Guys, I did it! I finally finished The Hero of Ages, and it was amazing! Let’s talk about it.
The Deepness has gotten worse since Vin killed the Lord Ruler. Humanity is at risk. The ashfalls have increased and earthquakes shake the empire. After the events in The Well of Ascension, Elen Venture has made himself emperor. Now he’s tasked with finding clues that the Lord Ruler left to help the empire survive. And Vin is consumed with guilt for releasing Ruin from the well. He is trying to end the world and his ability to manipulate reality makes defeating him nearly impossible.
My Thoughts on The Hero of Ages
When I first started the Mistborn series I thought the political machinations were the main focus. But I was wrong. The second book hinted at the bigger picture, but The Hero of Ages takes that and runs with it. This book changed everything, and I loved it.
Not only did Vin and Elend’s plotline expand, but so did Sazed’s, Spook’s, and OreSeur’s. I loved OreSeur’s plotline because it helped to widen the world by exploring the Kandra population. Their world was similar to the human world, but their lore and creation was a bit different. This becomes really important to the story.
Sazed’s plotline was personal to me. Basically, after the loss and traumatic events of the second book he struggled with his faith. Some of the thoughts he had matched what I had after the death of my father. It was just so cathartic to read about his healing process. I really needed that right now.
Lastly, I’m so glad Spook became pivotal to the overall plot. Spook was very much just a side character in the first two books, but I still loved him. He had a coming-of-age subplot in this one. I was so happy to see his character development.
*********And the last thing I’m going to say is a bit spoilery, so stop reading if you don’t want to be spoiled.********
I loved how Sanderson handled the chosen one trope. While Vin was technically a chosen one it was all through manipulation and circumstance. She did, however, sacrifice herself in hopes of a better world, but she came up short. And without the help of her friends nothing would have changed. I enjoyed this series, and I can’t wait to dive deeper in the Cosmere.
My Rating: 5/5