Mistborn: The Well of Ascension

Brandon Sanderson
Evil has been defeated. The war has just begun.They did the impossible, deposing the godlike being whose brutal rule had lasted a thousand years. Now 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.They have barely begun when 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.It may just be that killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge.


Reviewed: 2016-06-24
Oh my gosh, this book should have been called "The Well of Absolute Tension". Tense is the perfect word to describe this book. Luthadel is surrounded on all sides by enemies, they have a weak but idealistic king, no food, a small army and winter is coming. There are spies everywhere it seems, and murders keep occurring with no explanation... *gnaws fingers* Tense, I say!

I loved the political and espionagical (I know that's not a real word... I just made it up.) feel of this book. I loved learning as the characters learned and experiencing their fear and anger and frustration, as well as their hope and hopelessness. In fact, toward the end of the story, I read it in fits and starts because it was so tense that I kept setting it down... Anxiety!!

I love love love when I can invest so much of myself in books, and when the book deserves that I do. And this series deserves it. WHY did I wait so long to read these?

It was a different book from Mistborn, slower, less POW! (At least on the surface), but I've been in a kind of political, economical, judicial, legislative, informational place in my head lately, and this book was all of those things, as well as awesome and exciting and tense. Did I mention this was tense? Because it is.

One thing did leave me wondering though. Maybe this will be explained in Hero of Ages (which I've already started), I'm not sure...

**CAUTION** This is a MAJOR spoiler. Click at your own risk.
I don't understand how TenSoon replaced OreSeur as Vin's kandra... Did OreSeur die? I think he must have, but then I wonder how TenSoon could have killed him when I thought it was against his Contract to do harm -- or is that only to humans? Or, did Zane know the kandra's secret and use it to somehow kill OreSeur? I don't really understand that part. I get that the bones were a decoy, but I guess I don't get kandra/kandra interactions when one is under Contract to do harm to another... how does that work?

Anyway. I loved this book, and I'm loving the series so far. I highly recommend these. Love, love, tense love!
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