- Publisher: Gollancz
- Format: Paperback | 800 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 46mm | 640g
- Publication date: 10 December 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0575089938
- ISBN 13: 9780575089938
- Illustrations note: maps
- Sales rank: 2,448
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...
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Brandon Sanderson was born in Nebraska in 1975. Since then he has written, amongst others The Mistborn books and begun the internationally bestselling Stormlight Archive. He was also chosen by Robert Jordan's family to complete Jordan's Wheel of Time Sequence. He lives in Utah. Visit his website at http://www.brandonsanderson.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BrandSanderson and like him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrandSanderson. Read his blogs at http://mistborn.blogspot.co.uk andhttp://mistborn.livejournal.com.
By Louis-Etienne Couture 20 Jan 2010
I jumped into the Well of Ascension without any fear as to whether I was going to be entertained. Brandon Sanderson hits the mark once more with the second novel in his Mistborn Trilogy, leading us even deeper into the mysteries of the Final Empire and its characters.
We start off in this novel a year or so after the events of the Final Empire. During that time the political stage has changed quite a bit. Elend Venture, Vin's lover, is now the king of the Central Dominance and Luthadel. His father, the Lord Straff Venture, has taken control of the Northern Dominance and is marching on Luthadel with the intent of conquering it. From the Western Dominance comes Lord Cett, a previously unknown lord, also attempting to seize Elend's kingdom. The Well of Ascension is essentially the story of political decisions and plotting to ensure that the Central Dominance stays out of enemy hands.
Parallel to the main plot, Sanderson explores Vin's character even more, this time placing her in a different situation than in the Final Empire. We spend quite a bit of time following her on her nightly watches in the city of Luthadel, her meetings with the mysterious Zane and her inquiries on the abnormalities of the mists as well as the mists' actual origins. Sazed's character also gets a good bit of expansion as we discover his feelings on finally doing his duty as a Keeper. With him, we get to see the Skaa's initial reactions to the fall of the Lord Ruler and realize how impossible his task might actually have been.
As in the first Mistborn, there is a second story running at the same time as that of the main plot of the novel, in the form of the short passages at the beginning of each chapter. Where in the Final Empire the passages were from Alendi's travels logs, the passages in this novel are from the ancient Terrisman, Kwaan's memoirs. The tale they tell is intricately intertwined with elements of the main plot, to a degree which is not easily discernable until the end or very near the end of the book. They further on lead to revelations of their own in the epilogue, some of the more interesting in the Well of Ascension.
The inclusion and introduction of Zane as a side character was a brilliant choice on the author's part since this character plays admirably well off of Vin's causing dangerous and unpredictable scenes between the two. Just piercing through Zane's enigmatic shroud is absorbing in itself. Elend's development is severely present in the book but it's a captivating evolution from boy to king which Sanderson writes.
I don't think I even have to mention Sanderson's writing; there's almost no way I can praise it enough. As always, it's riveting, delightful, engaging, rousing, just plain fabulous and basically spotless.
Obviously read the first Mistborn before (honestly you should have by now) and once you have there really is no reason why you shouldn't be picking this one up as soon as you possibly can.
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Praise for "The Well of Ascension": “All the explosive action any adventure fan could want.”--"Locus ""Sanderson's entertaining second Mistborn novel begins after most fantasy series end, when the team of brave and cunning heroes find that holding on to power is even harder than overthrowing the previous tyrant. . . . This entertaining read will especially please those who always wanted to know what happened after the good guys won."--"Publishers Weekly" “A great epic fantasy . . . Fans of Terry Goodkind and Terry Brooks will find "The Well of Ascension" fulfilling, satisfying, and incredibly exciting.”"--SFRevu.com"