September 12, 2014

BOOK REVIEW | The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Title: The Well of Ascension
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #2
Genre: high-fantasy
Published: Gollancz in 2009

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler – the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years – has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.
As Kelsier’s protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.
Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won’t get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.
 As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

I feel like the majority of the book is pretty much build-up for the final 2 parts. Reading it went kind of slow because the pacing was slower than in the first book. I was waiting for something big to happen and it didn't. Yet it was still enjoyable to read. A lot of interesting things happen in the beginning and the middle of this book, making you anxious and suspicious. This book is all about plot-twists and schemes and they were good. By the end my mind was fried by what I'd just read. This story keeps getting bigger and bigger and I'm having high expectations for this third and final book.

There's a lot of character development in this book, which is something I always can appreciate. Vin had changed a lot in the first book. She learned to trust people and she became a powerful Mistborn. Yet in the beginning of this book she has a lot of worries and she's still uncertain about a lot of things in her life. Throughout this book she makes important decisions and grows even more. 
Elend also had some great character development. He already seemed different to me when I started the book. In The Final Empire he seemed kind of sarcastic and a little antisocial in my eyes but in this second book he was neither. And he kept on changing throughout this book to a point where he just isn't the same Elend as when we first met him. It's absolutely fantastic. 

I admire people who can craft such beautiful and intricate stories like this one. Brandon Sanderson is becoming one of my favorite fantasy authors and I'm grateful so many people have recommended his books and especially this trilogy to me. 

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