• Page Count: 572
  • Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • My Rating: 4 stars

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.

I liked the end here, but think I was more into the other books. The first two books were kind of average in the first half and then had TOTALLY EPIC endings, but this one was the opposite for me. I was excited that I was pretty into the story the whole way through… and then reallllly lost interest in the last 1/3. The world was ending and all of these supposedly intense things were happening, yet it felt rather passive.

BUT I still love this trilogy and the whole world Brandon Sanderson created! You can seriously feel the huge amount of thought & planning that went into this series. All of the obstacles and the way that everything unfolds in this book were so clever. My favorite part was definitely all of the political theory and religion discussions that were woven throughout! Sazed’s whole journey to find faith was a little drawn out for me, but still had some pretty neat insights.

This book gave a lot more page time to Marsh, TenSoon, Spook, and Sazed. I loved Vin and Elend’s story in the first half, but felt like the story started to kind of pull away from them toward the ending. So that made *certain events* have a little less of an emotional impact on me. But I still adored them and really liked Elend’s struggles in this book:

“The longer I’ve held this throne, Vin, the more I come to realize that some of the things the Lord Ruler did weren’t evil, but simply effective. Right or wrong, he maintained order in his kingdom… I’m just coming to understand him – and that understanding worries me.”

Again, the political science nerd in me really got into the discussions about power. Everything with Ruin got pretty awesome, too. Just the idea that he’s been altering the prophecies to carry out his plans and can hear people when they talk is SO COOL. And I love how the Lord Ruler evolved from the main villain to “a good man who ultimately had honorable intentions.”

Basically, I ended up really loving these characters and the epic plot. There were definitely parts in this trilogy that dragged, but it’s a solid 4 star read overall and I totally recommend it!


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