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The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
I discovered this author by hearing that he had been chosen to finish Robert Jordan's last Wheel of Time novel. I started reading Sanderson's books because I wanted to assure myself that Jordan's family had chosen a writer who could finish the saga successfully. Now I realize that writing Jordan's last book is a waste of Sanderson's talents; he should be writing his *own* books. I positively cannot wait to see what Sanderson's next book, or series of books, will be. I also want to sit down and re-read the Mistborn trilogy over again from the beginning; the first two books will be an entirely different reading experience, now that I understand the truth.
Simply said, Brandon Sanderson's books are so good that they're starting to piss me off. It just doesn't seem fair that someone should be about to write this well, this fast.
I don't believe in spoilers, so I will say simply this. Everything comes to good resolution in this final book. It all fits. It all makes sense. But at the same time I didn't see it coming. That doesn't happen very often.
With the Mistborn series Brandon firmly calls out other authors of the genre - not only in terms of quality, but in terms of quantity. Writing as much and as well as he does should be a crime - one that gets him a life sentence of...more writing.
In this third Mistborn book questions are answered...and more questions are raised. Action is fast paced and for those of us male readers who need a new masculine hero (after Kelsier died), to identify with - we are given it. Combined with the female protagonist (Vin), the new hero balances the books in a way they have not been since the death of Kelsier.
The only drawback of the way Sanderson writes is his tendency to leave questions unanswered, or to raise new questions near the end of his novels. To the reader, these might seem to be promises he is expected to answer eventually. Unfortunately Brandon has yet to commit to answering them.
On a side note - as an author Brandon is incredible accessible and personable to his fans. Unlike other authors, he seems to genuinely appreciate each and every fan he has.
And that, my friends, is just one more reason for us to buy his books; we must keep him writing!
Mistborn: The Final Empire enthralled me, seamlessly integrating its magic system into the setting along with perfectly believable characters. On top of that, there was the amazing plot. Taken all together, there was one amazing product. Anyone who has read The Well of Ascension can surmise that there is much more to the original concept--what happened if the Hero of Prophecy failed--than even conceivable.
The first two books left large shadows, but Hero of Ages satisfies. To say that it "satisfies" is the largest understatement I've ever said. My fears that the trilogy would collapse from a horrible final volume were completely unwarranted. Instead, I was left with a phenomenal book that may just be the best one I've ever read.
In The Hero of Ages, the world is on the edge of destruction, brought about from the force known only as Ruin. Ashfalls grow ever more turbulent, and the mists still kill. Vin and Elend are stymied: how can one save the world from certain doom?
I won't say any more of the plot, but it is a story crafted with a chisel of a master. Things from the first book suddenly become immensely important, and questions from before are answered in a simple, logical fashion. If this story was crafted by anything less than an expert sculptor, a series as complicated as Mistborn--with three different magic systems interacting at the same time--could easily disintegrate into insanity, but this novel never fails to disappoint. Rather than confusion, this book left me in awe of Brandon Sanderson's genius. Every surprise is genuine, yet amazingly logical at the same time.Read more ›
I loved the little reveals throughout the book... as mysteries brought up in 1 and 2 were solved in 3. You can tell that Sanderson wrote all three at once.
Essentially, if you've read Mistborn 1 and 2, you need to pick this up. If you haven't read Mistborn 1 and 2, it will be worth your while to start at the beginning.
Sanderson is a fantastic writer, inventive and creative. I can't wait to see what he does next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic finish to an amazing series. I loved these so much, I'm reading all of Sanderson's other Mistborn books.Published 1 day ago by Metavrs
Great roller coaster of a story. Brandon has a way of creating believable and unique characters and driving the story around them not just by actions. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wow! What a thoughtful, beautiful and moving novel.
I'll admit to not exactly loving the previous books. Read more
Great trilogy. Looking forward to starting the next saga in this world. Sandersons grasp of how to make fantasy believable is striking to say the least.Published 16 days ago by Jesse from South Carolina
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The Hero of Ages left me mindblown at so many parts. I even remembered how I had the goosebumps when I read till a certain part, looking for someone... Read more
Like the plit. Dislike all the religious never ending pages.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely amazing conclusion to this trilogy. Highly recommended read.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer