Book 1 of this series was good, and book 2 was tolerable. Book 3 has been a big let down. The author restates again and again the most trivial details and there is way way to much introspective second guessing by all the characters. I can only take so much 'Oh how can I do this?' or 'How could I be a hero?'... the characters really needed to get on with the story. I could have set all of that aside though if the ending was worth getting to. It was not. Not at all. It simply does not make any sense at all, as if the point was to end the book in a totally surprising way and the entire series was written just to make it to the twisting ending. I really regret the 70+ hours spent on this series at this point.
This is a great book, as good if not better than its predecessors, but it was ruined for me somewhat by the fact that the chapters in the audio version are all mixed up. I didn't realize I had missed about 12 chapters before listening to 3 or 4 of the more advanced chapters, and it ruined some of the surprises. Whoever put this audioobook together should check it and fix this issue.
Brandon has a real storyteller's gift and eye for his story. He created a very unique world with interesting characters, which is no easy feat in today's literary gluttony.
I do feel though that these books could have been condensed into one larger story. There just wasn't enough of a story there to publish three books and I felt I would have enjoyed it immensely as opposed to have filling out three books with a lot of fluff, littered with sparse moments of excitement.
The problem wasn't that he didn't have the right idea as to creating three books, he just missed the execution. For example, there was very little buildup for any battle scenes at all during this series. This would have been a golden opportunity to really engage the reader with tension building and storytelling, with the battle being the great moment in which we are delved into all of it's glory. That never really happened. This is why Tolkein and Jordan are able to right such epic tales is they understand the importance of building up to certain moments in the story.
The ending for me was not disappointing, but not great either. Parts of it I thought were great, but the overall conclusion I just couldn't get that excited about.
In the end, the series is a must read though as it's a wonderful story 95% of the time, tainted only by bizaare author's choices at key times in the story.
In my opinion, Book 3 rivals Book 1 in overall quality. If you've listened to Book 2, I would certainly recommend that you finish out the series with the Hero of Ages. This book fleshes out a lot of plot details introduced in the first two books. It reveals how organized the author was and really made me appreciate this trilogy for the storytelling.
Brandon Sanderson really delivered with this trilogy. I am a huge fantasy fan and have read everything from Tolkien, Herbert,Goodkind, Jordan, CS Lewis, Paolini, to Rowling. The Mistborn trilogy was my introduction to Sanderson's work and I was surprised at how good it is. The character and plot developments over the three books are unmatched. I never thought I would say this but...Move aside Tolkien!
This has become my favorite trilogy by far.
Give it a try and you will be surprised. The depth this series has is amazing; it is not black or white or good/evil like in many other books. I grew to love the characters and was amazed by how the story evolved. Usually I can tell what happens next but here I was found I was way off at every turn.
Sanderson takes you on an amazing journey and because it is so hard to predict what happens next, you will be as surprised as his own characters making you somewhat apart of the story.
Try it and I guaranty you will love it!
I found these books after listening to book 12 of WOT. This trilogy is incredible and the narration even makes it better. I listened to all three books in two weeks.
This is an adventured where the down trodden will overcome. How someone with no heart can grow a heart. Where people who do not believe can grow to believe. You will enjoy this story because it will keep you wondering.
Real life can be boring sometimes, and that's when I pick up a book (or my mp3 player) :-D
Absolutely loved this book and the whole series! Just hated to see it all end. So many more secrets discovered and everything comes together wonderfully. If you've listened to the first two you need to get the third. The characters are wonderful and I've become so attached to them. And the narrator has grown on me (didn't care for him in the first one). I still want more Mistborn! I'll most definitely revisit these books again in the future.