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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

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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Great closure

The way the author tied in the trilogy was excellent. A little bittersweet, but overall satisfying ending to the epic fantasy tale. Great stepping stone laid at the end too in preparation for the continuation. Great read.

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Incredible

So many life lessons captured in such an exhilarating story! I can't say enough good things about this book.

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<br />Prefect

Prefect ending to a prefect series. Nothing more to say about this beautiful book. Loved it

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Holy macro.... Now this is what is called a story.

I have no words to describe it. You have to experience it yourself. Read from the beginning whenever that was. I don't know how many books there really are because I think I bought all of them at one go..... Just frigging read it, listen it it whatever..... I couldn't stop not listening to it and now it's ended. I hope there's another one, now I'm gonna go and search for the next.... Preservation owes me that much

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Fantastic story and narration

Best trilogy I’ve experienced for an awfully long time. And the narration was the best I’ve experienced in an audio book. I’m not sure what I’ll listen to next, but it will be narrated by Michael Kramer.

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A fitting end.

At times I felt like I was the one burning atium while listening to this book. This, I think, was due to Brandon Sanderson’s excellent writing.

An excellent book and an excellent end to era one of the Mistborn series.

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The best series I've ever read

Absolutely loved this. The characters have depth, it was unpredictable, there were no clechés. Loved it

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  • Malin
  • Australia
  • 05-14-17

Brilliant ending to an epic saga

One of the most thoughtful and insightful endings where everything just fits.

Loved listening to all three books.

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best book i have ever read

best book in the whole world best fantasy I will give ten stars to this book

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  • Sophie
  • 08-23-11

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!

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  • J. Smith
  • 10-12-15

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!

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  • Lee Grant
  • 11-29-14

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.

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  • Joshua Valentine
  • 05-14-16

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.

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  • Ms
  • 03-02-12

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-27-11

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.

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  • Matthew
  • 05-31-16

Incredible

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!

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  • Pod55
  • 05-18-16

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.

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  • Hannah
  • 02-23-16

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:
*SLOW CLAP*

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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  • Ashleigh M
  • 02-04-16

End of an Epic

I listened to this in under 48 hours. I barely did anything. I ignored my friends, I only stopped to eat - I hardly slept because I just had to know what was happening and where this was going. This trilogy was incredible and while a little predictable in places I absolutely loved it.

I would recommend this trilogy to anyone - especially if like me this is typically not their bag.

The growth in Spook was much needed, I think his name was perfect and made much more sense upon reading this, he was a peripheral character who came in to his own. Sazed remained my favourite character throughout the series, his internal struggle in the the final book and his subsequent resolution of that was frustrating in some respects but frustratingly realistic. The growth of Vin and Eland was once again amazing. The important thing is I cared about them all, I cared so much.

What I loved most about this series is that it kept me guessing. Come the end, everything added up, everything that happened had reason and I understood but it was just great that it wasn’t overly predictable like many series can be! Even the bits that involved battle didn’t bore me, which is an achievement in itself! And it made me well up a bit. I didn’t want it to be over. I couldn’t cope with some of the final scenes. I spent two weeks in this world and I wasn’t ready for it to be over, I wasn’t ready for the end, I wasn’t ready for the inevitability of what was going to happen to some of my favourite characters… It was hard but equally great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • chardonnelle
  • 05-21-16

the end

so many twists. omg. the second book was abit slow. this book will answer all the questions you hadnt realised you were actually asking.

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  • James Burgiss
  • 07-18-18

Wow wow wow

Well I got to say the series was amazing, I wasn’t going to get the next 3 but I’m thinking I will

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  • Jess
  • 07-16-18

Lovable characters but difficult plot.

I have really enjoyed these books, although Sanderson does a great job of making you fall in love with characters so that you'll be really upset when things go badly for them!
Excellent adventure, with mystery and intrigue.
So creative.
I enjoyed the performance, although towards the end I noticed when the narrator said "he" instead of "she" or "him" instead of "her". That was a little frustrating, but overall the voices and dramatic presentation was entertaining.

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  • Kari Elise
  • 06-15-18

such a great book

I loved this book. The author writes well and the narrator has a mesmerising voice.

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  • Cody
  • 05-30-18

Perfect!

This book couldn't be summed up in just a few words it was the perfect ending to this part of the story. The story itself was just beautiful, Brandon Sanderson is fantastic he manages to make there stories gritty and heart wrenching but at the same time light hearted and cheerful. The performance by Michael Kramer is also amazing he manages to pull you into these worlds in just a few words and his intensity at points give the story a sharp edge that is incredible. If you haven't started this story please do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-18

really good finish to a really good series

I loved this book it finished well and was worth listening to please read it and the series

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  • Mrs Briony Lee Bartlett
  • 05-04-18

Couldn’t stop listening

Took a little bit to warm to the narrators deep voice and accents but once I was in I was fully in!
A brilliant ending to Vin and Ellands tale that did not go where I had assumed it was heading. I can’t get enough Brandon Sanderson and this didn’t disappoint

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-18

Review for The Hero of Ages

All I really have to say is that this was a brilliant romp. Narration was fantastic and the story, as always, was ingenious and beautifully written. Thank you Michael and thank you Brandon.

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  • Steven
  • 04-14-18

Best one yet

This is an incredible book. So much foreshadowing, the stakes are so high and everything is so interesting to read about. What a great book, with a well thought out land. Fantastic.

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  • Robert
  • 04-10-18

Love this series. What an ending!

Great series, Great natation. Now I just need to find something else to read. Feeling a little lost :(