Review: Mistborn – The Hero Of Ages

This post will include my review of the book The Hero Of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. It is the third and final volume of the Mistborn series, released in October 2008.

The text below is taken from the blurb on the back of the book.


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!

It was definitely worth it.

For anyone looking for a short review then that was it. Book one was amazing, book two was a little ho-hum, and book three ended up being good. Unfortunately neither of the subsequent books were anywhere near as good as the first one but the conclusion to the Mistborn series was definitely worth persevering with.

When I first started this book I did begin to think that the series would end with a whimper… early on, the third book was to me quite unsatisfying, interesting in the way that football statistics are interesting but not compelling reading. That changed about a third of the way through and by the end I was very happy with how things turned out.

The characters of Spook, TenSoon, Sazed, even Marsh continued to grow though Vin and Elend were somewhat stagnant. The love between them just didn’t seem real – sure they trusted each other implicitly and really did have a lot on their collective plates, but even so their feelings for one another seemed more like a close friendship than the love between a husband and wife. That did somewhat minimise the emotional impact of the ending.

Breeze and Allrianne were practically irrelevant in this novel. This brings me to my biggest criticism – which I think you will agree isn’t that big a negative – but even after two whole novels I have no idea why Allrianne is even present in the story. She contributes nothing… ever.

In the end the series came to a satisfying conclusion. The various magic systems were excellent, and the way they all came together in the end was to me a marvel of consistent internal logic. I am definitely keen to see how The Alloy of War fits in to the post Mistborn world.

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