Brandon Sanderson completes the series that put him on the map with The Hero of the Ages, book 3 in his Mistborn trilogy. To my mind, the Mistborn trilogy represents Sanderson’s best work, exceeding his more ambitious efforts in The Stormlight Archive.
The Hero of the Ages starts with Vin and Elend using instructions left by the Lord Ruler to track down massive supply caches while Ruin, her, ruins the world around them. They start to notice patterns in the world, among a lot of other worldbuilding. Especially notable is explanation of the world’s third magic system, hemalurgy.
I mentioned in my review of book 2 and in my post comparing it with The Last Jedi that the setup in The Well of Ascension puts a lot of pressure on the third act in the story. The jury remains out on Star Wars Episode IX, but Sanderson absolutely comes through here. You can break your protagonist all the way down, get so bleak that the protag’s own actions make things much worse, but you have to come back and fix it.
I haven’t talked yet about the snippets that Sanderson adds at the beginning of each chapter in all three books. The snippets in the first two books are abstruse and only make sense after things are revealed at the end of the book. Sanderson drops that convention here in favor of pure infodumps. It works, because Sanderson knows his business, and worldbuilding is a large part of why we’re here, innit?
I picked up the Mistborn trilogy for a few reasons. One was to learn more about Sandersons’ Cosmere—his shared universe in which many of his series are set. Another, closely related, was to better acquaint myself with the Cosmere prior to reading Oathbringer. After reading both, Warbreaker would have been the better Cosmere book to read. The third and final reason was because I already read the next two Mistborn books, The Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self, and I thought I needed to go back and read the first trilogy before continuing on. Two out of three ain’t bad.
5 of 5 Stars.