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Book Review #90: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 10/05/16
My 5th book this year.)

Vin, a mistborn, with allomantic powers to manipulate metals into power for enhanced sight, hearing, speed, strength, push and pull on metals and to stimulate emotions. She is ever more powerful and on edge. Using her allomancy to continuously scout and protect Luthadel, she becomes more paranoid and jumpy in her mission to keep King Elend Venture safe along with all the people of Luthadel.

The kingdom prepares for war as Straff Venture, Elend’s father, tries to claim what he believes should be his kingdom. Kind hearted and honest, Elend struggles to keep his people under control. With a law written by his own hand, he gives the people of his land the freedom of choice. The choice of ruler, giving his people the option to make a majority vote for whom they wish to be king. The Skaa, previously slaves, have complete freedom of their lives. Now he realises it may have been foolish to grant freedom to the people as they all begin to make choices for a king other than himself to reign.

Straff Venture has a mistborn, Zane, he comes to Vin but that only adds to her confusion. He appears, she follows him, they spar. This soon becomes some sort of a routine leaving Vin wondering why. Zane finally begins to talk, but his words add to her confusion. He tells her she should be with her own people, Mistborn. She begins to doubt her way of life. Is she really just a pawn in Elend’s life, or should they really believe and trust themselves and their love?

Vin feels the mists begin to change, as does something within her. She hears a thumping that seems to be getting more distracting and louder over time. She can’t ignore it anymore and she believes she is the one that must do something about it because she is the only person who can hear it. She believes in the prophecies, the legends about the power held in the Well of Ascension. Her mission is to find it and to release it’s power to destroy the deepness hidden in the mists to save the people.

My Thoughts:

This 2nd book of the series seems to be a lot less exciting, very slow paced yet still full of fighting, trust issues, love and loss.

After finishing the whole book and recapping on the story, the reader is still left sorely disatified with the lack of understanding. Nothing much happens except for the preparations for war, a bit of politics, a lot of trust issues. The last part of the book made it worthwhile as something important happens, but it seems book 3 is a must read for curious readers who need to find out what happens next with someone’s new found powers.

I wouldn’t really recommend this book to read as a standalone, but the series so far is still worth considering.

Written by Ling Lee (10/05/16)

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