The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson

Faith means that it doesn't matter what happens. You can trust that somebody is watching. Trust that somebody will make it all right.

~ Spoilers for The Well of Ascension ~

The Hero of Ages is the third and final book of the first Mistborn trilogy, written by Brandon Sanderson, first published in 2008. The story follows our heroes after Vin was tricked into releasing an evil force known as Ruin to the world in the Well of Ascension. Elend, who was saved from death by ingesting a nugget that turned him into a Mistborn, alongside Vin and the remaining Kelsier's crews, must fulfill his role as the Emperor of the remnants of Final Empire that Lord Ruler built a thousand years ago and bring safety and order to the land. Their previous enemies, the Inquisitors and the koloss, are still moving under Ruin's mysterious plans. But that is incomparable to what's happening with their world as now the mists are killing people, the ashes burying plants, and volcanoes burning the land. As the world is dying right before their eyes, our heroes must find a way to save their world and fulfill the prophecy of The Hero of Ages.

This book is just too much fun. The amazing characters, the intricate worldbuilding, the dramatic storytelling, and the unpredictable revelations and ending. It's the height that any fantasy author should strive for, in my opinion. I can't think of any bad things to say about this book because as I close the book and put it back in the shelf, there is only one emotion I feel, satisfaction. There's nothing I found weird or inconsistent or unexplained about the story from this series. Although, yes, there are definitely some questions that are still left unanswered for the next books, I feel like the main story of this first trilogy is finished thoroughly. The story of Vin, Kelsier, Elend, Sazed, Breeze, Ham, Spook, Clubs, Dockson, and TenSoon ended here. And it ended beautifully.

Thanks for the amazing ride, Mr. Sanderson. Can't wait to read the next trilogy!

The Hero of Ages
Brandon Sanderson
First Published
October 14, 2008