The Well of Ascension

Book Two of Mistborn

mass market paperback, 816 pages

Published Oct. 29, 2019 by Tor Fantasy.

ISBN:
978-1-250-31857-2
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4 stars (285 reviews)

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 …

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Review of 'The Well of Ascension' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I feel like I have to justify to myself/explain why I gave this novel 5/5 stars because I only gave the previous book 4/5 stars, and it's not something that I will obviously remember for it's hard hitting thematic or philosophical content or ideas like a 1984 or Dune.

So, the main reason for the 5/5 is that the climax is utterly perfect. Literally everything after the ball starts rolling with the Zane vs Vin fight is just... so good. And that's literally the thing that bumped it up to a 5/5. Just... everything after that point is so good.

The zane fight itself with it's characterization of zane and vin is good. The fight itself was so thoroughly entertaining, and seeing Vin overcome Atium through reflexes (which I expected way earlier in the book tbh) was so satisfying. Seeing the bond Vin formed with tensoon mean something in the …

Review of 'The Well of Ascension' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Most of this book takes place during a siege, so it feels like a very long bottle episode. It also functions as a deconstruction of the chosen one monomyth, which relies on the author being an unreliable narrator and a big reveal at the end. There seems to be a moral tale around the responsibility of those with power, the general implication being that it should be wielded and used by those who have it instead of given up to undefined others in the name of the greater good. One marked improvement is the inclusion of more women with complex personalities, a step in the right direction compared to TFE.

Overall a bit of a downer but a solid middle act and I still want to know how this story resolves.

Review of 'The Well of Ascension' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

The characters spend the first third of the book agonizing over strategy and their own insecurities while weeks pass in the story with no meaningful narrative development. There are a lot of tired tropes at play here, including the suggestion of a love triangle that seems totally unconvincing and contrived. Some of the action occasionally comes across as indulgent. Despite its warts, this is an effective page-turner, and the taut final act includes some truly weird twists that make the whole journey worthwhile.

reviewed The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn Era One, #2)

Review of 'The Well of Ascension' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I hate how much I was disappointed with this one! I enjoyed the first one, but this one felt REALLY needlessly long to me :/ In classic Sanderson fashion, a lot of time and pages were devoted to hammering in allusion and cultivating relationships, espionage, tensions, but it was done over and over again for the same tensions and relationships, I found myself just quickly skimming and tuning out and not missing anything. I don't mind long books, but I think this could have used some editing down. Aside from that, everything was classic Sanderson. Great characters, straightforward writing, good story beats and twists... I wasn't quite as engaged in this story as the first one, but it certainly positioned it for an interesting finale.

Review of 'The Well of Ascension' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Comme le premier, ce deuxième roman de la série joue avec les stéréotypes de la fantasy pour nous balader, nous enfumer, et nous surprendre à la fin. C’est parfois long, mais c’est très bien fait. Un mot m’est venu en tête en lisant les dernières pages : brillant !

Vivement la suite, avec le troisième tome que je vais entamer dès aujourd’hui.

Review of 'The Well of Ascension' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Well, I have my son over my shoulder – my son absolutely loved it – trying to influence me :-). My major comment is that it's TOO LONG! There was definitely too much time waffling over the relationship between Elend and Vin at least! The author did good and interesting things with the characteristics of what could otherwise be minor characters, and he kept us guessing a lot. Tindwyl was a character whom I never knew whether to trust, and Breeze I never liked, but mostly because I had trouble placing him in the entire story. I liked the dog, and it was interesting to see how the character grew and changed.
I will probably eventually listen to the third book in the trilogy if for no other reason than I actually have become interested in what goes on in the world (and my son will probably insist on it …

Review of 'The Well of Ascension' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Not as good as the first, which I thought was excellent. A lot of the book was about the characters worthiness, a bit to much of it. There was a ton of back and forth, am I good enough or not. Past that it was, again, a great read and good story. If you liked the first there is no reason not to continue the series and I myself am off to book 3. Enjoy!

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