Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.
- ISBN10 0765316897
- ISBN13 9780765316899
- Publish Date 14 October 2008
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country US
- Imprint Tor Books
- Format Hardcover
- Pages 576
- Language English
The character creation has been great, and the magic system is something that Brandon Sanderson is so good at. It is so well explained but also so different.
This book was good and entertaining, I enjoyed it to the end.
I wondered why so many people raved about Brandon Sanderson and this, this is why. Granted this book isn't perfect. There's a lot of repetition in the character's inner monologues, a bit more unnecessary angst than I'd have liked. It wasn't quite as emotionally vibrant as I like, but it's not YA so that's to be expected. But then… the way it all comes together in the third act is so well constructed that it's superb. Like seriously, superb.
Of course the characters are good enough to last through three books. Not brilliant or wildly engaging but enough. I think the diverse povs really help because you get inside so many characters heads, even if only a few are key players.
And the world is well developed and interesting. Allomancy and Hemalurgy and mists. It’s a dense mythology that doesn’t feel heavy or overwhelming. Plus, you learn to trust the story.
Even when something is introduced and then it seems to be ignored for sooooo long, normally I’d find that frustrating but by the second book I trust it’ll come into play, quickly and fully so it’s kind of ok that the characters lose track of so many important threads.
And even though these books aren’t really emotionally engaging, the pacing keeps the story moving and kept me interested enough that I didn’t really notice, I just kept reading. I still miss the heist-y, cavalier jaunt of the first book and the spark Kelsier created. But what it loses in fun it makes up for in intrigue and a curiosity to see how it all plays out. Which, in the end, totally pays off and if worth it.
I want to meet you, all of you, and listen to you, talk to you, learn with you. I want to laugh and cry and smile. In the end, I want what everyone wants, more time.
I will return to you eventually but every day that I do not, I will take comfort in the fact that you will always be waiting for me.
Goodbye for now and thanks for showing me a damn good time.
In the end, I stopped worrying about how strange you seemed. I realized that it didn't really matter if I understood you, because I trusted you.
Vin: "The mists are changing! They seem different. They aren't what they were before. The mists don't feel like a friend anymore."
Sazed: "Religions are bogus. They keep contradicting themselves. I don't have faith anymore. I don't like religions. They're all the same."
Every new chapter was the same exact thoughts/monologue.
The end was fabulous though.
Even though there were a few things I didn't like, but overall... oh god. My feelings are still fresh and I can't form words.