I have been severely avoiding writing reviews. I have three drafts made of partial reviews that I plan to get up sometime in July. I’ve been reading a few different books and have had trouble finding one that catches my attention enough to sit down and read it. Game of Thrones has caused me to fall asleep multiple times this week. So, I’m hoping it picks up soon. Even Harry Potter could barely hold my attention — I have almost given up on my annual summer read, but we’ll see! Anyways, on with the review!
The Hero of Ages is the third and final book in the Mistborn trilogy. It is a 748 page fantasy novel. Just a warning — if you haven’t read the first two of the series, you are probably going to be confused and things are going to be spoiled for you. If you’ve read them, or don’t plan to, read on!
The main plot of this book centers around Elend trying to save his kingdom from the deadly mists that are blocking sunlight, killing crops, and now even killing people. He also has to convince major cities that his rule is best, and that they should join his kingdom. Another important plot focus is Vin and her struggle against Ruin, the force that wishes to destroy the world. Through their struggles, you get to learn a lot more about the Lord Ruler, which I find fascinating. A smaller point in the plot was Spook, the Tineye. He really rose up from being a passable character to someone who mattered and someone I cared about. I really enjoyed how his character grew throughout the series.
Though those points are excellent and the writing for them also wonderful, my favorite focus was that of Sazed. His struggle after the horrible event he faces in The Well of Ascension causes him to doubt his faith and from there, doubt that he should be preaching his 300+ dead religions to others. He ends up looking through each religion trying to find which one is true, and fails miserably. I really connected with him in his struggle, and how he spirals downward into doubt. How his part ended in the book was absolutely amazing — it was easily my favorite part in the whole series.
Sanderson is an absolute genius with foreshadowing — the things that come to pass in the end of the novel are so clearly the things that HAD to happen that it blew my mind. I won’t say that it ends “happily ever after” as I don’t believe a world with this much strife SHOULD end that way. Well, I don’t wish to give anything away, so I suppose I’ll just suggest you go read this series. If you like fantasy, sci-fi, magic, strategy, or anything like that, I’m positive you will love these books just as much as I did. So what are you waiting for? Go read them!