My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So I am going to break this review down into three categories. Characters, plot, and writing style.
As usual my review will contain some spoilers. The only spoiler-free part of this review will be the short overall paragraph below this.
Overall I thought this was an enjoyable end to a unique trilogy. It tied all the loose ends and connected twists back to the original book making me at the very least feel everything I read was important.
Spoilers begin now
There are way too many characters to dive into each one lol
I will start with the big 4:
In case you didn’t read the spoiler warning already here’s another one: SPOILERS
This was vin’s weakest book. She spent a large portion of it captured and she felt almost like a diet version of her former self. I mean Elend being able to defend himself eliminated about 40% of her purpose to exist in earlier books. However, she became an incredibly compelling character by the end of the book. Her best scenes came when she was trapped in her own head and I’m happy we finally got answers to why her brother’s voice was in her head the entire first book and why god was in Zane’s head in book 2. By the end of the book she was granted the power to move planets then sacrificed herself to protect the world. By tying her internal dialogue back to the voice of doubt in book one it really amplified her arc. She went from do anything to survive, to sacrificing herself.
Though Elend became a competent badass I felt like his changes were the most subtle. On the surface he changed the most. He went from spoiled rich brat to all powerful emperor and mistborn with abilities to conquer cities but those are just powers. What made his development so unique is that he didn’t change that much despite being given all the opportunity in the world to do so. He never risked the lives of innocent people and when the moment came for him to sacrifice himself he did so without hesitation.
Sazed’s transformation in this book was my favorite. He went from all is lost in this world to being the architect of the world’s future. He had a major identity crisis and lost the woman he loved, yet still found a sense of duty to preserve history, even when his heart wasn’t in it. He went from reactive advisor to proactive celestial.
Tensoon hated humans and thought they would bring nothing but destruction. He truly believed his religion was right that all his kind had to do was wait for humans to destroy themself. His major change was then fighting to preserve humans over his kind.
The first book had the most movement. Book 2 was mostly spent under siege and book 3 was mostly spent sieging another city. Like I said in the previous section the most compelling moments of the book came when Vin was trapped in her own head, talking to Ruin, and doubting her abilities.
Secondary characters sorta disappeared in this book. Spook was given substantial screen time to show how hemalurgy could impact someone. That was the big reveal this book. Book 1 showed two types of magic. Book 2 showed more details on how those magic types can be used (more metals and controlling other species). Book 3 introduced the all powerful beings, along with the introduction of more metals, and the explanation of how hemalurgy works.
While the villains were more powerful than they had been in previous books the fighting itself is at an all time low.
Basically most of the plot was a siege but the planning was light. Vin got captured because they literally had a plan as simple as go to a ball, cause a distraction, break into a vault. Like I’m not asking for oceans 11 but when the characters even acknowledge it’s a simple plan for something as serious as robbing a sieged city then maybe they need a few more tricks up their sleeves
So when I first started the series I was really impressed with sanderson’s writing style. These are massive texts that keep me engaged and handle large worlds. He brought in a complex government system and hundreds of religions (though only a couple were actively practiced over the course of the series). However my one knock was always large sections of exposition, and moments of unnecessary explanation. While it didn’t get any better or worse throughout the series it did bore me a little more by the end. Especially in this book since the plot was so static, like there was barely any movement at all. The POVs shifted but the characters, with the exception of Spook, mostly stayed where they were and talked—then in between the talking there was a wall of explanation.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series.
Book rating 4/5
Series rating 4.5/5
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Secrets Are For Flowers (Beds Are For Flowers book 2) is now live and available for pre-order When I started Beds Are For Flowers I had no idea it was going to be a series. I wanted to write a pure adventure story. Three children follow a road and when they reach the end they face their main conflict. I thought that was the beginning and end of it. I wrote a cute middle-grade fantasy that would go in my portfolio and maybe sell a few copies. I had no idea it would climb the hot new release charts and sell over 150 copies in the first two days. For the first time in my life I felt like a real author–I felt like this is something I could actually make a living from. The funny thing is, any book you write hs the opportunity to be a series. If you can complete a book then the working universe is already there for you to expand upon. The story of Clarence, Wakoba, and Jessi was only getting started and I knew I had to tell it.
I am by no stretch of the imagination a successful or best-selling author but here’s a story of how I managed to make more money writing what I enjoy versus chasing what I thought was popular. When I made the decision to pursue a more professional writing path my first instinct was to follow the money. Passion was nice but living off my work would free up my passion writing later on. I looked for ghostwriting opportunities first, because it’s guaranteed cash. Rather than relying on royalties, I get an upfront sum. Not ideal, but for an agent-less author with no publications under my belt it was the best I could hope for—at least in making cash fast.
Of course the hottest ghost writing opportunities were erotica. For those of you who don’t know, erotica is by far one of the hottest selling genres, with an incredibly high demand. It is a billion dollar industry annually and traditional publishers are struggling to keep up with indie authors. Indies are able to publish a lot faster and reach niche audiences whereas traditional publishers have to go through multiple layers of edits, rewrites, and proofs before bringing a product to market. It costs a lot more for a large publisher to produce a product, where an indie can create a small audience of loyal fans and sell them a new book every month. They don’t even have to be long. They just have to be a juicy twenty thousand words.
It made sense for me to try it. If I love writing why wouldn’t I try to capitalize on an opportunity to make real money in the industry. Even if I couldn’t use a name I wanted people to associate with me, the day dreams still flooded by mind each time I went to the gym. I thought it was as easy as pressing the publish button and I could be the next EL James.
Damn I was wrong. It’s tough. I did my research and thought I found the best subgenre to pursue. It took less than two weeks to write around 40,000 words of garbage. I did a quick proof read and boom! It was up and I was rolling in the cash—except I wasn’t. It didn’t sell at all. No one knew who I was, and I didn’t feel comfortable putting money into a marketing budget for a book I didn’t like writing, and knew people probably wouldn’t like reading. The fact was, it’s a really bad book and doesn’t deserve success. To make matters worse, I hated the time I spent on that project.
So here I am, not a multi-millionaire or a best selling erotica author, and not even having fun. I knew right then and there if I wanted to pursue writing it had to be a genre I enjoyed. It had to be the books I read—the books I wish were written—the books I would go to a midnight release party for.
I had this idea for a children’s fantasy book. It started with the image of a villain sitting in a tree, sprawled across the branches like a hammock. Why was he there? What was he blocking? Why did my main characters need to take him down? I asked myself these questions and ended up creating a world without color—a world without life and death.
You want to know how strange it turned out? I wrote a children’s book about death, with villains and antihero reapers bringing souls to the afterlife through a wasteland. To call this niche writing would be generous. What’s the market for a children’s book about death and the importance of preserving nature?
Well, it didn’t matter. Cause I wrote it for me, and I wrote it for a small number of beta readers who loved the story and wanted to see how it finished. So I published Beds Are For Flowersin October 2018 and had the audiobook out in November. The results? This may not sound like a lot to some of you, but I sold over 150 copies the first day and a half and the book was listed number 2 hottest new releases for children coming of age.
I’ve made new friends and fans in the publishing and reviewer community and am now in the process of turning it into a five book series. When I asked myself why am I writing, and why do I need to tell this story, I found answers—I found passion—and that surprisingly helped me find results. It’s sort of like that old saying you find love when you stop looking for it—I don’t want to say success is the same, because I never stopped searching, but I did stop searching in the wrong places. I stopped looking for shortcuts and knew what I wanted my long-term goals to be.
This isn’t to brag, it’s just a bit of a reminder to myself that having something to say is way more important than speaking. if you have something to say chances are it’s going to reach one person and if it reaches one person chances are it’s going to reach everyone who has the same taste. So, apply the story of these books to your own products and your own services. Why are you doing it? What is the message that you want to convey? What is your purpose? Erotica didn’t work cause the only purpose was making money. Now don’t get me wrong, making money should not be bad. We’re in business after all, but is there another reason? Is there a true purpose? Are you trying to entertain someone in a very specific way? Are you trying to follow a social mission, or an environmental cause? If you can identify not just how you’re going to generate income but what kind of externalities you want to create, you will leave a much larger impact in your community and you will create something you not only sell, but are proud to sell—something people are proud to buy from you.
I hope this helps.