I am not posting any synopsis for this review because it is more than one book and it will crowd the post for no reason.
Also, I am linking in a picture a friend of mine posted on his instagram because the picture is very beautiful and I love it.
The Final Empire:
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
I had heard quite a lot about this series from many of my friends and decided to give it a try. My hopes were not really high because every time I read an overly hyped book, I end up being disappointed. But, this was not the case here. I did not know that when I started it.
In the beginning, and throughout the books, it w as annoying when metals were mentioned again and again. I kept telling myself, OK dude, I get which metal is used for what. Move on already! But as the story moved on, I understood why it was important to mention those details again and again. I was still annoyed, but I understood.
In the beginning, there were little cues as to Vin and Kelsier might turn into a romantic pairing in the series but Sanderson disabused of the notion pretty soon. I absolutely love the fact that there was no romantic pairing of Vin and Kelsier.
The writing style of Sanderson had me plunge right into the story and keeping the book down became a chore.
A few things I’d like to emphasise from the books are:
- Gender Equality: By making Vin an equally (more, really) important character along with Kelsier, Sanderson showed the world via his books how there is nothing wrong with being a woman and that one is equally capable (or maybe better) of performing a task.
- Racisim: Sanderson also tackled the concept of racism made far simpler in his stories with them being Ska and Nobles. He showed how both were important to the Lord Ruler (who was considered god) because he made them. They were different, but they had their own qualities. And in the end, he showed us that neither was better than the other.
- Being Yourself: In the way that Vin got confused about her identity, thee story shwed that sometimes we do not have to choose because we are more than one thing. Things we never knew before but internalised later are as much a part of us as the ones we are born with. The same is true for Elend, who though a philosopher, was a great leader too. In a way, The Lord Ruler too.
- Not forcing Stuff: Everyone reaches where they have to in their own time because forcing someone’s hand is never the answer. Like Vin came into her powers at a very young age and Kelsier did in his thirties! There is no general right time because it differs from person to person. Because though alike, everyone has their individuality that distinguishes them from others.
In the end, I’d like to state that it was a thorough enjoyment period for me. I loved these books.
P.S. If anyone is in a generous mood and feels like gifting books, I will really appreciate hardcovers as shown in the picture above. Thanks 😀
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