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The Well Of Ascension (2007)

The Well of Ascension (2007)

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Vin frowned, then glanced at Elend. He seemed...distracted. "I don't like her," she said.Elend smiled, stacking up the books on his table. "You don't like anyone when you first meet them, Vin.""I liked you.""Thereby demonstrating that you are a terrible judge of character."Weeeellll peeps, it's official. I am in love with Brandon Sanderson. It isn't simply because he has some of the most unforgiving battle scenes ever, and it isn't because his books make me laugh more than they probably should, though those are great big bonuses-humor in such a long story is so refreshing, don't you think? No, I love Sanderson because, despite how many characters we have to follow throughout the whole story, he makes me fall in love with all of them. Not just the good guys or the middle guys or the sidekicks-I fall in love with those characters you can't be sure are loyal or that are bound to betray you. I fall in love with each and every moment all these mismatched friends share. And, most importantly, I fall in love with the stories he weaves.Ham turned back, still smiling. "You make it sound so desperate, El."Elend looked over at him. "The Assembly is a mess, a half-dozen warlords with superior armies are breathing down my neck, barely a month passes without someone sending assassins to kill me, and the woman I love is slowly driving me insane."Vin snorted at this last part.Again, I get so nervous every time I pick up a fantasy novel. I repeat it so much that it has to be annoying, but I just am so picky about what I read-especially with fantasy. So, while I adored the last book (I gave it a 4), I still didn't label it as a favorite. Why? Well, it's simple-I was a tad overwhelmed. It's a lot to take in when you never really read anything this long or complex. There was a lot to learn and a lot of people to keep track of-and, simply, I'm a newb. I don't read this stuff often because I do like a simpler story-sue me. But, even with all the difficulty of the first, I found so many things to love and obsess over: Elend, for instance. Vin. Elend and Vin. They were absolutely precious together. And then there was Kelsier and Breeze and Spook. I loved them all. I loved the action and the bonding scenes-it was a stupendous story. But in this book? Oh yeah. There was literally nothing I couldn't handle. I knew it all, ya know?? So, instead of all that learning and world-building, we got a full-fledged story!! I was ecstatic. It started out with a bang-Vin in the mists doing what she does best. But even better than that??? Elend. Elend on every freaking page-if not physically, then spiritually when they would mention him and his plans for the kingdom. Did I mention my dear, dear Elend was King?? Well, he is. And that's one of the best parts of this story-it's so flawed!! Or, at least, the characters are."But you had others before her," Spook said. "Noble girls.""A couple," Elend admitted."Though Vin has a habit of killing off her competition," Ham quipped.Elend laughed. "Now, see, she only did that once. And I think Shan deserved it-she was, after all, trying to assassinate me at the time." He looked down fondly, eyeing Vin. "Though, I do have to admit, Vin is a bit hard on other women. With her around, everybody else looks bland by comparison."Elend is still, as ever, in love with Vin. But he also has a kingdom to watch over and keep from being taken over. Such a huge task for someone who is so pure, so good. And here is the problem: Elend is so invested in making a fair government, he doesn't see or, presumably, care. He wants to be good to his people. He doesn't want to be a dictator like the Lord Ruler and oppress his people like that evil man did. But there's a fine line, and we get to see his journey throughout the book on whether it's worth becoming a man he doesn't want to be so he can keep his crown or whether his wits and cunning can keep his kingdom safe-but possibly lose his rule for doing the right and fair thing. "My dear man," Breeze noted. "When you told us you needed to 'go and gather a few important references,' you might have warned us that you were planning to be gone for two full hours.""Yes, well," Elend said, "I kind of lost track of time...""For two hours?"Elend nodded sheepishly. "There were books involved."Elend is a character I could go on and on and on about. He's sweet, kind, caring, and would do anything for Vin-and his kingdom. And that's why he's such an amazing and loyal character. He's shy and unsure of himself, he doesn't see how Vin could love a man like him when they are so different-And here is another plot I'll mention later. But, with Vin by his side, he brings all the con-men into his inner circle and together they strategize and try to do what's best for the's quite hilarious to see all these completely different men try to figure out a cohesive way to mix all their ideas together. "Do you know what I hate, kandra?" she whispered, falling to a crouch, checking her knives and metals."No, Mistress."She turned, meeting OreSeur's eyes. "I hate being afraid."And then, Vin. Wonderful, un-trusting, insecure little Vin. She is their Mistborn now, so she watches over Elend and the welfare of the kingdom. She works herself to the bone because she knows if she slips up even once, Elend will be killed and it will be all her fault. Except it won't...but she feels that way. And more often than not, lately, she has been experiencing doubts about her and Elend. He's too good for her, he'd never be happy with someone so different....and she couldn't be more wrong. He adores her and would never abandon her like everyone else in her life has before-but it doesn't stop her from being terrified about such things, anyway. See the problem, though? They both are on that same path, worrying that they aren't good (or good enough) for each other....let the misconceptions commence.The study's small ventilation window bumped open, and Vin squeezed through, pulling in a puff of mist behind her. She closed the window, then surveyed the room."More?" She asked incredulously. "You found more books?""Of course," Elend said."How many of those things have people written?" she asked with exasperation.Elend opened his mouth, then paused as he saw the twinkle in her eye. Finally, he just sighed. "You're hopeless," he said, turning back to his letters.And now there are new threats to the city-someone, presumably another Mistborn, is following her. At every turn she senses a dark figure standing menacingly above her on the rooftops, but he never makes a move. And every time she tries to chase him, she loses him. There are worse things, though. Now the mists are spreading into the daytime, seeping out from the night. And, more than that, the mists are producing palpable shapes that resemble something...sinister. And Vin feels it. When she attacks one, it numbs her arm causing shock she never could have imagined...and to top it all off?? Two armies are waiting outside the gates ready to attack the city, steal the throne.....and execute Elend. Poor Vin. Oh!! And did I mention a spy has infiltrated their inner circle?? But there's no way to know who....So, to say this book was amazing and tremulous and action-packed would be an understatement-in fact, this book is an understatement. Let me explain-It all unfolds so beautifully, so simply. Every little plot twist builds and builds, both out in the mist with Vin and inside the inner circle with Elend. While it's quiet and strategic with our dear King, things are hectic running around with Vin. Even when we could get bored, we don't. Sanderson interchanges, and mixes, Elend and Vin's problems so seamlessly that you can't get bored. Or I didn't, at least. And then it all comes to a head. It's all that simple. We wait, we wait, we see, we see, and then mix the potion a little and BAM! We have a wonderful 5 star story!!"And our differences?" Elend asked."At first glance, the key and the lock it fits may seem very different," Sazed said. "Different in shape, different in function, different in design. The man who looks at them without knowledge of their true nature might think them opposites, for one is meant to open, and the other to keep closed. Yet, upon closer examination, he might see that without one, the other becomes useless. The wise man then sees that both lock and key were created for the same purpose."I didn't skim. I wasn't bored for even a moment. And this heartbreaking tale tore my heart out more than once. I cried so hard near the end it bordered on hysteria. I didn't think 'ol Sanderson had it in him, frankly. Betrayals and lies, friendship and love, we see this hodge-podge group fight their hardest battle yet-they just thought things were difficult with the Lord Ruler. I am so nervous for book three because there is no way I will come out of this without more than a few tears...but when that time comes, I'll have to be strong. That's all there is to it.For more of my reviews, please visit: ***************************GOD DAMN IT, SANDERSON. THAT WAS NOT FUCKING FUNNY. Review to come

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads3.5 starsAnytime I'm reading fantasy for review, I take copious notes. In fact, most of the time, my review is pretty much written by the time I finish the book, I just need to make slight alterations to account for any last minute goings on.And I like that, b/c your average fantasy is 2 - 3x longer than any other book. Trying to go back after the fact and recall all the key details would be a nightmare.BUT.Brandon Sanderson has consistently thwarted me in this area. And by consistently, I mean every, single time.Why do you hate me, Mr. Sanderson? WHY?!If I were to rate a Sanderson book--any Sanderson book--prior to the last 20%, almost all of them would hover around the 3.0 star range. But unlike most books that benefit from higher ratings b/c OMG, THAT ENDING!, my experience with Sanderson has been very different. Yes, there is definitely an element of OMG and FEELS overwhelming your brain stem, making you instantly forget whatever had you feeling so MEH for the majority of the book, but that's only one small aspect of the turnaround. I'll get to the greater part in a minute.I've called Sanderson a master of misdirection several times, but I'm finding it to be especially true in this first MISTBORN trilogy.You know what happened last time . . . This time . . . it wasn't quite as drastic, but it had a greater impact on my overall reaction to the book.B/c initially, I didn't much like this one.We know from THE FINAL EMPIRE that the Well of Ascension is where the shit went down. The Lord Ruler traveled to the mountains of Terris as prophecy dictated to seize its power and defeat the Deepness . . . A power that wasn't meant to be contained but released, and in selfishly keeping that power to serve his own purposes, the Lord Ruler became the new Evil.With his death the Deepness is returning. His ominous last words proved truthful, and whatever had been holding it back is now absent. Strange shapes take insubstantial form and stalk the Mist by night, and by day . . . no longer banished by light, the Mist attacks and kills defenseless villagers.And Vin is drawn by a distant thrumming, a constant drum beat in the distance that only she can hear . . . calling her to the Well.You'd think that a journey across a land filled with various and dangerous threats would make for an excellent second installment, and it would have . . . if the book had been about a journey across a land filled with various and dangerous threats.But it wasn't. It was about about a city besieged by not one, not two, but THREE armies, one full of the remnants of one of the Lord Ruler's monstrous creations.It was about a naive manboy who needed to lose the boy and become a king. It was about a insecure girl who loves Manboy, but thinks he deserves far better than her. It was about grasping factions in a fledgling government and political scheming and backstabbing, and while that may sound marvelous in theory . . . After roughly 600 pages, it's dreadfully dull.Especially after an action-packed first installment, which brings up another complaint . . . This is the second time I've encountered a lackluster sequel in a Sanderson series, so while I'm not 100% that it's a pattern, it is 2:2 which dramatically increases the likelihood . . . It goes like this:Book 1 - first 80% can be slow and consists primarily of misdirection, false trails, etc. leading to the brilliant chaos of the last 20%. World-building and character development are typically enough to keep you engaged.Book 2 - favors political scheming over action, lots of agonizing(ly boring) soul searching, angst-fueled love triangle, and above all else, miscommunication and refusal to confront emotional problems directly.If this is a pattern, Mr. Sanderson, you need to break it. Sooners rather than laters, baby.But despite my annoyance with the lack of progress towards the ultimate goal being somewhat neutralized by last minute revelations (which, by the way, is as frustrating as it is gratifying), those revelations cannot mitigate how completely over I was the Vin/Elend relationship drama. Part of me feels like it would've been more honest to call this book: I'M NOT GOOD ENOUGH, HE'S GOING TO LEAVE ME, WHEN WILL HE LEAVE ME?, HE'S GOING TO LEAVE ME.Long, I know. Probably one of the many reasons they went with something else. But it would have been more accurate than THE WELL OF ASCENSION.And as I said, this is the second time Sanderson has done this to us. I'm baffled. This kind of teen-angsty melodrama has no place in adult high fantasy. NONE.But, also again, a handful of new characters (Zane and Tindwyl) and careful threading of impossible-to-detect-foundations for later plot twists kept it from being a total loss. (view spoiler)[Kind of difficult to stay angry about the lack of journey, when a journey isn't actually necessary. Not to mention that whatever Vin let loose from the Well apparently manipulated the whole prophecy into existence to orchestrate its release . . . Seriously, where does he come up with this stuff? (hide spoiler)]

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▓ Buddy read with Chelsea, Maria & Elena ▓Sorry guys. I'm DNFing this. While I can't deny that Sanderson is a great author, and that I adored his Legion series, I just can't cope with it. This book is depressing me. Why?▩ Too much telling rather than showing : See, I'm struggling to FOLLOW the fights because that's so wordy. Moreover, I can't help but get the impression that I'm told what characters feel and/or think about other characters and I wasn't feeling this in book 1. Take Elend for example. I LOVED him in The Final Empire, while here, I just read that he's a good man, read that he loves Vin and is loved by her, read that... ▩ I don't care : Seriously, it's driving me crazy because I really liked the first and here I. DON'T. CARE. tAbout the characters, about the plot, about the city - that's INSANE. ▩ The pacing is way too slow for me : Of course the way I handle the slow pacing is linked to what I feel for the characters, and that's why my opinion is biaised. Indeed when I read The Broken Empire Trilogy last week there were some parts which were really slow paced but I didn't mind because I loved Jorg and the storyline. While here, if you've read the paragraph above correctly, you know that I can't cope with the slow pacing. At all. I'm bored to death.To sum up, I didn't like what I read, but take my opinion with a grain of salt, because awesome and reliable friends are loving it - Sorry book, you're not for me. For more of my reviews, please visit:
—Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

This book goes something likes this:Elend and the group: Hey, we need to find a way to defeat these two armies, led by tyrants, who've come to conquer the city.Elend and the group:Yes, we should! But first, let us talk about it for 500 pages.Anyway, I've read many reviews that mention this book is slow paced, but to even describe this book merely 'slow-paced' is a big understatement. I think glacial pace describes it much better. You keep thinking it's going to pick up, after all, it's 700 pages, so what if it's slow for the first 200, but no, it had to be slow for nearly 600 pages. Nonetheless, I really liked how well everything ties up at the end. It was planned excellently.

My expression whilst reading, "The Well of Ascension": This Book dare I say, was even better than the first. I can not list the ways in which I love it. The world building, characters and plots twist was Euphoric. I... just... can' Brandon Sanderson Awesomeness as a writer. My only regret , is that it took me this long to read this masterpiece. My humble apologies Writing god (haha).I can't waste anymore time writing this ramble, I need to speed off and start reading book three. I must do this with great urgency ; )

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