- Series: Mistborn (Book 6)
- Mass Market Paperback: 536 pages
- Publisher: Tor Fantasy (January 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765378582
- ISBN-13: 978-0765378583
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 36.1 x 172.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 656 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Sanderson is an evil genius. There is simply no other way to describe what he's managed to pull off in this transcendent final volume of his Mistborn trilogy." ―RT Book Reviews (Gold Medal, Top Pick!) on The Hero of Ages
"It's rare for a fiction writer to have much understanding of how leadership works and how love really takes root in the human heart. Sanderson is astonishingly wise." ―Orson Scott Card
"Sanderson is crafting an extremely well-thought out saga with Mistborn, one that looks to stand above the pack of his literary peers. The magic system is perfectly detailed, the world, though not completely revealed, has a great sense of natural logic to it, and the characters are a reflection of both." ―SFF World
"Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters." ―Booklist on Mistborn
"Highly recommended to anyone hungry for a good read." ―Robin Hobb on Mistborn
"Enjoyable, adventurous read." ―Locus on Mistborn
About the Author
Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit brandonsanderson.com.
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THIS is, however, what I was expecting when I first read the first Wax & Wayne novel, Alloy of Law. Although I enjoyed it, I asked, why would Scadrial, a world with powerful, remarkable magic, develop the exact same technologies that Earth did? Trains, steam power, electricity... Shouldn't the magic have some impact on industrialization? Finally, we see not only a continuation and further development of Wax's quest that was introduced in the first book, along with the humor and plot twists you expect from Brandon's novels, but also unique technological advances that specifically relate to the magic powers of the world - with fascinating implications for the future.
The book is a satisfying and enjoyable continuation of the adventures of Wax and Wayne, along with several secondary characters they've picked up along the way. As with all of Brandon's books, it's a character-centric story, and you really get pulled into their plights and struggles. I laughed, I cried, I worried, I celebrated, and I didn't put the book down until I had finished. And now the long wait for the finale.
I just finished the book and I have so many mixed emotions. Throughout reading this book I thought it would be one of, if not, the best books he's ever written. It's great seeing Sandersons writing grow, and it really showed in this book with the characters. I liked The Alloy of Law, but some of the characters personalities (especially Wayne) felt a bit forced. I have felt this way about some of the characters in his other books as well, but they were never TOO bad. In Shadows of Self they got better, but the plot and twists was more of the highlight of that book, and not so much the side characters like Wayne, Marasi, and Steris. In this book however I found all the characters wonderful, but the plot......not so much. All the characters (especially Steris) were delightful to read and I must have laughed out loud at least 10 times while reading this. Their chemistry just worked so well together and I think this is the best Sanderson book to date character-wise.
The plot itself though just never captured me. It was ultimately the characters and their interactions with each other than made me read this book so fast and not want to put it down. The plot was just.....boring and compared to Sandersons other books, which have spoiled me with their twists and explosive endings, it fell flat. -- SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT --
It's probably my fault a little bit that it fell flat for me, because seeing some of the early reviews got me REALLY excited. People talked about the cosmere getting tied together, about alien forces invading Scadrial, and all around just made it's scope seem big and epic. Well....none of that really happened. The plot was just a basic treasure hunt with a few obvious and meh twists (Wax's sister and the Spear) and a weak ending. Shadows of Self teased us with Trell and this book just teased more and never really answered much. I was also super excited to figure out what the void eyed demons were and then they just turned out to be people with masks from far away on Scadrial. I mean come on, I'm sure everyone who's read Stormlight got all excited like me and thought they would be some sort of minion of Odium, it turned out to be SUCH a let down.
All in all i give this book 5 stars for the characters, and 3 stars for the plot. Another terrific book by Sanderson, but ultimately a little bit disappointing
As is his custom, Sanderson surprised and delighted with a rich inter gender relationships that most (male) SFF authors never even approach. The mystery of the hidden antagonists and their god(s?) recalled the dread of the Lord Ruler's metal chronicles in the Hero of the Ages. After the rattling conclusion of the previous book all bets are off about the gods: Harmony is possibly not that good, he is definitely not infallible, and no one is claiming he's omniscient. It's a mark of Sanderson's skill and experience that he pulls off a grinding crisis of faith from so many angles out of a constructed mythology.
This is apparently the penultimate book in the latest Mistborn cycle, although Sanderson has so much fun with this series one imagines he won't ever be truly finished with it. Regardless, it finishes strong and lays a good precursor for the finale, however it happens.