The Well of Ascension, Mistborn Book Two by Brandon Sanderson
[Image courtesy of amazon.com]
I had enjoyed Book 1 so much that I was looking forward to the second book in the series. In fact, I started the second book in the same night that I finished the first one.
Book 2 goes deeper into the inner thoughts and emotions of Vin, the protagonist, and while I think it’s a necessary part of the plot (because Vin’s state of mind eventually determines her choice of actions and the outcome of events), there are some parts that I wish were less dark and whiny.
But I’m glad Sanderson has not failed in terms of the amount of suspense, action and intrigue in the book, and I really enjoyed the last 100 pages of the book. I was quite surprised by the death in Book 1, but while I’m less so by those in Book 2, I still find them too sad and too many.
And of course, all that action described in the book reminds me of those Chinese kungfu novels that I still enjoy reading.
VERDICT: Book 1 was definitely better, perhaps because the plot was simpler, the heroes were more identifiable and there was more wit and humour in the portrayal of the characters in the “main crew”. But Book 2 will appeal to you if you’re looking for a deeper dive into the development of the characters. Even if you’re not, all that action and intrigue will still keep you well entertained. This book also provides answers to some of the questions that were raised in the first book and I think I’ll need to read the next and last book to find the remaining answers, hopefully.
For those who want to know a little about the story line, here’s an overview from bookdepository.com:
The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy. More worryingly still the mists have become unpredictable since the Lord Ruler died and a strage vaprous entity is stalking Vin. As the siege of Luthadel intensifies the ancient legend of the Well of Ascension offers the only glimmer of hope. But no-one knows where it is or what it can do…