Published: October 14th 2008 by Tor Books
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Page Count: 748
Amazon: Hardcover – $29.75 / Paperback – $7.53
Barnes and Noble: Hardcover – $32.83 / Paperback – $9.71
Warning: This is the third book of the Mistborn trilogy so this will contain spoilers. I have a full review of The Final Empire and The Well of Ascension that have both a regular review section and a spoiler section. Please read on at your own risk!
Description via Goodreads:
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.
Hello there, it’s me… the hollow shell of the human being I once was. Was I truly prepared for the sorrow I would feel after I finished this book? Absolutely not. It has been 12 hours since I put The Hero of Agesdown for the last time and I am still in a state of content/heartbreak. Once again I will probably be blubbering through this review, and yes the sad music is playing in the background while I write!
This is the third book of a trilogy, so there will be spoilers for this book and the previous two books. Please read those books or reviews before jumping into this novel. There will be a very spoiler filled section at the end of this review that will be properly labeled for those of you who would like to read more of my discussion. Also, I will be including some more fan art pictures from Pinterest below!
I jumped right into The Hero of Ages just mere hours after putting down The Well of Ascension. I am so glad that I did! It was very fast paced (even better then TWoA) and I couldn’t put it down.
Just like The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages picks up one year later. Elend is now mistborn thanks to Vin. Ruin has been ravaging the lands and causing destruction in its wake. Elend and Vin now must try to save the world and all of their people. This book is filled with action, sorrow, moments of happiness, and oddly enough, content.
The characters were fabulous as always. There was so much growth for both Spook and Sazed which was fantastic. These were two characters that deserved so much book time and I am beyond glad that they finally got it. Both of their character arcs went through so much and to watch them grow and develop further along in the story was amazing. Ruin and Preservation were extremely fascinating characters! I was so glad that Ruin especially got a lot of book time because his nature was so interesting as was his dynamics. He truly believed in his power to destroy the world and to watch as he dealt with blow after blow from Vin and Elend was great.
The action was super! This book was much more fast paced than the second novel. There was politics in this book, mainly about the war both Elend and Vin were in, but there was so much more fighting throughout it. This led the book to be fast paced and I just couldn’t put it down.
I can’t say too much more in fear of spoilers but overall this book was a fantastic conclusion!! I cannot recommend this trilogy more and I have to say it has become my all time favorite trilogy. I want to reread it all over again already.
WARNING: THIS IS THE SPOILER SECTION – PLEASE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
There are a few things that I really wanted to discuss and get my feelings out about this book.
First we have Sazed’s character development. Sazed is possibly one of my favorite characters of all time. Throughout books one and two he is completely faithful and a strong man. In book three we see how much the loss of Tindwyl has changed him, he has completely abandoned his religions and doesn’t know if anything is true anymore. We see a devastated man attempting to become whole again and he just doesn’t know how. It was utterly devastating to see how broken Sazed was but only to watch him grow as more information comes to light. Most importantly that Sazed is the Hero of Ages!!! Yes, that’s right!
I wasn’t exactly shocked to find out that it wasn’t Vin. I figured it couldn’t be her because it would have fit in too perfectly. I think that Sazed was a fantastic choice because he only wanted to bring good into the world and in the end he righted everything.
Next, I wanted to discuss both Elend and Vin. I knew that they had to die in the end but it was still a massive blow to my fragile heart at this point in the book. I have attached below a fantastic piece of artwork below of both Elend and Vin laying on the new grass and I have to say it brought some tears to my eyes. The death of Elend was particularly brutal. I couldn’t believe it when Marsh decapitated him! I was stunned and I had to sit there for a minute to recollect my thoughts. I wasn’t expecting that to happen, especially since Elend had already been stabbed and was dying. Vin’s death was in retaliation of Elend’s death. That was the catalyst she needed to destroy Ruin. Without Elend Vin didn’t have a reason to keep going and there was something beautiful in how she fought back in Elend’s name. She even says at one point right after Elend’s death that she had given him up the moment he died at the Well of Ascension. She gave him up to save him and that made me completely lose it! I was a sobbing mess at this point.
Third topic of discussion is Spook! I would have never guessed how big of a role he would play when I first picked up the book. Spook was another character who went through extensive growth in this book. His love for Kelsier fuels him (and almost gets him killed) but it was also the love for his uncle Clubs. Spook never forgave himself for leaving Clubs behind to die and it has shaped him. He wanted desperately to be apart of things and in the end he was a main part of the crew in the last book, ultimately bringing water back to the people of Urteau.
Fourth topic is TenSoon! If you read my previous review then you will know of my love for this kandra. I loved seeing him throughout this book and reading his chapters. They were some of my favorite chapters to read because we readers were able to get to hear more about the kandra themselves and get more information about their history and how they lived. A very big part of me wanted a Vin and TenSoon reunion so badly. He spent the book searching for Vin and it was heartbreaking. In the end he grew to care for Vin and push aside his hatred for humans. His growth was one of my favorites to read about because he formed a friendship with Vin. It was upsetting to learn that he was transformed back into a mistwraith due to Ruin forcing him to remove his blessings. I can only hope that there is more for TenSoon in the second era of Mistborn books.
Lastly, I have to mention the downfall of Marsh. Oh Marsh…. I had such high hopes for you after The Final Empire but I was truly mistaken. One of the great things about this book was the discussion of Hemalurgy which is the process of creating Inquisitors, Koloss, and Kandra. Marsh has taken hemalurgy to a completely new level and add Ruin into the mix, Marsh is no longer human. He is no longer Kelsier’s brother, Sazed’s friend, or even a member of the crew. He is the enemy and by the end of the book he feels like the enemy. He killed Elend. He attempted to kill Sazed and Vin. The only redeeming thing Marsh did in this book was rip the earring from Vin’s ear to save her from Ruin’s influence.
Once again I would like to take a pause for all of the amazing characters we lost throughout the trilogy. Kelsier, Vin, Elend, TenSoon, Sazed, Clubs, Doxson, old Marsh, and Tindwyl were all so fantastic and they will be missed greatly. *queue up my tears again*
Once again, 15/10 would recommend this book! I can’t believe I finished the trilogy. These are definitely books I will picking up again.
END OF SPOILER SECTION
“Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.”
“Lately, I feel like my life is a book written in a language I don’t know how to read.”
“Faith means that it doesn’t matter what happens. You can trust that somebody is watching. Trust that somebody will make it all right.”
“You’ve managed in our short three years together to kill not only my god, but my father, my brother, and my fiancé. That’s kind of like a homicidal hat trick. It’s a strange foundation for a relationship, wouldn’t you say?”
This book was given 5/5 star rating on Goodreads. (I would give it 102 stars would that I could).