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 listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.
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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.
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.
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