The Well of Ascension

(Mistborn #2)

by Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads Author)
Kindle Edition796 pages
Published April 1,  2010, by Tor Books (first published August 21,  2007)

GoodReads Summary:

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 Review:

First read in paperback January 4 - 30, 2013, this is my second reading of The Well of Ascension.

I initially gave this a 4-star rating. This time around, I gave it a 5-star rating. I have been much more aware of the crafting of the world, of the magic being created and of the characters. I have been more impressed with what I've read this time through.

One of the characters who fascinated me is OreSeur, the kandra. I was quite taken with the relationship that developed between him and Vin, and the information he gave up about his species. It all became so heartbreaking in the end, but that seems typical of relationships in Sanderson's books.

I have to wonder about the future of Vin and Elend's relationship given the changes they have each been through in this book. How will they each change personally and how will those changes affect their interactions with each other? They were such sweet innocents, but they just can't remain innocents in this environment. There is too much going on. They have seen too much. That loss is so sad.

And the devastating loss of innocence and belief for Sazed. Another who is left with nothing to hold onto. No one to love. Nothing to believe in. No wide-eyed innocent outlook. It's all been ripped away, brutally. He's left with nothing. Where will he go from here and what will he do? Sanderson seems to have set him adrift, and I wonder if we will see him again and in what condition if we do. And where has Marsh gone?

Being left alive at the end of this book isn't necessarily a good thing. It was a tough book to survive, to begin with. What more can the author do to a character? Not a question you want to ask of this particular author. Sanderson seems to have a particularly fertile imagination when it comes to torturing his characters and dumping them in despondency.

So, now onto the third book, The Hero of Ages.

I purchased this book from Amazon in Kindle format. This is an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley