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

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The Story

“I write these words in steel, for anything not set in metal cannot be trusted.”

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.

My Thoughts

★★★★★ 5/5 stars!

Disclaimer: Do not read this if you have not read The Final Empire.
Why Brandon Sanderson why? You leave us with THAT ending?

*Ahem* This was an excellent book. A true bridge between the Final Empire and The Hero of Ages, and it left me immediately craving to read the final book. And if you know me personally, I rarely marathon a series due to my personal issues of book withdrawal. Anyway, this book set the tone for the final book and introduces the main “evil” that we’ve been anticipating for (yes, that was a Mistborn joke).

Can we just all give a round of applause for the character development in this book? So many people mature, and I reveled in it. Some developments were a complete turnaround, while Sanderson also showed us layers and dimensions of other characters. When they all worked together, I was envying this serious squad. Serious squad goals.
Sanderson played with my emotions, though. He’s really good about that. I literally cried while reading the first book, but he finally revealed the characters’ complexities and….(well, you know what happens if you’ve read it). Yet, I am also glad some characters will not be appearing in the third installment. You know who you are.

My heart also went to mush when I read the action scenes. I know this sounds like an odd description, but they were so engaging and enthralling. I was subconsciously losing myself within these scenes; I was practically there with Vin silently cheering her on.

Another important element to this thrilling series is the political game. It reminded me a little of Game of Thrones. Everyone wanted the throne and title, and everyone was willing to do anything to obtain it. However, I thought Sanderson’s take on the medieval/fantasy/European setting was more complex than I have seen in other books that mimic the setting. Sanderson understands that there’s always something to lose, and sometimes win, in the political game, and not all the pawns must bow down to bloodthirsty temptations.

All that being said, I am going to buy the third book now.

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