the world outside of what the main characters interact with, so it was difficult to care that said world was about to end.
On the positive side, all of the loose ends are tied up and the lingering questions are answered in a fairly satisfying way. The Mistborn characters make good use of all their abilities/metals rather than ending up with one or two favourites that solve all of their problems. There are some really good twists and reveals.
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.
Overall I loved the series though the first book was the highlight for me for sure with parts of book two and three being a little slow at times. If you enjoyed the first two books I would expect you to enjoy the third as well. Now to move onto the next set of books with The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel.
+ Spook and Tensoon are really interesting.
+ Everything wraps up really nicely at the end linking in plot threads from all three books.
+ Still love the world's magic system and ideas.
+ Easy to read writing style.
- Ending feels like it needed a little more to it, a little sudden.
- Some of the chapters with a particular character outstay their welcome and drag a little.
Book 3 presents quite a few clever plot twists and breathtaking action right from the grisly prologue. The alternating chapters detail the trajectories of Elend, Vin, Sazed, TenSoon the Kandra, and Spook, the former a Skaa Misting who is given a refreshingly prominent role in the narrative, as they battle the Koloss armies and Inquisitors under the divine power of Ruin, whom we realise was released by Vin at the Well of Ascension, by his trickery.
What struck me most about this last of the series was the prominence of religiosity woven into Sanderson’s intricate and self-contained universe (literally the state of the Final Empire on the planet Scadriel in Cosmere, so detailed is his universe). Seen primarily through Sazed, the Keeper’s eyes as he stores the history of the religions and prophecies in his metalminds, literally making him a walking encyclopaedia. His crisis of faith as he becomes disillusioned with false religions centres the story even though he has not thus far been the main character, as much as his position as a leading character has risen over the second book.
The details of the plot are too overwhelming for me to pen down but suffice to say that it captures the essence of what it means to be human, the fulfilment of one’s destiny, and the need for courage and hope in the fight for the salvation of mankind, even if it means ultimately sacrificing yourself for the larger good. I was late coming to this series but am glad for the thrilling journey with the Mistborn.