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

Diving back into this world with the longest book in the series.  Holy moly 777 pages, wowie.  I don’t have too much to review for this one as its the second in the series and I think it suffers a bit from middle book syndrome or whatever you may want to call it.  I rated this book 3.5/5 stars!

Goodreads Synopsis

Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. Three separate armies attack. As the siege 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 Experience

This book is very long and it feels long.  It isn’t bad at all, it’s just very politically focused. While that serves to develop the state of the world and characters, and I did enjoy more character development, it left little room for action and something to keep me on the edge of my seat.

I liked getting to know Elend more.  Vin and Elend are so super cute and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow while also trying to navigate their own identities.  However, I did find Vin a bit whiny in this book.  They’re in the middle of re-establishing the world and a war and she is all put out about being used as a weapon or that Elend can’t spend time with her.  To Mr. Sanderson’s credit, Vin isn’t as whiny about these things as many characters I have read in similar scenarios.  But I do have to say I am tired of this story line I just don’t find it believable that someone powerful during a war would be upset about doing what they can to help win it.  Bleh.

Ok this part may, no definitely, contains spoilers.  But it kinda irked me a bit so I want to address it.  So in the wise words…lyrics?…of Neil Patrick Harris singing in A Series of Unfortunate Events… “Look away, Look away, this show will wreck your evening, your whole life, and your day”.  Just substitute “show” with “spoiler” and here we are.  Why yes I do love that series and show a little too much.  I digress, back to the topic at hand.  You’ve been warned …. I hate that Elend became a Mistborn.  I understand it was to let us know what that metal by the well was and what not but UGH I honestly thought it just took away from Vin.  I won’t go more into it but thats my truth on this one.

Overall, it was a good middle book because it set up the world in an exciting way for the last book and let us connect more to the characters.  Book 3 here I come!

 

 

 

 

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