Mistborn: The Hero of Ages—Book Review

As always, this review is spoiler-free.

The Hero of Ages is the third and final book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. I devoured the book over the course of a week. Here are my thoughts:

Great Build Up—With all the suspense and tension of the first two books, it would be easy for book three to fall flat. However, Sanderson delivers on his promises in books one and two in a spectacular and surprising way.

Satisfying Apotheosis—One problem many fantasy stories run into is the apotheosis problem—the characters get more and more powerful until they are nearly gods, and the sense of proportion in the stakes of the story is lost. In video game speak, apotheosis characters usually become OP (over powered) and tend to solve problems with a sledgehammer or brute force. This is not generally satisfying in a book. Sanderson manages to balance apotheosis against good, clever plotting that ramps up the stakes alongside the powers.

Side Character Spotlight—By book three of most series, readers are ready to get to know their favorite side characters. The Hero of Ages lets us get to know some side characters and explore their experiences in ways we don’t get in the first two books. From a magic standpoint, it is fun to get to see how Mistings view and interact with the world in a way different from Mistborn and normal people.

Overall, The Hero of Ages is my second favorite book in the trilogy behind the first book. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It has a fair amount of violence, but if you haven’t had trouble with the first two books, you should be okay. I recommend this book for readers high school age on up. It is an awesome ending to the first era of Mistborn books.

What did you think?

—M.M.


If you missed the book reviews for books one and two, you can find more book reviews here.

And, if you are looking for something new to read, check out Tell Me When I’m Younger out now on Amazon!

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    1. Thanks. I really enjoy Sanderson magic systems. The next couple months I’m going to be taking a novel writing class from him. Be sure to come back as I post about my experience. Mistborn is great.

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