Book Review: The Hero of Ages; A Mistborn Novel
By Brandon Sanderson
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!
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Adult Point of View
The amazing thing to me in this series is how well Sanderson has crafted his world and planned exactly where he was going to plant clues that are in the first novel and don’t get resolved until the third book. The surprise twists were plotted and not by chance. He has developed a system of magic, multiple theologies, and races, and a purpose for each of these things that tie together. It is such a vast, complex world I feel that I can’t really do it justice in a short review. Because I read Alloy of Law first I continually watched for clues in The Hero of Ages that would make a new series possible . As an example how does this world move to a new theology with multiple gods. I am fascinated that The Hero of Ages has a satisfying and logical ending, and then Sanderson makes a leap without explaining all of the details, such as a religion following Vin as a deified personage, to create something completely new.
Even though there are parts that are a bit slow or some wording that isn’t quite right I want to keep reading Sanderson’s books because of his creativity! I didn’t love the relationship of Vin and Elend through the majority of this novel. However, I loved Sazed and his personal growth. I also loved piecing together the connections between the koloss, kandra and inquisitors. I also liked being left with the questions about the true motivation of the Lord Ruler and the choices he made over his 1000 year reign.
So, though the novel did wrap up the loose ends it left enough open to feel real. If every end is tied up it feels unnatural and unsatisfying. I look forward to reading more and immersing myself in his world. I will just note that the intensity of the violence increases in this installment, though the violence is also integral to the storyline.
– the Mother
Teen Point of View
I really liked how the two main characters, and couple, died in the end. It was extremely refreshing, not at all like the apocalyptic romances that seem to be coming out in abundance these days. It had a strong plot, that also ended strongly, which is an increasingly rare attribute seen in books today. It was unique and twisted at every corner. I love how at the end it was revealed that Ruin had been manipulating Vin through the earring her mother had given her. It was a stunning revelation that caught me off guard.
– the Daughter