I was expecting the Well of Ascension to be more like more like the first book. It was very disappointing. The trouble is, I can't tell you why if you haven't read the first in the series. Its a big spoiler, but just imagine for a moment if you have finished book one, what would be missing. Yes, what every your thinking, yes.
Also, you have to work through about 3 quarters of the book before you get to something that doesn't remind you of a bad tweenager throwing a pity tantrum. Long sections of the story are just about characters who need to "find them selves" then "decide if I'm good enough" and "look for a reason to go on". By the end you just want to shake every last character and tell them to stop moping and grow a pair.
The last 6 hours start to feel more like book one, things finally start moving. Does move the narrative to and through interesting places, but the characters complain every step of the way. The new insights into the world is very intriguing, and some of the scenes are very intense. I just couldn't get over the annoying, annoying characters.
I LOVED the first book, it's been awhile since I've read/heard such great novel so I was quite eager to start the second book in the series.
I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed in the second book. The story is still quite good, but not great, I think this is because the story lacks a purpose. In the first book the goal was to overthrow the Lord Ruler and everything they did was one step closer to that goal. The second book seems like the goal is just to survive. Wondering what is going to happen to Luthadel is the pretty much the only thing going on.
I didn't care much for Vin in the first book and now that she is the main character in the second book I'm a bit less interested in the story. She is depressive and whiny to listen to most of the time and overall is far too arrogant. Being Mistborn seems to have given her a superiority complex, not to mention far too dependent on them. Elend is also quite annoying, naive and far too honest for his own good. He is a Socialist day dreamer with utopian ideals that could never work in reality, not even in his own reality. This along with Vin crying about how she doesn't fit in really made the book less interesting. I was hoping for an adventure like the first book. I thought this book might have been more about The Well of Ascension and less about Luthadel. I really liked the parts where they talked about Pre-Ascension times and what The Deepness was so the book wasn't all bad.
Sadly I'm not sure if I'll listen to the 3rd book in the series though, I'm afraid Vin will become the Hero of Ages, or even worse Elend.
This is an excellent book. I did not become aware of Brandon Sanderson until I read the Wheel of Time (WoT) series. After reading the last book in that series, I found out Robert Jordan passed away just when I finished reading the second to the last book (There was one more that was to be written - A memory of light). I researched and found that Brandon Sanderson was due to write the last book in the series. I wanted to find out what kind of a writer Sanderson was. The first book of his I read, Elantris, was excellent. I decided to try this series and found them just wonderful. The line I love from this series ( It sometimes repeats itself automatically in my mind, is "ash fell from the sky." If you have read this book, you understand what I mean. If you haven't, then hurry up and read it - you'll understand what I mean then.
I get that fantasy works on being happy go lucky. The bad guy gets killed by the good guy. I liked the first book well enough to go onto the second one. However when I got to the end of this I felt like finding the author, tying my iPod to a rock and hurling it through his window.
He had an opportunity to do something brave that would have caused real conflict and made us feel something for the protagonist Vin. Instead, he copped out big time. I listened to this over a year ago and it still makes me physically ill to think of it.
If you like formulaic regurgitated stuff, then you may very well like this. Obviously, I'm one of the only people who gave this a bad review. I just think in a genre like fantasy there should be fantastic stories not triteness wrapped with a few new "powers."
Sanderson is truly weaving an epic tale with this continuation of his Mistborn series. This second in the series will continually toss you about on a road without straightaways. My account cannot update fast enough to get to this conclusion.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
I just realized that I've listened to MOST of Sanderson's Books, and have NEVER given one of his books LESS than 5 stars across the board! This, from someone who is INCREDIBLY Stingy with "5's", and INSISTS he "Doesn't like Fantasy Novels"!!!
There is a major character in this book that simply doesn't belong...he's a manipulation, created to pivot a theme in a rather contrived way. I'm used to Mr. Sanderson being very clever...Zane was not a clever character. Kinda killed it for me.
The first book showed how smart, crafty and courageous the characters were against the Lord Ruler. In the second book, the author turns them into inept cowards. In short, these characters (who are master thieves) would NEVER be so docile and ineffective in the face of such a struggle. I couldn't connect with the characters I fell in love with from the first book as they were too stupid to live. Also, the author should have researched details of Medieval combat as it would have increased the realism of this siege story. What a lost opportunity! If they make this series into a movie(s) they will have to rewrite the second book or the producers will lose their butts. Narrator was fantastic!