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The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3 | [Brandon Sanderson]

The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

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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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.

©2008 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    Julio Sao Paulo, Brazil 01-12-09
    Julio Sao Paulo, Brazil 01-12-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Well concluded!"

    Sanderson's final book is masterful. I was absolutely addicted to listening to it and couldn't set my ipod down. It's very well written, never feeling contrived. I felt sometimes there were a little bit too many explanations intended for somebody who started at the third book and didn't read the others which would drag on a bit, but this didn't take away from the book. Most, if not all loose ends feel tied up. The magic system he created is almost entirely disclosed and his revealing it bit by bit is well done and keeps you interested. Character development is supreme and watching them grow through their struggles is very entertaining. I highly recommend this book and the ones leading up to it.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 07-21-11
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 07-21-11 Member Since 2009

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "So sorry it's over"

    I am writing this after having finished the entire trilogy. While this was an incredible book and stands alone just fine on its own, I wanted to reserve judgement on each book till I finished the trilogy in order to put each one into perspective. This was my first Bandon Sanderson book and I loved it. At first, it was challenging to get into the whole concept of Allomancy but I eventually did and appreciated every aspect of this masterpiece. The books moved quickly, the story is rich in its treatments of many aspects personal character, politics, government, philosophy and religion. And each character is fully developed to the point where we probably care about all of them including some of the bad ones. The world created by Brandon Sanderson and stunningly narrated by Michael Kramer is not like any one I or probably any of us could have possibly imagined. As long as this trilogy was, I am so sorry to have it finally end.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    F. Monsky CT, USA 06-29-09
    F. Monsky CT, USA 06-29-09 Member Since 2007

    Jazz fella

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    "Caught Up In It"

    I just wanted to echo the other sentiments here. A wonderful story it was! I wished it wouldn't end but it must, and a nicely done ending it was. Thanks for taking me away from this reality, even if for a short time.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-11-09
    Philip Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-11-09 Member Since 2005
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    "hope for the ages"

    It is encouraging to know that Brandon Sanderson will be finishing the Wheel of Time series. May Robert Jordan rest in peace no criticism intended here of RJ but this guy can write a tightly drawn
    story. With some twists in plot and characters that are very well drawn this story is a bit off
    the beaten path from a lot of sword and magic swinging fantasy. There is a really creative edge to his plot. In the audio vernacular this
    book is a page turner. I consider seriously each
    book I buy from Audible. I spend a lot of time in the car and I want to be entertained with thoughtful sci fi or fantasy. Every time I finish a good one I think I may have run out and then a GREAT story like this comes up and bites me.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "A satisfying conclusion to the series."

    This is the last book in this series. It is great just like the others. If you already read the other two books I probably couldn't make you stay away from this one if I tried and I definitely wouldn't. This novel kicks the action up several notches and the scale of the powers involved goes up several orders of magnitude. The novel answers all the questions and finishes the series off nicely. The only downside is that this series is so good I wound up with post book depression. You know it is the last of the series and it is like losing old friends. The only downside is that there aren't several more books in the series. Although, in the age of super long seriesh it is nice to see someone actually finish a series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J HYRUM, UT, United States 09-27-12
    J HYRUM, UT, United States 09-27-12
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    "My least favorite of the three books, but good."

    I work a graveyard shift, in which I listen to my audio books, so the narration is extremely important to me due to the need to stay awake and aware of what I am doing. Michael Kramer is the best fantasy narrator I've come across. He has a plethora of distinct character voices, which are all easily recognizable. Also, he doesn't sound horribly monotonous, as with many other narrators.

    Brandon Sanderson writes a lot like Robert Jordan. Though, in my opinion he is better, and tends to leave out unnecessary explanations (such as describing everything everyone is wearing). If you like the Wheel of Time series, you will be happy with this trilogy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 10-18-11
    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Anderson's best and I hope he betters himself soon"

    I read Mistborn and really enjoyed the style. Brandon has become a very interesting writer. I only started reading his works because of the Wheel of Time series and Robert Jordan's passing. His own books are very well written. The characters in this series are amazing. He has a great plot and theme and keeps his ideas and story lines flowing without distractions. He follows through all the way with the Mistborn series. The final chapters were unpredictable yet still a tiny disappointing but thoroughly enjoyable to the last words. Much greater entertainment than Elantris that i believe should have ben at least 2 books to give it justice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 06-13-11
    Tim United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2010

    Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.

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    "I want to lie"

    I want to lie and say this was the best book of the three, but I can't. Yes, a lot of secrets were solved but the author lost his focus and seemed like he rushed the ending. Count me as one of those that did not like the ending. It was a good book and needed to be written but I thought the first was the best of the three.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    gary Tecumseh, MI, United States 04-22-10
    gary Tecumseh, MI, United States 04-22-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Bravo! Master Sanderson!"

    Thank you, Master Sanderson, for what was a wonderful, unique, and thoroughly fulfilling story, with an excellent and well thought-out ending. Some stories are great, but don't often end well, this story was great to the very very last. I cannot recommend this trilogy highly enough -- an absolute must experience story. Listen to it, read it, or have someone read it to you, but you will not regret coming to know The Crew.

    And thank you, too, for picking up the Light of Tar Valon and completing Master Jordan's epic tail; he would be most proud, I believe. You have become, in both your own right, and in helping complete the final tale of another master, a true hero of ages...

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Gloucester, VA, USA 06-20-09
    Cathy Gloucester, VA, USA 06-20-09
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    "I didn't see that coming!"

    Excellent trillogy--and unlike 95% of the books out there, I didn't have a clue that the ending would be like that! Sanderson really threw a curveball, and I loved it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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