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Publisher's Note:

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 satisfyin…

The Hero of Ages

by Brandon Sanderson

Overall Book Review:

With the first two books of the Mistborn Trilogy, Sanderson built up an exciting story and engaging characters, all rolled together with a mysterious plot while gaining momentum for a grand finale–which Sanderson delivers. The Hero of Ages is the stunning conclusion, and, to be honest, I didn’t see it coming.  When I finished the book I was stunned by Brandon’s incredible ability to craft and plan a story so complex, spanning thousands of pages, and tie it up in such a surprising manner without leaving any loose ends or sloppy subplots floating around.  While the slow pacing, characteristic of the series, might drag on some readers, I found it to be a nice way for the author to build suspense and craft the story, and had no issue with it. In addition to this, Sanderson continues to allow the characters to grow and develop in new and unexpected ways. An ending worthy of the series, The Hero of Ages will not disappoint fans.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  30 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory names.

Violence/Gore:  Many battles involving weapons and fists resulting in death or severe injury with some description of blood and gore; one scene where a character is tortured by having their limbs methodically broken; many characters have spikes stabbed through them; there are threats of violence and reports of violence.

Sex/Nudity:  Characters kiss; one instance of non-sexual nudity.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, religion

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters drink alcohol casually.

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About the Reviewer

I enjoy reading adventure books like Gary Paulsen’s The Hatchet, probably because I like to lead an active life. Outside of reading, I camp, hike, run cross country and work on a farm, and a lot of these experiences let me appreciate the content of a good book, as well as the unlimited possibilities that can happen between its covers.