Title: The Well of Ascension
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #2
Length: 590 pages
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Source: Hardcover from personal collection, ebook from library
The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler—the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years—has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.
As Kelsier’s protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.
Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won’t get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.
As the siege of Luthadel 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.
Excellent expansion of the world building from book 1! I love the way Sanderson writes and develops stories. He does a great job balancing action, politics, magic, and character development, so that even the slower parts of the book were vital and fascinating.
Speaking of character development. I love Vin so much. She is absolutely a favorite fantasy heroine now. I was sometimes annoyed by her romance with Elend because she had so much self doubt even though she is such a badass, but then I reminded myself that she is 18 in this book. And Sazed is the real MVP.
The ending left me with so many questions about the Well and the prophecy of the Hero of Ages, but it absolutely blew my mind. There is still so much lore to explore in book 3!