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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Mistborn Series

Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes
Book Three of Mistborn
Publisher: Tor Fantasy; First Edition edition (April 28, 2009), 784 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 9780765356147, ISBN-13: 978-0765356147

Vin finds and releases the power from the well of ascension into the world with some interesting consequences.  The final search for the The Hero of Ages unfolds with some unique and surprising results.

The Hero of Ages is the second book in the Mistborn trilogy. A sequel, The Alloy of Law was subsequently released and takes place 300 years after the conclusion of the trilogy. This is a high fantasy book that takes place on the world of Scadrial. A land that is plagued by constant ash falls and overwhelming mists which prevent the growth of vegetation. The book is told in the third person narrative from the various different characters.

In this world that is covered in ash, with the mysterious mist that appears to be harming people, more back story is revealed to explain this and the true purpose of the mist is revealed. Vin and company spend the majority of the book uncovering the puzzling clues left by the Lord Ruler. There is an unexpected and interesting twist to the story we have been following concerning the Hero of Ages, I will not say anymore here so as not to give out any spoilers!! We learn more about the Evil God Ruin as well as the Good God of Preservation with their fight for the balance of power between them.

The ending to this story is a bit sad and certainly unique and definitely not what we were expecting, but certainly satisfying in its own way. I am anxious to see where this series is going and I am looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy.   I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading high fantasy revolving around the struggle between good and evil utilizing interesting characters.

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The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Mistborn Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Book Two of Mistborn
Publisher: Tor Fantasy (June 3, 2008), 816 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 0765356139, ISBN-13: 978-0765356130

 


The Lord Ruler is overthrown and the world is in turmoil.  The main characters who worked together to create this new environment are now endeavouring to solve the world’s problems. However, there are armies working against them and the falling ash is getting worse not better.  Also, the mist is starting to make people sick and die. Plus Vin feels compelled to find the Well of Ascension, before it is too late, as this is where the power is hidden.

Mistborn: The Well of Ascension is the second book in the Mistborn series. Currently there are three books with the fourth to be released November 2011. This is a high fantasy book that takes place on the world of Scadrial. A land that is plagued by constant ash falls and overwhelming mists which prevent the growth of vegetation. The story is told in the third person narrative from the various different characters point of view.

This story is even more exciting than the first book with the continuation of an exciting and unusual tale. We get a realistic look at what would happen if the whole social structure of the world changed. Elend Venture (Vin’s husband) becomes an uncertain King and it is interesting to watch his growth. The story is well written and well thought out as it explores the development of the world and the characters within it as they go through such a radical change. The other form of magic known as Feruchemy is explored in much greater depth in this novel. This is where certain people can store various mental or physical attributes within their bodies from the different metals that they wear. The ending was suspenseful, quite surprising and revealed more about the history of the land.

The book can stand on its own since it comes to a good conclusion. Yet it still leaves us wondering what will happen in the final book of the series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a good story that explores political turmoil within the high fantasy genre.

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Mistborn:The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Mistborn Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Book One of Mistborn
Publisher: Tor Fantasy (July 31, 2007), 672 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 9780765350381, ISBN-13: 978-0765350381

 


Mistborn: The Final Empire is an unusual premise for a fantasy novel. The magic system is unique and comes from the consumption of alloys which gives the user various abilities depending on the alloy. The social structure is also unusual. The majority of the world is comprised of slaves who are known as Skaa. They have no rights and the nobility has ensured that none have Allomanic abilities. The balance of the world is the Nobility of which some have Allomanic abilities and they are referred to as mistborn. Ultimately the series plotline concerns a battle of good versus evil.

I really enjoyed this book and I liked all the characters. We meet Vin, the main protagonist, and watch her grow from an insecure thief to a very successful mistborn.  Kelsier and his crew are also introduced and the story unfolds with the joining of these people. Together they are planning a big job (theft) from the Lord Ruler. In the process, as part of the job, Vin plays the part of nobility, even though she is a Skaa. I really enjoyed watching Vin’s transformation to a lady.

Mistborn: The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn series. Currently there are three books with the fourth book to be released November 2011. This is a high fantasy book that takes place on the world of Scadrial. A land that is plagued by constant ash falls and overwhelming mists which prevent the growth of vegetation. The book is told in the third person narrative from the various different characters.

The book is interesting with the main plot line surrounding the plan to steal from the Lord Ruler. But it also introduces all the characters showing good development and growth for most of the players. The story is told in an exciting manner, exploring an interesting social structure and a new twist on an unusual magic system. I found the ending to be extremely exciting as well as interesting.

The book can stand on its own since it comes to a good conclusion. Yet it still left plenty of room for the story to continue in the next book, which I quickly picked up and read.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading high fantasy revolving around the struggle between good and evil utilizing interesting characters.

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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in 3 Treasure Boxes, Fantasy, Goodreads

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