- Publisher: Tor Books
- Format: Paperback | 760 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 165mm x 38mm | 363g
- Publication date: 28 April 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0765356147
- ISBN 13: 9780765356147
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 9,459
Who is the Hero of Ages?To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness---the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists---is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.Having escaped death at the climax of "The Well of Ascension" only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can't even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans!The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave readers rubbing their eyes in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.
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BRANDON SANDERSON grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. In addition to completing Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time(r), he is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn trilogy, "Warbreaker," "The" "Alloy of Law," "The Way of Kings," "Rithmatist," and "Steelheart." He won the 2013 Hugo Award for "The Emperor's Soul," a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, "Elantris."
By Chrissy 23 Jan 2014
Did I enjoy this book: You know how it took me about three days each to finish the first two books in this series (Mistborn and The Well of Ascension)? Well, it took me darn near three weeks to finish The Hero of Ages, and I’ll tell you why: it’s just too darn awesome to read all at once.
I’m not joking. Ask my sister . . . I texted her every few evenings to tell her how awesome Book 3 is (which wasn’t annoying at ALL, since she had barely started Book 2). I had to stop every few chapters just to digest the Awesome, and I’ll be honest, I woke my husband up early on his day off because I needed snuggles after I’d finished Sanderson’s masterpiece. Yeah, I’m that girl who cries at the end of a really, REALLY good book. I’m not ashamed (about that, anyway).
Vin, Elend and the crew deliver – dare I say it? – The Perfect End of the World.
Would I recommend it: Yes, absolutely. It’s the best book in the trilogy.
Will I read it again: Almost certainly.
As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
"This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax. . . . Sanderson's saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.""--Publishers Weekly" on "The Hero of Ages""Transcendent!""--Romantic Times BOOKreviews" on "The Hero of Ages""" ""Elantris" is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. Brandon Sanderson has created a truly original world of magic and intrigue, and with the rigor of the best science fiction writers he has made it real at every level."--Orson Scott Card "Elantris . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters (including a memorable female character) and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!"--Katherine Kurtz, "New York Times "bestselling author of the Deryni series "Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut . . offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters. . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. . . . Sanderson is a writer to watch." -"Publishers Weekly," (starred review)