Review: The Hero of Ages

2020, Owls Readathon 2020, REVIEW

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Author: Brandon Sanderson
Pages: 848
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis for the first book in the series |

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields.

But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy – the magic that lies in all metals.

| My Thoughts |

This was an amazing ending for the series. I don’t want to spoil anything for the series, but it was such a satisfying way to end. The characters all continued to grow and the world continued to develop and all the plots came to end.

Again this was another book that pulled on my emotions and I am a little upset this has now ended. There is another trilogy linked to this series so I can not wait to continue with this shortly. I am reading all Brandon Sanderson’s books in order so Warbreaker is my next read.

| Reviews so far |

Elantris
The Hope for Elantris
The Emporer’s Soul
The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
Skyward

If you have read anything by Brandon Sanderson, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.

Happy Reading
xox

Review: Skyward

2020, reading, REVIEW

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Author: Brandon Sanderson
Pages: 510
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Synopsis:

Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defence is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what’s left of the human race.

Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s – a pilot who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa’s chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, making Spensa’s world twice as dangerous . . . but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward . . .

My Thoughts:

I really like the main character Spensa, she is a very determined girl and she doesn’t let anything stop her. The plot is really intriguing and kept me turning the pages throughout. 

The hints towards the story behind her father turning into a deserter are really interesting and when everything came to light, it really tied everything together, it helped me to understand why everyone was acting like they were towards Spensa. #

The commander is my least favourable character throughout, we do learn a little more about her as the story progresses but it isn’t enough as yet to make me warm up towards her.

I loved the writing in this book as I always do with Brandon Sanderson’s books I have read. He puts so much detail into the little characters that are in any plot or subplot, every character he writes has so much about them that he made one of my favourite characters in this book be the spaceship. Brandon Sanderson made me get emotional over a spaceship.

I can’t wait to get the next book in the series, I hope I like it as much as I like this one.

Review: The Well of Ascension

2020, REVIEW

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Pages: 763
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Synopsis

Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. Three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

My Thoughts

You can check out my review for The Final Empire here and my review for Elantris hereI thought this book was very politically driven. The beginning of this book was very slow to get into but once it picked up like I always find with Brandon Sanderson, it picked up really quickly. The strong relationships are still there between characters and I really enjoyed the fact that with Vin and Eland the relationship was tested, I like the way Brandon Sanderson dealt with this. 

I really enjoy Brandon Sanderson’s writing and I have enjoyed all the books/short stories I have read by him. I am going to continue on with these books throughout this year.

Let me know if you have read this book/series and what did you think about it?

Review: The Hope for Elantris

2019

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Date Started: 08-09-2019
Date Finished:08-09-2019
Pages: 25
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

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Synopsis from Goodreads

The following is a short story I wrote in the Elantris world back in January of 2006. At that point, Elantris had only been out in stores for about seven or eight months, but I actually hadn’t written anything new on the story or world since 2000, when I’d finished the first draft of the original book. This story was originally posted for sale on Amazon.com; once the contract with them ran out, I posted it on my website.

There were always a few holes in the manuscript where I decided not to include viewpoints or sections of explanation in the name of streamlining, particularly at the end. In the back of my mind, I knew what happened. This story talks about one of those holes; it is meant to be read after you’ve finished the novel and takes place during the events of the climax. In the annotation, I’ve written a further explanation of why I wrote this piece. Some of you may find it interesting to read this ahead of time; I put it in the annotation, however, as I know others would rather enjoy the story without bias beforehand, then read my thoughts afterwards.

Either way, if you haven’t read the novel Elantris, this contains major spoilers. Might I suggest reading the book first? This story won’t work at all for you if you haven’t.

My thoughts

Not going to be a very long review as it was only 25 pages, I thought this was a heartwarming story. I loved reading this and it was a little part of the story I didn’t realise I needed. I am so glad that I read this.

 

 

 

Review: The Final Empire

2019

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Date Started: 01-09-2019
Date Finished:08-09-2019
Pages: 643
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. Criminal mastermind Kelsier teaches Allomancy, the magic of metals, to another Mistborn, urchin Vin 16. The unlikely heroine is distracted by rich Venture heir Elend. Can Kelsier’s thieving crew take on the tyrant Lord Ruler and bring back colour to their world?

My thoughts

As you can tell from my reviews, I am in a Brandon Sanderson kick and I want to read everything by him. I loved the world-building and the way that Brandon Sanderson explains the magic system. Vin is one of my favourite characters but I do love all them, Brandon Sanderson is so good at writing characters you can’t help but like them all.

Kelsier is kind of selfish but he does, in the end, always do what is best for the others in the team.

I can’t wait to see how the story develops, I can see that this could become a favourite series of mine.