Welcome to the discussion of Part 1 of The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
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The piece of artwork is Vin with a suitably giant koloss sword by Inkthinker.
So, we begin the last book of the trilogy and I hope that we will get answers to many of our questions!
The Prologue was a bit shocking, although we now have a name for the entity that Vin released at the end of Book 2: Ruin. We also have a name for a third form of magic: Hemalurgy, which seems to involve lots of blood, death and spikes. As we learn later, Marsh is desperate to break away from Ruin’s control, but seems unable to do so.
Do you think that the other Inquisitors are also so anxious to break free? Do you think that Marsh will ever be able to act independently, even for a moment?
Yet another year has gone by, but we can see an enormous change Elend. Not only has he learnt a great deal about his Mistborn powers, but he has also become much more of a leader.
Do you like this new Elend or do you think he has become too ruthless?
Through the diary entries at the beginning of each chapter we learn that Rashek altered the world to try to counteract the mists. He moved the planet nearer to the sun to burn off the mists, but moved it too close and so had to create the ashmounts to prevent the whole world cooking. Then he had to adapt the plants and animals to cope with the ash.
Knowing how much the Lord Ruler altered the life on the planet, do you think that anything can survive the encroaching Deepness?
We are finally seeing the kandra in their home. It seems that they are ‘awakened’ mistwraiths, but we do not know how this happens. Similarly, we do not know how the koloss are created, although they also owe their existence to the Lord Ruler. I find it interesting that Vin’s pet koloss calls itself ‘Human’.
How do you think that the kandra and koloss were created? Could this be another use of Hemalurgy? Also, what do you think of the kandra society?
The diary states that the metal that gave Elend allomancy is a piece of Preservation.
Do you think that Preservation is an entity similar to Ruin? If so, do you think it could be influencing events as well? Are they adversaries? Could they both be gods?
Finally, we know that the diary entries are written by the Hero of Ages.
Who do you think is / becomes the Hero?
I am sure that you have other questions that you want to discuss, so have at it!