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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson | Book Review

I've put off writing this review for a while, and I'm not sure why. Maybe after reading the ending of the final book in a trilogy I just needed time to let it all settle. In short, I loved it! The Hero of Ages was an awesome book. It blew me away and has become my favorite fantasy trilogy. I had no idea how Brandon was going to wrap it all up. The ending surprised me quite a bit. That's all I will say about it because I don't want this review to contain spoilers, but I'll just say I did not expect the ending to be anything like it was. One reason I think I loved it so much was that to me the ending was very satisfying. All the crazy stuff was wrapped up pretty neatly, and the questions that have been racking my brain as I read through these fat epic fantasy novels, some I've been wondering about since the first book, were finally answered. There are still a few mysteries about the story world, but that is good. It makes me want to read the next book in the world called The Allow of Law. It takes place 300 years later and appears to be a bit steampunk.

Another reason I liked it - it was a story with such a dire set up, the world is ending, and yet I found myself laughing a ton from all the witty dialog coming from characters I loved. Character's I've come to know for three long books. Being that invested in a character and knowing them so well made me really enjoy their quirks and the funny ways they reacted to things. I love it when you get a scene where all the steaks are on the line and the characters, while terrified, can still do something or say something that makes you laugh. I don't read much horror, and I think it's because I'm not the biggest fan of that intense feeling of desperation. This book put the characters in very desperate situations, but they still held onto hope if barely. I certainly felt many times like it was all going to end poorly for the characters I loved, but I never had that dark dreary feeling that turns me off in some books. An absolute feeling of hopelessness is only good, in my opinion, when used for that one darkest moment right before you kick into Act III. I better stop before I accidentally get into spoiler territory, so I'll just try and sum up my last few thoughts.

The magic system was developed even more in this book just when you thought you knew it all. It was really cool to see it unfold in new ways. Huge questions were finally answered, unlike the TV series LOST where I still have loads of questions. The characters continued to grow and change as they faced the impossible. It was a very enjoyable read, probably my favorite out of the three books in the trilogy, and a very satisfying story. I think that's what we expect with any story, but epic fantasy especially. When you've turned what feels like a million pages, or have listened to a million hours of audio - you want to be satisfied when it's all said and done. I went on the epic journey with Brandon's characters, and as the trilogy went on I loved it more and more. When the dust settled at the end I was almost in tears. It was a beautiful ending. 

Have you read any of the Mistborn books? What about other novels by Brandon Sanderson? Do you like the way he ended The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan? Thanks for stopping by.

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