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The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)

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Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions ab ...more
Hardcover, 572 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Tor Books (first published October 2008)
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Kat O'Keeffe
May 05, 2015 Kat O'Keeffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic conclusion to a truly amazing trilogy! Brandon Sanderson is a masterful storyteller.

Benjamin Duffy
Sep 30, 2011 Benjamin Duffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I finish this trilogy, I feel like addressing this book on two levels: first, on its own strengths and weaknesses as a novel; and second, as the capstone of the series and as an exposition of the Mistborn world and mythology. I’ll start with the latter of the two.

The overwhelming impression I get from the Mistborn books is that they have been written by someone who is a fantasy fan first, a fantasy author second. A pedantic geek, if you will. And I mean all of this as the highest praise – San
Jul 15, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the most perfect series finale I can remember reading... I cannot... I just........ A review will be on my channel when I can form words.
Erica (daydreamer)
This ‘review’ is not a review of the book, but more of my emotional journey through reading it and upon finishing. For those of you who have read the Mistborn trilogy, I think you can empathize with what I felt. For those of you who haven’t, I ask that you do yourself a favor, and feast upon these books. For they are truly the most amazing books I’ve ever read.

Before the end, I was going to write an absolutely glowing review full of caps lock and exclamations points and gifs and pictures and my
Feb 16, 2015 Maureen rated it it was amazing
I cry but I'm also so happy. WHAT AN ENDING. I've never been so happy to be so sad.
Robin (Bridge Four)
Re-reading because:

1 - It is Brandon Sanderson and he is always better the second time through
2 - Shadows of Self comes out next month
3 - I just can't fight this feeling anymore

Buddy Read of the Mistborn series with some friends at Sanctum of Fantasy and it was worth it. A well thought out trilogy that ended as strong as it began.

I forgot to mention Spook in my original review but his role in this was key. He has grown up so much from the boy he was in Mistborn and has come to the forefront of
Nov 16, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shannon (leaninglights)
*sobs* What an ending to a fantastic trilogy. Just wow.
Jun 21, 2016 Markus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014, cosmere
3.5 stars

"Ash cloaks the land in a mantle of black. The mists come during the day, killing both crops and people. Men march to war. Ruin has returned."

The divine power hidden at the mythical Well of Ascension has been released. A dark force bent on the utter destruction of the world has been freed from the invisible shackles that once bound it. The mists are engulfing the outer dominances, murdering people in the darkness. But in the centre of it all stand Vin, recognised in the Final Empire as
God, my emotions are all over the place. I've never read a book with an ending that made me so sad, but also so satisfied at the same time.

I don't think that there would be a better way to end this series than this. It was just so epic. The whole series was.
Hasham Rasool
I had a little time to read this book because of Ramadan.

This book forced on the characters Vin and Elend.

The Hero of Ages was a lot quicker. I love this book so much Alhamdulillah!

The Hero of Ages is one of my favourite books. Alhamdulillah!

One of the best trilogies! I have ever read Alhamdulillah!

Oh wow you changed, Spook my dear man!

I love conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy so much Alhamdulillah. It was very sad. I cried a lot at the end of this book.

The end of this book are happy and sad.

Bookworm Sean
Feb 22, 2016 Bookworm Sean rated it really liked it
I think Sanderson is a really impressive author of the fantasy genre. It must be incredibly hard to insert originality into books of this type; so much has been done before and then done again. With Sanderson it feels like I’m reading something completely new and completely exciting. His books and his characters are, simply put, cool. He just knows what his readership wants to see, and he gives it to them. The action scenes have an almost cinematic quality too them; they remind me of the combat ...more
The mists are our friend. They hide us. Protect us. Give us Power

Um....I...Ummm.....can't even form words to speak after reading this book. This sums up my emotions right about now:
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Brandon Sanderson has done it again people, everytime I thing I figure out what direction the plot is going in, he sends a Freaking curve ball at me that leaves me blindsided. Everything about this installation was beautiful. I laughed cried and was constantly left at the edge of my seat in anticipation of what was g
Oct 26, 2008 Sean rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The last half of this book dragged terribly for me, and there were three or four false climaxes before the real climax happened, which I found annoying. The ending was extremely religious in a peculiarly Mormon way, which also irritated me. As it is, I am even more skeptical now of Sanderson's ability to credibly write the end of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time.
Kat  Hooper
Aug 27, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

I'm extremely impressed with Brandon Sanderson's first fantasy trilogy. The entire story was carefully thought out, well-plotted, and well-paced. What impresses me most is that in this last installment, The Hero of Ages, there are plenty of wonderful surprises left. But these surprises aren't little add-ons that Sanderson lately thought up and decided to throw in just to keep up the interest and excitement. These are major pieces of the puzzle that have pu

That ending though....not what I was expecting. I definitely cried. And, I don't cry. I basically have no feelings.


Re-read. Rating: all of the stars in the sky.

After barely recovering from this ending the first time, I fear after a second, I may never recover again.

Review to actually come, this time.
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon

After months of trying to write the right review for this book, I realized that I can't justify the heartaches, hopes and happiness that I felt while reading this book. So here's my review:


Thank you toodrunktofindaurl for this post. It was perfect for this book.
Jul 18, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
#1.) The Final Empire
#2.) The Well of Ascension

This review is going to have mild spoilers from the previous books. I'm sorry, but it becomes too difficult to write a review without tapping into what has happened in the previous two installments. So read with caution!

Well, the last 10% of this book completely gutted me. I didn't just cry, I ugly cried (view spoiler)
Oct 28, 2014 Danae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful. Awesome. Fantastic.

My emotions are all over the place. The Hero of Ages was wonderful and heartbreaking all at the same time. Never before has a book put me through the wringer like this. I can't think, can't form proper sentences for how I feel, and I just need life to pause for a second so I can wrap my head around it all. I did not expect the series to end the way it did, and yet there is no better ending.

I'm so grateful to Brandon Sanderson for making me feel and care for these ch
6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" novels. In fact, this book has catapulted teh entire series into my list of "All Time Favorite" series. It is a rare thing indeed to have a series of this scope that contains so many different plot threads completed in the concluding volume in a way that answers all of the questions, does not feel rushed and leaves you as the reader saying "thank you" to the author for meeting (and even exceeding) all of your very high expectations.

Hero of Ages does
Feb 08, 2015 Sophia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what did i just read
Mr. Matt
Apr 18, 2014 Mr. Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
My thoughts about the final book in the Mistborn series pretty much sum up my thoughts about the series as a whole: flashes of brilliance that grab me firmly, and long, occasionally boring segments where I have to force myself to continue.

What Mistborn does well, it does very well. I love the fact that the author is not at all afraid to touch on religion as a major force in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy story. Pausing to think about it, I'm surprised religion isn't more prominent in the genre. Religion and f
Mar 27, 2009 C.S. rated it it was ok
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This series slowly lost its luster for me. By this book I was just reading to see what happened to Vin. I think that Sanderson is a pretty good write but I really felt that the series was two long. It should have been two books.

I think it would have been tighter and more plausible. The main characters continued the trend of doing things that i felt were not very smart.

I am sure that some people will not agree. If you were a big fan of book 2, you are safe. If not you might want to skip to the la
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
10/9/15: Sooooo . . . I was supposed to read this with Robin weeks ago, but I'm a CHICKEN, and she didn't need me (b/c Sanderson fiend rereading) . . . So I procrastinated. And now SHADOWS OF SELF is here, and I'm two books behind, and, and . . . *kicks aluminum can*

So here I go. Alone. By myself. In the dark . . .
Very epic ending to the trilogy and filled with very interesting themes about humanity and religion. All you can want from an epic fantasy.
May 31, 2012 Kogiopsis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, everyone, the whole damn world.
(Quick double heads-up: this is my 300th Goodreads book review! I think it's fantastic that such a milestone is on a book that I love as much as I love this one - which is scads and scads.
I would also like to give a quick shout-out here to all the wonderful people who have decided to follow my reviews. I've been meaning to say it for a while, but didn't get to it until now: you all are awesome and I really, really appreciate you. Thanks so much!)

I cannot actually write a review of this book with
Kristal Kitap
Aug 08, 2016 Kristal Kitap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dilimin dönmediği anlardan birini yaşıyorum. Böylesi bir muazzamlık beklemiyordum.

O minicik zihinlerimizle her bir adımı tahmin etmeye çalışmanın da manası yok. Olmuyor, tutmuyor. 50 farklı teori geliştirsende yazar 281. teroiyi devreye sokuyor. Her zaman senden önde. Her zaman senden zeki. Ne yazacağını anladım diyerek yazarı küçümsemiş mi oluyoruz acaba diye düşünüyorum artık. Tahmin edilebilir bir yazar değil kesinlikle. Zorlamanın anlamı yok.
Jan 20, 2009 Lori rated it liked it
I know this book gets solid 4 and 5s, and I'm not sure why I'm not one with the crowd here. I certainly liked Elantris and the first 2 Mistborn books tremendously, and am having trouble articulating why this one didn't send me, but it didn't. Not that 3 stars isn't a pretty affirmative rating from me, yet I didn't find myself rushing to read this (as opposed to being here on GR!) When I was reading I enjoyed it very much. I thought the ending was great, maybe everything leading up to it was a bi ...more
May 10, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing
Bitter-sweet. This book was just as interesting and good as the other books. I went through a roller-coaster of emotions! There were so many things that happened. I predicted all these things and they were all wrong. Everything adds up and fits in together. It was beautiful and the action scenes never got old! I love when everything makes sense in the end. All the character development was amazing, I loved seeing all the characters grow. I can't wait to read The Alloy of Law. I can't believe I ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Maxwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2014
Beautiful. Just plain beautiful. I don't know what else to say.
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Other Books in the Series

Mistborn (1 - 10 of 22 books)
  • The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
  • The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)
  • The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)
  • Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)
  • The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)
  • The Lost Metal (Mistborn, #7)
  • Ködszerzet - A Végső Birodalom 1. (Mistborn #1, 1/2)
  • Ködszerzet  - A Végső Birodalom 2. (Mistborn #1, 2/2)
  • Ködszerzet  - A Megdicsőülés Kútja 1. (Mistborn #2, 1/2)
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“Elend smiled. "Oh, come on. You have to admit that you're unusual, Vin. You're like some strange mixture of a noblewoman, a street urchin, and a cat. Plus, you've mangaged - in our short three years together - to kill not only my god, but my father, my brother, and my fiancée. That's kind of like a homicidal hat trick.” 343 likes
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