My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Well of Ascension was a fantastic follow up to Brandon Sanderson’s first book in the series, Mistborn: The Final Empire. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel…maybe not as much as the first, but still enough to give it 5 stars.
Sanderson’s talent as a writer is multifaceted and he showcases his capabilities in this series. In this series he shows that he can write a strong female protagonist, craft a unique and creative magic system, and build a complex and dystopian society.
As I already mentioned, one of the best parts of this series is the magic system. It’s pretty simple in concept, but there always seems to be new aspects that can be unlocked, lending a little intrigue and unpredictability to the story. It truly seems like the perfect compliment to the story that Sanderson is weaving.
I also love the characters. It’s true that some of the secondary characters from the first novel are featured less prevalently in this novel, but that doesn’t detract from their overall appeal. Sazed, Ham, Clubs, Dockson, Spook, and Breeze–they are all well-written and lovable in their own way. However, I found OreSeur to be a particularly intriguing character in this novel. He definitely made things interesting.
Another great aspect of the novel is simply the mythos, the history of the Lord Ruler, The Final Empire, the Deepness, the Hero of Ages, and the Well of Ascension. Sanderson does a fantastic job stringing along little tidbits of information that only hint at the real stories behind such mysteries. Even now, I’m still itching to find out more about this world that Sanderson has created–why it has come to be the retched place that it is.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Well of Ascension and the Mistborn series as a whole. If you’ve ever been thinking about trying our Sanderson’s work, the Mistborn trilogy is an excellent place to work. He has quickly become a favorite author of mine as he has proven to be an expert at writing a great fantasy story with all of the quintessential components, but none of the cliche.