Absolutely awesome! The whole series was fantastic, the characters are intriguing and impressively formed, the story is intricate and deep yet captivating and fast paced. The magic is new and the mystical creatures are creative and well designed. Great twists in the plot, and get's you to think about real life in the grander scheme of things. I think this narrator deserves some sort of Oscar. His voices are really distinct and fascinating and he really draws you in... even though the story itself is great. I've listened to other books that I liked, but I didn't like the narrator. But Michael Kramer has a real gift for reading and creating accents. He is amazing at sounding like actual different people. A tough feat for such a deep bass. Brandon Sanderson understands some real deep truths and brings them up in a way that leaves you physically unable to forget let alone able to "turn the story off". I'm getting the hard copy of the set ASAP.
Brandon Sanderson, I hate you for ending this book. I forgot it was a trilogy and was left wanting more, you wonderful Bastard. Every question from the first and second book came together in this glorious conclusion. This trilogy is a written orgasm. BRAVO!!!
I really enjoyed listening to this trilogy. Brandon Sanderson did a great job creating a new world that you could find yourself getting into and understanding. Very creative and well done.
If you like fantasy books, Brandon Sanderson is as good, even better at times, in painting a fantasy landscape like R.A. Salvatore. Intriguing and relentlessly tense the Mistborn Trilogy is one of my favorite fantasy reads.
without giving away any spoilers all I can say is. Epic!!
The first book was good.
The second book was long.
Third book. two words: Epic Finale...
I'll be honest I didnt have a clue where the story was going. even in the last hour surprises and twists kept coming.
if you like fantasy. I think you will like this book. a most excellent listen.
The plot of this book is brilliantly conceived and resolved. Of course, I'm speaking here of the entire trilogy -not just this one book. The narrator takes a little getting used to. His voice is very deep, so it takes a while to get used to him doing the voice of a young girl. Most of the major characters are complex and believable (especially Sazed!!). Some of the less important characters are a little flat, but I wouldn't say that it detracts from the story. The world Sanderson has imagined here is incredibly original, and he reveals it bit by bit throughout the trilogy.
Well worth the listen. Best fantasy I've read in years.
I keep waffling between giving this book 4 stars or 5. If I could give 4 1/2, I would.
This is a engrossing trilogy which raises fascinating questions about the natures of faith, trust, and belief -- all of which are especially emphasized in this last book. And these isses are explored within a framework of exciting action sequences and characters whom the reader can invest in emotionally. These traits make me lean towards that 5 star rating.
I lean back towards 4 stars because of things like the voices speaking in characters' minds -- stolen directly from Robert Jordan's books. And also like Jordan's books, those who have "magical" powers often seem to be able to expand their powers whenever it is convenient for them to do so. Sanderson himself admits to being a rabid fan of Jordan, aside from finishing the WOT series -- so these echoes from Jordan aren't surprising, even if they can be annoying at times.
In other words, this book isn't perfect -- but it's darned good, nonetheless!
I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!
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...
I don't think I've had one book make my hair stand on end and or had me going "No way!" and "Holy Sh*t!" so many times. Brandon Sanderson did an incredible job putting everything together in the series closer. I enjoyed this so much I re-listened to favorite chapters immediately after I finished the book.
Michael Kramer also does an INCREDIBLE job from the first book until the last. Characters are always distinct and consistent, even during moments of intense emotion. Each character's voice make it so much easier to visualize him/her and realize what he/she is feeling. His pacing and changes in volume even add to the enjoyment of listening to the book. (I don't think I would have enjoyed this as much if I just read it.)
5 STARS! Definitely reading/listening to more Brandon Sanderson and Michael Kramer after this.
I was worried when I first started reading the series with Mistborn that I couldn't get into it because of how bizarre and unusual the style of fantasy, but I kept reading (listening) and did finally get into it about half-way through Mistborn. I absolutely loved this last book and the ending was perfect -- not predictable at all.