| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0765316897
| ISBN-13: 9780765356147
| Content: Science Fantasy, Heroes, 16+
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy; (October 14, 2008)
| Mass Market Paperback: 760 pages
| Cover Art: Christian Mcgrath
| Source: Author/Publisher
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| Rating: 5 Stars
If you think you have a handle on what is going on with this story, you are about to find out that you had less than a clue. Nothing is what it appears to be, and no event will resolve in the way you think it will, so plan to be amazed.
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
I never did form a firm attachment to the characters. If anything, I had far more interest in the secondary players then I did the main protagonists. Not sure why really. All the characters were well fleshed out, developed consistently, were flawed yet determined to prevail, were deluged by plenty of internal and external conflicts, all the things I love to see in well developed characters, and yet, I never found myself sympathizing with them. Best reason I can come up with is that they were overpowered by the story, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
The story held me spellbound, riveted, enthralled, intrigued, and at times bewildered. What a ride. Frankly, I found it to be brilliant. It was like watching a full symphony, amazed at how so many different instruments combine to create a beautiful piece of music. This story has a strong underlying current of both philosophical and psychological issues. It explores things like creation, trust, faith, manipulation, betrayal, loyalty, and love. The story also explores the rather thin line between good and evil and how even good people can do horrible things in order to protect the "greater good" while evil people are not as evil as everybody assumes. In addition there is mystery, adventure, suspense and lots of "oh wow" moments. I have said it before but it bears repeating, do not skip over the snippets at the beginning of each chapter, they tell the story behind the story, and are priceless. I do not believe I have ever see chapter prefaces used so skillfully.
You might have noticed that I am avoiding telling you anything about the story itself; I am restricting my review to the blurb and my impressions. This is by design, I am afraid of giving even a glimmer of a hint as to what goes on in this book. I want you, the reader, to go into the conclusion of this series without a clue so you can savor it fully as I did. Only hint I will give you is that you are in for more then a few surprises and that you are not to worry, all of your questions will be answered. Great book and satisfying (if surprising) end to a great series. If you do not mind if the magic is science based, you do not object to religious beliefs being explored and you do not cringe at graphic violence set in a very dark world, you will absolutely love this book. While I do not believe that it will ever again have the same impact as the first read, this series is going on my reread shelf.
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Epic Fantasy Book Review of The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson - Reviewed by Mulluane - on December 17, 2008 - Rating: of 5 Stars