The Well of Ascension Book Cover The Well of Ascension
Mistborn #2
Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy, High Fantasy
Tor Fantasy
June 3rd 2008
763

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.

“That’s the point, isn’t it? We have to live on, no matter how hard it gets. We’ll win in the end.”

Rating: 4.5 stars

I am just in love with this series. I am completely, utterly, irrevocably, in love with this world and this characters. Brandon Sanderson, you can do no wrong in my book.

IT’S OFFICIAL. YOU ARE MY FAVE AUTHOR IN THE ENTIRE PLANET, UNIVERSE, GALAXY!

I can gush on and on about how much I love this. I really can. But that won’t really make this a review, won’t it?

So let’s get on with the review shall we?

*FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST BOOK, PLEASE BE WARY OF MINOR SPOILERS. BUT I’LL TRY TO AVOID THEM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE*

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS BOOK

ᵒ Battle of the three (or four) armies
ᵒ A friend returning to help
ᵒ Politics.
ᵒ The Art of War
ᵒ The Well of Ascension (duh)
ᵒ Relationship problems and goals (Yep. Even kickass characters encounter love problems too)
ᵒ An OTP you will not expect

MEET THE CHARACTERS

We have most of the characters from the first book, except the one that I love immensely.

VIN(who I want to be when I grow up)
ELEND (the King who can’t seem to stay away from books)
SAZED (the Terrisman who I definitely missed)
STRAFF VENTURE (someone I really want to kill)
ZANE (someone who I also want to kill)
BREEZE, DOCKSON, CLUBS, HAMMOND, SPOOK(from the original crew)
CETT (he wasn’t as bad as Straff, imo)

THOUGHTS ON THE WELL OF ASCENSION

I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS WORLD. Everything about this world I am fascinated with: the people, the culture, the cities, the creatures, the lore and mythology. I love them all.

ᵒ Vin had a lot of growing up to do in this book. She had to sort out her feelings and what she really wanted to do. Does she really want to be here with Elend, or would she want to be free to do whatever it is she wants. Out of all the characters in this book, I felt she was the one that was given the most development with Elend in a close second.

ᵒ If you’ve read my review for The Final Empire, you’ll probably know how much I love, and ship, Vin and Elend. They are one of my top OTPs because they’re just so perfect for each other. I wish they just get married and have cute little kids together. But like in any relationship, obstacles and trials would happen. They would be there to test whether their relationship is really worth keeping or not. I liked that part of this book. Of course, sometimes, it annoyed me that they talk to other people but not to each other about their problems with each other while they could have just talked. Eventually, things sorted itself out and I’m just happy.

Straff Venture is really a despicable piece of shit.

I liked Zane, but he is insane. He reminded me so much of Ramsey Bolton. They’re both illegitimate kids of their fathers, plus they are bother crazy. Kidding aside, I thought Zane was a great addition to the list of characters this book had. I understood what motivated Zane to do the things he did.

ᵒ Too many politics! I liked parts of it, but there were moments where I was craving for the action which I got, too.

If you are expecting to have a fast paced sequel, then you might be disappointed. Well of Ascension dealt with a lot politics (which I probably said numerous times on this review already) and war strategies. Elend is an idealist. He wants to make Luthadel into the perfect empire, and he learns the hard way, that it is not always that easy. Reading something and putting it into action is not as easy as it sounds.

So much deaths. It made me cry.

ᵒ Who is the fucking Hero of Ages? I’m so curious who this person is. Is he real? Is he a fraud? Who the fuck is he? I guess we’ll find out on the next book since it’s named The Hero of Ages.

ᵒA new OTP: Sazed and Twindyl. 🙂

ᵒ Speaking of Sazed, if you’re looking for love advise, definitely try and reach out to him. He gives out one of the best romantic advise ever!

“At first glance, the key and the lock it fits may seem different,” said Sazed. “Different in shape, different in function, different in design. The man who looks at them without knowledge of their true nature might think them opposite, for one is meant to open, and the other to keep closed. Yet, upon closer examination, he might see that without one, the other becomes useless. The wise man then sees that both lock and key were created for the same purpose.”

Plot twits after plot twists. Really Sanderson? You don’t think one plot twist is enough?

ᵒ The writing is amazing. I didn’t expect anything less.

ᵒ This book has almost 800 pages long i think. It’s a huge book.

I did have a tiny nitpick with one specific plot and it involved Marsh (Kelsier’s brother who became an inquisitor). He appeared in the first half of the book then suddenly disappeared for a long time. When he reappeared, it surprised me. It didn’t make sense on why he didn’t do what he was supposed to do and why he only did it when he came back in Luthadel. I dunno. That’s just me.

The ending would just blow your socks off. Damn it. I cannot wait to start Hero of Ages because of that.

FINAL JUDGEMENT

Well of Ascension is a strong follow up to the Mistborn series. The story gets better and better, so does the characters. I can’t wait to find out how this will conlude in Hero of Ages. I know there would be another three books set in same world that would introduce new characters. However, i don’t think I’m quite ready to say goodbye to these characters just yet.

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