Brandon Sanderson – The Well of Ascension Review

Ok, it wasn’t easy. With all the pressure at work just before the Christmas Time, and headache with finishing commercial law module, I didn’t have much time to catch up with reading. I tried to find some time to read at least one chapter per day. But finally, I managed to finish 2nd part of Mistborn Trilogy (Trilogy? again…? New Years Resolution for 2013 : read more standalone novels.).

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Beware: if you haven’t read, nor you are familiar with the Mistborn Trilogy, you may find some spoilers regarding the plot of the book one of The Misborn Series

200px-Mistborn-_The_Well_of_Ascension_by_Brandon_SandersonWhat is more fun? To bring down tyranny or to rule after one? Have you ever wonder what happens after the good guys finally managing to take over their land? The well of Ascension shows that it is not an easy job to rule. Especially after 1000 years tyrany of self-proclaimed god. “The well of Ascension” starts when plenty of fantasy series have ended. The author managed to do something amazing here, he made a great sequel to the quite dynamic and full of action “Final Empire“, which shows us how the independent City of Luthadel is struggling with holding to its independence.

Eland and his brand new government consisting of representatives of merchants, aristocracy and Skaa find himself in the danger of offensive of his father’s army – Straff Venture who is surrounding the city with his forces. However, this is not the only danger that Young King is 08-07about to face. On south of the city, Sazed is hearing the rumors that people are being killed by the ancient power of Mist.

Brandon Sanders surprises me with each book. While I was finishing the first book, at the last chapters I told myself -“yes, this is it. this is the end, there is nothing else to add to the plot”. And then I find myself with sequel in my hand, finishing the book and telling myself excat same thing. With the way he is creating the plot, I must say, that Brandon Sanderson has a great talent to build dramatic turning points, which are smoothly moving the plot forward in completely different directions that one may think. There is more talking, sitting and talking about the politics in the sequel, comparing to Final Empire, but if you have enjoyed the first book, I am sure that you will  find the Well of Ascension interesting.

Great read, I am definetely looking forward to the 3rd part, and hopefully to another books of his (May try the “Way of kings” next year)

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5 thoughts on “Brandon Sanderson – The Well of Ascension Review

  1. I’m a huge, huge fan of the series. My only qualm is the length–it takes so, so, so long to read. I look forward to your thoughts on the third book… it’s intense and crazy. Sanderson has a way with plot that rivals Joss Whedon… it’s impressive.

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