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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.


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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.

30 review for The Hero of Ages

  1. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Duffy

    As I finish this trilogy, I feel like addressing this book on two levels: first, on its own strengths and weaknesses as a novel; and second, as the capstone of the series and as an exposition of the Mistborn world and mythology. I’ll start with the latter of the two. The overwhelming impression I get from the Mistborn books is that they have been written by someone who is a fantasy fan first, a fantasy author second. A pedantic geek, if you will. And I mean all of this as the highest praise – San As I finish this trilogy, I feel like addressing this book on two levels: first, on its own strengths and weaknesses as a novel; and second, as the capstone of the series and as an exposition of the Mistborn world and mythology. I’ll start with the latter of the two. The overwhelming impression I get from the Mistborn books is that they have been written by someone who is a fantasy fan first, a fantasy author second. A pedantic geek, if you will. And I mean all of this as the highest praise – Sanderson clearly has a fanboy’s love of internal consistency, and distaste for discontinuity, and is writing the kind of books that he would like to read. In essence, he is both the author, and the slightly Aspergian fan at the fantasy convention asking that author some annoyingly penetrating questions. This is a man with a proper appreciation for words like canon and retcon. Because of these qualities, Sanderson is without a doubt the most consistent, airtight world-builder I have ever read. As the series builds, slowly revealing more and more of the world, the various types of magic, and the overarching mythology, everything snaps into place perfectly. And what’s more, it becomes obvious that everything has been perfectly laid out behind the scenes from the very start. Completely absent is any feeling that the author was making things up as he went along; I never once found myself having that “Sure Luke and Leia were always supposed to be siblings, George” feeling, nor even that “You know, Jo, when Hagrid got out of Azkaban prison at the end of your second book, he acted as though it was no big deal” feeling. And this is great for me, because I’m a pedantic geek myself when I read fantasy and sci-fi; it’s naturally difficult for me to suspend disbelief, and I’m constantly mentally peeking around corners and poking at curtains. And here, in the place of that nagging skepticism was an actual sense of wonder, as every big reveal sent me scrambling back mentally, trying to figure out how I didn’t see that coming. This is definitely a series that would reward a second reading. (That Sanderson was the one tapped to finish the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series now makes all kinds of sense, as he is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee that fans of that famously deep and involved fantasy universe will not be disappointed.) What’s better is that this magnificent world is paired with an excellent story. There’s little of the slow (though, in retrospect, necessary) build that made up much of the first part of the first book. Instead, The Hero of Ages comes out guns blazing (not literally, though firearms are mentioned in passing). The plot is fast-moving, yet everything builds towards a monstrous climax that ends up taking up the last full quarter of the book. The resolution of the plot is mind-blowing, moving, satisfying, and it ties the entire three-book story up elegantly. It’s impressive that Brandon Sanderson can put this neat a bow on such an epic tale, when far more experienced writers like Neal Stephenson and Stephen King still occasionally hit-or-miss. It seems to me that Sanderson improved as a writer over the course of this series – unsurprising, given how young, prolific, and obviously dedicated to the craft he is. That is not to imply he’s a great writer just yet, as his chops continue to catch up to his impressive imagination. There are still some jarring lexical choices: words like guy and tsunami, and terms like “hat trick,” feel out of place even in the context of Sanderson’s straightforward modern American English. And dialogue is still not a strong point; group conversations in particular still come off kind of stilted and awkward. But there is obvious, measurable improvement in the writing from the first book to the third in this series, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of Sanderson’s work. Postscript: Wow, I'm surprised by the number of "likes" on this review. If you enjoyed it, please feel free to check out my reviews of the first and second books in the trilogy. Cheers!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Regan

    I CANT FORM WORDS

  3. 5 out of 5

    Petrik

    This is not a review. This is a story, a story about a man who opened the first pages of Mistborn: The Final Empire. Back in August 2016, there was a man who lived in emptiness. He was probably clinically depressed, but he would never know; he didn’t get himself checked. His heart didn’t ache, his smile was freely given, but he was never happy; he felt empty every day. Damages were added when he realized his hobbies didn’t interest him that much anymore, which resulted in reluctant social interac This is not a review. This is a story, a story about a man who opened the first pages of Mistborn: The Final Empire. Back in August 2016, there was a man who lived in emptiness. He was probably clinically depressed, but he would never know; he didn’t get himself checked. His heart didn’t ache, his smile was freely given, but he was never happy; he felt empty every day. Damages were added when he realized his hobbies didn’t interest him that much anymore, which resulted in reluctant social interaction with his friends. His insomnia was so acute that he couldn’t sleep without alcohol so he drowned in it every night. These symptoms were most likely the aftermath of cumulative mental damage afflicted by those closest to him. His best friend spread lies about him, his closest cousin stole tons of money from him, and then he lost his job and his then girlfriend dumped him. He was alone. He told himself, this can’t be it. There’s always a way to come back stronger. He decided to do something new; he decided to fully immerse himself in reading novels. There were countless choices out there and he didn’t know what to choose first, but on the 1st of September 2016, he dived into the mist and hope was born. He was completely addicted. By the end of the trilogy, reading fiction, especially fantasy, became a drug for him. Amazed by the five-year struggle, the characters in the book became incredibly real to him and he lived through every single event with them. He knew that the end of this trilogy was the beginning of what he hoped would be an everlasting adventure. He knew that he had become deeply entrenched by the power of words. This is not a review; this is a story. A story about a renewed man who closed the last page on The Hero of Ages as a different person from the one who first picked up the book. A story about me, rising out of the mist a better man. “I am, unfortunately, the Hero of Ages.” Picture: The Hero of Ages by breath-art I’ve read and reviewed more than 200 novels within the past two and a half years. I won’t lie; during that journey, I’ve read series that I think are better than this trilogy. However, when it comes to a matter of importance, this trilogy stands at the utmost top and there will never exist another that could change that situation for me. Finishing this trilogy watered the flower of hope in my garden. I found a lot of friends who have the same hobby as me, I found a new job, I found a new girlfriend who loves to read and understand my passions; I’m not empty anymore. Some readers will consider Brandon Sanderson a weak author who doesn’t deserve his success. Some will consider his books or characters to be poorly written. Some will envy Sanderson because he’s more successful than their favorite authors. All of these are views they have every right to hold; after all, we’re all entitled to our opinions. For me, he’s none of these things. Sometimes I wonder if I would have become the man I am today if I had picked a different series to start my literary adventure. Maybe I wouldn’t have fallen in love with fantasy novels so deeply; maybe all the blessings I mentioned before would not have aligned with my stars. However, that’s a question I can’t answer. I know that I haven’t talked about this concluding installment and what made the book superb. But thinking about it, when a book has managed to change the core of my lifestyle, I doubt I need to fully explain what made this trilogy amazing. Like I said, I won’t claim this trilogy is the best series out there, because it’s not. It’s one of my favorites but I’ve encountered plenty that are definitely better. However, nothing can change the fact that the Mistborn trilogy will always be the most important novels in my life. It sparked my love for reading fantasy novels; it’s an alpha in my endless journey to find omega. I haven’t met Sanderson and I don’t know if I ever will; he most likely won’t ever read these words and that’s okay. A reader and author are connected most of the time by a monetary relationship. I pay to read their story, and they need money to keep on making stories; I’m content with doing that. It’s time for me to put an end to this portion of my story; more adventure awaits. Brandon Sanderson, here are my closing sentences for you: No matter what anyone else says about you, your works are responsible for changing my life for the better. For that, no words will ever be enough to express my gratitude. This is not a review; this is a story. A story about me, and I’d like to thank Brandon Sanderson for sparking my love for reading novels. “You are, fortunately, my hero of ages.” - Petrik Picture: Mistborn trilogy by Marc Simonetti Series Review: Mistborn: The Final Empire: 5/5 stars The Well of Ascension: 4.5/5 stars The Hero of Ages: 5/5 stars Mistborn trilogy: 14.5/15 stars You can order the book from: Book Depository (Free shipping) You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Re-read on Audio Well, that ending . . . I cried =( I finally got to find out all of the mysteries behind the mysteries in the book. I loved how Spook's character grew so much in this book, although some of it wasn't from a good place. But sometimes you have to go to a bad place to get to the good place. I fell in love with his character a lot in this book. I got to find out more about TenSoon and the Kandra. I loved learning about that, although I wanted to vaporize some of them. TenSoon won my h Re-read on Audio Well, that ending . . . I cried =( I finally got to find out all of the mysteries behind the mysteries in the book. I loved how Spook's character grew so much in this book, although some of it wasn't from a good place. But sometimes you have to go to a bad place to get to the good place. I fell in love with his character a lot in this book. I got to find out more about TenSoon and the Kandra. I loved learning about that, although I wanted to vaporize some of them. TenSoon won my heart in the second book, but more so in this book. I still love Sazed and he had such an important part in all the books. I'm so happy for his ending in the book. That's all, short and sweet. I love Brandon Sanderson, even though he breaks my heart! Vin & Elend. I will always love you both ♥ "You've led us to die!" Fatren yelled. He was covered in koloss blood, though a patch on his shoulder looked to be his own. "Why?" Fatren demanded. Elend simply pointed as the speck grew larger. "What is is?" Fatren asked over the chaos of battle. Elend smiled. "The first of those armies I promised you." Vin fell from the sky in a tempest of horseshoes, landing directly at the center of the koloss army. MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This was the most perfect series finale I can remember reading... I cannot... I just........ A review will be on my channel when I can form words.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erica (storybookend)

    This ‘review’ is not a review of the book, but more of my emotional journey through reading it and upon finishing. For those of you who have read the Mistborn trilogy, I think you can empathize with what I felt. For those of you who haven’t, I ask that you do yourself a favor, and feast upon these books. For they are truly the most amazing books I’ve ever read. Before the end, I was going to write an absolutely glowing review full of caps lock and exclamations points and gifs and pictures and my This ‘review’ is not a review of the book, but more of my emotional journey through reading it and upon finishing. For those of you who have read the Mistborn trilogy, I think you can empathize with what I felt. For those of you who haven’t, I ask that you do yourself a favor, and feast upon these books. For they are truly the most amazing books I’ve ever read. Before the end, I was going to write an absolutely glowing review full of caps lock and exclamations points and gifs and pictures and my singing glorious praising to high heaven to clearly show my ultimate love and devotion for this book. But I just can’t, I can’t. I am hurting. I’m in so much pain. Never before has a book put me through such emotional turmoil, rendering me to a sobbing, terrible mess, with my heart ripped to pieces, bleeding on the floor, my chest aching, my mind, near in shock. I didn’t want this to happen. I didn’t even consider something like this, especially of this magnitude, happening. Sanderson put me through hell. But I cannot hate him. I cannot hate his prowess in making me go through all of this pain, and yet leaving me with feelings of indescribable joy and breathless wonder. I closed the book with such a wonderful feeling of satisfaction and completion, not wanting in anything save for that I didn’t want it to end. It was a difficult journey, yes, but any journey worth making is worth the trials. And this particular journey, was most possibly, the most rewarding journey I’ve ever been on in the literary world I thrive on. When a novel really makes me feel, it becomes more dear and precious to me than any other book. It shines brighter, dark as the tale may be, tearful as it may make me. But that is what readers are looking for. A story that speaks to their heart and soul, pours emotion into them, making them feel everything the characters are feeling, and lingers well after the last page. And this is what I treasure. Any novel that can do this to me, even though it may not be the best written or executed, is one to be cherished dearly. This novel stands out though. Not only does it make you feel deeply, it has outstanding world building, an incredible cast of characters that you love dearly, and a brilliant execution of a story that leaves you in breathless awe. I knew this series wasn’t all happy endings and rainbows and light. It is a terrible, dying world with an unknown force beating upon it. Horrible ramifications will happen, there is no escaping them. There is no hope of creating a happily ever after for everyone, and creating a world anew without some type of destruction and loss. People die, thousands of people. People you care about. My heart was torn out and trampled on. And it’s still trying to put itself together again. This is a dark tale. Sanderson doesn’t paint it light. He shows you what becomes of a world destroyed, what happens after its thousand years of relentless abuse. But, even then, even through all those dark moments, there are moments of light, of love and joy and laughter. And hope. Faith and hope, I believe, is the core of the novel, what makes all the characters press onward in hopes of a brighter future. The mists, the darkness are ever pressing on them, but they never give up hope. They never stop believing that all could be well if they but fight to secure it. I can’t write this review and not talk about the characters. I can’t talk specifically about what they did that I loved, or their personal thoughts and journey, lest I spoil the book. But I can say that I adore these people with every fiber of my being. They are not just characters moving a story forward, they live and breathe and are REAL. When they were in pain, I was in pain. When something terrible happened to someone I loved, I cried, my heart raging inside, aching and furious at what was happening. But oh how wonderful they are, how glorious their stalwartness and love and self-discovery over the course of their lives. One such person, whom I love and respect and praise, was Sazed. Dear Sazed. Your soul searching quest was perhaps the most riveting and saddening. I ached watching you despair and lose your hope that you had held onto the whole of your life until something devastating sent your doubts flying, your faith failing. But it all paid off! Everything you learned, discovered about your life’s devotion of studying religions. Therein was the faith you needed, you just had to look at them with a new light, a different perspective. And I loved what you became. It was so perfect for you, and made my soul soar with happiness. And then Vin and Elend. Their characters were brilliant. Their outcome, their destiny, jaw dropping, and… I cannot say more on them. You need to discover this on your own. You will come to love them, and you will ache deeply when terrible things happen to them. But the pain is not all for naught. You have to feel pain for them to connect you to them, to make them real, to make the story and their characters believable and entrancing. The ending was heartbreaking, but so perfect, it couldn’t- shouldn’t- have happened any other way. And even though thinking that disheartens me, it was remarkable in its execution, and ended with a perfect brush of the light and new found joy that I was so desperate to find. With the ever present mist and ash and red sunlight, I yearned for the characters to find their blue sky, and yellow sun, and green grass. They never knew of those things. With a thousand years of red sky and brown landscape, such things were preposterous, laughable. Vin believed in it though, because Kelsier did. And this vague image of a better, brighter, lively world full of color, brought them a measure of hope and desire that fueled them in their desperate actions to find this better world, where Inquisitors and Ruin cannot abound, and where peace and light reign. One last character whom I thought was brilliantly crafted, even more so after his death, was The Lord Ruler. I never could have imagined his role in the story, his true intentions that were misunderstood by those seeking to overthrow him. Sanderson created the most unbelievably cruel, good villian. He is not what he seems, and is only a pawn of something even more devious and cunning and ruthless than he ever could be. The whole plot, how everything came together, the realization of what certain things meant, was utterly brilliant. It’s mindboggling to think that someone could concoct such a story, such a world, being so attentive to every single little last detail that is essential in making the world work and have no problems in its making and telling. Sanderson is a mastermind genius. I could never be as superb as he is, but I hope I could be half, or a fourth, or a hundredth so brilliant with storytelling and drawing people in. I almost forgot Spook. Erica, what are you thinking? Ah, Spook, you captured my heart. You became the man I was hoping you would be. You never lost yourself, but you became so much more. And I loved it. I loved your growth and love you had and strength. You, with Elend and Sazed, are my hero. I sincerely urge you, plead you, to read the Mistborn Trilogy. It is so outstanding and perfect and thrilling, you will find you cannot stay away from the world once you enter, and will dread leaving it. What truly, is more amazing than these books? Though I have read them just this year, and there are still thousands of books out there to read, I have a feeling I will not find another read more brilliant. And though I don’t read much epic fantasy (which I think will change soon), I believe the Mistborn trilogy stands out in this genre, and is more than worth reading and loving. They have become my favorite books ever; nothing I’ve read comes even close. And this is why I wish everyone on earth would read these books. I will recommend it to everyone I can. When I love a book so deeply and desperately, I can’t not tell everyone of its brilliance, and that they MUST read it. And you must. You must if you want a book that arrests you completely, and leaves you with such deep emotion and love and wanting more. I can’t praise these books enough, and I hope I have been able to sway you to read them. You will not regret it, trust me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》

    "I am, unfortunately, the Hero of Ages." Books like this are the reason I am so harsh on shitty books, is all i have to say right now Review to come.

  8. 4 out of 5

    April

    What a heart wrenching, but beautiful ending to this fantastic series.😭

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net

    See this review and more like it on www.bookbastion.net! ________ I've been avoiding writing this review for a week or so now, both because I know it's going to be difficult to write, and difficult to share what I recognize is an unpopular opinion. We all can agree that Brandon Sanderson is magic. I can't even bring myself to finish one work in progress, yet he's constantly in the middle of multiple projects at the same time and is slowly building a greater shared universe for his novels that will See this review and more like it on www.bookbastion.net! ________ I've been avoiding writing this review for a week or so now, both because I know it's going to be difficult to write, and difficult to share what I recognize is an unpopular opinion. We all can agree that Brandon Sanderson is magic. I can't even bring myself to finish one work in progress, yet he's constantly in the middle of multiple projects at the same time and is slowly building a greater shared universe for his novels that will probably one day equal the book equivalent of Marvel and DC's own universes of heroes. I also recognize that he has slowly and deservedly amassed a very vocal fanbase who absolutely adore the way he writes and the stories he tells. Also, I can't argue against his creativity. I've read 4 books by Sanderson at this point (this series, and The Way of Kings) and each has managed to surprise me and astound me in the way Sanderson showcases his ability to craft worlds that feel real, alive and full of history. His magic systems are wildly creative and well thought out and are exactly what the best of fantasy should be. So why didn't I love this book? Maybe this was a case of too much of a good thing? Yes, the worldbuilding and magic is creative, but the amount of information Sanderson packs into this trilogy was more than a little bit exhausting, especially when reading all three books pretty much in a row. I think if I had put a year between reading each book, I might have enjoyed it a little bit more because if I'm being totally honest, Brandon Sanderson has a habit of over-delivering information that drives me crazy. Sanderson opens each chapter in all 3 books with italicized passages that are essentially his worldbuilding notes. In books 1 and 2 I didn't so much mind them as they directly connect to research Sazed and Vin were conducting over the course of the story. In this book, they're straight up infodumps, pertaining to a new magic system that he clearly couldn't find another way to work into the story. I was left wondering what the point of all this information was, and like an english major taking a math course, wondering why I needed to know it. Each chapter starts with a character performing a simple action. Vin Pushing and Pulling herself through the mists. Sazed arriving at a town. Spook or another ancillary character entering a building. This sets the scene for action the characters will get to... eventually... The characters endlessly ruminate over past events in what I became certain was an attempt to pad the page count to ensure each of these books reached epic proportions. If you take out all of the pointless trips down memory lane, this 700+ page book could have achieved the same ends in probably 300 pages. Vin's inner monologue was still revisiting when she first met Kelsier, or when she dressed as Valette in numerous chapters - and those events happened over 5 years ago in book time! Elend's inner monologue reminds us constantly that he used to be a scholar, and is now a king. Oh, and in case you've forgotten what metal does what, it's repeated basically in every chapter too. You seriously could play a drinking game based on the repeated information alone - though I hope you have a hearty liver and an ability to hold your alcohol if you try. The story finally creeps forward in slowly increasing steps until the final 20% of the book or so, when Sanderson abandons the earlier slow pace in favor of a frenetic end. If I was rating this book on the last chunk of the story, it would get all the stars. The ending was spectacular and appropriately epic for fantasy. However, a novel is a sum of its parts and there's about 500 pages in this book that I had hoped to enjoy a lot more than I did. Also, I'm just going to say it: Elend and Vin are boring. They're boring characters. They're an even more boring couple. They're too powerful when they're together, and Sanderson doesn't so much show them in love and romantically connected as he does tell the audience repeatedly that they're husband and wife, and in love. Their connection to each other seemed another casualty of Sanderson's compulsive need to sanitize this story of any sort of adult element that might arise. There is even a scene where Sanderson goes out of his way to explain that Kandra remove their visible genitals, so when a few of them are walking around naked they're walking like barbie dolls or crewmembers of the USS Callister. It doesn't make sense. They're not even human - though they use human form. So why would they worry about removing their genitals? It's stuff like this that pulled me out of the story and honestly, makes me cringe a little. Furthermore, 3 books in and the only decent female character Sanderson bothered to put in this trilogy was Vin. There are more than a half dozen supporting male characters in this series, and the majority of them all survive to the end of the story. Surely one or two other awesome female characters could have found something important to do in this book? Don't even get me started on Beldre, who I think was a terrible character with unrealistic motivations from start to finish. She only exists to ensure that every character gets neatly paired off with a romantic (and heterosexual) interest of their own at the end of the book. Before I started this series, I had plans on prioritizing Words of Radiance and Oathbringer this year, but after this experience I've moved them to the bottom of my to-be-read list. I enjoyed The Way of Kings when I read it, but I've also read 100+ great books since then and I think my standards might be a bit higher than they used to be, and I'm no longer sure I'd enjoy the sequels. 3 out of 5 stars ___________ Thank you to my buddy read partners, href="https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4... Humphrey and Scrill! These ladies are wonderful, and if you're not following them - you should be!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adina

    The Hero of Ages is undeniably a satisfying ending to the Mistborn series which answered all my questions and more. I was left with a bitter sweet feeling after I swiped to the last page but satisfied that it could not have ended any other way. I loved the first volume, the 2nd was a decent transition to this big boy which almost was as excellent as the first. I expected most of the plot twists so I wasn’t mind blown like other readers but, in the same time, I was awed by Sanderson’s imagination The Hero of Ages is undeniably a satisfying ending to the Mistborn series which answered all my questions and more. I was left with a bitter sweet feeling after I swiped to the last page but satisfied that it could not have ended any other way. I loved the first volume, the 2nd was a decent transition to this big boy which almost was as excellent as the first. I expected most of the plot twists so I wasn’t mind blown like other readers but, in the same time, I was awed by Sanderson’s imagination and his word building capabilities. He really is a master in this respect. I also enjoyed the way the characters grew and the development of Spook, who was almost inexistent in the other two books. Tensoon and Sazed remained my favorite heroes and I am delighted with the way their storyline developed. The development of the main two characters, Vin and Elend, seemed less important that some of the secondary characters which I am not sure it was the intended result. I do not want to spoil anything so I’m not going to go into details. Why only 4 stars? Please do not be mad at me but I have to admit that Sanderson’s writing is not that amazing. It is definitely not bad but I’ve read better written fantasy. Also, the dialogues were a bit flat and I love powerful words exchanges. Even the thought battle between Ruin and Vin seemed lifeless. Lastly, I wouldn’t have minded a bit of humor in the mix although I understand why Sanderson might have thought that it wouldn’t go well with the depressing atmosphere. I missed Kelsier’s wit, though. "How did men believe in something that preached love on one hand, yet taught destruction of unbelievers on the other? How did one rationalize belief with no proof? How could they honestly expect him to have faith in something that taught of miracles and wonders in the far past, but carefully gave excuses for why such things didn’t occur in the present day?" One of the most interesting themes for me was Sazed's search for the true religion and for the meaning of faith. he does try to answer some of the questions and doubts many of us have regarding a supreme being. Food for thought. It is a series worth reading, I loved most of it and I will definitely read more Sanderson in the near future.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    I think Sanderson is a really impressive author of the fantasy genre. It must be incredibly hard to insert originality into books of this type; so much has been done before and then done again. With Sanderson it feels like I’m reading something completely new and completely exciting. His books and his characters are, simply put, cool. He just knows what his readership wants to see, and he gives it to them. The action scenes have an almost cinematic quality too them; they remind me of the combat I think Sanderson is a really impressive author of the fantasy genre. It must be incredibly hard to insert originality into books of this type; so much has been done before and then done again. With Sanderson it feels like I’m reading something completely new and completely exciting. His books and his characters are, simply put, cool. He just knows what his readership wants to see, and he gives it to them. The action scenes have an almost cinematic quality too them; they remind me of the combat from The Matrix and Resident Evil movie franchises. The images of people flying through the air and kicking arse are vivid and plain awesome. I’d love to see this on the big screen. Spectacular fighting There is, of course, so much more to this story that Sanderson’s awe inspiring combat scenes; he has created an entire fantasy mythos around what originally appeared to be nothing but a rather basic story. It’s just so good. Well, anyway, this book takes place a year after the previous one, and Elend is forced to take upon the role of Emperor. Previously, he has an idealistic approach to ruling; he was soft and morally righteous. But, there’s no time for sentimentalists in this world. Elend has hardened his heart and become what necessity demanded him to be. The situation calls for a ruler not a diplomat; he has opened his eyes and seen the approaching threat of destruction. He’s become a badass like his girlfriend. It was just in time too because his weakness could have got everyone killed. His personality is now drastically different. He is now Vin’s equal rather than something she must protect. The threat to the Final Empire transcends the capabilities of a normal man; he had to become much more. Together, him and Vin can reap destruction on their countless enemies. So, essentially, he has become the leader he needed to be form the start. A doubt inevitably begins to burn within his soul (see what I did there?) and that is whether or not he becoming like the Lord Ruler himself. I love the way Sanderson does this; he captures internal conflict really well, as Elend questions morality and the necessary nature of being a strong leader. Exciting new point of view chracters Initially, I thought his was a bad idea. I though adding new point of views in such a late stage of a trilogy would be quite detrimental. But, I’m glad to say it wasn’t. Spook and Ken-Soon had some of the most exciting chapters in the book. It can become a bit tiresome reading, “Vin burned Pewter” so it was fresh to see part of the story from these characters who in the end had a massive part to play in the final confrontations; it broke the story up and drove it into a more impactful ending. It also allowed for character development in characters that have been relatively ignored. Spook went on a massive personal journey. If I was to rate this book just on its action then I would give it five stars. I think the ending of the series was superb, but there was also another six hundred or pages or so to contend with. There were a few pacing issues. I felt like unnecessary things were drawn out, and what I considered to be important was rushed over. The ending was too fast; it needed more build up. The conflict at the beginning of the book had much more time devoted to it than the crux of the plot. However, these are minor issues, which make me sound very picky. The ending was superb and sad. This series has so much going for it. Go read it! The Mistborn Series 1. The Final Empire - A misty four stars 2. The Well of Acsension- A suprising four stars 3. The Hero of Ages - An awesome four stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)

    *Grabs mic* *Clears throat and begins to scream* FUCK YOU FUCK ME FUCK THIS FUCK THAT FUCK EVERYTHING I SALUTE YOU, BRANDON SANDERSON!! I'm just going to go kindly check myself into the hospital. I suffered multiple cardiac arrests over these endless plot twists. Sanderson has ZERO mercy. Let me repeat that: ZERO MOTHERFUCKING MERCY. *Drops Mic*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    I cry but I'm also so happy. WHAT AN ENDING. I've never been so happy to be so sad.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    1st read: Nov 2014 2nd read: April 2015 3rd read: April/May 2016 4th read: November 2017 I mean, it was perfect obviously. As glorious and bittersweet and fulfilling as the first time I read it. I'm in awe of Sanderson! I'm amazed by his skill as an author. As someone who designed a world from scratch and connected the plot lines in such a god-like way almost. Even though, I've read it 4 times, I still cannot fathom the scale of epicness. Forever my favourite trilogy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~

    So this was BY FAR my favorite installment in the first Mistborn trilogy. I cannot even begin to sum up how great this was. LIKE DAMN. I've mentioned before how much I appreciate Sanderson's heavy inclusion of religion and religious characters in his work. He somehow is able to ask those big questions, taking his characters through hell and back, without making the reader feel at all criticized or alienated. The character developments in this one (especially for my precious Spook) were just beyo So this was BY FAR my favorite installment in the first Mistborn trilogy. I cannot even begin to sum up how great this was. LIKE DAMN. I've mentioned before how much I appreciate Sanderson's heavy inclusion of religion and religious characters in his work. He somehow is able to ask those big questions, taking his characters through hell and back, without making the reader feel at all criticized or alienated. The character developments in this one (especially for my precious Spook) were just beyond anything I could've imagined. I am thrilled with how each character grew to be so much more than what they were when we began this journey in The Final Empire. Now that I'm sitting at the end of this series, I believe wholeheartedly that this book is responsible for tying together the first two into what became this brilliant high fantasy epic. A beautifully crafted ending. Buddy read this with the wonderfully adorable & amazing Tweebie Bird!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    I have a little time to read this book because of Ramadan. The Hero of Ages genres are fantasy and sci-fi. This book has focused on the characters of Vin and Elend. 'The Hero of Ages' was a lot quicker. I love this book so much Alhamdulillah! This is the best trilogy! I have ever read Alhamdulillah! Oh, wow you have changed, Spook my dear man! I love the conclusion of the 'Mistborn' trilogy so much Alhamdulillah. It is very sad. I cry a lot in the end of this book. The end of this book are happy and s I have a little time to read this book because of Ramadan. The Hero of Ages genres are fantasy and sci-fi. This book has focused on the characters of Vin and Elend. 'The Hero of Ages' was a lot quicker. I love this book so much Alhamdulillah! This is the best trilogy! I have ever read Alhamdulillah! Oh, wow you have changed, Spook my dear man! I love the conclusion of the 'Mistborn' trilogy so much Alhamdulillah. It is very sad. I cry a lot in the end of this book. The end of this book are happy and sad. Lists of 'Misborn' trilogy unforgettable characters: Kelsier/Kell Sazed Elend Vin Zane Breeze Ham Dockson Clubs Spook TenSoon

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    I love how everything tied in at the end - I'm usually good at guessing everything but I kept being shocked by this book. The characters' growth was enjoyable to watch, the magic system and the world building became more and more complex which I adored! I didn't 100% love the ending but I still loved this book. I can't wait to continue with the next ones!

  18. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    📂 files └📁 rare └📁 very rare └📁 vin and elend finding true love and happiness and being content and seeing the world restored and beautiful and getting more dances and balls and being cute and sassing each other guys. . . i think sanderson broke me 5 stars!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ brandon sanderson is an evil man who creates the most intricate and detailed worlds and gives me the most precious and perfect characters and then he ruins me with his fricken plot twists so, basically im here for p 📂 files └📁 rare └📁 very rare └📁 vin and elend finding true love and happiness and being content and seeing the world restored and beautiful and getting more dances and balls and being cute and sassing each other guys. . . i think sanderson broke me 5 stars!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ brandon sanderson is an evil man who creates the most intricate and detailed worlds and gives me the most precious and perfect characters and then he ruins me with his fricken plot twists so, basically im here for pain

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Obida

    Buddy read with TESSY I just discovered my new favourite series, The originality of this series is astounding, I already miss this world and the character, its like nothing I’ve ever read before, Allomancy,Feruchemy and Hemalurgy the new forms of magical powers where you can control metals by either consuming them, storing strengths in metals amongst other stuff. If you have not read this series I suggest you pick it up ASAP. This book made me cry more than anything I’ve ever read in all my li Buddy read with TESSY I just discovered my new favourite series, The originality of this series is astounding, I already miss this world and the character, its like nothing I’ve ever read before, Allomancy,Feruchemy and Hemalurgy the new forms of magical powers where you can control metals by either consuming them, storing strengths in metals amongst other stuff. If you have not read this series I suggest you pick it up ASAP. This book made me cry more than anything I’ve ever read in all my life, at the same time it made me laugh and fall in love with the characters. I love that the responsibility of saving the world was not just one person’s responsibility but everyone helped in their own way. The world building is just ecstatic and I love it, I felt like I was part of the world whilst reading this series, I have a clear picture of Luthadel,Fadrex, Urthea and the other towns in my head. We get to know how Inquisitors,Koloss and Kandra are made in this book. Now that I know more about Rashek the Lord Ruler I no longer hate him I just feel bad for him but still that is no excuse for all he did. I don’t even have words to describe the character development, damn that is what I call a work of art. CHARACTERS VIN : She made her way to the top and became my favourite female protagonist, Vin grew and changed from the scared paranoid girl we met in the first book to this confident woman, She is not arrogant nor selfish and I adore that part of her. She loves Elend a lot and their relationship always makes me smile like an idiot. I love that they trust each other even when they could not talk about their plans (view spoiler)[ Cause Ruin is ominipresent and can hear them and will know how they want to stop him (hide spoiler)] . "I could come with you," Elend offered. She smiled, then kissed him. "Sorry," she said. "But you're noisy." "Come now. I'm not that bad." "Yes you are," Vin said. "Plus, you smell." "Oh?" he asked, amused. "What do I smell like?" "An emperor. A Tineye would pick you out in seconds." Elend raised his eyebrows. "I see. And, don't you possess an imperial scent as well?" "Of course I do," Vin said, wrinkling her nose. "But I know how to get rid of it. Either way, you're not good enough to go with me, Elend. I'm sorry." Elend smiled. Dear blunt Vin. ELEND: Is by far my best character development in this book. He is so badass now and I just could not believe it. He changed from the slovenly nobleman to this guy that is ruling and fight amongst his soldiers like who would have thought Elend Venture will be great at that. (view spoiler)[ Now a mistborn and the Emperor that is trying to saved everyone, He is still too honorable, He refused to attack a city that captured his wife Vin because he knows that she would rather he find another way, than an innocent person dying because of her. (hide spoiler)] And this quote just explain how great Elend and Vin are together. Spoiler if you are yet to read the first two books. "You know," Elend added, "during those days when you refused to marry me, I constantly thought about how strange you were." She raised an eyebrow. "Well, that's romantic." Elend smiled. "Oh, come on. You have to admit that you're unusual, Vin. You're like some strange mixture of a noblewoman, a street urchin, and a cat. Plus, you've managed—in our short three years together—to kill not only my god, but my father, my brother, and my fiancée. That's kind of like a homicidal hat trick. It's a strange foundation for a relationship, wouldn't you say?" Vin just rolled her eyes. "I'm just glad I don't have any other close relatives," Elend said. Then, he eyed her. "Except for you, of course." "I'm not about to drown myself, if that's what you're getting at." SPOOK : another great character development, forget the uncertain 15 year old teenager in book one, He is now 19 and more confident than before. Can’t say much about him cause of spoilers, just know that he is awesome in this part. SAZED The only Terrisman in the crew, He was a rebel even before he met Kelsier and the rest of the crew members. I love his honesty a lot and the way he cares for Vin and rescued her in the first book. (view spoiler)[ Sazed is also the hero of ages, yes I know we did not see that coming, We all thought it’ll be Vin, but no its Sazed. (hide spoiler)] BREEZE: He is the only one that did not change, The only change in him is that he is just less selfish (view spoiler)[ and has a girlfriend, Arilanne who is also a soother like him. (hide spoiler)] "What do you think, Breeze?" Spook asked. "About the girl, or about you insulting me in there?" "The first," Spook said. "Your pride isn't important right now." "My dear fellow," Breeze said, "my pride is always important. HAM: The philosopher who is also a thug(a person who burns pewter and has super strength). He really is selfless he left his wife and children to fight in the war. I felt so bad when he said that he knows Vin and Elend more than his own children. ZANE: Remember the crazy guy that died in book two, apparently he is not mad (view spoiler)[ It was Ruin that was in his head,controlling him and telling him what to do (hide spoiler)] . I feel so sad for him now that I know what actually happened to him. The rest of the characters are also important but discussing about them will only make this review longer than it is now. PLOT The plot blew me away, what is that!! I love and hate the ending, all strings were tied nothing was left hanging, There is nothing more that I would have added everything fits perfectly. I’m going to assume that you’ve read the first two books cause my plot summary is just about The Hero of Ages . After Vin mistakenly freed Ruin from the well of ascension he is hell bent on destroying the world, The mist is now killing people and ash is falling more and more not to mention earthquakes and volcanos. Elend and Vin is trying to gather food from the cache the Lord Ruler left alongside Ham and Cett. Spook, Sazed and Breeze are in another town trying to get the cache but had some difficulties that Spook fixed. TenSoon is in Kandra Homeland and Marsh is still an Inquisitor (view spoiler)[ and is now the killing machine for Ruin, He hates himself and is suicidal but cannot kill himself because Ruin is in control of his body (hide spoiler)] . As we all guessed they defeated Ruin at last, Vin with the help of Preservation destroyed Ruin and Elend made sure Ruin could not get to his body that will apparently make him stronger.(view spoiler)[ which is atium, Elend and his soilders who are atium mistings used them all up (hide spoiler)] but lots of people died like lots (view spoiler)[ including Vin and Elend yea you read right they both fucking died and I cried like a baby, My heart still hurts. At the center of the flowers, he found two people. Vin lay wearing her customary mistcloak, shirt, and trousers. Elend was in a brilliant white uniform, complete with cape. They were holding hands as they lay amid the flowers. And they were both dead. They were both killed by Marsh who is controlled by Ruin. (hide spoiler)] But it was worth it, the world got fixed green grasses, flowers and blue sky. (view spoiler)[ Sazed who is The Hero of Ages made Spook a Mistborn which is super cool, He tried to bring Vin and Elend back to life but could not I tried to bring them back, but apparently fixing the bodies doesn't return the souls. I will get better at this with time, I expect.However, be assured that I have spoken with our friends, and they are quite happy where they are. They deserve a rest, I think. (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Re-reading because: 1 - It is Brandon Sanderson and he is always better the second time through 2 - Shadows of Self comes out next month 3 - I just can't fight this feeling anymore Buddy Read of the Mistborn series with some friends at Sanctum of Fantasy and it was worth it. A well thought out trilogy that ended as strong as it began. I forgot to mention Spook in my original review but his role in this was key. He has grown up so much from the boy he was in Mistborn and has come to the forefront of Re-reading because: 1 - It is Brandon Sanderson and he is always better the second time through 2 - Shadows of Self comes out next month 3 - I just can't fight this feeling anymore Buddy Read of the Mistborn series with some friends at Sanctum of Fantasy and it was worth it. A well thought out trilogy that ended as strong as it began. I forgot to mention Spook in my original review but his role in this was key. He has grown up so much from the boy he was in Mistborn and has come to the forefront of the story. I love his journey and how he used what he learned from Kelsier and Vin together in playing his role. There are so many characters I love in this series and I'm sad to leave them behind again. I didn't start out loving Breeze but he became one of my favorite characters (His wit reminds me of Wit in the Stormlight Archives). Elend and Vin remain one of my favorite couples in Fantasy. Kelsier is still such a strong force in the story. Sazed and his journey and part in the story made sense when we finally got there and I always love how he is humble and genuine with everyone. His journey couldn't have ended any other way I think. Stronger even the second time through. Original Review 4.5 Allomantic Stars Buddy read with the ever awesome Athena So a few months back I was lucky enough to meet Brandon Sanderson at an event and subsequent book signing. He signed my book with the following I thought while reading Mistborn that he put that inscription in the wrong book. Boy was I wrong because The Hero of Ages had more secrets revealed than the other two books. In true Sanderson fashion this story builds slowly until it bursts and all you can do is hold on for the ride. I laughed and cried and loved so many moments. My heart might be a little battered by the journey but it is all the better for it as well. There are some fantasy series you read and you know that the author is just sorta making it all up as he goes along. Later in the series stuff from earlier books starts to fall apart and holes in prior world building become a little obvious. I never feel that way in a Sanderson book. I always feel like he had every part of the magic system and world building figured out before he ever started the first book. That with every layer he adds it is like a picture coming more fully into focus until you can see all the details more clearly and at the end of Hero of Ages I thought OF COURSE how could it have ended any differently. He is for the fantasy reader that loves all the details and respects the world building as well as the story. Sure some parts might seem a little slower at times but that is just because the world is so rich and it takes time to line everything up so you can knock it down perfectly. There are so many characters that I loved throughout the entire series and thankfully I got to spend time with all of them. I thought that all of the magic had been explained and talked about in the other two books but that wasn’t the case at all and in this one Hemelurgy was at the forefront of the story. It made perfect sense once explained and fit in with the other magic’s of this world. Everything that has been put for about this world is action and consequence or push and pull. Balance has been the driving factor and this remained true to the very end. With Ruin released a new balance had to be found to counteract his destruction and the possible end of the world. Ruin has been waiting millennia for this chance and is a master manipulator of men. Vin, Elend and the gang have their work cut out for them if they have a chance to win this war. “Why can't you see? This isn't about good or evil. Morality doesn't even enter into it. Good men will kill as quickly for what they want as evil men—only the things they want are different.” Vin, she has come so far from the first book. She has grown into a great hero and woman she has become more than Kelsier every thought she could be. I loved her and Elend in this book. They overcame their histories and became such a strong pair together. They have become more comfortable with the people they are and accept themselves. They had difficult times with the enemy but I enjoyed the tender moments when they were just together being the young couple in love that they are. “Elend smiled. "Oh, come on. You have to admit that you're unusual, Vin. You're like some strange mixture of a noblewoman, a street urchin, and a cat. Plus, you've managed - in our short three years together - to kill not only my god, but my father, my brother, and my fiancée. That's kind of like a homicidal hat trick.” All the side charaters and other POV add so much depth and understanding to the story. My favorite PoV was TenSoon. The Kandra culture was such an interesting addition to the story just one more in depth facet. Spook also played such an interesting role as he has grown up and now plays a much bigger part. Sazed is always of interest and I didn’t see the significance of his role until it hit me upside the head and I felt stupid that I didn’t see it sooner. Sazed is a little lost and still in morning after losing the woman he loved and has lost faith. In searching through all the religions he has carried all these years he hopes to find answers but it seems that not one of them is perfect. Some of his ponderings of religions and faith were so interesting. I usually zone out at stuff like this as it can sometimes be preachy but I never felt like that and some of his discussions about religions and faith were the parts I loved in this book. “It sounds to me, young one," Haddek said, "that you are searching for something that cannot be found." "The truth?" Sazed said. "No," Haddek replied. "A religion that requires no faith of its believers.” Marsh wow Marsh’s fate was one that was difficult. The struggles that he had with himself and what he has become. The battles between Marsh and Vin were epic and heartbreaking as once they saved each other’s lives and now are enemies. Everything came full circle and the ending was emotional, as I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to many of the characters in this. Now at the end looking back I don’t see how it could have ended any other way and been right.

  21. 4 out of 5

    R.K. Gold

    So I am going to break this review down into three categories. Characters, plot, and writing style. As usual my review will contain some spoilers. The only spoiler-free part of this review will be the short overall paragraph below this. Overall I thought this was an enjoyable end to a unique trilogy. It tied all the loose ends and connected twists back to the original book making me at the very least feel everything I read was important. Spoilers begin now Characters: There are way too many character So I am going to break this review down into three categories. Characters, plot, and writing style. As usual my review will contain some spoilers. The only spoiler-free part of this review will be the short overall paragraph below this. Overall I thought this was an enjoyable end to a unique trilogy. It tied all the loose ends and connected twists back to the original book making me at the very least feel everything I read was important. Spoilers begin now Characters: There are way too many characters to dive into each one lol I will start with the big 4: In case you didn’t read the spoiler warning already here’s another one: SPOILERS Vin This was vin’s weakest book. She spent a large portion of it captured and she felt almost like a diet version of her former self. I mean Elend being able to defend himself eliminated about 40% of her purpose to exist in earlier books. However, she became an incredibly compelling character by the end of the book. Her best scenes came when she was trapped in her own head and I’m happy we finally got answers to why her brother’s voice was in her head the entire first book and why god was in Zane’s head in book 2. By the end of the book she was granted the power to move planets then sacrificed herself to protect the world. By tying her internal dialogue back to the voice of doubt in book one it really amplified her arc. She went from do anything to survive, to sacrificing herself. Elend Though Elend became a competent badass I felt like his changes were the most subtle. On the surface he changed the most. He went from spoiled rich brat to all powerful emperor and mistborn with abilities to conquer cities but those are just powers. What made his development so unique is that he didn’t change that much despite being given all the opportunity in the world to do so. He never risked the lives of innocent people and when the moment came for him to sacrifice himself he did so without hesitation. Sazed Sazed’s transformation in this book was my favorite. He went from all is lost in this world to being the architect of the world’s future. He had a major identity crisis and lost the woman he loved, yet still found a sense of duty to preserve history, even when his heart wasn’t in it. He went from reactive advisor to proactive celestial. Tensoon Tensoon hated humans and thought they would bring nothing but destruction. He truly believed his religion was right that all his kind had to do was wait for humans to destroy themself. His major change was then fighting to preserve humans over his kind. Plot: The first book had the most movement. Book 2 was mostly spent under siege and book 3 was mostly spent sieging another city. Like I said in the previous section the most compelling moments of the book came when Vin was trapped in her own head, talking to Ruin, and doubting her abilities. Secondary characters sorta disappeared in this book. Spook was given substantial screen time to show how hemalurgy could impact someone. That was the big reveal this book. Book 1 showed two types of magic. Book 2 showed more details on how those magic types can be used (more metals and controlling other species). Book 3 introduced the all powerful beings, along with the introduction of more metals, and the explanation of how hemalurgy works. While the villains were more powerful than they had been in previous books the fighting itself is at an all time low. Basically most of the plot was a siege but the planning was light. Vin got captured because they literally had a plan as simple as go to a ball, cause a distraction, break into a vault. Like I’m not asking for oceans 11 but when the characters even acknowledge it’s a simple plan for something as serious as robbing a sieged city then maybe they need a few more tricks up their sleeves Writing style: So when I first started the series I was really impressed with sanderson’s writing style. These are massive texts that keep me engaged and handle large worlds. He brought in a complex government system and hundreds of religions (though only a couple were actively practiced over the course of the series). However my one knock was always large sections of exposition, and moments of unnecessary explanation. While it didn’t get any better or worse throughout the series it did bore me a little more by the end. Especially in this book since the plot was so static, like there was barely any movement at all. The POVs shifted but the characters, with the exception of Spook, mostly stayed where they were and talked—then in between the talking there was a wall of explanation. I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Book rating 4/5 Series rating 4.5/5

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    I don't even have words to describe the last book in this series. I finished last night and I'm still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened in this last book. To be completely honest, my heart is a bit broke as well. Bloody hell! This book and series is one of the best fantasy series that I’ve read. Kudos Brandon Sanderson! I bow down to your world building, your amazing magical system and for breaking my heart!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Iryna *Book and Sword*

    All the stars!!! Im not crying, you are. I wrote a longer review talking about how much I loved depression rep and the romance rep in this book (and the whole trilogy). Read it HERE Thank you Goodreads' friends for making me read The Mistborn trilogy. Thank you The Mistborn trilogy for becoming my new favorite trilogy of all time. Thank you Brandon Sanderson for making me cry because your books are masterpieces. Just a few things I wanted point out from this magnificent read: - As I've mentioned ab All the stars!!! Im not crying, you are. I wrote a longer review talking about how much I loved depression rep and the romance rep in this book (and the whole trilogy). Read it HERE Thank you Goodreads' friends for making me read The Mistborn trilogy. Thank you The Mistborn trilogy for becoming my new favorite trilogy of all time. Thank you Brandon Sanderson for making me cry because your books are masterpieces. Just a few things I wanted point out from this magnificent read: - As I've mentioned above - fantastic depression representation - Amazing romance that doesn't make you cringe - TenSoon! - Spook! - All of the little secrets that I was wondering about in previous books (Zane, Vin's ability to pierce copper and much, much more) - Brutal explanation of how hemalurgy works - Marsh - That ending! That ending... This book made me cry at least 5 times. I love it. I love it with all my heart. “I ask of you your lives,” Elend said, voice echoing, “and your courage. I ask of you your faith, and your honor—your strength, and your compassion. For today, I lead you to die. I will not ask you to welcome this event. I will not insult you by calling it well, or just, or even glorious." oh, look at that, I'm tearing up again. My WEBSITE My INSTAGRAM My WORDPRESS BLOG

  24. 5 out of 5

    Markus

    3.5 stars "Ash cloaks the land in a mantle of black. The mists come during the day, killing both crops and people. Men march to war. Ruin has returned." The divine power hidden at the mythical Well of Ascension has been released. A dark force bent on the utter destruction of the world has been freed from the invisible shackles that once bound it. The mists are engulfing the outer dominances, murdering people in the darkness. But in the centre of it all stand Vin, recognised in the Final Empire as 3.5 stars "Ash cloaks the land in a mantle of black. The mists come during the day, killing both crops and people. Men march to war. Ruin has returned." The divine power hidden at the mythical Well of Ascension has been released. A dark force bent on the utter destruction of the world has been freed from the invisible shackles that once bound it. The mists are engulfing the outer dominances, murdering people in the darkness. But in the centre of it all stand Vin, recognised in the Final Empire as the fabled Hero of Ages, the one destined to save the world. This book is the last chapter of a legend. Mistborn: The Final Empire was a book about revolution, about standing standing up against oppression and fight for a better world. The Well of Ascension was a book about politics and civil war, about struggling to hold up a beacon of hope in a world of erupting chaos. And finally there is The Hero of Ages, a book about the ultimate struggle between preservation and ruin, about the struggle to survive through the end of the world itself. An interesting part of this book is its focus on religious and political fanaticism. There are fervent believers building their lives and thinking their thoughts based on both the Lord Ruler and the Church of the Survivor, both among the allies and the opponents of our protagonists. There are both extremely conservative and extremely radical dictators ruling their respective cities with iron fists in the name of the common good. While the fanatics themselves are rather intolerable characters, they illustrate the dangers of extremism particularly well, something that appears to be a main point for Sanderson in writing this novel. A rather unforunate aspect about the book is (I can't believe I'm saying this), the immensely high level of nostalgia involved. I almost always enjoy a bit of nostalgia when reading fantasy. When I've read an astonishing fantasy tale, I love being able to read a sequel that manages to look back and turn past events into legends. This book does that, so why am I disappointed? Because the nostalgia here makes the first book even better than it already was, while doing nothing at all for the third. Almost every scene in every chapter includes some mention of something or someone that is no more or how no one can stand up to the ideals and examples provided by the past. It seems even Sanderson realised that nothing could possibly be better than the first book in the series, so he looked back on that one with great fondness while writing this one. "We’re like children, playing a game we’ve watched our parents play, but not really knowing any of the rules. And . . . our opponent created the game in the first place." It must also be said that the characters are weaker than ever in the series. Vin begins to doubt herself, Elend begins to doubt himself, even Sazed begins to doubt himself. When one considers that lots of enjoyable characters have also been lost along the path, the book is left with a bunch of uncertain people who have lost faith in everything from the gods to themselves. To their credit, they are all still fighting a desperate fight to save the world, but that does not make them any more interesting in my eyes. The antagonist is not as interesting as the antagonists of the first and second books, and more of a traditional 'pure evil' fantasy villain (despite eagerly claiming otherwise). Some characters, like Spook, get more interesting in this instalment, and some new characters, like Yomen, are definitely interesting additions to the series. Ultimately though, this book was character-wise a low point. So, did I hate this book so much that I'm only able to say negative things about it? Not at all. There are lots of positive things to say, but those things are often overlooked, because they've been a part of the series since the first book. Like Sanderson's flawless writing. Like the greatly interesting magic system known as Allomancy. Like the short, but astounding logbook entries that so elegantly introduce each chapter of the book. Like Sazed's hundreds of fascinating religions. And like the lowborn girl who became the most powerful Mistborn in the Empire, and the light-hearted, idealistic nobleman by her side. The book was filled to the brim with twists and revelations. Most of them were fairly predictable, but others again were not, and all of them were perfectly timed. The ending itself was as good as it could be. I cannot call it a satisfying conclusion (those of you who have read this book will understand that), but it was an ending worthy of a trilogy as breathtaking as this one. "Somehow, we'll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are." I feel like I need to write more, but suffice it to say that I enjoyed reading The Hero of Ages. I must admit that I was disappointed, but that disappointment may lie with my expectations prior to starting the book and not with the book itself. I had thought Sanderson would fulfil those expectations, and he did not, but it was still a great experience, and a great conclusion to an absolutely amazing series. And the Mistborn trilogy as a whole is something different altogether. There have been upsides and downsides to it, mostly the former, and in the end I must say that I am thankful to have been able to venture forth into the lands of the Final Empire and experience one of the greatest fantasy stories ever written through the eyes of Vin and her companions.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Imane

    “Faith means that it doesn't matter what happens. You can trust that somebody is watching. Trust that somebody will make it all right.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Hero of Ages Well, I didn't see that coming !! 😭😭😭😭

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (leaninglights)

    *sobs* What an ending to a fantastic trilogy. Just wow.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ChopinFC

    5 Stars full review... Mistborn 3 represents a fantastic bittersweet conclusion to a series that is nothing short of epic fantasy masterclass! Amazing diverse characters, a meticulous crafted magic system and powerful theme of good vs evil makes this one of my favorite series of all times. Bravo Mr Sanderson! ‘Hero of Ages’ is arguably the strongest of all 3 books in the series, if that’s even possible. I read some reviews prior to starting Mistborn 3, and the consensus was this one was a ‘heartb 5 Stars full review... Mistborn 3 represents a fantastic bittersweet conclusion to a series that is nothing short of epic fantasy masterclass! Amazing diverse characters, a meticulous crafted magic system and powerful theme of good vs evil makes this one of my favorite series of all times. Bravo Mr Sanderson! ‘Hero of Ages’ is arguably the strongest of all 3 books in the series, if that’s even possible. I read some reviews prior to starting Mistborn 3, and the consensus was this one was a ‘heartbreaker’! Some people were ‘crushed’, and some had even shed tears! My personal take was completely different. This book gave me a great sense of elation and hope. Only a few fantasy writers can elicit this response from me in the fantasy genre. Sanderson is the king when it comes to that! The ‘Hero of Ages’ picks up a few months later after the conclusion of the ‘Well of Ascension’. It’s amazing to see the evolution that occurs with ‘Elend’, (view spoiler)[ now that he is a powerful mistborn. (hide spoiler)] Elend transformative plight and his ascension as the new ‘emperor’ is quite remarkable. He’s assertive, commanding and inspiring to the skaa people. Sanderson is careful to draw a fine line between maniacal leader (Lord Ruler), vs a ruler that needs to make tough choices for the good of his people! The writing in ‘Hero of Ages’ is dynamic and the prose flows naturally. Again, we see Elend and Vin in the most dire of situations. Their world is collapsing, the ‘enemy’ in the force known as ‘Ruin’ is loose, and the in addition to the constant ‘ash’ that clogs the skies blocks the sun, now there’s also constant mist! The end result is a world in chaos. Without sunlight, the crops will die and the people will starve. Despite their magic abilities, Allomancers, and Mistborns feel very miniscule in the world that enraptures them. “ Ash cloaks the land in a mantle of black. The mists come during the day, killing both crops and people. Men march to war. Ruin has returned." Vin and Elend in Mistborn 3 The action in Hero of Ages does NOT DISAPPOINT! From the very first chapter of the book, Sanderson starts an intense battle scene that will set up the remainder of the book! As in book 2, the ‘ Koloss’, the rabid blue-like monsters that are in all different stages of decomposition, come back with a vengeance! Koloss Again, the seamless interplay of ‘Allomancy ‘ magic system is so well played by Sanderson, that it becomes second nature to the story! No one uses allomancy powers better than ‘Vin’. She’s in full throttle mode during ‘Hero of Ages’. Her character, is certainly endearing and reminds me of ‘Kaladin’ from the Stormlight series. Both had very difficult childhoods, marred with violence and abuse. Both had to fight incalculable odds to survive. Vin, however has the task of saving the world, but protecting the man she loves while doing it. Her story really is very rewarding, and the decisions she has to make are awesome and somewhat heartbreaking. Vin The story conclusion felt right. It felt as if the circle was complete. Sanderson was able to coalesce all different aspects of this amazing story. All of sudden, the presence of the ‘mist’, and the ‘ash’ in the forever uncertain world of Mistborn made sense. The co-existing and mutually exclusive forces in The Preservation’ and ‘The Ruin’ also were blended beautifully into a daring conclusion. Sanderson is not one to hold off any punches. He declared it all in the end of ‘Hero of Ages’. Vin and Elend’s story was heartfelt and genuine. Sazed and his eternal quest for the ‘faith’ and religion were gratifying. Even the least expected character, ‘Spook’, was wonderfully integrated in the book’s conclusion. I guess in the end, Sanderson showed us readers, that fighting for good will always overcome evil. That light could pierce even the darkest of places. 5 STARS!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leore

    3 stars? AHHH how I wish I could give this book a higher rating! WARNING: little spoilers below, you’ve been warned :) Sanderson sure knows how to capture the reader when writing fast-paced action scenes, but damn were some of the earlier scenes rambly and boring. The first 500 or so pages took me FOREVER to read since it just wasn’t captivating to me at all. In ALL three books, the main problem I had was how slow the start was - IN EACH ONE. BS better stop with this bs or I’ll stop reading these 3 stars? AHHH how I wish I could give this book a higher rating! WARNING: little spoilers below, you’ve been warned :) Sanderson sure knows how to capture the reader when writing fast-paced action scenes, but damn were some of the earlier scenes rambly and boring. The first 500 or so pages took me FOREVER to read since it just wasn’t captivating to me at all. In ALL three books, the main problem I had was how slow the start was - IN EACH ONE. BS better stop with this bs or I’ll stop reading these chunky books he keeps shoving out each year... (calm down that’s not gonna happen, they’re too addictive.) A lot of what Vin and Elend said throughout the book was just repetition from the two previous books. Elend keeps bringing up how he used to be a scholar and now he’s a king blah blah blah and Vin doing the same thing but about being a street urchin to a warrior. I swear it comes up in every 4/5 chapters you read! Stop! Take a shot every time either one is mentioned. You’d be dead not long after. I was going to rate this 2.5/3 up until the last 30 or so pages where I was thinking 2 measly stars (you’re thinking what???) and then the ending came along and kicked me in the face. (A full 5 stars!) If only the whole book had that energy, I would’ve pressed that fifth star with the energy Vin had that violent night with Zane in Luthadel. Sanderson why have you done this????? This is a fantastic series, I can’t deny that and the ending absolutely blew my mind with that amazing epic fantasy conclusion I was anticipating. I wish I could say I enjoyed all three books in the series equally, but I certainly did not and it really sucks. Book one easily remains my favourite. The Final Empire: 4.5 stars The Well of Ascension: 3.5 stars The Hero of Ages: 3 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I have 3 thoughts 1) I hate you Brandon Sanderson. You better pay for some therapy sessions because my heart can't take anymore. 2) I WORKED OUT WHO THE HERO OF AGES WAS BEFORE IT WAS REVEALED! I feel so accomplished 3) Why did I take so long to read these books? And now I shall resume my rocking back and forth and crying in the fetal position. Goodbye

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    Actual Rating: 4.25 stars “Somehow, we'll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.” 3 books 182 chapters 2212 pages of awesomeness!! I can't say that I saw that coming, I saw a few things coming but the ending as whole was a bit surprising, everything is explained in this book with so many revelations. I think The well of ascension is my fav in the series, because the character development and storyline were ju Actual Rating: 4.25 stars “Somehow, we'll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.” 3 books 182 chapters 2212 pages of awesomeness!! I can't say that I saw that coming, I saw a few things coming but the ending as whole was a bit surprising, everything is explained in this book with so many revelations. I think The well of ascension is my fav in the series, because the character development and storyline were just so perfect, this book was very good, but not much character development happened except for Spook, Sazed was my fav all along so... yeah! The ending was excellent after thinking about it, a bit strange but good and the last chapters left me with goosebumps!! I am not giving 5 because there were small repetitive parts and becuase book 2 deserved it more! Still , this was one of the best series that I read and it is worth the hype, highly recommended for Fantasy lovers... Taking a break from it now but will continue the second Mistborn series for sure!

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