Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: The Hero of Ages

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn #3
Published October 14th 2008 by Tor

*Caution: Synopsis contains spoilers*

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!

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave readers rubbing their eyes in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.
*Review contains minor spoilers*

The Hero of Ages is the third book from the original Mistborn trilogy (there's also a sequel trilogy set centuries after the original trilogy, the first one of those, or fourth overall - The Alloy of Law - has been out since 2011 and the next one, Shadows of Self, is coming out late next year) and believe me when I say I did NOT want this story to end.  I first started the series in 2012 and read the second installment early in 2013.  But it took me until now to finally take the plunge and finish off the original trilogy. I just wasn't ready to say goodbye guys!  And it turns out, I had NO IDEA how NOT READY I really was!

Firstly, I have to say that I had no problem at all getting right back into the Mistborn-world, because as usual, Sanderson flawlessly refreshes the readers memory, without being repetitive in the least. The Hero of Ages picks up around a year after the events of The Well of Ascension, and the situation is more dire than it has ever been before.  When Vin and Elend thought they were saving the world, they ended up releasing an ages old force of destruction, a thing called Ruin.  With the very planet falling apart around them and little time to spare, Vin, Elend and the rest of the crew must work quickly if they want to have a world to save. Needless to say the story started out with a bang and just got more and more intense as things began falling into place, not just for this book, but for the overarching plot of the trilogy as a whole.

When you get to the end of a series, it's always a bittersweet affair. Sanderson clearly knows this as well, because The Hero of Ages had a distinctly nostalgic feel to it, as it revisited some key moments from the previous two books.  It really put the insane journey that is the Mistborn Series in full perspective.  The world changed so.much. from the first book up to this point. So many things shifted or altered in some way by the events that have taken place thus far.   Character-wise, this trend was especially satisfying as it showed how the main character Vin evolved throughout the entire story-arc. It's no secret that I am a HUGE Vin fangirl, so seeing how she grew, throughout the series from poor, abused street-urchin into a fierce, level-headed warrior made my heart very, very happy.

The other secondary characters in The Hero of Ages brought all kinds of feels as well.  There's the wonderful Elend Venture of course. Sigh. Elend!  His transformation from The Well of Ascension to this point is nothing short of legendary. He's had to make some seriously tough calls during his rise to Emperor, and I don't think anyone could have done a better job of it than he did. Elend owns my heart. That's all there is to it.  As a couple, Elend and Vin are seriously one of THE best couples EVER.   Their character growth complemented each other to perfection and this time around, it felt as though their relationship was the most balanced it's been; they truly complemented each other perfectly. ♥

I could go on and on about my love for these characters. Sazed's struggles broke my heart time after time and when his moment finally came along I was SO.READY.  Spook was another brilliant one, the way he was introduced as such a minor character in the beginning of the books...and to have him transformed into a full-fledged powerhouse of a character this time around? Wow.  Breeze, Arlianne...MARSH (sobs quietly) ALL.OF.THEM.  I adore all.of.them!

Moving past the characters and plot, the suspense was absolutely INSANE in The Hero of Ages as the pieces started falling into place with the forces known as Ruin and Preservation.  As any good high-fantasy read, things started gradually, but with the stakes already so high at the end of the second book, it didn't take long for things to escalate here.  By the end I was barely holding on. I did not want it to end, but at the same time, I needed to know how things would go down. I'm not going to lie: the ending for this one shattered me.  It took my already swollen heart, brimming with feels, and punched it. Hard. I won't go into the gory details but suffice it to say, this was basically me:


 I know I've said so before, but here I go again: If you haven't read the Mistborn Series. You NEED to do so. Like, now.  It is a truly brilliant and epic story, one that you won't soon forget.  I'm already craving a re-read so I can go nuts about all the foreshadowing I surely missed along the way. Bottom line?  The Hero of Ages was a stunning conclusion to an absolutely incredible trilogy! I need to mourn these characters and their story (quite a bit) before I jump into The Alloy of Law, but I know I'll be returning to this world soon.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

14 comments:

  1. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS.
    This was the book that turned Sanderson into "that author of some pretty good books" to "FAVORITE AUTHOR I NEED TO READ ALL HIS BOOKS THIS INSTANT" for me. You are so right about how much everything has changed in this book, but still remains nostalgic. I got answers to questions I hadn't even thought of, which was refreshing when the norm is to leave a bunch of unfinished plot threads/worldbuilding elements unexplained. The characters have grown SO much over the course of this series and even if I want to whack them over the head sometimes, I love them all!

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider silk

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    1. YES^^ that bit you mentioned about this book answering questions you didn't even realize you had. One million times YES. Sanderson is an absolute genius and even though I was already an insane fangirl of his, I get in deeper with every new book of his I read :D Thanks for stopping by love! xx

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  2. I own the Mistborn books, but I haven't read them yet. Your review makes me want to, haha.

    Wasn't there a fourth book though? I thought Sanderson didn't completely close the series

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    1. Then my work here is done! haha Seriously though, I hope you get into them soon, I'd love to see how you make out with them and compare notes :D

      Absolutely, there is a fourth book, I think I mentioned it right at the start of my review here. And a fifth one coming up next year, but they're part of a sequel trilogy set hundreds of years after the events of this trilogy so I'm mourning for these^^ characters...*sniff* Thanks for stopping by Celine ♥

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  3. I DIDN'T SEE THIS REVIEW WHEN IT WENT UP OMG MICHELINE.

    SPOOOOOK!!! BREEEEEEEEEZE!!! MAAAAAAARSH!!! AND OF COURSE VIN/ELEND DUH OMG MY FEELS OW MY HEART ETC. All the feels for this series finale. ALL OF THEM.

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    1. OMG NIKKI. WTH?! JK...better late than never, mostly because I love gushing about ALL things Sanderson with you :D

      YES^^ TOO MANY FEELS. HEART SHATTERED. ALL THE CAPS!!

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  4. EEEk! I love this series! Love.LOVE.Love. So glad that you enjoyed it. The last one in the trilogy was so difficult to finish both because it was the last and it was just so heartbreaking. Excellent review :D

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    1. OMG ME TOO Jaclyn!! And I agree, which is why it tookme so damn long to start it at all! But man, it was EPIC ♥ Thanks doll ^^

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  5. Woooooot! I seriously got chills just reading your review and remembering this one! What I think I love most is that the adventures of this trilogy didn't preserve the world as it was, they COMPLETELY changed the entire world and the course of history! I just loved so much and I love how things are referenced in Alloy of Law, yey sequel soon (meaning in a year, sigh)

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    1. Ooooh, chills. I like it ;-D AND ONE MILLION TIMES YES TO YOUR COMMENT: the fact that they TOTALLY changed the world in drastic ways was the best part. It made everything all the more epic!! I'll be getting into Alloy of Law VERY soon...I just need to mourn a bit more. *sobs quietly*

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  6. Oh gosh, all the feels with this novel ;_; It was a great conclusion to the story though, very, very, VERY epic, lol. Great review! I too have The Alloy of Law sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read...soon, soon, lol xD

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    1. AGREED^^ SO incredibly epic! Thanks :D Same here, it's just waiting for me to dive in...but I needed to mourn these characters first :*)

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  7. You're going to suffer, but you're going to be happy about it - Oi! X) Pretty sure I'll feel the same as you once I reach the end of this series! Sooo happy to hear that this one really made for a good finale, and I hope you aren't suffering too very much from a massive book hangover now that you've finished such a fantastic series!

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    1. hahaha yup, I felt that accurately summed up the experience reading these books >.< Yeah, I think the suffering is mostly done....BUT I haven't been able to really get into my current reads, and I blame Mistborn. I still regret NOTHING though ;)

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