Throwback Thursday: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)
By: Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: August 21st, 2007
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: Mistborn Series

Returning to the world of Vin, Elend and the rest of Kelsier’s crew was enjoyable and it kept me hooked on this series. The action is still there, the characters are still well written and the story only gets more complicated from here on out.

Let’s first look at the things done well in this book before I discuss a few plot points and thus expose some spoilers. The characters are still will written, the different points of view are fluid and consistent to the previous book, the plot is always pushing forward and, if nothing else, characters you both loved and hated in the first novel are back to give you more ammo on your emotions towards them. If you’ve read the first book you’ll probably already be reading this second book. If you haven’t read the first book…go back and do that.

The story picks up a year after the previous book left off. A lot has changed in a year. The revolution has taken hold and from here on out there are SPOILERS.

With Kelsier gone (rest in peace) the crew is struggling to keep the Final Empire running. And when I say struggling I mean it. There are opposing forces on all sides and issues internally only exacerbate the problem, making Elend’s rule over the land more difficult than anyone could have expected it to be. After Vin kills the Lord Ruler in the first novel the land is without their symbol of government or their religion as the Steel Ministry has also disappeared. The capital city is in turmoil and with three armies converging on the city no one is sure how long they, or the empire, will survive.

Revelations from the previous book surrounding the Lord Ruler, his powers and Vin’s own developing powers continues to bring change and strife to the crew of characters left trying to hold things together. I don’t want to give too many spoilers but let’s just say there is a Kandra amongst the crew and it’s not who you think it is.

New characters such as Tindwyl add a level of excitement and curiosity to the pages as the new dynamic shifts how the main characters proceed in their day to day life. Another thing that challenges everyone? Assassination attempts, ya know, if running a crumbling empire wasn’t hard enough for Elend and Vin.

If you’re looking for a fantasy series with a lot of fans to back it up look no further. This book has an average 4.35 rating on Goodreads and a plethora of reviewers that, if I don’t do enough to get you interested, maybe they will. If you’ve read book one and are wondering if you should continue on, you should.


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Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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