The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
(Mistborn, Book 3)

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7 Critic Reviews

All the good work of the first two volumes is thrown away in a mass of different plot threads. Although they are vaguely linked together, they are thematically parallel and not driving the narrative cohesively. Worse, there is too much dispiriting discussion and debate and, with respect to the author, the ending is embarrassingly trite.
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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.



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About Brandon Sanderson

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Brandon Sanderson is the bestselling fantasy author of Elantris and the Mistborn Trilogy. He was chosen by Robert Jordan's widow to complete the epic Wheel of Time series and has authored The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight in that line. He lives in American Fork, Utah.
 
Published October 14, 2008 by Tor Books. 785 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 18 2008

This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy (after 2007's The Well of Ascension ) to a dramatic and surprising climax

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RT Book Reviews

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All the familiar ideas and plots from epic fantasy have been turned inside out, and what happens at the end is utterly astounding in its audacity. The characterization is stellar, the worldbuilding solid and the plot intricate and compelling...

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Booklist Online

Above average
on Oct 01 2008

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.

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SFFWorld.com

Good
on Oct 14 2008

What Sanderson has also been able to do is finish the trilogy with three top notch books...while telling a terrific story, with great characters, and a fascinating world. I would highly recommend this volume and the whole series without hesitation.

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Fantasy Literature

Above average
Reviewed by Kat Hooper on Jun 23 2009

What impresses me most is that in this last installment, The Hero of Ages, there are plenty of wonderful surprises left...These are major pieces of the puzzle that have purposely been left for the characters (and therefore the readers) to discover.

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SF CrowsNest

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Reviewed by Ewan Angus on Jan 02 2011

Regardless of my slight displeasure at the handling of some plot points, I was still massively impressed with how the pace quickens towards the end, tying together loose ends...

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Thinking About Books

Below average
Reviewed by David Marshall on Aug 01 2009

All the good work of the first two volumes is thrown away in a mass of different plot threads. Although they are vaguely linked together, they are thematically parallel and not driving the narrative cohesively. Worse, there is too much dispiriting discussion and debate and, with respect to the author, the ending is embarrassingly trite.

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