The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson: Book Review

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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. 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.

-Goodreads

My Review

My Rating: 5/5

This is the best sequel I have ever read – and this is especially surprising considering it is the middle book of a trilogy.

The political intrigue was great – I love a fantasy book with a large amount of politics. Much like A Song of Ice and Fire, we watch the inner squabblings of lords and rulers whilst knowing there is something much bigger – a far greater threat – somewhere on the horizon, so there is a huge amount of tension throughout the book.

Vin’s character vastly improved, becoming stronger, less naive, and beginning to trust. The development of her character is great and I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes next.

Elend became a character. In the first book, Elend Venture was just the bookworm lordling who we knew might be important but I didn’t care about him at all. In this book, he became human and his love for both Vin and his people is inspiring.

It was the final few chapters that had me on edge. Don’t get me wrong, the battle was incredible and I love Sanderson’s fight scenes; they feel like you’re watching them in a film. But the final few chapters were where I went, “here we go! Oh, something bad is going to happen – no, something good – no, something bad…” I just couldn’t put it down at this point and was amazed at the intensity of it all. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so drawn in by a book before – there was just no looking away!

Overall, the book was incredible and I cried. It may not be a profound conclusion but it’s true.

 

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