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Fantasy Book Review: Mistborn: The Hero of Ages

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.

Book Review: Mistborn: The Well of Ascension

Mistborn: The Well of Ascension” is book II in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. I was first exposed to Brandon Sanderson via Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series. He’s been doing such a good job with that, I figured I’d check out his other work. So far, I’ve been impressed.

 

“Mistborn: The Well of Ascension” continues the story of Vin, the hapless street rat, turned deadly Mistborn, turned consort to the King. The King, Elend Venture, is trying to set up a system of government that grants freedom to the skaa after a thousand years of oppression under the Lord Ruler. Unfortunately, a number of nobles don’t want any such thing and are laying siege to Luthadel, the capital of his fledgling kingdom. Vin is dedicated to seeing Elend’s efforts come to fruition, protecting him and spying for him.

 

Overall, the plot was intriguing; it pulled me in in a way rare for most modern fantasy novels. Again, the magic system is so different I hesitate to call it magic. If there is a flaw in the book, I think it is that it ends with too much of a twist. There are hints of what is going to happen in the end, but they are virtually impossible to figure out beforehand. As a matter of fact, a couple of them I “noticed,” but I just thought Brandon Sanderson messed up, so I ignored them. But he didn’t mess up. What I thought were mistakes, were eventually explained in a cohesive way. The main characters I liked, but again, some of the minor characters did not really distinguish themselves: I still can’t keep straight Dockson and Ham. But they are minor characters, so that is a minor flaw.

 

Ultimately, it was well worth the read. I’ll give Brandon Sanderson’s “Mistborn: The Well of Ascension” four and a half out of five stars. Not quite five, but close enough.

 

This review was originally posted on Shelfari.com on 3-15-12.