Good continuation of the story, but not quite as fun or interesting as the first book. Still, I'm excited to see how the trilogy ends.
I've been doing the whole Mistborn series on audiobook. If you are a fan of Robert Jordan or another Sanderson series, this is a great story with characters that are easy to love.
Read wonderfully, it's easy to get immersed in the story. Can't wait to start the third book!
Life is wonderful ! Lots of great books to listen yeah !
Great plot, unique story. Love those characters. Exciting beginning to the last chapter of book 2. Very well written, a must read. Highly recommend !
"Language is a virus from outer space" William S. Burroughs
The second entry into the Mistborn series switches its focus to Élan and the politics of a post-revolution society. Élan being a book learned idealist makes many mistakes as King and we get the frustrating job of watching his slow maturity into a leader. Many of the decisions he makes are not completely believable. Given his acute and worldly advisors plus Elans own self conscious intelligence you wonder would he really make those mistakes in the name of giving power to the people. If anybody understands what the consequences of losing power would be, it'd be a young nobleman who spent his youth criticizing the self indulgent elitism of the social structure he grew up in. In other words, Élan losing his crown would just throw the kingdom back to the caste system that Vin and others had fought so hard and lost so much to over throw. This makes Elans decisions as King seem more like functions of narrative progression rather than actions he might realistically take.
My one other complaint is the love story. Maybe it's my age and my gender but a teenagers love problems are the most redundant, self indulgent and asinine aspect to any YA novel. No exception here. It's handled with a lighter hand than most and doesn't completely take over the book so it is forgivable, but Sazed and Tindwyl affections create a stark contrast in what was a far more interesting relationship. Here was a truly unique love story that spoke of something intimate and enduring. The amount of time spent on each story should have been switched and it would have made the book far richer.
Now given all of that, I very much enjoyed The Well of Ascension and look forward to the last book in the series. These were written at the beginning of Sandersons career so they don't have the richness and complexity in character or narrative that The Stormlight Archives possess but still far surpasses most fantasy novels and deserve a chance by any reader of the genre.
It's been a long time since I've listened to a fantasy story as original as these. I'm captivated by them and constantly surprised by the twists and turns. The narrator's skill with character voices makes the audiobook version a treat.
Great book. Slow in the middle but the character building pays off at the end. Sanderson is becoming one of my favorites.