Book Review: The Hero of Ages
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series : Mistborn Trilogy (Book #3)
Length: 724 pages
Genre: High Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★
Well, I've made it to the end of the Mistborn Trilogy. And... I'm really sad it is over. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series and I look forward to reading a lot more of Brandon Sanderson's novels (there are plenty to choose from). It was a bittersweet ending, and luckily I didn't have too much of a book hangover, but let's just say this was pretty much how I felt after finishing this book:
The Hero of Ages picks up right where The Well of Ascension left off. The trilogy reads as one continuous story, carrying on seamlessly from one book to the next. For me, this really helped to eliminate the trouble that I generally have with getting invested in the story at the beginning of new books. I loved that Sanderson didn't take up too many pages with reintroducing ideas from the previous books, but he did mention some events from them so that you get a bit of a refresher. I thought it was a great balance.
I was happy to discover that The Hero of Ages had none of the issues that I had with the previous book in the series (see that review here). One major problem that I had with The Well of Ascension was that Vin was really obnoxious. She was unsure of herself and whiney, but in book #3 she is a lot stronger overall. She was confident and finally got over herself enough to see the bigger picture. I was really glad to see how she changed following the final scenes of The Well of Ascension. Sanderson did a really great job with her character's development.
Another issue that had with the previous book was there was a lot of political scheming, which is fine if you are into that kind of thing, but for me it was a little boring at times. While there was some political intrigue in this final installment, it was far from boring. The story held my interest throughout the entire book.
As all of the little pieces of the story began to come together towards the end of the book, it called upon snippets of things earlier in the other books that you didn't know the meaning of. I loved that Sanderson planted all these little seeds that made me kind of go "hmm...?" earlier in the series. It makes me want to re-read the whole thing to see how much he actually gave away without me even knowing.
Speaking of the end... Wow. I did not see that coming. It really was a bittersweet ending. It has triumphant and horrible things about it, but most importantly it is balanced and fits the themes of the series perfectly. Sanderson continually goes back to this idea of balance and consequences for every action. You can see it in the ways that magic works in this universe, as well as the struggle between good and evil. He maintained this concept throughout and I felt that the ending really drove the point home. I've never finished a series and been so surprised and satisfied with the way it turned out.
It should come as no surprise that I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and added it to my favorites shelf. If you have been considering giving this series a try, do it! The hype factor is real, but this series lives up to it.