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.
So I’ve been binge reading the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. After the events of the first book, The Final Empire, the characters are now facing the consequences of their actions. In short, they’re trying to keep things together amidst all the chaos they started.
I really like the fantastical elements of these books. Brandon Sanderson continues to expand the Empire. We learn more about the world and the magic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this series is worth the read if only to witness the amazing world building that Brandon Sanderson is a master of. The world continues to grow, we learn about some of its history and the things to come. We also get to see Vin and Elend grow into themselves. They face up to the challenges and we see how their characters change and yet not change. I particularly like how Elend learns to take command and be a king, while still holding up his ideals.
My one complaint remains the same though, that the romance between Vin and Elend feels bland. There are some lovely Vin & Elend parts, but I need something more to make their love epic. Their love is more like a pleasant love rather than the soul destroying kind. It’s probably because they have so much to give to the people, and with everything that is happening, a lot of other things have to come first.
We see more of the side characters and learn about their lives, which is a definite plus. The action, politics and scheming will keep you turning pages until you reach the end. Not a moment of boredom in the Well of Asecnsion. And good news, the ending left me wanting to read the next book asap. So that’s what I did.
Rating: 4 Stars