nrlymrtl, October 28, 2012 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
This whole series has been amazing. So much of what the readers learned in the first two books comes to a crazy, galloping, bloody, transcendent ending in this book. It takes clues and heroes from all the races to save the world, but can they do it? Honestly, I was biting my nails until the end, hoping they could pull it off.
Rodney Wilder, October 5, 2012 (view all comments by Rodney Wilder)
What a conclusion! I will do my best to write this review without any spoilers, but the emotions this book Rioted in me are tethered to very spoiler-riffic occurrences.
Anyway, I'm not going to cover the plot or synopsis here. There are other, better reviews for that information. What I will offer is an explanation for the 5 stars I gave this, Sanderson's third and final book in his Mistborn Trilogy.
After establishing various characters and settings, and then bringing them through two previous books’ worth of struggle, this third offering sees this dramatis personae we’ve (hopefully) become intimately bound to tested across the board. Tested…that’s saying a lot considering the monumental opposition Vin and co. have already faced down and overcome, empires and gods (you know, just the soup du jour...). This third book, though. Sanderson does not let you for a moment forget that this is indeed the end. With an atmosphere of dangerously palpable despair, The Hero of Ages wraps up the trilogy…perfectly.
Sanderson has this seemingly magical talent for correlating every single detail he presents. There are no loose threads fluttering from this tapestry of eschatological conflict. The smallest things, things we may have encountered only in passing two books back, are suddenly revealed to be of incomparable significance, every piece, every little thing, coloring the whole of this narrative. I love that, knowing that nothing is forgotten, but everything has a point. Everything has a purpose. I believe Spook and Sazed would appreciate the notion.
Speaking of characters, I read high fantasy (oddly enough) not for its fantasy (although the magic system of the Mistborn Trilogy is without equal in sheer awesomeness - allomancy, feruchemy, and hemalurgy? Come on! Sanderson is not just a genius, but a wordsmith after my own heart.) - but for the depth and believability of its relationships, and here, Sanderson’s craft shines strikingly. Characters are thrown over the edge of their own capabilities and expectations, millstones tossed to the ocean, and the way they meet and deal with the challenges they are presented is painfully realistic. You will watch your favorite characters crumble. You will watch the faithful embrace despair. You will watch the strong stultified, the brave cowering. In the midst of the darkest circumstances conceivable, Sanderson’s characters must reevaluate what it means to hope and persevere, and find its power in themselves.
These are not one-dimensional aspects of humanity, but each person comes across beautifully and tragically…flawed. Real. This is, I maintain, the most powerful aspect of the Mistborn Trilogy. It is the reason we fall in love with these characters - with Vin and Elend, Sazed and TenSoon, Spook and Ham and Breeze - and it is the reason bidding them farewell at the story’s culmination is the scar-inducing ordeal that it is. If you loved this series, don’t expect to leave it unscathed.
Then again…would you want to?
5 stars for a story mesmerizingly unpredictable, exploding with cosmic intrigue and the very mysteries of creation. 5 stars for a story written well, but for characters written even better.
Tim Lewis, September 5, 2011 (view all comments by Tim Lewis)
As the final book in the Mistborn Trilogy (although a fourth book has since come out) The Hero of Ages expands even further what you thought you knew about the Final Empire. The background behind the strange powers of Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy are further explained and what it all means for the struggle between good and evil, Ruin and Preservation. The Hero of Ages turns out to not necessarily be who you think it is but loose ends are tied up. This is a story of faith, trust, love, and hope and Sanderson does a good job with all of them.
My only complaint is that all three books could have been cut another 5-10,000 words without any effect to the story. Now I can't wait to read The Allow of Law, which is a standalone book set in the same Mistborn universe but in more of a modern age.
davidwmack, May 14, 2009 (view all comments by davidwmack)
Brandons Mistborn trilogy is what epic fantasy is all about. This is the third book. If you hate books that end badly, you will NOT be dissapointed. The story comes together very well in the end. You are left with very few questions and unresolved plot points. Mistborn is just a great fantasy epic.
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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."
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To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin kills the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists called the Deepness is back, along with ashfalls and earthquakes. Now, humanity appears to be doomed, in this conclusion to the Mistborn trilogy.
Who is the Hero of Ages?
To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness---the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists---is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.
Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She cant even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans!
The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave readers rubbing their eyes in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.
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