“Mistborn: The Hero of Ages” is the third and final book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. Sanderson is now, officially, my favorite writer (besides myself, of course). I got so hooked on this book, I was reading it instead of doing the chores and other things I should have been doing. I almost—not quite—let my blog go while reading this. But I didn’t. Anyway, from the get-go this book was exceptional. Well plotted, with an intriguing set of characters. It was interesting to watch how Elend Venture, in particular, changed over the last two books morphing from a too-polite scholar-king into a firm and resolute leader, a real warrior-king.
The book tells the continuing story of Vin and Elend in their struggles to save the Final Empire from the ravishings of the dark god Ruin. It seems an impossible task, from the get go. I thought their struggles with the Lord Ruler from book I was bad enough; for much of the book, I really didn’t see how they could do it; it seemed hopeless. There were probably about five or six unusual twists in the story. I figured out maybe two of them in advance, the others were really quite good. The book connected back to both books I and II in clever, intriguing ways.
If there was a flaw in the book, it was the personality of Ruin. Sanderson had only one book to work him in, really, so that may have contributed to it, but I didn’t get much of a sense of him beyond that he was a really bad being. Of course, how much can one really develop the personality of a near-omnipotent being? Oh yeah, I also have problems with turning humans into gods or near-gods. But that’s just me.
Ultimately, I think the book was well worth the read, so I’ll give Brandon Sanderson’s “Mistborn: The Hero of Ages” four and a half out of five stars.
This review originally appeared on Shelfari.com at 3-19-12.