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

The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.
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Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.

©2010 Dragonsteel Entertainment LLC (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Chris Australia 07-26-12
    Chris Australia 07-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Simply outstanding!"

    Brilliant finish to a gripping trilogy. Sanderson weaves a subtle and intricate plot, always keeping the listener guessing. Indepth character development really bring the people in the story to life and the descriptions of the impact metals have upon the world from the ordinary misting right through to the omniscient gods bring a whole new dimension to the world.

    Sanderson brings the right level of detail without becoming boring or long winded or skimping on something that is essential to the story.

    If you like a good "can't put it down" sort of book in this genre, this trilogy and especially, this final book is the one for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 06-03-15
    Jennifer 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Feels!"

    The mother of all plot twist! I did not see any of that coming. The ending was kind of sad but still satisfying and happy. A perfect ending to an AWESOME trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Snell 06-01-15
    Jeff Snell 06-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My new favorite series"

    Michael Kramer is an absolutely awesome narrator and Brandon Sanderson may have just become my favorite writer. This series is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George 02-02-15
    George 02-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow.. Just wow."

    This series has blown my mind! Pay attention from the first page of the first book. Clearly Brandon Sanderson mapped out the events in great detail before penning the first word. What amazes me is that each book in isolation is complete, they aren't just a single, very long story arbitrarily chopped up into three novels.
    What a world, what a story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindie Johannesburg, South Africa 09-13-12
    Lindie Johannesburg, South Africa 09-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this from book 1"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hero of Ages the most enjoyable?

    You understand exacly what the writer was trying to tell you. Very good!


    What did you like best about this story?

    When Vin and Ellend realised that they loved each other.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Explaining all the fascinating combination of the metals and what it could do for the mistborn I would not have had the patience to read the book myself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes the ending. I will not say more...........


    Any additional comments?

    Very good listening material from book 1

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 08-12-12
    Ken 08-12-12 Member Since 2014

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "Amazing"
    If you could sum up The Hero of Ages in three words, what would they be?

    Tantalizing, manipulating, unexpected


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I tried my hardest, Sanderson knows how to keep things interesting from one minute to the next. you have to really pay attention to what all his little clues that are there.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how well he has planned his books, how well all three of his books are able to tie in so well. my advice is do not google any information, if you do then it will ruin the books, even something as simple as alomantic metals. enstead ask a friend who has read them before or make a list of them.

    if you dont google it then you will be surprized on what Sanderson has done at every twist in the book.

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    Cath Arcadia Vale, Australia 03-19-12
    Cath Arcadia Vale, Australia 03-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Just loved this series"

    I just loved this series. If you loved 'The Wheel of Time' you will be thrilled with this also. The development and richness of the characters lives, I fell in love with them, all of them in different ways. Vins journey is so special and Sayzid quest for self knowledge, truly this series has everything and I didn't want it to end. As always I loved Michael Kramers reading.

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    D. Landau Toronto, Canada 09-14-11
    D. Landau Toronto, Canada 09-14-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Too much 'alumancy'"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This third book didn't live up to the others b/c it got bogged down in details about metals and other stuff that got convoluted. Am I the only one who felt that way?


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    Reading, United Kingdom
    9/16/12
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    "Nice book, shame about the file errors"

    The story itself is pretty good - a continuation of the trilogy, it's starting to wane a touch, but still entertaining. So far, at least. I've not yet been able to finish the audiobook. I've got to chapter 2 of part 2, but no further.



    This is primarily the fault of Audible or Orion, rather than Sanderson - I use the audible iphone app as it's useful for keeping track of what I'm listening to and where I've got to. But something in the chapter encoding is fully broken - I keep getting the error message "error reading audio file" whenever I finish one chapter and move onto the next. Deleting and redownloading the audiobook (or the app!) doesn't fix the problem, and audible helpdesk don't respond. Even using the app on a different device doesn't fix the problem - the file itself is what's bugged, not the download. I don't get this problem on any other audiobook in my library.



    I'd love to finish the book, but until Audible sort it out, I'm not able to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    8/23/11
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    "Fantastic Epic!"

    This series of Audio books kept me completely hooked. The cleverly written epic story has everything you could possibly want from a fantasy novel; fun and humour, excitement, love, fear and tears, not to mention some great action scenes. This is one of my favourite stories and will take some beating!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    11/29/14
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    "I can see the end from here..."

    The end of 75 hour epic is nearly here.

    How Michael Kramer kept this going beggers belief. He does a great job throughout and his careful pacing of the text makes the epic very enjoyable.

    The first two thirds of the story have the familiar feel of the other two books but the final part takes us to new parts are Sanderson reveals that focus of the characters is only a tiny part of the plot. The last few chapters really open things up.

    One thing that is true of all three books, for me anyway, was my misunderstanding of some of the key names and it was only when I happened to flick through the book in a store did I see my errors.

    To my ears, narrator Michael Kramer calls one of the creatures a Kondra (or perhaps Condra). The book reveals the name is actually Kandra. The same can be said of one of the main antagonists which is Ruin - I heard Ruan (Roo-ann). This one is important as the character was named for a reason which only became obvious much later than it should of.

    Anyway. A great end to a great series. I need a lie down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Great Missenden, United Kingdom
    10/27/11
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    "An end to the trilogy - but no more"

    Having thoroughly enjoyed and given five star ratings for the first two books, I approached this book with great expectations; however, I was left feeling underwhelmed.
    This is NOT a bad book; indeed, I very much enjoyed it. However, it seemed purely functional, as if the series had to be a trilogy. Two was not enough, four was too many. A bit like Monty Python's Holy Hand Grenade.
    As with the previous two, the naration is outstanding, and the story is well written - it just feels forced.
    If you've listened to the first two, then you will have to listen to this one. It brings the story to a conclusion and answers many questions, raises many more, and answers them too for good measure.
    The trilogy is five stars. The first two books are five stars. The naration is five stars. This book just falls short of the mark. I have still recommended all three audiobooks to a friend.
    DON'T LET THIS RATING PUT YOU OFF STARTING THE TRILOGY, IT'S GREAT OVERALL.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • hullabaloo
    8/23/12
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    "A book that can't leave your hands or your mind."

    The whole series was a wonder. Lots of late nights listening. Not enough superlatives to describe this book. So I'll leave it at that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    7/1/12
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    "First Choice"

    This is the first Audio book I bought. I didn't know what to expect and as I listened to the story I thought that I would not finish it. The book is set on a planet which is at a difficult point in it's history and both the land and the population are in a bad way. But then just before I abandoned it the narrator injected a little 'hope' into the story and I began to get interested. The story is really very good but it's the narrator who sold it to me. I was amazed at the way he could change his voice for different characters, even female. By the end of the book I was hooked on the series and eagerly await the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    London, United Kingdom
    3/2/12
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    "A different take on the classic fantasy trilogy"

    I don't think it's giving anything away to say that I was lulled into a false sense of 'I know how this works out'. I didn't. A refreshing twist on a classic fantasy framework.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FRANKLIN
    7/27/15
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    "I just love a happy ending"

    I really enjoy Sanderson's storytelling. The ending was a little predictable maybe but who doesn't like I happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shaunnie
    6/22/15
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    "Amazing!"

    My new favourite series. So well read, and does the books justice. I was hooked from the start.

    Highly recommended! If you haven't read the Mistborn series - Why? Do it! Right now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PhoenixsHonour
    6/19/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Absolutely adored this whole series and this was an amazing conclusion. I was so invested in the characters. Could not recommended more highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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