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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
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Jan 09, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, read-in-2009
Read in January, 2009

** spoiler alert ** A satisfying conclusion to the Mistborn trilogy. The characters in this book become increasingly desperate as it becomes evident that their world is dying. The ashfall becomes heavier and heavier until travel becomes almost impossible. The mist comes out in the daytime, and kills a percentage of people who are out.

Meanwhile, Ruin is released in the world and is battling to gain the upper hand over Preservation. Ruin has the power to change any written or oral communication not engraved in metal; he also is able to influence through the practice of Hemalurgy.

Again, this book has blurbs at the beginning of each chapter. They are not as cryptic as in Mistborn, but they still are integral to the story. The history of Ruin and Preservation, the Lord Ruler's use of the power and Hemalurgy, and various other information is revealed. They are from the point of view of one who has survived and is looking back at the events being told; this is encouraging because it implies that there will be survivors.

The author carries the system of magic further along in this book with the explanation of Hemalurgy. The Inquisitors, the Koloss, and the Kandra are all fascinating if gruesome creations.

Sazed is going through a crises of faith in this book. The woman he loves has died, and although his world is in a truly apocalyptic state, he is barely able to muster any enthusiasm for anything. He spends most of his time looking through his collected religions, trying to find a true one he can believe in. He discards them all for contradictory or unbelievable elements. His search is intertwined with the fate of the world.

I thought that Sanderson did a good job with further developing the system of magic with regards to Hemalurgy and the new and creative ways Vin and Elend found to use Allomantic powers. But I felt that the powers and characters of Ruin and Preservation were a little bit overboard. The ending, while satisfying in a way, seemed very far-fetched. I feel kind of ridiculous saying that about a fantasy novel, but I felt like Sanderson spent all this time creating rules for how to use the magic, and then at the end, there was just this big pool of power and it was used to fix everything.

Still, I would highly recommend this book and this series to anyone who likes fantasy.
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