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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

The Hero of Ages (edition 2009)

by Brandon Sanderson

Series: Mistborn (3)

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Title:The Hero of Ages
Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Tor Fantasy (2009), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 784 pages
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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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Excellent book with a amazing ending. Even with this being the 3rd book of the series, the author still manages to keep new ideas popping up all through the book. The way all the pieces come together at the end is really well done. ( )
  Guide2 | Apr 15, 2014 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

I'm extremely impressed with Brandon Sanderson's first fantasy trilogy. The entire story was carefully thought out, well-plotted, and well-paced. What impresses me most is that in this last installment, The Hero of Ages, there are plenty of wonderful surprises left. But these surprises aren't little add-ons that Sanderson lately thought up and decided to throw in just to keep up the interest and excitement. These are major pieces of the puzzle that have purposely been left for the characters (and therefore the readers) to discover. Back in The Final Empire, the first book of the Mistborn trilogy, I thought Brandon Sanderson had created a unique and really cool magic system. That was nothin' — it gets even better!

Finally, we understand the origin and purpose of the koloss, kandra, and inquisitors. Now we know what the Lord Ruler has been about for his 1000 year reign, what the mists are doing, and how people get allomantic powers. All of our questions are answered in fact, and you probably will have guessed some of the answers, but others will surprise you, I think. The end of The Hero of Ages is bittersweet, just as I like my fantasy. We are left with hope and light, not in despair, but there was a high cost to what was achieved.

One thing I particularly liked about this series is the way that the "bad guys" are not universally and one-dimensionally evil (except for one, who is an evil "force"). Some of them aren't really "bad guys" at all. In addition, most of the characters are logical, no matter which "side" they're on. The "enemies" are just as reasonable, intelligent, and well-spoken as our heroes. Vin, Elend, Spook, Sazed (etc.) don't blow anyone away with superior plans, arguments, or bravery — they find that their antagonists are just as well prepared.

As usual, the audio version of this novel is high quality. The narrator, Michael Kramer, is excellent, though he was inconsistent with Spook's voice. Mr. Sanderson has drastically cut back on the number of times a character "paused," so that was no longer an irritation.

I heartily recommend the Mistborn series for anyone looking for an original, well constructed epic which is satisfyingly finished in three volumes. If you listen to audiobooks, that's a great format for this series. If you have not read Mistborn, put it at the top of your list.

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  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
A surprising ending to a good series. ( )
  Nathaniel.Simmons | Mar 27, 2014 |
Sanderson's final book in the Mistborn trilogy is no disappointment. Great surprises, twists & turns. ( )
  bibliostuff | Mar 20, 2014 |

This book is hampered by several weaknesses. It is too long and repetitive which makes you wish for a fast forward. Whilst the previous books had some good writing from time to time, in this the good bits are further apart (portions of Spook's plotline are ok). Plot resolutions are explained ahead of time, so by the time the resolution arrives it is not very surprising or exciting. Character's development consists of angsty doubt followed by a resolution to stop being angsty.

There's a certain amount of exploration into whether the end justifies the means where the characters resist "the dark side" about as much as Anakin Skywalker...not much.

The worst fault of this book is that portions of it is devoted to religious preaching. Much like the third book in the Ender's Game series, this is devoted in part to what can only be described as apologetics for religion, highlighting the virtues of blind faith in some sort of bizarre Pascal's wager.

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  StigE | Feb 22, 2014 |
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Sanderson's conclusion to the epic that began with Mistborn and continued in Well of Ascension resonates with all the elements of classic heroic fantasy, along with unusual forms of magic and strong, believable characters.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Journal, Jackie Cassada (Oct 15, 2008)
Sanderson pulls loose ends together, explains vague prophecies, and produces the Hero of Ages, and the Mistborn trilogy concludes satisfactorily.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Regina Schroeder (Oct 1, 2008)
Sanderson's saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.
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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 can’t 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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Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world from Ruin's deadly Inquisitors, the insidious lethal mists called the Deepness and the increasingly heavy falls of black ash that threaten to bury the land and starve its inhabitants.… (more)

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