This was a great read, good times. Intrigue, a web of mystery. I had a good time reading this.
A sequel to the beautiful Mistborn: The Final Empire, the Dragonsteel edition of Well of Ascension is bound in premium bonded-leather, and the pages are smyth-sewn, not glued like most regular books. Well of Ascension is printed in 2-color offset black and red inks on quality, acid-free paper, includes a bound-in satin-ribbon bookmark, full-color endpapers by Howard Lyon, gilded pages, and two-color foiling on the cover. A 24-page 4-color offset art gallery starts off the edition and features never-before seen artwork and fanart. The Dragonsteel Leather edition of Well of Ascension is 797 pages.
We’ve made this book a beautiful match for Mistborn: The Final Empire.
- ISBN10 0765316889
- ISBN13 9780765316882
- Publish Date 21 August 2007
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country US
- Imprint Tor Books
- Format Hardcover
- Pages 592
- Language English
That being said, Elend and Vin are the most interesting and really held the story together. Except this is totally a boy book and there’s at least one if not two scenes that are kind of crucial to their relationship that are only reflected in a sentence or two that acknowledges they’ve happened. A girl would have given us the juicy, emotionally charged scene.
I wasn’t so fond of the whole distraction with Zane, but in this I’m glad it’s a boy book and so works out well without a lot of forced angst. Also, it was surprisingly long enough to do so. I thought the end of the second act was actually the climax. And it seems like it’s distracted by wars and politics when it’s supposed to be about...I don’t know, the Well. But that works out too. And I think that’s the thing about Sanderson’s stories. No matter how mysterious something is when he’s laying in hints and making you ask questions, or how much it seems he’s wandered astray, it always pays off.
So the lingering questions from this book, particularly about Marsh, I have no doubt will be resolved satisfactorily in the third.
That and the pacing keeps the momentum going and the story progressing well, even with dalliances into inner monologues that occasionally repeat the same turmoil and we get a bit lost in a character’s head.
All that being said, this book wasn’t as much fun. It wasn’t just the crew that suffered from Kelsier’s death. There’s a pizzaz and a sense of entertainment lacking in this book without him. It’s good, it’s just not as much fun to read.
Elend: I kind of lost track of time…
Breeze: For two hours?
Elend: There were books involved.
What a mood.
I don’t think I need to reiterate how much I’m coming to love this series or the reasons why but in case you haven’t seen my Final Empire review, here’s a quick recap:
Besides that, the book is a bit slow at some points, but it has a lot of politics so that is understandable. The ending really makes up for the love triangle and the slower parts.
I welcomed the discussions on religion and politics in particular. What constitutes a religion? Does elevating a man one knew to be mortal to a deity truly make a religion? What of rituals and faith? There's also a bit of mystique surrounding epistemology — how do we know what we know and can we trust accounts that are passed down generations? I particularly found myself immersed in the deterioration of memories but that's because I wrote an extensive paper on memory and knowledge before. Hah. So yeah, the philosophical aspect amidst the epic fantasy engaged my mind a lot.
One thing that I did have gripes with were the incessant displays of insecurities from Elend and Vin. Yes, these displays of weaknesses were necessary to portray all their facets but it still got on my nerves after some time. That aside though, I absolutely adored this sequel and look forward to continuing with The Hero of Ages.
And what happened to Tindwyl really made me angry. I mean, there's this badass woman that I really really come to lover only for Sanderson to snatch her away. Grrrrr.