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Epilogue Part Three
And here we come to the final scene of the book.
This one is important for several reasons. I intentionally made it focus around Reen’s voice in her head, since the very first chapter of the book where we see Vin, she’s dealing with those same whispers from Reen.
Here, I wanted to show the progress Vin has made in one final moment. I don’t think of my books as romances, but they certainly have romantic elements. The Vin/Elend relationship was actually one of the parts of the book that was less planned (as I think I’ve mentioned). I knew I wanted her to get involved with a man of the court, but I wasn’t sure where I’d take it, or how it would end.
I think my books have happy endings. Ominous ones, sometimes–and bittersweet ones, definitely. But they’re happy, at least for me. I’m an incurable romantic, and I like it when two people find each other.
Of course, this isn’t the end. Vin and Elend don’t really have a relationship yet, they have the budding beginning of one. We’ll deal with the more. . .testing elements of relationships in the second book. For now, however, they get to be happy. That’s a rare enough thing in the Mistborn world that it’s worth noting.