The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson is the second book in the Mistborn Trilogy (if you haven’t read the review for Book 1, you can read it here). The first book was mind blowing and I literally couldn’t wait to start the next one as this series blew my mind and had me on the edge.
Not kidding or over exaggerating when I say that this Fantasy trilogy has got to be one of the most addictive series I’ve ever read without any mention or use of sex/selling elements, with language that is so simple yet doesn’t tarnish the sophistication of the story.
But let’s get onto the review that may or may not have spoilers. (You have been warned!)
The story begins exactly one year later after the events of the The Final Empire which had Vin overthrow the Lord Ruler and the emancipate the Skaa. However, with the death of some key leaders and the traumatising after effects of the fight that led to victory, the Final Empire is still not free from the mists and the Skaa are still suffering from starvation, death, and years of subservient mindset.
“ ‘Good men can make terrible kings’ Tindwyl noted.
‘But bad men cannot make good kings’”
Also, Elend Venture – who happens to be Vin’s boyfriend – has taken over the city as appointed by everyone but is now facing a siege from his own father who fled the city when the riots broke out. Not only that, there is a new mistborn (Zane) who is after Vin, and may or may not to be determined to kill her by using her own Kandra – creatures who digest human bones and transform themselves into them, mimicking their each and every attribute – against her.
“Your duty is to lead as best you can, following the dictates of your conscience. You must be true. Your Majesty, to the man you wish to become.”
As the mists start appearing even during the day and killing the Skaa, along with the city being on the verge of attack from not one but three enemy hosts with their armies flanked right outside, Vin knows that she still hasn’t brought restoration to the city. Along with the revelations from the log book of a man named Alendi found in Lord Ruler’s chamber they find clues to what may be the source that could hold the power to make everything right.
“Allomancy wasn’t just about fighting and killing. It was about skill and grace. It was something beautiful.”
With time working against Vin and Elend, they must do all they can to find this source of power and use it to prevent the world from chaos and destruction. But the main question at hand is will this power actually be “good”?
“I just have decisions to make. And, no matter which choice I make, it will mean an end.”
In The Well of Ascension the characters faced a lot of self doubt and fights with not only exterior forces but interior ones as well. They were seen crumbling, questioning everything, their past actions and future motives, along with the loyalty of their trusted friends. This felt like more of a self reflection after the events of the book one and Kelsier’s sort of selfish/noble actions.
But what got me hooked were the mistborn battles between Vin and Zane, and watching Vin struggle to decide what is right and what is wrong. Again, I was blown away by this book as it gave us insight to other creatures that exist in this universe as well. However, most importantly the simplicity of how the story is written with the magnitude of heavy handed subjects covered just blows my mind at the amazing penmanship of the author.
Everyone needs to pick this series up.
Onto the Basics:
- Rating: 5.0/5.0
- Favorite quote: “Other men are strong like bricks – firm, unyielding, but if you pound on them long enough, they crack. You… you’re strong like the wind. Always there, so willing to bend, but never apologetic for the times when you must be firm.”
- Reader level: Easy.
- Should you read: Please do!
- Would I read it again: Of course!
Till next time,