I was really saddened to give this audiobook a poor review because I really enjoyed the first one.
This tale opens on our intrepid heroes a year after they've dethroned the Lord Ruler. They have established a government in Luthadel and are beset with troubles on every side. What follows is an incredibly tedious tale of political machinations broken up by the occasional mistborn duel. The majority of this book has our heroes either attending city councils or pouring over manuscripts by candlelight. Riveting.
The hero Vin, who in the first novel -- I thought -- was realistic, vivid and interesting, became incredibly obnoxious in this installment. Her constant musings on whether she's good enough to be loved were, possibly, a natural step in her progression as a character, but it got old really fast. In fact, every character in this book spends most of their time crying about how they're not good enough to lead, not good enough to love, not good enough to be good, yada yada yada. This widespread case of the "self-doubts" determines the majority of the conflict in the story, and there's nothing like the concrete story arc of the first installment --- with its heist motif, simple love story, clear objectives, etc. -- to hold things together.
With the story losing my attention, there was nothing to distract me from Mr. Sanderson's writing. There's no doubt Sanderson is an expert on the structure of a story, but he's not going to be winning any prizes for prose anytime soon. I remember in the first novel, one character was described as feeling a "sense of ashamed guilt". Ashamed guilt? Really? As opposed to unashamed guilt? Is that even a thing?
I know many people would consider this knit picking, but this kind of thing bugs me, and The Well of Ascension was so full of examples of this kind of wordsmithing that I felt like screaming.
Also, at many points in the story I swore to myself (not seriously, of course) that I would dash my listening device against a wall the next time I heard a character described as moving, posturing, or having the feels, "in the mists".
"So on so stood, hands on their hips, silent in the mists."
"So on and so walked, pensive in the mists."
"So on so sat, chomping on a ham and cheese sandwich....in the mists."
Yes, I get it! They're in the mists. The series is called mistborn. Stuff happens in the mists. I don't need to be told this every other word.
Plus, its exhausting hearing the word "mist" read out loud every several sentences. Doing a google search for "mist define" brings up synonyms like, haze, cloud, smog, murk. Couldn't we have chosen these words at intervals? Something like this would've been so nice to break up the monotony: "Night had fallen, and smoky tendrils were spilling in through the open window, and folding into every crack and crevice of the room."
Anyway, by the end of the book I was so sick of the whole thing and only moderately interested in how things panned out for the misty people, that I ended up looking up the end of the series on wikipedia. That was enough for me.
I'll admit, I am one who gets sucked into stories easily. This story was easy enough to get sucked into. Moderate tempo at the beginning. Quickened pace at certain intervals. but then the last section turned into a whirlwind of emotion, intrigue and action. I stayed up into the wee hours of the night trying to finish what turned into a mind consuming, life-halting event.
Michael Kramer is one of my all time favorite readers, so it was no small wonder he conveyed every emotional detail with so much imagination.
Brandon Sanderson started out as "just some guy who finished the Wheel Of Time series" and has now turned into "the genius who keeps me up until 3am trying to finish this fight sequence" for the 8th night in a row.
Ugh, the emotional journey these two have taken me on, plus all of my sleepless nights... I need to rest before starting up the next book. I am exhausted from this ride.
I am also an addict.
Screw sleep, I NEED BOOK THREE NOW!!!!
I love brandons style and.listenabilty. Love that there is love but not sickening stuff. love. the heroes. and the villains.
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The Well of Ascension puts on the brakes in a pretty hard way following the exciting first installment, Final Empire. This book deals with the aftermath of the events in the first, but that's really all it does. It's almost as if this was a fantasy/drama, with the emphasis on the drama side.
Rather than an Ocean's Eleven type heist plan being put together and torn apart, this book is heavy on relationships, love story, and politics. Which was really a bit disorienting and almost hard to get through.
However, I definitely recommend staying with it, because the last 100 pages are some of the best fantasy you'll ever read and sets up the final book (which is amazing) in the only way it could.
This Mistborn trilogy as a whole is really fun and great, but you'll have to accept the first 500 pages of this one as the necessary evil.
This is the continuation of the first mist born book. Vin and Elent are trying to figure out their places in the new government and city. They try to learn trust and confidence in their new roles. I would prefer less killing, violence, and blood. Im glad there's no graphic sex. Brandon Sanderson does a great job filling out the characters, letting you see into their minds, and making you want to find out what happens next.
this is a really great book with an abosolutely shocking twist. I often find stories too easy to figure out but I'm sure you will be completely caught off guard as I was. great book two for this series, the action is entertains & the characters likable. narration is fantastic. the narraitor voice is deep & engaging. not so great at female voices but still really good I'd recommend this story to anyone.
Story is exciting with plenty of discoveries and twists at a good pace. Easy to listen too without lengthy sections where it is easy for a listener to drift. It will suck you in and have you listening in the driveway.