Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy
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.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.
After two books and a massive storyline that leaves you reeling with questions, it’s time for epic battles and magnificent reveals. This book does not disappoint. With Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson manages to weave an intense and comprehensive finale to a magnificent trilogy.
“Do you know why I dislike men like you, Venture?”
“My insufferable charm and wit?” Elend asked. “I doubt it’s my good looks – but, compared to that of an obligator, I suppose even my face could be enviable.”
Yomen’s expression darkened. “How did a man like you ever end up at a table of negotiation?”
“I was trained by a surly Mistborn, a sarcastic Terrisman, and a group of disrespectful thieves.”
The third book focusses on Vin and Elend’s attempts to stop the end of the world. There’s a powerful dark force at hand, waiting to find the last piece of the puzzle to complete destruction, and it’s up to our favourite band of reckless idiots to stop that from happening. There are Koloss on the loose, the mists are killing people, Spook is going loco… basically, it’s mayhem.
In the meantime, we learn even more about the Lord Ruler, as well as Ruin, the Hero of Ages, Hemalurgy, and several other things that have been plaguing us ever since we picked up The Final Empire. Questions that have been nagging at us since the very beginning? Oh, you’ll get your answer. And you’ll get your answer good. There were several scenes, especially at the end, where one of many grand reveals have made me gone either “WHAT”, “CALLED IT”, or “MOTHERF—”. You basically don’t know shit until Sanderson throws shit at you, and even if you did know shit, there’s probably still some kind of twist in that shit somewhere. And that’s exactly what I want in a big finale.
I have to say I wasn’t really feeling it in the beginning – as is typical for a Sanderson story, this book was rather slow-going, and some of the scenes were less interesting than others. I know a lot of things needed to be done in order to build up to the ending, but sometimes I had to force myself to keep reading. Most of the time, I found the Lord Ruler’s journal entries to be more interesting than the actual chapter that followed. Shit wasn’t going down, and shit needed to go down. (I am very good with words today.)
But then, things started picking up again, and that’s when it grips you and holds you until the very end. The reveals were shocking and made you turn page after page, the epic battle was one of the most epic battles in the history of epic battles, and every single chapter made you feel all the things. It was both a sad and a happy ending, but a logical one, and one I feel satisfied with. All in all, I saw that it was good.
“I just do what I’m good at. In my case, that’s making other people do things that I don’t want to.”
Damn, I wish I had Breeze’s Soothing abilities. Or ‘Accio’. Either would be good.