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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

I finished the final book of the Mistborn trilogy, The Hero of Ages, before the Thanksgiving holiday and it was a fitting end to the plot line.

In this final volume, Brandon Sanderson ties up all of the remaining loose ends and, in the last 75 pages hurtles into into the conclusion — it certainly did not suffer from the middle-book-of-the-trilogy syndrome that I felt the second book did.  I particularly enjoyed the brief commentaries at the end of each chapter which were refreshingly to the point, although they did rather obviously reveal at least one survivor of the battles.

I am constantly amazed at how well authors are able to foreshadow or hint at a broader, deeper story later.  Minor details in the first two novels are seamlessly revealed to be more meaningful than previously thought (the character of Zane, the swirling of the mists, and one other object that I won’t spoil here).

The character of Spook is also much fleshed out in this book.  I found his sullen, taciturn nature intriguing in the first two books and it was nice to see him come into his own, even if ultimately misguided.  (As a side note, I listened to all of the books via audio.  In the first two books, the voice used for Spook seemed very sullen.  I was a little surprised to hear the narrator use a light southern accent to represent the character’s street background which I think he was using earlier, too. It was just that his sentences were so short and withdrawn, it wasn’t detectable to me.)

The main adversaries of Ruin and Preservation, who fight through their human (and otherwise) intermediaries, were fascinating.  I was reminded of the dualistic gods of gnosticism which are constantly at war.  One of light, one of darkness.  One of the spirit, the other of the material world.  One of life, the other of destruction.

At its conclusion, my immediate thought was similar to that of Mozart in the movie Amadeus:

No, no! One hears such sounds, and what can one say but… “Salieri.”

However, unlike Mozart, there is no criticism.  The feeling I had at the end of the book was similar to that I felt at the end of Sanderson’s novel, Elantris, which I very much enjoyed.

5 out of 5 stars (finished November 15, 2010)

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