As the final installment of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy; The Hero of Ages has a lot to live up to as I absolutely loved the first two books.
*WARNING – The next paragraph contains spoilers for the previous book!*
With Ruin now released from the Well of Ascension and gaining strength by the day, all seems lost as Vin and Elend (now Mistborn too) scramble to first put in a contingency plan to buy the people of the Empire more time and search out a way to stop Ruin.
With Rebels still within the Empire, a siege and Koloss in the throws of bloodlust running around – this is no easy task.
Many loose-ends are tied up in this book – we now learn what the Lord Ruler’s 1000 year reign was all about, the origins of Koloss, Kandra and Steel Inquisitors and the overall importance of allomatic powers. Some I had figured out already, and really Sanderson gives you all the clues you need to figure things out but keeps the answers just mysteriously out of reach. The balance is just right, making you have a moment of “Why didn’t I see that before” when the answer is finally written out before you. This spurs you on to read more and more. To quote Kelsier from The Final Empire: “There is always another secret.”
The characters are ever logical and complex. Even “evil” is not just plain evil. Morality is shown in both realms of universal and relative, with many different perspectives. Ultimately, it shows that sometimes moral sacrifices must be made for the greater good.
The action does lull a little during the siege of Fadrex, as for a long time they’re pretty much at a stale-mate in talks with neither Yomen or Elend willing to attack but the chapter’s do travel to Spook and Sazed for a good dose of action. Not to mention as usual with Mistborn, everything happens for a reason and we soon find out why there is such a delay in the talks at Fadrex,
The ending is bittersweet and completely unexpected. I can honestly say that I will miss reading these books, the characters are so much apart of my emotional journey through the book.
If you’ve read the first two Mistborn books, then you’ll love this as well. If you haven’t, well you definitely need to read those first – either way; highly recommended reading.