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The Hero of Ages
by Brandon Sanderson
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So fun to read this with the kids --love how all the foreshadowing comes together. ( )
So the first 3/4 was boring. Really boring. And then my favorite characters were generally mishandled. And oh boy did I ever hate that ending.
This is the masterpiece that joins together the two previous books. Everything is explained, every little detail from the previous books plays an important role in this one. It must have taken so much effort to write such a good books and make all the pieces join together.
It takes a bit to start and grip you but once it does, you won't stop reading.
There's always another secret
That sums up the Mistborn trilogy, and it's a fitting motto. I had to give this book a five-star review because of how tightly it fits all the mysteries and half-truths we learned in the course of the trilogy.
As a fantasy-fan and fellow author, what Brandon Sanderson did here is stunning. Amazing. Watertight. His world-building is made even more amazing by the fact it all goes back to the first book, without incoherences or made-up stuff.
I found myself smiling through most of this last book, or laughing at how stupid I had been, since I hadn't figured it all out. But this series of books is so well-crafted, that what you overlook as a throwaway comment is actually a big part of the story.
There are some issues, though. Some plotlines plod along while others with more potential are barely shown. I think Sanderson's dialogue is ok, his prose is not the most stunning. But his worldbuilding, his plotting and his rhythm are perfect. And he has some truly satisfying lines, especially when he pulls a move that makes total sense and you barely saw coming.
But the sheer magnitude of the author's accomplishment dwarfs any weaknesses. I spent half the book wondering how he would make all the juxtaposed plotlines fit, thinking he wouldn't have the time or that it would be unsatisfying. I should have had more faith. I should have trusted him more.
And that's the message of this trilogy, and it's a good one. It doesn't feel like a cliche. I was smiling at the end, though I was sad for some of the characters. But the twists and turns in this story are deeply satisfying. I was betting on a different outcome, though. I thought Elend would end up being the Hero of Ages. I was wrong, but I was never happier to find out I was.
There were TEARS. That ending. This consistency of how I can’t ever truly predict his endings. This absolute and utter rarity, and how it always pays off. This is why I am reading everything this man will ever write.
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.
Sanderson pulls loose ends together, explains vague prophecies, and produces the Hero of Ages, and the Mistborn trilogy concludes satisfactorily.
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 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 unless Emperor Elend Venture can find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century