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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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.
superb story and commendable ending for an awesome series. loved the narration by Cramer. story takes you to a different world.
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!
"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.
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!
"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.
"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.
"Epic end to an epic trilogy"
I have to admit, I binge listened to the whole trilogy! I fell in love with the characters in 'Final Empire' and have watched them develop with interest.
My only complaint is the amount of recap in this book -though I concede it is probably necessary if reading it over a period of time.
Loved Michael Kramers reading. One to go back to time and again!
"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.
Michael Kramer is an excellent narrator and truly brings the characters to life in this epic trilogy.
A very satisfying ending to a great story. Brandon Sanderson has kept me gripped for nearly 80 hours following this story of good vs evil. Creating a world, history and purpose to a story without any dips in quality. I'm looking forward to getting on with his back catalogue!
"Absorbing book, beautifully crafted. Masterfully narrated."
Listened to all three books in this trilogy, the story, the characters and the coherence of what is a pleasingly complex plot continue to develop from the first chapter of the first book right through to the epilogue of this third and final instalment. The main protagonists in this instalment struggle from crisis to crisis as the world is brought to ruin all around them. The story is excellently paced. The ending is not your typical "Bilbo returned to the Shire" and is well worth the investment of time listening to the three volumes in sequence. The narration was, in my opinion, fantastically matched to the story and to the characters. I will undoubtedly be buying and listening to more books in this series.
"READ THE FRIGGIN BOOK!"
If youve listened to the first 2 books in the trilogy, then follow up with this. THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT. EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE! You begin to see the hints and foreshadowing, which you glossed over in the previous books, come together. It all fits perfectly. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I usually listen to books while performing pther tasks, like cooking or cleaning or going on casual stroll. It has been a long time since I've had a book draw me in so completely that I have no other option than to sit and just listen for hours, without doing anything else. Michael Kramer as usual brings his A-game to the narration. It sounds natural. He doesnt over enunciate every word like some narrators do. It sounds like a man telling you a story. The character voices are all distinct and I never had any problems recognising who was speaking. Read this book. Brandon Sanderson is a genius.
"I Shouldn't Have To Sell This To You"
If you're reading this, then you've already completed the first two books, I really shouldn't need to sell this to you. If you haven't, then go on with you! Go read the first book!
My GoodReads review went like this:
What a mother f#£%in' ending.
4/5 simply because I lost interest in places, I think this is mostly down to my inability to stay attentive through epic fantasy but I haven't read enough of them to be sure yet.
I stand by everything I said. If you've read the other two books, you need to finish the trilogy. Audiobook is a good way to do it if, like me, you struggled reading the physical copy of the second book.
Also, if you're a writer, goddamn read this. The ending... dear lord, Sanderson knows what he's doing.
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