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Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: The Hero of Ages

The Hero of Ages is the last book in Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy. The first book was great, the second book was mediocre, and the third book never quite reaches the heights of the first book, but is significantly better than the second.

Like the other books, this novel has two intertwining narratives, and one of the games the reader is supposed to guess is to figure out who the narrator of the opening portion of each chapter is. The book also does a good job of tying up all the loose ends in the series, and also providing explanations for various events that had happened in the past. In particular, I thought the reveal about Vin's earrings was very well done --- it was fair, had clearly been plotted far in advance, and explained much.

The reveal about the nature of the mists, the mythology behind the actual creation of the world, and the use and role of religions in the world are all decent, but you can feel the gears of the authors' mind working behind the scenes. Everything fits neatly, but the exposition is a bit obvious.

Alas, the action sequences seem to have taken a big dip in this latest novel, while the character development hasn't been much better. The magic system gets developed further, but not all of its mysteries are solved, providing room for a sequel (though given how this series has developed, I'm not sure I'd pursue any sequels).

Having read the entire trilogy, do I think it's worth the effort? Barely. The whole series would make for a good summer read, but I wouldn't go out of the way to find it.

Mildly recommended.

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