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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 Brandon Sanderson (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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    Lindie Johannesburg, South Africa 09-13-12
    Lindie Johannesburg, South Africa 09-13-12 Member Since 2011
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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 calgary, AB, Canada 08-12-12
    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 08-12-12 Member Since 2011

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cath Arcadia Vale, Australia 03-19-12
    Cath Arcadia Vale, Australia 03-19-12 Member Since 2008
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Landau Toronto, Canada 09-14-11
    D. Landau Toronto, Canada 09-14-11 Listener Since 2010
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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
  • 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
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    3/28/14
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    "A fitting ending"


    A great ending, but I found it quite a long slog to get there at times

    Story – 4/5

    The magic system and world is built even further in this conclusion to the trilogy, and we understand the rest we need to know about the Mistborn powers and some of the issues that have arisen since the ending of the first book.

    There were times where my mind was wondering, and I was a tad bored, but after having finished it, in reflection, an awful lot happened throughout so it was probably just me. I found Sanderson repeating himself from previous books, which got a bit tedious, but for people who didn’t read the whole trilogy together like I did, this may have been worthwhile.

    There are lots of fights throughout; including a huge scaled multi-part battle at the end. If you like action, you will not be disappointed with this whole trilogy. I always find Sanderson’s action packed endings, along with his unique magic systems, to be his strongest points.

    Performance – 4.5/5

    Michael Kramer is one of the very best audiobook narrators out there – he portrays sadness, happiness, comedy, action and all other scene types masterfully and he makes the enjoyment of the story far easier than most narrators. His voice acting is also superb. Each character has a subtly distinctive voice, and you will definitely not be confused with who is who in a conversation.

    If you enjoyed his narration in the first 2 books, you will not be disappointed; he is consistently excellent in the entire trilogy.

    Overall – 4/5


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Flensburg, Germany
    12/1/13
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    "A Worthy End of the Trilogy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hero of Ages to be better than the print version?

    The audio version of the book is definitely one to appreciate, not at least because it is read by Michael Kramer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Vin, even though she lost a little bit towards the end of the book. Throughout the story she becomes more self-understanding. She almost always figures out things by herself with a little help from her friends, though in the last part, vital information is mostly given to her instead of her figuring it out using her wits.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The best part of the story was when Vin was down after the first part of the fight with the Inquisitors and she finally got rid of that thing which kept her apart from the mists. I love that scene, because I have figured out that one long ago and grew more and more frustrated about Vin not being able to figure it out herself.


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

    This was not a book that I listened to in one go. This is mainly the reason for my four star rating. A very good book, but there is missing just a little bit in the story to keep you totally enthralled.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andreas
    Nicosia, Cyprus
    10/2/13
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    "Superb"
    Any additional comments?

    Best end that i read in a book in a long time, exelent, was the first book i didn't want to finish, no unanswered questions, everythink explained to the detail.

    Just superb

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Srinath
    Texas, United States
    4/13/13
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    "Trust, Faith and Awesomeness!"

    Amazing finish to a great story. Asks tough questions about faith and trust, ance in the end neatly wraps up all the unanswered questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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