Review of “The Hero of Ages” (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson

Sanderson, Brandon. The Hero of Ages. New York: Tor, 2008.

Hardcover | $27.95 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0765316899 | 572 pages | Fantasy

4.5 stars

The Hero of Ages is a brilliant wrap-up to the Mistborn (First Era) Trilogy, as well as a just a wonderful book in its own right. It, for the most part, presented a beautiful conclusion for the major characters’ arcs.

While Brandon Sanderson does continue to show he enjoys a familiar trope or two, I love how he continues to add something new to keep the reader guessing, especially in terms of the way he continues to use foreshadowing and misdirection in terms of the identity of the true Hero of Ages, who is revealed in the final pages of the book.

The character development was great. I really enjoyed the way we see how Vin has grown as a heroine over the course of the three books, and Elend grow more in his leadership role. I did find myself a little concerned regarding book two’s ending after having taken the time to really think about it, but I think, once I got into this book, it did help to provide more equal footing to Vin and Elend’s relationship. However, I did find myself a bit conflicted by their fate by the end of this one. I appreciate the setup leading up to it, indicating that not everyone will survive this huge potentially world-ending conflict, but the ascension to godhood seemed a bit weird to me.

In general, I did thoroughly enjoy this series, and look forward to reading more of Brandon Sanderson’s work very soon. Now having completed the trilogy, I would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether they’re new to fantasy or a veteran fantasy reader, as regardless of any flaws, it’s still a series worth savoring.

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