The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Publication: April 1st, 2010
Genre: High Fantasy
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.
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In the closing to this Mistborn trilogy, our heroes have to save the world from Ruin. The world is plunged in darkness by the mists killing people and ash falling from the sky. Elend has to combine the empire under his rule in order to defeat Ruin. The team is discarded across the empire and are trying to get the different kings to rule under Elend. Spook is hearing from Kelsier in his mind and seeing visions of him plus he is now able to burn two metals and is called the Survivor of the Flames. Sazed and Breeze are traveling together and Breeze is trying to remind Sazed why he is a man of religion. While Sazed struggles with his faith ever since the woman he loved died. And Elend, Ham, Cett, and Vin are moving in on Fadrex. This is all I will say because the plot is so thick with action and surprises. I was truly not ready for this book especially that ending. I even cried because just thinking about what happened to Elend and Vin makes me sad. They saved the world but at WHAT COST???? Lol just kidding but really I am sad but also happy because this was amazing. Truly.
I loved all the characters in this series. Everyone has a lot of depth and growth throughout the series. The story lost some good characters but such is life in war. My favorite characters are Kelsier (deceased), Vin (deceased), Elend (deceased), Spook, Breeze, and Sazed. Kell was obviously only in book one but for the rest, I really liked the character growth in them. Vin started out as a timid girl who came into her own person and a savior of the empire. Elend started out as a bratty book lover who became a powerful Emperor and savior of the empire. Spook started out a young man who was quiet and forgettable and became a man to follow and a person who helped save the empire. Breeze never let people know he is caring but by the end of the series many of his friends figure it out and his power helps many of the warriors in the fight to save the empire. Sazed went through a major change because he went from a man who understood his purpose, lost his faith, and struggled to find it again but, he did.
I enjoy Sanderson’s writing a lot. He had the perfect twists and turns. The writing is engaging and even though there is a lot of politics and war talk it still kept me interested. The world building and magic system were thoroughly explained throughout the series. I loved that Sanderson added a synopsis of the previous books because it helped in remembering what was happening. I think more authors should add this because it helps the reader to remember smaller details.
Vin was not fury. She was not terror. She had grown beyond those things. …So, she no longer fought out of fear for the man she loved. Instead, she fought with an understanding. She was a knife—Elend’s knife, the Final Empire’s knife.
“Elend smiled. “Oh, come on. You have to admit that you’re unusual, Vin. You’re like some strange mixture of a noblewoman, a street urchin, and a cat. Plus, you’ve mangaged – in our short three years together – to kill not only my god, but my father, my brother, and my fiancée. That’s kind of like a homicidal hat trick.”
“If you give up what you want most for what you think you should want more, you’ll end up miserable.”
“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.”
“Well, Vin says that there’s something behind all this, right? Some evil force of doom or whatever? Well, if I were said force of doom, then I certainly wouldn’t have used my powers to turn the land black. It just lacks flair. Red. Now, that would be an interesting color. Think of the possibilities–if the ash were red, the rivers would run like blood. Black is so monotonous that you can forget about it, but red–you’d always be thinking, ‘Why, look at that. That hill is red. That evil force of doom trying to destroy me certainly has style.”
“I ask of you your lives,” Elend said, voice echoing, “and your courage. I ask of you your faith, and your honor—your strength, and your compassion. For today, I lead you to die. I will not ask you to welcome this event. I will not insult you by calling it well, or just, or even glorious. But I will say this. “Each moment you fight is a gift to those in this cavern. Each second we fight is a second longer that thousands of people can draw breath. Each stroke of the sword, each koloss felled, each breath earned is a victory! It is a person protected for a moment longer, a life extended, an enemy frustrated!” There was a brief pause. “In the end, they will kill us,” Elend said, voice loud, ringing in the cavern. “But first, they shall fear us!”
“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.”
“For now, I only wish to make a simple acknowledgment of the woman who held the power just before me. Of all of us who touched it, I feel she was the most worthy.”
“A thing of nature. For every Push, there is a Pull. A consequence.”
“The nature of the world is that when we create something, we often destroy something else in the process.”
“People with passion are people who will destroy—for a man’s passion is not true until he proves how much he’s willing to sacrifice for it. Will he kill? Will he go to war? Will he break and discard that which he has, all in the name of what he needs?”
The tent was still for a few moments. Finally, Ham spoke. “Kell was . . . grand. He wasn’t just a man, he was bigger than that. Everything he did was large—his dreams, the way he spoke, the way he thought. . . .” “And it wasn’t false,” Breeze added. “I can tell when a man is being a fake. That’s why I started my first job with Kelsier, actually. Amidst all the pretenders and posturers, he was genuine. Everyone wanted to be the best. Kelsier really was.” “He was a man,” Vin said quietly. “Just a man. Yet, you always knew he’d succeed. He made you be what he wanted you to be.” “So he could use you,” Breeze said. “But you were better when he was done with you,” Ham added”