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Review: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)

Brandon Sanderson - The Well of Ascension

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.

How do I review this??? It was BRILLIANT. Seriously, it was even better than the first book, The Final Empire, and I thought that was awesome. I wasn’t sure how Sanderson was going to top the first book in the series, but he definitely did. I loved the whole thing, and due to that this review will probably be a mess.

A lot happens in the first book in the series, and so this book deals with the aftermath of taking down a Lord Ruler and trying to rule in his place. It’s kind of hard to explain if you haven’t read the first book. (And if you haven’t, GO AND READ IT). Anyway, Elend is the new king and is ruling Luthadel with Vin and the crew by his side. They’re not doing too badly, but being a new city isn’t easy when you’ve got three armies camped outside your walls.

There are a lot of characters in this series, but they’re very easy to keep track of because of how individual each of them is. Vin, our main character, is amazing. She’s now a skilled Mistborn and she is awesome. There are so many amazing scenes with Vin and I just fell even more in love with her. I loved watching her relationship with Elend develop throughout, and her struggles with how she fitted into the new scheme of things were really interesting.

Similarly, I also loved Elend. He’s just brilliant. He’s the sort of character that I always fall for in books, and I was so happy that he had such a huge role in this book. The rest of the crew were lots of fun as always, and I grew to really like Sazed this time around. It was great seeing more of him too.

The plot, as I’ve come to expect from Sanderson, was brilliant. I was so engaged with it and found it really hard to put down. I was pretty much screaming at the book by the end (well, I would’ve been if the house had been empty). Anyway, it was a great read and it’s unbelievable how many twists and turns this book takes. And the magic system? It’s still incredible and brilliant and just perfect. I don’t think it could be any better, and it’s my favourite magic system in a book series. I really like the way the characters are still figuring out some things about it too.

I highly recommend this series, especially if you like fantasy, so you should all go read it right now.

Have you got a favourite magic system?

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