Thank you Goodreads' friends for making me read The Mistborn trilogy. Thank you The Mistborn trilogy for becoming my new favorite trilogy of all time. Thank you Brandon Sanderson for making me cry because your books are masterpieces.
“Lately, I feel like my life is a book written in a language I don't know how to read.”
I don't think I can add anything new that hasn't been said about the trilogy and this book in particular. The plot, the twists, the secrets, the characters - everything was amazing. There is much darkness and despair in this book, but despite all of that the light somehow gets through.
“I ask of you your lives,” Elend said, voice echoing, “and your courage. I ask of you your faith, and your honor—your strength, and your compassion. For today, I lead you to die. I will not ask you to welcome this event. I will not insult you by calling it well, or just, or even glorious."
Goodness, I am tearing up just reading the quotes from this book. Before this review becomes a blubbering mess of emotions I wanted to talk about 2 things from this book that I found particularly great. The depression representation and the romance.
“Breeze turned to look out the window. "You were always the best of us, Sazed," he said quietly. "Because you believed in something.”
Many books try to get depression rep correct and many unfortunately fail miserably. And those who succeed usually do not write epic fantasy. But The Hero of Ages dealt and represented depression magnificently.
Maybe because the character we knew in the previous 2 books was so full of life and hope that seeing him depressed delivered a few extra punches. I could honestly feel his despair leaking off the pages. I could understand his emptiness and his apathy. When a person loses everything - darkness sets in. This darkness makes the person blind to any light, to any hope. Even if other people tell you that everything will be okay - you don't believe them, because you cannot see beyond your own darkness. The only way out is to work through it yourself, step by step. There's no magical pill, no one time solution - and this book depicted it beautifully.
“In the end, I stopped worrying about how strange you seemed. I realized that it didn't really matter if I understood you, because I trusted you.”
I finally found a series in which romance doesn't make me cringe. Not even a little bit. See, many books seem to think that good romance must involve hot make-out sessions, sex and cheesy declaration of love. Umm, how about no? Take away physical attraction and you will be left with two very bland characters who are together just because the guy has "toned and ripped body" and the girl is "oh I don't know, so special". CRINGE!
What many other books don't have is the closeness of two characters who are truly in love. Their conversations, their thoughts, how they view the other person, the utter and complete trust.
I don't know if Vin and Elend are the perfect couple representation, but well, yes they pretty much are. They are the most selfless people who love each other for exactly who they are. They don't pretend, they don't dramatize anything. And most importantly they understand that the middle of the war is probably not a good time to make out.
“Well, then," he said. "Let's do it."
"What?" Vin asked.
"Save the world." Elend said. "Stop the ash.”
I am pretty sure that I proclaimed all of my feelings for this book very poorly, as I tend to have no words for something that I really, really loved. But hey, I tried. Also I'm afraid that after this no other book will satisfy me, so I will have no choice but to just go ahead and read all of Sanderson's other works. I would like to finish this review with some of Elend's dorky awesomeness.
"My insufferable charm and wit?" Elend asked. "I doubt it's my good looks – but, compared to that of an obligator, I suppose even my face could be enviable."
Yomen's expression darkened. "How did a man like you ever end up at a table of negotiation?"
"I was trained by a surly Mistborn, a sarcastic Terrisman, and a group of disrespectful thieves.”