The Hero of Ages is the third book in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. It picks up soon after the conclusion of the previous book. It is written mainly from Vin, Sazed, TenSoon, Spook, and Marsh’s points of view, jumping back and forth between them as they travel in different parts of the world and overcome their own individual trials and hurdles.
There are many twists and turns in this story and even more struggles for the characters within themselves that may or may not actually be internal. There’s also a big emphasis on religion. The musings of the previous books come to a head in this story, and religion, faith, and prophesy play a huge part.
The ash mounts are spewing more ash into the air than ever before, blocking out the sun. The mists are more prominent, are lasting through the daytime, and are even killing some people. Crops aren’t producing and the people are starving. The world is dying. Vin and the other members of the crew—both old and new—must battle this new unseen force. To do their part, Vin and Elend are searching for the Lord Ruler’s secret bunkers that are filled with supplies and with clues as to what it is that’s destroying the world. They fight koloss, siege a city, and go a bit overboard on the whole “I trust you” thing (leading back to that whole faith thing that I mentioned earlier).
Spook plays a bigger part in this book than in the previous ones, which is good, because he really was an ignored member of the party. He has his own mission to learn more about an uprising in a northern city.
There is, of course, more story and more characters (TenSoon’s story is particularly fascinating), but I don’t want to give away too much to anyone who hasn’t read the series. Let’s just say that this trilogy is a beast. It’s long, involved, twisty, and at times preachy. But it is also captivating and thrilling. It makes a great addition to the library of any fantasy-lover.