- File Size: 3736 KB
- Print Length: 815 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (April 1, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2010
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000UZQI0Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Well of Ascension: Book Two of Mistborn Kindle Edition
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I'm going to have to go with [...] Ray's review of Sanderson's last Stormlight book though, that Sanderson seems to get fairly formulaic in his plotting. I don't see that as a bad thing since knowing what's going to happen doesn't necessarily ruin my personal enjoyment of a story, but the way he's setting up his events all feels very similar. While I'm enjoying Mistborn and Stormlight, I doubt I'll pick up anything else from his universe. I don't feel I'll gain anything new.
With that being said, I feel like there are parts that characters actions don't match their personalities. Although just a few parts, I think it unnecessary. Also unnecessary are the constant reminders of the things Vin can do. I get sucked into these intense battles explaining the sequence of moves and what's going on only to be completely taken out of the moment by the mention that Vin can pierce copper clouds or use allomancy in some different way than others. We already know, stop mentioning it a thousand times.
Following along the same subject, the whole part 1 of the book is explaining the magic system and the events of book 1. Again unnecessary. If you haven't read book one of a series, don't read book 2.
Even with those criticisms, the book had me in a trance reading constantly until I finished it. Several clever plot twists and touching moments. The part where sazed chooses a religion for clubs is amazing and I dont even think most people even realize it. Overall a very good book with an ending that'll make you pick up book 3 immediately.
In the Well of Ascension, the main action set piece is literally introduced on page one, and we spend the whole book leading up to it. The majority of the story focuses around political drama and a mystery of a spy in the ranks of the main character.
Mostly, I had this feeling that events were being drawn out. With how much occurred in the first novel, I expected a similar pace, and yet it felt like I was moving in slow motion compared with the first book.
I know sequels are difficult, and overall I enjoyed the story. It was just more difficult to read than the first entry in this trilogy.
As well, there were many expansions on the lore and the worldbuilding that felt like they came from nowhere. The Koloss, for instance, very much felt like Brandon needed to up the stakes, and so he created a fiercesome race of savages that were previously never mentioned in the first book, for the sole purpose of creating more tension, and solving the problem of how the protagonists were going to survive two armies being at their doorstep.
I'm all for Worldbuilding, but it very much felt like the Koloss were invented for this novel specifically.
I am still going to continue on to Hero of Ages, and I'm still a huge fan of Sanderson's. But I hope that Hero of Ages offers a more stable story, rather than plot that seems to add filler until the main story progression happens.
Four stars because despite all this, I enjoyed the book immensely.
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