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The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn
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Who is the Hero of Ages?

To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness---the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists---is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.

Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can’t even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans!

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave readers rubbing their eyes in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

Customer Reviews:

  • Great ending to a great series.
    This book shows the incredible growth of Sanderson's maturity as a writer from his first published book, Elantris. This was a perfect ending to an amazing trilogy....more info
  • Good start - Disappointing Finish
    Brandon Sanderson did such a wonderful job with the first two books, that the bar was set very high for the finale - and this book just didn't measure up. Extreme time lapses (between time/events) were ill-explained and left much to the imagination. The plot line wandered so aimlessly at times that I just could not get into the book at all. I found myself drifting and having to focus hard just to finish his short chapters, whereas his first books I read in a sitting.

    Sanderson would have pleased his audience more with a smoother transition from this 2nd book. And the ending, well, others have already eluded to it but I think most people will find the ending will leave them subdued and deflated; hardly a recipe to get customers coming back for more. I hope this book does not portend a similar events as he wraps up the the "Wheel of Time" series. ...more info
  • Really Wow
    I spent the entire time saying whoa, wow, hmph and laughing so that my friends and passersby gave me weird looks. I had to stop so many times and take it all in, I'll have to reread all three books asap. =) Brandon Sanderson has, since Final Empire, became my favorite author. I'm looking forward to even more!...more info
  • Best Brandon Sanderson book yet
    I must say, Brandon is really making a place for himself in the fantasy market. I've read all of Brandon's published books, and this is definitely his best book.

    If anyone is wondering about Mr. Sanderson as an author (because he is going to be finishing up Robert Jordan's legacy) they should definitely read this series.

    Are there faults with the book? Yes, there are, but they are far outweighed by the shear epicness of the last half of the book. Something will always happen that you don't expect.

    [...] He is probably more in-touch with his reader base than any other other. I've never seen an author so in touch with his fans, and so open about his books. He'll even post on forums with you.

    Without a doubt, Mr. Sanderson has become one of my favorite authors, and his future books should place him up there with the great fantasy authors of our time...more info
  • Epic!
    I just finished this trilogy last night and boy am I exhausted! The way I see it Sanderson owes me some extra sleep time as his story kept me awake longer than I should have and later than I'd like.
    A greatly written plot, well planned and thought out from start to finish. The characters were superb and diverse, though at the very beginning I did find them slightly cookie cutter. But I give Sanderson immense credit, he changed that very quickly and as he became more comfortable writing them they gained more depth and diversity and by halfway through the first installment any doubts about this author had completely vanished.
    Which left me with a wonderful story that still has me thinking about it. I'm an old veteran of the fantasy/sci-fi genre. I've read a lot over the (gasp) decades. This particular trilogy will have an honored place in my reccomendations. Congratulations Sanderson, you've impressed the hell out of this librarian!...more info
  • An Amazing Finisher
    Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite new authors, and with the final book of the Mistborn Trilogy he further establishes himself. Brandon weaves a tale of suspense, mystery, and thrills. He writes amazing action scenes that allow you to vividly picture the action. The Hero of Ages ties up all loose threads and answers all questions, leaving the reader with a sense of awe. When you think he's going to do one thing, he goes in a completly different direction, all without creating any inconsistencies....more info
  • A Marvelous Ending to a Fantastic Series
    Originally I picked up this series because Brandon Sanderson was picked to finish the W.O.T. and was curious as to his writing style. From the beginning of The Final Empire I was addicted. The character development and dialogue the plot I love everything about these books.

    Hero of Ages was definitely a great way to resolve this series. Admittedly, half way through the book I felt that it wasn't going anywhere that it was stuck. I was mistaken. The clues were so subtle throughout the entire series that I over looked them completely.

    Brandon Sanderson is definitely a master of his craft and I recommend any and all of his current and future titles.
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  • Terrific with only one reservation
    A year after the events in The Well of Ascension, the world is ending. Vin has accidentally released a hidden evil into the world, one that seems impossible to fight. Their only hope is to follow the Lord Ruler's instructions and trust that he has the answer, but as things get increasingly worse, Vin and Elend get desperate in their attempts to thwart this new evil as this trilogy ends in an unexpected crescendo.

    I've been waiting months for this book. I read and loved The Well of Ascension way back in January; I bought it in hardcover because I didn't want to wait. Without question, Brandon Sanderson is the best new fantasy writer that I have read. He creates endearing, believable characters (I adore Vin), places them in a complex and unusual fantasy world, and has one of the most logical but still really awesome magical systems that I've ever come across. And he can certainly write. The story here is good and unpredictable. It feels like they must have the answers, and sometimes I could see them coming, but I could never work out what was going to happen next. The ending was similarly unexpected. I love how he picks up many threads from the beginning of the trilogy and weaves them in here. I can't wait to read all three in sequence to see what I've missed. I really enjoyed reading this book, as it's over 550 pages and I read it in about two days. I had to know what happened. At the same time, I'm a bit sad that it's over, but certainly looking forward to more from Sanderson.

    That said, I cannot deny that I did have one problem with it. A portion of the book is taken up with religious questions, mainly Sazed's sections, and Sanderson draws conclusions in the book that I just can't agree with. I'm not a person of faith and I don't think faith is necessary to be happy; it does bother me that it's implied here. Not only that, but these parts of the book move more slowly than the rest. I did not want to get back to Sazed and his musings. I think this is a personal preference issue; perhaps if I was still religious it wouldn't bother me.

    Obviously, I still loved the rest of the book. I thought about Vin and Elend while I was away from it and read it instead of doing my assignments. I'm waiting to get in the same country as the first two so I can reread them. As I said, there's no denying that Sanderson has ridiculous amounts of potential and I can't wait to see what he writes next. I just hope he keeps the slow religious musings out of it next time. This is definitely a series you shouldn't miss if you enjoy fantasy....more info
  • Great end to the series.
    I enjoyed this book towards the end I could not put it down (stayed up until 2 AM finishing). I really like the authors style of story writting. A thouroughly enjoyable book.

    Thanks Brandon. ...more info
  • Fantastic finale!
    The world-changing climax to this final novel in the Mistborn series was the perfect and logical ending to all that the first two novels were building toward....more info
  • Fantastic! A benchmark for modern fantasy novels
    The single distinguishing feature of Sanderson's Mistborn series:satisfying. Each book stands on its own as complete, consistent, and clever, and this final novel caps the trilogy admirably. No hiding behind lame literary tricks, such as revealing crucial information only at the end, in this story. And finally, a fantasy series, with a fully-realized and compelling world and characters, is wrapped up within three books.

    Sanderson became more comfortable exercising his prose and perspective in this last book, and it is the strongest in the trilogy. Action-packed. Ties up all the loose endings, without lameness. Clever magic system. Interesting characters. Some modest political intrigue. Very few 'nuke the fridge' moments that defy plausible suspension of disbelief (within the fantasy setting).

    Note to Brandon Sanderson and publishers: the hard-bound covers are beautiful, and I am proud to display them on my bookshelf, because they really do suit the stories within. I have, in fact, given two copies to non-fantasy-reader friends after they noticed the cover art and picked it off the shelf--both have been successfully converted to reading good fantasy fiction--something to be proud of! Meanwhile, the (new) paperback cover art lacks any unique style. Must be misguided marketing/differentiation reasons, too bad. If the goal was to blend in with the thousands of mediocre fantasy novels at the book store--mission (unfortunately) accomplished....more info
  • A fine ending to a fine series.
    Fantasy lovers looking for something a little different, but still solid, cannot go wrong with this series. All three books were masterfully done, and Sanderson is a genius world builder. The thought and science behind the magic of "Allomancy" is as well-crafted as the intricate languages that Tolkien brought to the Lord of the Rings.

    One of my problems with the second book, the mildly annoying romance between Elend and Vin, vanished in this book. For one, there was just no time for miscommunication and young love (what with the world ending and all). For two, the couple had grown beyond that point into something much better.

    I was worried that the "twists" promised to me and "seemingly insignificant details from the first books coming into play" would be lame or letdowns, but they were not...not at all. You will never guess what any of the little signs or seeming inconsistencies will lead to. This book really did have me guessing until the end, something so often promised and so rarely delivered.

    I'm crossing my fingers this gets picked up by a production company. With ash-spewing volcanoes, sentient mists and a barren, dying landscape, it will be a visual director's dream. And I don't want to give away any spoilers, but oh-my-god the ending! Squee!

    Sometimes I felt the story buckled a bit under the weight of its own intricacies and complications. Metal spikes, mind control, who controls who through what power based on who is insane and who has strong sense of will but is impaled by too many spikes but not enough Bronze to the power of pi. I mean, it all makes /sense/ in the end, but it's arguably a bit much at times.

    The themes of the book: faith, trust, and the power of love and humanity vs. the power of hate and destruction, are not new, but I appreciated Sanderson's take on faith especially. I am not, whatsoever, a religious person, so I'm a hard sell on books that rely on faith as a plot device, but it works here because Sanderson has the intelligence to use it subtly. This might seem an odd thing to say since, as I pointed out, it is a theme of the books and is discussed extensively in this one, but it's the questioning of faith and the debate of different faiths versus the absolute "truth" that fuels the voyage to the end, not a character's 500-page fanatical, fundamentalist insistence that "something" would take care of him, and that /his/ version of that something is the only something.

    There was very little left up in the air at the end, save for one specific detail. I wonder if that was just an eternal question left for readers, or if it means Sanderson plans to return to this world again. Whatever his plans for the future, I look forward to his next novel.
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  • Satisfaction guaranteed
    I am a huge fantasy reader (Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, Terry Goodkind, Weis and Hickman, Paolini, etc.) and I think that this is one of the most satisfying conclusions to a trilogy that I have ever read. If you are a seasoned fantasy fan or someone looking for something different Brandon Sanderson is your man. A fully evolved and unique magic system, love-able but flawed characters, vivid battles, are all features of the three "Mistborn" books. Thank you Brandon. ...more info
  • Great fantasy series.
    Wow, a compelling and enjoyable fantasy series that acutally ends in three books. Highly imaginative, with dynamic characters and intersting plot that carry this series all the way through to the end. Highly recommend this series, as well as the author's other stand-alone book, Elantris. I'm definitely looking forward to future books from Brandon Sanderson....more info
  • Satisfied but disappointed
    Why, Brandon Sanderson, why?!? Don't take this the wrong way, I'm absolutely addicted to everything Mistborn, Sanderson is without a doubt a fantastic talent. But I expected so much MORE! Book 1 was amazing, Book 2 was phenomenal and still surprising, but Book 3 somehow lost that ability to amaze!

    It's still amazing work, satisfying because it tied up all the (major) plot threads (while leaving some to dangle with tantalizing promise). But it was so hurried in the end! And the big reveals, those oh so crucial details that we wait for with bated breath to be unveiled so delicately and with so much fanfare! WHY did you have to spit them out quickly and so off-handedly? *pounds the ground, gnashes teeth and wails in frustrated anguish* WHY?!?

    This book was great, but it lost some of that wonderful momentum built up by the last two. You'll see what I mean (one of them has to do with Allomancy... WHY?!?). Ahem, as I was saying, there just wasn't that wonder and amazement that I felt because things were revealed in such a way that it takes you aback and think, boy, well, that's it? No french horns or brass trumpets?

    And the ending came so quickly, you absolutely have to go back and read it again to be completely satisfied with it *sniffle*. I wondered as well if maybe Sanderson's priority at this point was finishing quickly and getting started with the last book of the Wheel of Time. If so, I don't think he paid respect to himself in any way because, yeah, Sir Rigney has passed away and his legacy calls, but Sanderson's work is just as important because it's his own work.

    *Sigh* Read it in any case, you have to, it's still great. Just expect to be a little let down. If you're not, I wish I were you, for whatever lack of expectation you may have had (or not had) to leave you with such superior satisfaction...
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  • Phenomenal writing!
    I finished HoA just a few minutes ago, and I must say that it was absolutely one of the most shocking and rewarding reads that I can remember. It took me five or ten minutes to recover my senses and realize how much I truly loved the ending. I started trying to explain it to my wife (not much of a fantasy reader) and found myself rambling on and on incoherently for several minutes!

    As many others have pointed out, Sanderson has a remarkable and unique talent for composing a world and a plot that is so thoroughly and completely coherent that each new revelation is sweet and logical. It is very satisfying to read a story that is perfectly planned and founded throughout.

    This trilogy is a must-read for anyone looking for entertainment, enlightenment, and maybe even a fresh set of personal heroes. Keep up the good work, Brandon!...more info
  • Outstanding Series

    Simply astounding. I have not been this excited about an author's books since discovering Joan Vinge a number of years ago....more info
  • Satisfying conclusion to the Mistborn series
    While The Hero of Ages lacks some of the strong character performances of Mistborn and The Well of Ascension, author Brandon Sanderson redeems the novel with an operatic finale worthy of the series. The novel's strength is the meticulous plot; Sanderson clearly and carefully structured the scope and storyline of the three novels well before he wrote a single word of Mistborn. The plot twists impress me the most. Not only are they shocking, they are supported by the precision of Sanderson's text. This is what I like most about Sanderson: He is as concerned with HOW he writes as much as with WHAT he writes.

    I am a little dissatisfied with the good versus evil storyline. Although Sanderson (through his characters) insists that the story is not "good versus evil," it feels like it is, namely because Ruin is written as a villain. Much of what he says makes sense, however because he is unsympathetic, it is difficult to identify with him.

    Overall, the joy of Sanderson's series has been experiencing and solving the puzzles of the Final Empire. He populates his world with original, mysterious creations--Allomancy, koloss, kandra, etc.--and in The Hero of Ages he ties everything together. The various themes--the importance of religion, the dichotomy of life and death, the grim realities of leadership--also show Sanderson to be a writer of substance and not just style. I eagerly await his next novel, even if it is the end of Robert Jordan's plodding Wheel of Time series.
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  • Very Good. Cut the anti-religious reviews though.
    What can I say that already hasn't been said. Just a thoroughly satisfying trilogy. One of the
    best (mini-epic) series I've ever read.



    For those who complain about more character dialogue and development, it's only a 3 book series! Get
    real! You are suffering from Jordan or Goodkind syndrome. You can't cram a bunch of stuffy dialogue into
    a short series like this. I personally thought it struck a good balance of character development with plot and
    action.
    This is the problem that R. Jordan eventually ran into in the Wheel of time series. Exhaustive over
    verbiage and not enough action and plot completion. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of the Wheel of
    time as well. The Mistborn series is a wonderful breath of fresh air.

    Religion complaints

    For those who complained about the alleged religious connotations or agenda of the author offer no real
    logical explanation for there feelings. Religion has been a part of our world for thousands of years. So it
    should be no surprise it would find it's way into fantasy or other works of fiction. More often then not I
    find those who make these complaints have some anti-religious axe to grind. Yet, they are hypocrites.
    EVERYONE is religious. Religion is a world view. Even if you don't believe in God, that is "your"
    religious world view and you operate your life according to that world view just like a person of theistic
    faith operates according his worldview. So spare us the anti-religious bigotry in the reviews.
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  • Excellent
    I have been avidly reading fantasy novels for the past fifteen years, and I have to say that Brandon Sanderson has created one of the most intelligent, well thought out books I have ever gotten my hands on. One of the best aspects of the book is that it doesn't have a "typical" fantasy plot. The characters are deep and emotional, and the magic system is complex though understandable and always very interesting. The story is an exciting page turner with a great ending most people wont expect (although he leaves little hints throughout the book). The book has two wonderful climaxes with a little bit of breathing room between them. This is a must read for all fantasy lovers.

    Not only is Sanderson a wonderful (and wonderfully fast) writer, he genuinely cares about his fans. I started reading his blog when I found out that he is finishing the Wheel of Time series for Mr. Jordan, and I now check his blog and his forum every day. He loves to keep his fans in the loop about his work while giving them little tidbits about upcoming books so we can theorize about them. In short, Brandon Sanderson is one of the best new writers of our day, and I expect even greater things to come from him in the future.
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  • Great plot, dialog lacking
    To begin, I will simply state that were half stars available, I would actually give this book 3.5 stars. As it stands, I lean more toward 3 stars and less toward 4 stars on this one so 3 gets the nod.

    The good.

    Sanderson writes a great story complete with interesting plot ideas and twists along with a unique world with strong "laws" which he follows very closely. I don't want to give the plot away, so I will avoid any actual description of the story. That said, I can simply say that the man writes an amazing story from a plot and world building perspective.

    One area where this book shows Sanderson's continued evolution as a writer is the fact that his characters tend to be less black and white in this novel than in previous books. His characters struggle with issues before making a decision where in earlier works the characters would have made the decision as a matter of course.

    The bad.

    The main issue I have with this book is the fact that the characters rarely have their own "voice." Each character comes complete with one or two traits that differentiate them, but Sanderson does little to actually develop the characters through dialog. Most characters banter with each other using the same voice. While there is the practical aspect where the actions and decisions each character makes usually adhere closely to their individual "traits," the actual dialog between characters rarely gives any of the characters personality beyond these traits. Sadly, had the names of the characters speaking been removed, I believe it would have been very difficult to know who was speaking.

    Overall, the story itself trumps the lack of character development through dialog. As stated earlier, the world which Sanderson creates is unique and Sanderson's descriptive writing allows the reader to become fully immersed into the world he creates. The plot and Sanderson's willingness to force his characters to adhere to their strict code of traits does allow this book to overcome the poorly written dialog. Fact is, were there more attempt to create unique characters within the area of dialog, this book would easily rate 5 stars. ...more info
  • G.O.A.T. - Great Trilogy !
    Definitely belongs in the list of greatest of all time trilogies (g.o.a.t). Sanderson is to Fantasy what Michael Jordan was to basketball. This book was awesome and totally unpredictable. It wasn't like a lot of the formulaic fantasy's where everyone lives happily ever after,no one dies, and the hero has no flaws (eg. R.A. Salvatore novels, Terry Goodkind novels, Terry Brooks novels, etc). I would place Sanderson on my short list of greatest authors (with series)which includes Roger Zelazny (Amber), Tolkien (Lord of the Rings),Raymond Feist (Magician), C.S. Lewis (Narnia), Michael Moorcock (Elric of Melnibone), Neil Gaiman (American Gods), Steven King (The Dark Tower), Dan Simmons (Hyperion), Isaac Asimov (Foundation), Phillip Pullman (His Dark Materials), George Martin (A song of Fire & Ice), Fred Saberhagen (Empire of the East), Ursula LeGuin (Earthsea), Scott Michael Rohan(Winter of the World), C.S. Friedman(The Coldfire Trilogy), too many to name in this space. They definitely picked the right person to write the conclusion of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Peace....more info
  • Impressive
    On the whole I liked this book. I am however tempted to give it 3 stars for a number of reasons:

    Unlike the first two books in the series, I did not like the little blurbs at the start of each chapter. I felt that they were trying to be a little too ironic and as a result came off rather heavy handed.

    Like Orson Scott Card, sometimes I think that Brendan Sanderson's personal politics have a way of quietly interfering with his story telling. Compare this book with, say Jim Butcher, where the evil comes more from the hearts of men, rather than a quiet dark god plotting the apocalypse... I don't know, maybe I am reading too much into this, but, I at least felt overtones of Left Behind here. At least in terms of gods, and apocalyptic goings on, there was a way over the top Good vs. Evil going on here, that every once in a while became cloying. I know, I know... the end of the world by an evil God is a staple of fantasy, and yes, I know that ever since the middle ages, takes like this on the Bible's book of Revelations have made for popular reading. But that doesn't mean, I can't find it tiresome, worn out and like I said before, heavy handed.

    I should balance this by saying that I am impressed with the humility and humanity of Mr. Sanderson's characters. And moreover the sheer sense of doom that has been going on throughout the series. ...more info
  • Wonderful
    It can be intimidating to pick up a new epic fantasy series, especially with the passing of Robert Jordan last year, leaving his enormous Wheel of Time series without an ending. So it's very reassuring to have someone like Brandon Sanderson who released all three books in his Mistborn trilogy in a time frame that would make Hollywood movie execs swoon.

    The Hero of Ages is the final Mistborn book, and it is well worth the pleasure of reading through the first two to get to the third. Part of the allure of this final tome in the trilogy is seeing how things that one that were incidental or a random detail in the first or second book(s) actually has great import in the winding down scenes of Vin's world. Also, seeing familiar characters change and become something more is a delight, while the action is everything that fantasy fans have come to expect. In sum, the form of the trilogy as a whole is almost flawless, and it is delightful experiencing the intricacies that Sanderson has woven.

    Here's another way of looking at the book: It's the sort of read that irritates you that there are so many pages to go (because you want to know what happens), and then, at the end, you're sad that there aren't any pages left to read.

    Though the form of the trilogy is flawless, some of the details in HoA are missing that were more present in the other two entries. Essentially, the other two books only take place in Luthadel (with some minor exceptions), so the reader becomes familiar with how the sprawling city looks, feels, and operates. In this one, with so much going on, the mental images of some of the other cities is not as well developed--a brief 'set the scene' description when the city is first introduced and an occasional detail thrown in every once in a while. The result is a foggier mental map of the world, where each city's location respective of another is vague. Of course, in a world coated with mist and a perpetual fog of ash, maybe that's fitting.

    This tiny criticism of an overall stunning achievement is more of a personal thing (as all reviews are, right?), and shouldn't be anything more than a 'heads up' to potential readers.

    Oh, and anyone who is a potential reader needs to get the other two books (along with this one) and change 'potential' into 'avid'. The series shouldn't be missed.

    P.S. FYI (in case you didn't already know) Sanderson will be authoring Robert Jordan's final book, A Memory of Light. If you're a Jordan fan, you should probably check out Sanderson's work in the form of Elantris or the Mistborn trilogy to see if you like his storytelling capacity....more info
  • Original & creative. A truly good series.
    I am a scifi/fantasy & military scifi fan. I need my stories to fit together. I don't need to have everything explained to believe and enjoy, just make it work. Sanderson does this. Too many of the new releases are very empty for me. I forget them sometimes as soon as I put them down. This guy is good.

    Very good series. Original and well written. I wanted to find out what happened to them.

    There were no pointless journeys killing a few things along the way to take up pages here. This fault is getting very common lately. Condensed interesting story arc. A fresh lack of bizarre no vowel names to struggle over. Good world building.

    This last book of the trilogy has a few more parallel story lines running but works well and fits/needed for the story. The pace of the ending was clipping right along and the conclusion worked for me.

    I started to give this 4 stars (series a solid 5) but I realize I really liked it and the ending was right. After all it's his ending. That being said books 1 & 2 were better somehow. Maybe it's me lol. Not an issue though, these are good books....more info
  • Ultimately a good capstone for the series
    (Note: Spoilers for the first two books in the series).

    The "Mistborn" trilogy comes to a close in "The Hero Of Ages". While Sanderson does tend to resolve his plots more than many series fantasy authors, there's still a lot of payoff here. It's well-planned payoff - it answers questions and points out connections you missed; there's no sense of retconning or hurried rewriting. That said, he doesn't really have enough characters to hang his plot on.

    Spook and Tensoon get a lot of welcome page time; they're good characters (particularly Tensoon) as well as good drivers for the plot, although Spook seems slightly superfluous in some ways. But the rest of the time the book's focus is on Elend, Vin, and Sazed again; with the amount of exploration these characters have already had, this isn't 100% a good thing. Vin has rather a lot to do, and Elend has an Empire to run. But we linger with Sazed a little more than his character, my favorite in the first book, supports. The challenges to his faith are understandable, but Sanderson drags them out too long.

    Sanderson continues with his organized and systematic magic systems playing important roles. Hemalurgy - the magic of the Inquisitors - plays a key role in a number of respects, and is used in a nicely subtle manner at points. And there's a few surprises left in Allomancy, without feeling gratuitous.

    The main thrust of the plot is the world slowly dying in the aftermath of the events of "Well of Ascension", where the malign force of Ruin was let loose. Vin and Elend chase the hints left behind by the Lord Ruler, securing buried storage caches. Spook is sent alone to spy on a city sitting on one of these caches, where rule-by-Skaa has descended into Soviet-style thuggery; it runs mostly as a side story, though it ties together in the end.

    Indeed, though the book has some pacing problems the payoff is remarkably good in general. Sanderson is excellent as ever with his foreshadowing and reveals; things make perfect sense even if you don't see them coming. The ultimate fates of a couple key characters are oddly left out of the book, but apart from that Sanderson pulls it off. By the end, "The Hero of Ages" is a fitting capstone to the Mistborn trilogy....more info
  • Awesome Conclusion!
    In Brandon Sanderson's trilogy ender, THoA, he succeeds in creating a nail biter to the final page. Fast paced, and all questions answered this is how fanatasy books should be written! I am eagerly anticipating the next fantasy novel Brandon releases! This book convinced me that I will enjoy A Memory of Light, book 12 of the Wheel Of Time series. All Robert Jordan fans,as well as fantasy fans, should pick up this trilogy, they will be entertained!...more info