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The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  99,417 ratings  ·  5,483 reviews
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
Fantastic conclusion to a truly amazing trilogy! Brandon Sanderson is a masterful storyteller.

Benjamin Duffy
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
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
I cry but I'm also so happy. WHAT AN ENDING. I've never been so happy to be so sad.
3.75 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
Kat  Hooper
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
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.
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.
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Allomantic Stars Buddy read with the ever awesome Athena

So a few months back I was lucky enough to meet Brandon Sanderson at an event and subsequent book signing. He signed my book with the following
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I thought while reading Mistborn that he put that inscription in the wrong book. Boy was I wrong because The Hero of Ages had more secrets revealed than the other two books. In true Sanderson fashion this story builds slowly until it bursts and all you can do is hold on for the ride. I laughed
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
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
May 31, 2012 Anila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Very epic ending to the trilogy and filled with very interesting themes about humanity and religion. All you can want from an epic fantasy.
Mr. Matt
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
Lori (Hellian)
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
Beautiful. Just plain beautiful. I don't know what else to say.
I'm a shell of a person *sobs* This book was so heart-wrenchingly perfect. I may write a review if I can compose myself.
I don't want to give anything away, so all I'm going to say is that Brandon Sanderson really, really impressed me with the Mistborn Trilogy. First, he spins a compelling tale that not only entertains, but makes the reader think. Second, each volume ends at a logical point in the narrative. Not a single book feels like it got chopped off too early. Third, he actually completes his story in three volumes. He didn't write a trilogy that turned into 10 volumes. Fourth, he wraps everything together i ...more
Athena (Shardbearer)

Buddy read with my Buddy Ol' Pal and fantasy junkie Robin! We need to keep reading Sanderson much fun!

This review has spoilers.

If you asked me last year who Brandon Sanderson was my answer would sound like, "ugh..I have no idea". If you ask me now who Brandon Sanderson is this is what my answer would sound like, "OMG!!! HE'S THE BEST EVER....I LOVE HIS BOOKS!!! OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOGOGIHAKFJ HERKJTHQOFUIHBENG JFKBE QLJFB NJKFG alkdfnoi haofnv ojhgore".

His books are like cake, I know
Xime García
: Me encantó, en serio.

Te odio, Sanderson. Todo el libro pensando en ponerle tres estrellas porque me parecía bastante mediocre, hasta que me topo con ESE FINAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL FOR GOD'S SAKEEEEEEEEEE


Bueno, poniéndonos serios. Vayamos por parte.

Como en sus libros anteriores, Sanderson vuelve a pecar de ser repetitivo, hasta el punto de que pensé "Pero es que sus personajes no hacen otra cosa más que esto!". Abusó del verbo nod, pause y raise an eyebrow. El último, sobre la "ceja", en serio. Todo
3.5 stars

After two books and a massive storyline that leaves you reeling with questions, it’s time for epic battles and magnificent reveals. This book does not disappoint. With Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson manages to weave an intense and comprehensive finale to a magnificent trilogy.
"Do you know why I dislike men like you, Venture?"

"My insufferable charm and wit?" Elend asked. "I doubt it's my good looks – but, compared to that of an obligator, I suppose even my face could be enviable."


Ok, that's not enough for this review. But really, that's all that needs to be said. This whole series is flippin' awesome. The last book was not at all what I thought it would be - it was better.

I know I'm reading a good book when I set it down because I don't like the events that are unfolding. You might say, "Umm, doesn't that mean that you don't like the book?" No. It means that I'm so invested in the book that I don't want bad things to happen to the characters that I love. It's m

Consider me impressed.

I never thought Sanderson could bring this all together in a way that would make sense, without any big deus-ex-machina-style interventions. But he did and he really surprised me.
It's so much fun to work out hypotheses along the way, reading the clues, considering how they might impact everything else. There are so many details that Sanderson stresses along the way, that you know will be important, but how exactly? How do they fit? And how on earth is he going to bring thi
What a bittersweet ending to a trilogy. While I applaud Mr. Sanderson’s conclusion to this story, I can see how he could continue creating other stories within his Mistborn world, and I know I’m definitely going to be interested in checking out the next books in the Mistborn world. Not now, because the pain/wound is too fresh from completing this trilogy.

I think what I loved most about what Brandon Sanderson created here was the characters. Yes, they were flawed. However, they were all important
Holy Santa Claus shit that was perfect. DAMN YOU BRANDON FOR BEING SO IMMACULATE! ( yes the capitalization was necessary). I just can't even coherently express how good and justifiable that ending was, it was perfect...and to be honest somewhat unexpected. Sanderson is seriously a brilliant storyteller, and his innate ability to sum up this trilogy is proof of that. This series is a masterpiece, and this moment so bittersweet. So utterly appreciative that I got to enjoy Mistborn, but so sad that ...more
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Mistborn (7 books)
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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.” 254 likes
“Well Vin says that there's something behind all this, right? Some evil force of doom or whatever? Well, if I were said force of doom, then I certainly wouldn't have used my powers to turn the land black. It just lacks flair. Red. Now, that would be an interesting color. Think of the possibilities--if the ash were red, the rivers would run like blood. Black is so monotonous that you can forget about it, but red--you'd always be thinking, 'Why, look at that. That hill is red. That evil force of doom trying to destroy me certainly has style.” 196 likes
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