The Hero of Ages (Brandon Sanderson)

The Hero of Ages is the third book in the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. [My reviews of the other two books here.]

Plot [with MAJOR SPOILERS for both books before this one]:
By releasing the power at the Well of Ascension in the last book, instead of keeping it to herself, Vin has pretty much doomed humanity. She and now-Mistborn Elend plus his army are now pretty much everything that stands between them and Ruin, the evil force out to destroy the world. In short, things don’t look too hot. But the Lord Ruler has seen that day coming and has guarded supplies for it.

Unfortunately, my frustrations with the second book only got worse with the third one. Despite frankly superior plotting, I was mostly annoyed with the characters; and the pacing, especially towards the end, was just way off.

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The Well of Ascension (Brandon Sanderson)

The Well of Ascension is the second book in the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. [Here’s my review of the first book.]

Plot [with spoilers for The Final Empire]:
In the first book, the plan succeeded and the Dark Lord was killed.
Now, Vin and Elend stand before an empire that’s slowly falling apart – and they have to safe it. But not only political instability threatens the lands – there’s still the mist and the ashfalls and something evil lurking in the shadows.

I wasn’t madly in love with the first book in this series, but I did like it. I especially liked Vin, and Elend completely stole my heart. Generally speaking, the characters were great. Unfortunately, Sanderson knows that characters should develop and he takes them into directions I really, really do not like. Especially Elend.

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The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson)

The Final Empire is the first novel in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

Plot:
For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler has ruled the world. He’s not only a king, he’s a god. While the nobility mostly thrives under him, the largest part of the people are skaa, who are, essentially, slaves.
Now, one of the skaa, a famous thief and Mistborn (meaning he possesses the ability to burn metal in his body and manipulate his surroundings with it), named Kelsier starts to plan for the ultimate destruction of the Final Empire and the Lord Ruler. For that he pulls together his old thieving crew, with the new addition of Vin, a young street urchin, who is a Mistborn as well – but doesn’t even know it.

The Final Empire has an intriguing premise and Brandon Sanderson does it full justice. Though his writing style is not the cleanest, the world he’s created and especially the characters in this world are engaging and will hook you quickly.

[Loads of cover love goes to Gollancz, again.]

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