The Well of Ascension

Brandon Sanderson

Published December 2009

Mistborn #2

the-well-of-ascensionI read the first book in the Mistborn trilogy back in January of this year.  I loved the book, and immediately ordered the second one in the series, but didn’t pick it up until this month.  Why is that do you ask?   Well, these books are kind of large and intimidating.  It took me a week and a half to read the first one, where I could almost read three normal size books in that time frame instead.  But, I told myself that summer is the time for fantasy, and it was high time I knock this one off of my TBR list, so I finally picked up The Well of Ascension the last week in June, hell-bent on finishing it to include in my June wrap-up.

The Well of Ascension picks up about a year after the conclusion of the first book.

Evil has been defeated.  The war has just begun.

They did the impossible, deposing the godlike being whose brutal rule had lasted a thousand years. Now Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. They have barely begun when three separate armies attack. As the siege 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.

It may just be that killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge.

 I was intrigued by the plot of this book because it begs the question:  what happens after the good guys win?  The Lord Ruler has been killed, and his empire dismantleimg_3602d.  Luthadel is now overseen by Elend Venture and his idyllic Assembly of peers, and the remaining of Kelsier’s crew serve as King Venture’s new advisors.  But nothing is working out how they had envisioned.  There are such conflicting ideals and standpoints at work here, which brings me to my first point on why this book is awesome:

Sanderson poses philosophical ideas, and starts internal debates within yourself, without you even knowing.  I found myself wondering what I would do in the situation more often than not, contemplating ideologies and more political scenarios then I ever thought I would in a fantasy novel. With that being said, the book is not solely focused on the political happenings of Luthadel and the Final Empire, they just happen to play a large part.  Defeating armies is not always about strength on the battle field, and I really liked all of the different characters opinions and ideas on coming out victorious.

june wrapupThe second reason why this book is awesome: the fight scenes and action scenes are written so incredibly well, it is entrancing.  Not only does Sanderson provide a blow-by-blow sequence of everything that is occurring, but he makes all of these scenes so unique.  It isn’t a simple “she stabbed him then dodged left into a barrel roll” type descriptions (excuse my example, I made this up and I am clearly not a writer) but there is twisting and turning and flipping and flinging and every action that plays out is so visually represented.  I will admit that in some fight scenes of other novels I kind of skip to the end and see what happens, but I just cannot bring myself to skip or skim a single word that Sanderson writes.

I could probably continue coming up with reasons on why I loved this book all day, but for the sake of all of our sanity, I will finish with one last point.  There is a huge cast of characters in this series, and not a single one is simple, boring, or useless.  Our main character is a kick-ass independent female that has some trust issues, but is learning from them.  Her love interest is kind and noble, and she has real friends that Mistborn-_The_Well_of_Ascension_by_Brandon_Sandersonare all as unique as the powers they wield.  I just want to take one separate second and talk about my main man Sazed.  He is funny in a dry humor way (my favorite), intelligent, the voice of reason in many cases, respectable, and his powers are so interesting I just cannot get over it.  He is by far my favorite character in this trilogy, and if he dies in the last book…. I will chuck my book out the window and cry myself to sleep.

I don’t know why I waited 6 months in between reading the first and second installments of this trilogy, but I can tell you now that I am going to read the third one by the end of this year.  I do have to order it from book depository though, because of the pretty UK cover honestly.  Have you seen the US ones? Blah.


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