The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

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Title: The Well of Ascension
Series: Mistborn #2
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Narrator: Michael Kramer
Source: Purchased


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:

I made it through Mistborn because I was trying to figure out the magic system. This book…this book just dragged. It took me several months to finish because there was nothing keeping me going.

The writing style is detailed. Nothing long winded, but there are drawn out problems the characters face that take forever to solve, or to have something happen regarding the problem such as it getting further or closer to a resolution. I enjoyed the story; just, in really small chunks because I couldn’t handle longer.

Right now, I’d have to say, I have no intention of continuing the series. There are other books calling to me much more loudly than The Hero of Ages, which would be the next book of the series. Would I give one of Brandon Sanderson’s other books a try…I don’t know the answer to that question. I was. Now, I fear those books dragging as much as these books.