Although the first book of the series moved slowly and contained too much detail to the point of confusion, it was a new story to me so I found the concepts interesting and even innovative enough to keep my attention. Unfortunately, there seemed to be the same amount or more of the repetitive details in this second volume about metals and long drawn out self reflective monologues that either made the character too dense or tedious. The basic plot and supernatural concepts were novel, but again they lost my interest while having to plod through all the extraneous details.
This second book in the Mistborn trilogy picks up right where the first book leaves off. The style and pace are the same. Character development broadens and we see where Eldon's idea of government leads. We also see Vin begin question her role which, given her age, is completely normal but made complex due to her powers. We also get a very realistic idea of what happens to a people after 1000 years of tyrannical rule. As the plot develops, it has plenty of twists and turns that are unexpected and the reader may find a desire to crawl into the book and join the crew in hopes of helping them avoid what appears inevitable. A few new characters are introduced which are essential to moving the plot along. The reading of the diary that breaks up the plot becomes extemely important and if the reader did not pay close attention in the first book, there may be elements of this, as well as the plot that seem out of place, but they're not. If you have not read the first book, I recommend doing so before picking up this one. While this book can stand alone, understanding the motivation of the characters and the crew can prove difficult without a fuller history which book one provides. The only weakness of this book is the continual repetition of facts already known and in evidence. Sanderson's editor could easily improve on this. The readers can remember from chapter to chapter and it does become annoying. However, this weakness is insignificant when juxtaposed against an excellent, and unique plot. I read the first two books in a matter of 10 days and have started on the last. I already know I will be sad when the last chapter ends. Michael Kramer continues to do a nice job reading. He admirably manages to create differences between characters and cultures. The end of this book, which is also a foreshadowing of the final book is quite surprising.
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.
7-8 hours into this one... I realized that the story (so fascinatingly hinted at)... was moving at a snails pace. Why? Because we are learning SO MUCH about EVERY single character remaining from the Mistborn book....and we are spending SO MUCH time... reiterating what has passed. People. Not interested in the soap opera angle. And...maybe a short chapter at the start synopsizing everything would have been kinder. Ugh. Had to loose the book after 8 hours. That sucks. I REALLY ENJOYED the first book. Bigtime. Anyway. Form your own opinion. This is just mine.
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.
I work a graveyard shift, in which I listen to my audio books, so the narration is extremely important to me due to the need to stay awake and aware of what I am doing. Michael Kramer is the best fantasy narrator I've come across. He has a plethora of distinct character voices, which are all easily recognizable. Also, he doesn't sound horribly monotonous, as with many other narrators.
Brandon Sanderson writes a lot like Robert Jordan. Though, in my opinion he is better, and tends to leave out unnecessary explanations (such as describing everything everyone is wearing). If you like the Wheel of Time series, you will be happy with this trilogy.
This was my favorite of the Mistborn series. While it wasn't as fast-paced as the other two books, the characters were explored more deeply and we learned more about the different kinds of beings within the stories. The ticks I commented on in the first book were still present, but to a lesser degree. However, the reiteration of information that was presented within the same book was overwhelming. Overall, one of the better fantasy series I've read.
I thought this book was an excelent listen. But I liked The Final Empire more than The Well of Ascension, I thought the Final Empire had a far more complicated plot and a lot more fall backs than are presented in this book. But I still thought the book is great, it still has a complicated plot, but there are less fall backs or disapointments in it. Definitly worth more than the one credit I paid for it.
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"!!!