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Review: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson 5/5

16780461_1433774133340666_2063343453_nTricked 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.

Review:

By now, you all know what I think of Sanderson- master storyteller and narrative God! Yet, again he hasn’t failed to disappoint. What a conclusion. What a gut wrenching, heart breaking, euphoric, awe inspiring, way to end a series. Damn you, Sanderson. You both enthrall me and break my heart. There were times when I wanted to put the book in the freezer. We’ve all been there.

I can’t talk about this book without reviewing it as a whole in regards to the trilogy. Everything has finality, I felt satisfied with the conclusion, and I am glad that my husband encouraged me to start this series. Small characters in book one, naturally develop into important characters by book three. Don’t get me started on the amazing character development throughout. Of course, Vin and Elend are legendary to me, but Sazed, Spook, Marsh. As a writer, I have serious character envy. As a reader, I love them all.

At about 95%, one sentence made up of six words had me sobbing like a baby. Just a pre-warning.

I always rave about Sanderson’s world building because it is fully submersive. It envelops you in a reading bubble that is hard to pop, even when you have finished the book. I can’t wait to read book four. Book four is based on different characters in the same world, and although my heart hurts a little at the prospect of reading on without my much loved characters, I know I can’t miss out on Sanderson’s newbies.

The Mistborn series is not to be missed. Just telling you about it doesn’t do it justice.


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Book Reviews, Books and Me

Review: The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One by Brandon Sanderson

 The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One by Brandon Sanderson 5/5

15175581_1339029159481831_962759479_n Blurb: 

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields.

But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy – the magic that lies in all metals.

Review:

I shall start off by saying… ERMAHGERD, this book is bloody fantastic! I went in with high expectations as it was my husband’s suggestion that I read it (he loved it too). It met my expectactions, and then some.

Read this book. Read this book!

The world building is… out of this world- literally. The social heirachies, histories/myths, religions, the allomancy, and rebellion fully submerges you into Sanderson’s world of Mistlings, Mistborn, Inquisitors, criminal gangs, noblemen, and the Lord Ruler to name a few.

The characters were believable and flawed, and some of my favourite characters I have read this year… okay, EVER. Back story for the characters was skillfully drip fed throughout the entirety of the book. Vin is an absolute favourite of mine. She was a strong female protagonist, but naive in many ways. You can’t help but grow fond of her and want to see her succeed. The same goes for Kelsier, the sometimes arrogant, but always loyal, intelligent, and brave male protagonist. But the problem when you love characters so much is that your heart is always ripped from my chest at some point *sobs*.

Sanderson could have made this an ‘us and them’ book, but he showed humanity and humility in the ‘them’ side. Relationships that grow between the two add another level to the narrative, and this only helps to garner more love from the reader in regards to Vin’s decisions and moral compass. Vin and Kelsier bounce off of each other, and teach each other a few truths. The duo are simply superb.

Kelsier’s multi-layered plan, that Vin and the gang all play a part in, is testament to Sanderson’s storytelling skills and imagination. The reader never knows what exactly is coming. We know that Kelsier is always two steps ahead of the game, but every revelation is a shocker. The ultimate shocker *no spoilers* was both ingenius and heart breaking.

My summary- READ THIS BOOK! I can’t wait to get started on the rest of the series.


 

The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties.

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review.