Synopsis from 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.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 about loyalty, faith and responsibility.
My Thoughts on Hero of Ages:
I think I might be dead. My feels are definitely broken. I started The Final Empire on March 27th and read the trilogy back to back. I have been immersed in this world for a month now. Literally. It’s taken me a month to get through them. Not because I was bored and had trouble getting through them. Mostly because they’re looong and I don’t have as much time to read as I used to. You would think that after a month, I would be ready to move on.
Even after a month in this world, I’m not ready to leave.
It’s so hard to say goodbye to these characters! I’ve been hanging out with them for four weeks and I’ve grown to love each and every one of them. And now it’s over and I feel drained.
Brandon Sanderson is brilliant. The Mistborn trilogy is a masterpiece.
This is one of those series that makes me feel completely incompetent as a writer. The sheer brilliance of this story is something that I will never achieve. The man is insanely talented. He wrote a story that I was able to connect with. He wrote characters that I loved. And he wrote a story with a million tiny details that all connected and came together in this glorious ending. My favorite thing about this series is the fact that each book has its own plot arc. Each book in this series accomplished something. There’s nothing filler about any of these books and I loved that at the end of each book we had a sense of closure while still having enough questions unanswered that we wanted to continue. Hero of Ages answers all those questions because it addressed the over-arcing series plot.
Every single detail from every single book comes together here. As I was reading, I kept asking all these questions in my head about things I still didn’t understand. I was worried that I wouldn’t get my answers, but I shouldn’t have been. If you’re a little confused as you’re reading, stick with it. It’s all going to make sense. I promise.
All of the details over the entire series come together in this book. The moment where it clicks is incredible.
This particular book in the series might have been my favorite thus far. It’s not a happy book. In fact the first half is pretty depressing. The world is literally ending and nobody believes they can stop it. They’ve lost so many and some of these characters are struggling to deal with it. But you know what? That made this book real. And it made the ending that much more beautiful. Because this book boils down to one word.
This entire over-arcing story is about not losing hope. It’s about always believing things will work out even when you’re faced with impossible situations. Kelsier taught us all that in the first book. Faced with a seemingly impossible task – defeating an evil dictator who has been in power for 1,000 years. But did Kelsier ever give up? No. He laughed when times were bad. He pushed forward when things seemed hopeless. He took on task after task knowing that he might not survive. All to make the world a better place. And it’s so clear how much influence he had on his crew and on Vin in particular.
Vin isn’t going to give up. She’s faced with an even more impossible situation for she’s fighting something she can’t even see. The mist is killing during the day. The ash is falling faster. The plants are dying. The animals are dying. Her world is falling apart. Does she lay down and give up? Never. She fights and she hopes and she believes that she can beat this thing. And that was the beauty in this story.
Vin fights and hopes and believes that she can accomplish the impossible.
And it’s not just Vin. It’s the rest of the crew too. They each have been through so much and you can see that it’s affected them. Some more than others. But the one thing they have in common is their resilience. They all know Kelsier wouldn’t have quit and they look to him and are motivated by that knowledge. They search for more information. They fight the new “bad guys”. They look for solutions to their problems. They continue to fight every single day knowing that it could be their last.
A lot of people may not have liked the ending to this story. But I did. Was it sad? Yes. But I thought it was fitting for this story. You can’t save the world without sacrifice and the way Sanderson tied everything up here was perfect for this particular story. It was bittersweet for me. View Spoiler »I have to believe that even though Vin and Elend are dead, they are looking down on the world knowing that their sacrifice meant something. With all the religions Sazed studies I have to believe there is an afterlife for them. And that’s why I’m okay with what happened. « Hide Spoiler
The ending of Hero of Ages was bittersweet, but beautiful.
It may have broke my feels a bit, but it was the right thing for the story.
If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it. The fantasy world is elaborate and interesting. The characters are all incredible and I promise you’ll fall in love with every single one. (Okay, I still never fully warmed up to Elend, but everybody else loves him so I think that’s just me…) The themes of hope and sacrifice woven into the plot are beautifully written. This finale will leave you breathless and you’ll be sitting there wishing it wasn’t over. I am so sad to leave these characters behind. I’m excited to read more about this world in the continuing books, but they are centuries in the future so I know that we are done with this particular crew. I will miss them because they taught me something.
These characters taught me to never give up, no matter how bad the circumstances are.
They taught me to trust other people and to rely on them. To work together towards your common goal. They taught me that nothing is impossible and they taught me that the world is worth saving no matter the cost or sacrifice.
Have you read Hero of Ages? How did you feel about the ending? Did you get the same sense of hope I did as you were reading? Have you read any of the other books in the Mistborn world? What’s the next Sanderson you think I should read?