Review: The Well of Ascension

The Well of AscensionThe Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn series #2
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My Rating4 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars 
First Published: July 25th, 2006
Read from: Sept. 3, 2015 to Sept. 17, 2015

Both Better and Worse Than the First, But a MUST Read!

Part of me wants to review this second book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series as 5+ stars. (I rated the first in the series 5 stars though I was too blown away to even attempt a review.) A few parts disappointed or frustrated me enough to want to give the sequel only 3 stars. So I settled in between. The 4 stars I have given though is probably too harsh. The FEW times that I thought the story wandered or that I felt a little bored with it were still really well written and had me wanting to learn more.

In contrast there were SO MANY times when I was either:

  • Emotionally overcome by some character events (a lot of heart breaking and heart lifting moments in here).
  • Geekily overcome by some action, confrontation or plot twist (a lot of these too) that had me wanting to jump up and down and shout “That was totally AWESOME!”

So the problem for me wasn’t so much that there were a few “meh” moments. My problem is that the “big climatic ending” was one of those “meh” moments. The action that takes place PREVIOUS to that ending was SO big, over the top and DAMN GOOD, that almost ANYTHING you put after it would have suffered.

The events that take place in that climax aren’t BAD per se. The ending sets up some future possibilities that have lots of promise for a bunch of cool stuff for the next one. The ending events just left me feeling a little rushed, did not have the same emotional impact (though they should have), and seemed a bit of a cheat and a repeat of the first to be honest. (Look, everything you thought was true… wasn’t. AGAIN.)

All that being said, I immediately started to read the sequel, pushing back books I have planned to read to continue the story. So, is it fair to give this book only 4 stars for a few less than awesome moments? Can’t answer this and have spent far too long composing this review when I really want to be back reading the next book. X-D

So to end the review, here’s just one of the awesome character moments that doesn’t really spoil anything IF you’ve read the first book. If you have not read that book, do NOT read on! And what are you waiting for? Go read it already!

Anyway this sums up for me what I think the “Well of Ascension” is all about, what I liked most about it and the Mistborn series as a whole up to this point, anyway:

“I’ve realized something about Kelsier,” [Vin] said quietly. …
“…it wasn’t his ability to fight that made him great — it wasn’t his harshness or his brutality, or even his strength or his instincts.”

Elend frowned.

“Do you know what it was?” she asked.

He shook his head, still pressing the cloth against her shoulder.

“It was his ability to trust,” she said. “It was the way that he made good people into better people, the way that he inspired them. …”

She looked up at him, blinking tired eyes. “And you are far better at that than Kelsier ever was, Elend.”


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