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- Listening Length: 29 hours and 3 minutes
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- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.com Release Date: March 18, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005NDCIAE
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The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2
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Very good writing style, very good characters, great "universe"
I absolutely loved it.
I'm more a sci-fi & half-horror/weirdstuff fan, and had strong doubts diving into this fantasy trilogy (I don't like it when things are "too fantasy" and/or there are too many characters involved and/or things get too complicated), but I dared and I just could not stop reading.
Here things started going downhill.
Probably on one hand because after reading book #1 the main elements of the serie's "universe" was known and therefore I did not have much impulse to keep on reading to dig out more details, and on the other hand probably because the whole situation started pointing towards classic & pure romanticism, which I admit had to happen because of the whole foundation of the series/concept but which I still personally hate (kind of too rare but too often mentioned), hehe... .
Pfff, I had to push, often jumping over pages.
I have to mention that I read all 3 books in one shot (because they're so good, hehe...), and maybe after reading for example about "the mist" or whatever X feels for Y for hundreds of pages I was just fed up with those themes => I recommend you to read something else between the 3 books of this series.
a very nice trilogy, very "inspiring", even for non-fantasy-believers - you get my compliments, Mr. Sanderson.
THE WELL OF ASCENSION was riveting. With this sequel taking place a year after the ending of MISTBORN, it's an understatement to say that these characters have already gone through a lot by the time the story line picks up with them again at the beginning of THE WELL OF ASCENSION. The defeat of the Lord Ruler has changed everyone and everything. People's hearts have been lifted and smashed all at the same time. Kelsier's mission is still playing out according to plan, but that also doesn't mean that everything is peaches and cream. Oh, no. Vin and Elend quickly learn that there are more dangers lurking around the corner and with both of these main characters in the spotlight, the stakes are MUCH higher (which obviously caused me even MORE heart palpitations after everything that happened in MISTBORN).
I really loved how everything just kept developing in this book. The characters I already had grown to love grew even more complex, both in a sense of self along and the increasing complexity of their own roles within Luthadel and beyond. I already knew a lot about Vin but THE WELL OF ASCENSION reveals more of her background, her motives, and her passion. I loved watching her grow from the scared girl we first met in MISTBORN to this confident warrior and passionate partner who is finally learning how to trust. I think the biggest character development that I noticed was in Elend. Yes, I loved him in MISTBORN but he becomes much more of a focus and main character in THE WELL OF ASCENSION, getting more intricately involved in the plot of the entire series as well as forming stronger relationships with the other characters. I loved seeing more of him in this book.
The secondary characters were also incredible. From seeing more of Kelsier's crew to getting to know new characters like Zane, Tindwyl, and Allrianne -- the development of every character and how they fit into the plot is just amazing. Each one really enhances the scene that they're in and they all bring something extremely important to the story line.
In true Sanderson fashion (I mean, from what I know of these two books...), I went from excited to suspicious to curious to horrified to amazed. (Then back to horrified.) The ending of these books... I mean, honestly. Each time, I'm absolutely floored, but undoubtedly impressed! I absolutely loved THE WELL OF ASCENSION (no matter how much it played with my emotions) and immediately had to read the last book in the trilogy, THE HERO OF AGES to see how it all wrapped up. These books made me an instant Sanderson fan and I just inhaled the series!