Reading Corner – The Hero of Ages

HeroOfAgesI think if I hadn’t been working out as I read the last few pages of The Hero of Ages I would have cried my eyes out. Such a monumental, moving ending. To say this story is epic hardly begins to describe it and almost seems like a cheap characterization because that term is thrown about so much these days. Yet I don’t know what other word could even come close to capturing the scope of this book. Sanderson has spun an action-packed tale with many elements of fantasy but there is so much more being explored through the conflict – faith, religion, philosophy, leadership, cycles of life and death, birth and renewal. I could hardly stand to put the book down, especially as I got closer to the end. This is not a story that you read simply for lighthearted distraction; it is thought-provoking and profound. I’m tempted to think I might read it again some day. Re-reading books has never been my forte but this seems like one that would be worth savoring again someday.

Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.
~ Brandon Sanderson, The Hero of Ages

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