Book Twenty-Five of 2014: THE WELL OF ASCENSION by Brandon Sanderson

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The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler – the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years – has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.
As Kelsier’s protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.
Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won’t get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.
As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

I love Brandon Sanderson. As a writer he weaves an intricate fantasy world filled with realistic characters and a thriving magical system. The first book MISTBORN, was a top favorite of mine and didn’t take me too long to finish. The second, however, took me a bit of a while. I think it had more to do with the fact that I needed a refresher on who was who and the world. Leaving a deep fantasy for a year at a time isn’t the best choice on my part.

Vin is still my favorite character. In this book we see her change from the fearful girl from book one to a determined and strong adult. The way she changes is slow, but true to form. She is still as badass as ever in Allomancy too. Which is great, because she’s truly a badass.

I am loving Sazed more and more with each turn of the page. The man was so sure of himself in the first book and most of the second that when he starts to question everything, I just want to hug him. It’s great to see a supporting character in one book change into something bigger in the next.

Of course there is the rest of the crew and the philosophical turned ruler Elend, but that is a lot of people to talk about. Instead, just take it on my account that the book is a great sequel.

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