The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson — Review

The Hero of Ages by Brandon SandersonSummary:

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


Review: 5 Stars

I had been looking forward to finding time to read this book for a while now, but I was also not looking forward to finishing the trilogy, because then it would be over. This was a series that I loved so much and when I finished it I wasn’t disappointed that it was over, but rather I was so thrilled to have gotten to read and experience this book. Plot lines that had started in book one finally came together in this explosion of a finale. I cried after finishing the book and I felt like I had gone through an emotional roller coaster. I still feel that way now.

The thing I love about this series the most is that the world building continues in each book. Brandon Sanderson uses the elements established in the previous books and continues to expand upon them in the next. Yet it also felt as if all of this were planned from the very beginning with Brandon Sanderson’s plotting expertise. There were so many amazing plot twists that I could have never predicted and the way it all came together blew my mind. It’s hard to put my feelings about The Hero of Ages into words because this installment of the series truly left me speechless.

I felt like the character that changed the most in this story was Sazed. He went through a true crisis of faith and felt so lost and hopeless. His struggles were easy to relate to even it you’ve never struggled with faith. I didn’t love who Elend was at the beginning of this book, but by the end of it he had grown into a better man than he was before. In the previous book I had grown to love TenSoon and he played a much larger role in this book, which I really loved. I love how Brandon Sanderson takes the characters that you already know and love and shows how they continue to change and grow. The character development also doesn’t stop in his books, the characters grow so much in each installment. As a reader who followed them through this journey I feel like I watched them grow up and know them so intimately. It’s hard to say goodbye to characters that I grew to love so fiercely, but they got an ending that was just so perfect for this series.

Overall I think it’s just hard to explain how much I loved this book and this series. The Hero of Ages brought together all of the plot lines in the series in a masterful way. The way that the book ended was kind of bittersweet, but it also just felt so right. Mistborn is a series that really got it’s hooks into me and I’m so thrilled that there are many more books in the Cosmere Universe.   I think this series is a perfect way to start a high fantasy obsession or to become a lifelong Brandon Sanderson fan.

Check out my review of The Final Empire here!

Check out my review of The Well of Ascension here!

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  1. YAY YAY so happy you loved it! Sazed is probably my favorite character of the original trilogy 🙂 I agree with all your thoughts. It seriously blew my mind how Sanderson planned out the entire plot. Hopefully you like the second series as well 🙂

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  2. I read this earlier this year and absolutely loved it! I actually think it makes the rest of the books in the series better – not that they were bad on their own! I loved all the revelations and how it wrapped everything up.

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    1. I agree. It’s the plot lines that bring the entire series together. Every little twist and revelation felt meticulously planned and it all wrapped up so well. It was kind of a bittersweet ending though. I just cried and I dont know if I was happy or sad or what

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      1. I can just imagine Sanderson sitting there, twiddling his thumbs like an evil genius and going, “Just as planned.” 😀 Especially in relation to the Lord Ruler and Sazed!

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