The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead. But so too is Kelsier the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land.
Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy. More worryingly still the mists have become unpredictable since the Lord Ruler died and a strage vaprous entity is stalking Vin.
As the siege of Luthadel intensifies the ancient legend of the Well of Ascension offers the only glimmer of hope. But no-one knows where it is or what it can do…
Review: 5 Stars
The Well of Ascension is the second book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy and after absolutely loving the first book in the series, I was a little hesitant to start this one. The ending of The Final Empire was emotional for me and I couldn’t see how the rest of the series could compare to the first book after that ending. I feared that the second book wouldn’t be as good and that now that I knew the characters and the wrold I might not love the sequel as much as the first book. Lucky for me, Brandon Sanderson is an amazing author and where The Final Empire laid the foundation, The Well of Ascension expanded upon it.
While this book doesn’t hold the same thieving crew vibe that The Final Empire did, I still loved the plot. Vin and Elend work hard to build a functioning government after overthrowing the Final Empire and it proves to be quite a challenge. There are many sub plots that all come together at the end in a way that blew my mind, but also left me hungry for more. While a lot did happen in this novel, I felt like it was more focused on character development than the plot.
The world build in the first novel is expanded upon in this sequel. In the first novel we learned about Mistings and Mistborn who have Allomancy, the ability to “burn” metals to enhance senses or to gain powers, and we also learned about the history of the Lord Ruler. In this book we learned about the deepness and the Well of Ascension. New creatures called koloss appear and the abilities of kandra are explained in more details. While I thought the world building in The Final Empire was amazing, this second installment uses it as a base to grow upon and get more in depth descriptions that would have been overwhelming in book one.
The characters of this series are done so well and each of them has a special place in my heard. A lot of times when reading a series the character development is mostly done in the first book and the rest of the series tends to focus on plots, leaving the second book to suffer from “second-book-syndrome”. But Brandon Sanderson completely bypasses that issue, The Well of Ascension has some of the most incredible character development I have ever seen in a sequel. Vin, Elend and Sazed all go through an immense transformation in this book as each of them suffers an identity crisis where they feel as if they don’t know who they truly are anymore, and they try to find out. Throughout this story they grow and change into characters that I somehow love even more than I did after book one. While many of the characters from the first book return, I also grew to love several new characters like Tindwyl, Ore Seur and Allriane. While the plot of this book was well done, I felt like the focus was primarily on the characters.
Vin suffers an identity crisis in this book as she feels like she is just a weapon and begins to hate all the destruction that she is causing. She grows close to Ore Seur, the kandra Kelsier left for her, and they form quite a friendship. As a reader I hated Ore Seur in the beginning, just like Vin, but his ornery manner grew on me and I loved him so much by the end of it all. Tindwyl entered the scene as a Terriswoman and gave Elend instruction. I love how how she influenced people to become better and I love how bold and outspoken she was. The introduction of these new characters wasn’t something I expected, or thought I would like. Initially I wanted all the same characters from book one, but by the end of the book I was quite attached to all of the new characters, especially Ore Seur.
Obviously a lot happens in this nearly 800 page book, but I am left wanting more as the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. I was a bit nervous starting this because a lot of sequels don’t compare to the first book, especially in fantasy because once the world and characters are established I feel like most authors focus solely on the plot. Brandon Sanderson built on his previous novel in every aspect and this series only got better as it went on. I am so excited to continue this series and to read more of Brandon Sanderson’s books after. I did feel that it was a little too long and a bit slow paced at parts. I think it could have been maybe 100 pages shorter. I still think that the ending of book one didn’t need to happen that way, but I am loving the series as it continues.
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