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The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, Book 3) Hardcover – October 14, 2008
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This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy (after 2007's The Well of Ascension) to a dramatic and surprising climax. 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 from Ruin's deadly Inquisitors, the insidious lethal mists called the Deepness and the increasingly heavy falls of black ash that threaten to bury the land and starve its inhabitants. As the duo search for the last of the former emperor's cache of atium, source of the strongest Mistborn energies, they battle Ruin's forces as well as monsters and prophetic powers. Sanderson's saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility. (Oct.)
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The Lord Ruler is dead, and Elend Venture is working on consolidating his rule. But the mist is becoming actively dangerous, ash falls almost constantly, and brutal earthquakes are shaking the world apart. The subtle, nearly omniscient Ruin is infiltrating both Elend’s army and his opponents. Fortunately, the stubborn Vin vows to discover a way to destroy him. When failure seems imminent, help comes from unexpected quarters. Sanderson pulls loose ends together, explains vague prophecies, and produces the Hero of Ages, and the Mistborn trilogy (The Final Empire, 2006; The Well of Ascension, 2007; and this book) concludes satisfactorily. --Regina Schroeder
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The story picks up two years after in last book and the characters have undergone some changes though at heart they are obviously the same. Some characters, like Spook, gain in importance and personality and, as May be expected, others are dealing with their emotional reactions to the trials they have been through to this point. This may be Sanderson's greatest strength as story-teller... his characters actually CARE that they are going through unusual circumstances and it actually affects their personalities and emotions. There is no blithely murdering tens or hundreds of individuals and grabbing a beer to wash down the blood.
Without giving anything away, The Hero of Ages picks up a breadcrumb trail of clues you read in the first two books and takes you on an unexpected journey. While there are some awfully-repetitive internal monologues from Vin and Sazed, Sanderson's resolution to this trilogy is easily one of the best, most satisfying ends to a series I've ever read. It's no wonder he was picked to complete Jordan's WoT series. Definitely check it out!
I wonder if reading these volumes will influence some reader's spiritual views. If so, may it give them faith, trust, and strength. Mine were formed decades ago and no earthly being such as Sazed defined the world I understand. But every quality and admirable characteristic in the heroes of this work by Sanderson are those I recognize in the Source of my faith.
The only real complaints I have are actually pretty common in fantasy: The tropes (inoffensive), the dialogue (not enough writing style to differentiate most characters, but mostly inoffensive) and the "stop re-explaining the fundamentals, and simply tell people that they're expected to read them in order!" (somewhat offensive/time-wasting).
In all, this series has been great -- very fun, and very hard to put down.
My heart, and my mind, explode with each book. What gifts he gives us, in these amazing people he has created: Sazed, Vin, Eland, TenSoon, Spook.
Books like these change your life.
Thank you, sir.