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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

The Hero of Ages (edition 2009)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Title:The Hero of Ages
Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Tor Fantasy (2009), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 784 pages
Collections:Your library, @Kindle
Tags:Fiction, Fantasy, Epic

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*SPOILER ALERT* The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy ties up all the loose ends with a twist or two I did not expect. It shows that the author plotted the series with great care and attention. I appreciate that. I have reservations about the ending, but I certainly recommend the book to those who have read the first two. Still, in my opinion, this book is the weakest of the three. There are some things that almost had me gritting my teeth, in fact. The most annoying is that there are pages and pages of whiny and repetitive introspection. The character Sazed is the worst offender. He's reacting to the death of his recently found love interest by searching for a reason to convince himself that she somehow still exists (like in heaven or something). So, he reviews the beliefs of about 300 distinct religions, discarding each and every one of them for internal inconsistencies, logical flaws, and conflicts with observed reality. His angst-ridden musings become annoying quickly, to the point that you really want some other character to slap him, give a mug of strong coffee, and tell him to get over it. His ultimate decision about this seems to be that he's going to stop thinking about it and believe whatever makes him feel better. The reader has to suffer through a lot of internal dialog to get to this point, which is essentially that he does not have the strength of character to admit she's dead. His metaphysical musings also eventually lead him to see that there are two opposing yet complementing forces at work on this planet, Preservation and Ruin. They seem a bit more like Yin and Yang than they do polar opposites of good and evil. Since this is fantasy, the two forces are sentient, and they manifest themselves in an act of divine intervention in a deus ex machina final conflict. This shifted the story from one in which we had interesting characters using sword and sorcery to accomplish things they thought meaningful, to a conflict between gods using and manipulating people to accomplish their own objectives. It seemed like a weak ending to an otherwise strong story. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
Sanderson had masterfully created a complete and diverse world that draws you in. Pay close attention as you read, some of the small details come back to be important later on. The world we enter in The Final Empire is dark, covered in ash, and seems hopeless. Just surviving is work. We follow Vin, a street thief, as she encounters a special group of thieves who have grand plans to change the world. Things don't quite go according to plan and ancient prophecies come into play. As we move through Well of Ascension into Hero of ages, the characters learn how to evolve into new roles while still staying true to themselves. While occasionally things are repeated or drag on a bit, overall the story moves along well and is engrossing. ( )
1 vote missmimsy | Jul 30, 2016 |
OK, but a little too deus ex machina plotting ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
How do you fight the personification of destruction?

Thieves challenged an immortal tyrant and won. They formed a new kingdom, and almost lost it when three armies besieged their city. Now the land is dying, choked by mist and ash, armies of koloss search for human settlements to destroy, and Ruin watches on. After untold centuries he may finally get his wish, the end of all things.
Against such odds Vin & Elend fight on, defeating the koloss and the Inquisitors, but struggling with how to defeat Ruin. How do they fight the embodiment of destruction? Even Ruin points out, all things must come to an end. But Vin sees through Ruin’s half-truths. Recognizing what Ruin is, Vin develops a plan.
But Vin is not alone. Sazed returns, weakened by grief and self-doubt over his recent tragedy. Spook steps out of the shadows to become a hero in his own right, infiltrating a city, stirring up rebellion, and inspiring many to compare him to Kelsier. Tensoon returns to his people, hoping to convince them that Ruin has returned; that their only hope is to join the fight. Individually these stories pale in comparison with chapters about Vin and Elend. They can feel disconnected but they remind the reader of the global scale on which Ruin is working, and they provide essential foundation for the ending which unites all the threads.
The story begins with a strong fight, then bogs down as characters debate their next move, but once a plan is chosen the story quickly regains momentum in a series of epic fights, before drawing to a close with an ending that rivals the original in its potency.

+Strong Plot
+Strong Characters
+Epic conclusion
*Fragmented storylines
-Slow at times

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1 vote adamg211 | Jun 10, 2016 |
My heart is broken. My husband lies next to me sleeping and is COMPLETELY UNAWARE OF THE HUGE TRAUMA I'VE JUST EXPERIENCED. Seriously, how am I meant to move on with my life?

Read these books. ( )
  BuffyBarber | Jun 5, 2016 |
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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.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Aug 18, 2008)

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Feder, MosheEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stewart, IsaacIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, SamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McGrath, ChristianCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765356147, Mass Market Paperback)

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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