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

Write on: Wed, 07 Aug 2019 by  in John's Reviews Read 3513

The Well of Ascension is Brandon Sanderson’s second Mistborn novel and a genuinely awesome read. Following the staggering conclusion to The Final Empire, Well of Ascension picks up some time later with the city in a state of unrest. The Lord Ruler – the man believed to be god incarnate – is dead. Unfortunately, the man who masterminded the whole affair, Mistborn Murder Jesus…errr…Kelsier, is also dead. The rebuilding effort therefore has fallen into the laps of Kelsier’s protégé Vin, King Elend Venture, and the rest of Kelsier’s crew.

But there’s a problem.

The absence of the Lord Ruler has created a power vacuum and everyone wants to fill it. Luthadel is besieged on all sides, and the only glimmer of hope is a legendary source of power called…you guessed it…the Well of Ascension. Unless Vin can step into her calling as the Hero of Ages, all of humanity might just end up ruined.

I put off reading the Mistborn trilogy for a long time because I heard Kelsier was awesome and the sequels were poorer for not having him. Yet as I read WoA, I found Kelsier’s absence to be almost a character in itself. Not as compelling of a character as Kelsier, mind you, but Sanderson makes you feel the crew’s loss. One of my few complaints about the Final Empire was that the magic system was so explained.  I swear like fifteen percent of the book is spent with people explaining how the metals work and what they do. I realize this is a hallmark of the genre, but even still it felt much sometimes. You don’t really get that with Well of Ascension. The world is expanded in other ways, introducing new characters, more kandras, and new fantasy races.

In conclusion, if you’ve read the Final Empire I suggest you keep on trucking along – if only so you can get to the end of the Bands of Mourning and have your mind blown. Well of Ascension in my estimation is a small step down from the Final Empire, but is still better than most everything else.

Oh and also…

Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior, the Survivor?

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John Scritchfield spends his days caring for his four children and his nights wearing costumes and pretending to hit people with blunt weaponry. There is very little money it. He holds an MFA in Acting, which he puts to use as the Creative Director for the Calvin Theatre Company at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he also teachesIn his free time, he enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading, writing, and spending time with his wife, children, and two cats (Jasnah and Vin). Oh, he's also the Booknest co-Admin.