I hope you’ve all read the review for The Final Empire because this is the second book in the trilogy; The Well of Ascension.
A terrible evil has just been defeated, the battle has been won. But the war has only just begun…
They succeeded in doing what no one else could do before. The defeated the Lord Ruler, a tyranic being whose rule over the lands have lasted a thousand years. But what of our heroes?
“The Lord Ruler had been…everything. King and God, lawmaker and ultimate authority. He had been eternal and absolute, and now he was dead.”
Vin is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. She spends her days and nights with a kandra, Ore Seur, by her side – much to her displeasure. She prides herself on protecting the city but more importantly protecting the one she loves, Elend Venture.
“I am also afraid, however, that all I have known – that my story – will be forgotten. I am afraid for the world that is to come. Afraid that my plans will fail. Afraid of a doom worse, even, than the Deepness.”
Elend is now king, but with three armies outside the city walls, assassins entering the city every night and more trouble brewing on the horizon, how long will he stay in power? He loves Vin and despite having marriage proposals turned down, he must somehow build a healthy new society in the ashes of the fallen empire.
“A man can only lead when others accept him as their leader, and he has only as much authority as his subjects give to him. All of the brilliant ideas in the world cannot save your kingdom if no one will listen to them.”
When all hope seems to be gone and there’s nothing left to do, an ancient legend brings the slightest glimmer of hope, but that’s all you need right? The Well of Ascension. But does it really exist; and if it does, where can they locate it and what powers will it bestow?
“She had accepted her place as a knife. But what was a knife, but another tool? It could be used for evil or for good; it could kill, or it could protect.”
But legends can be confusing and tricky to translate and one mistranslation could prove costly…
“In the end, my pride may have doomed us all.”
Who would have thought that ending the Lord Ruler’s reign and killing him was the easy part…
“He commanded kings, and though he sought no empire, he becomes greater than all who had come before.”
I honestly love Vin, Elend, Ore Seur and Sazed’s characters and their relationships with each other. I love how they are written because it honestly makes you want to be on their side and fight with them. Vin reminds me a lot of Arya in Game of Thrones – a solo heroine, priding herself as protector, guardian and killer.
I preferred this book to The Final Empire. It was faster paced, more action and more intrigue – you weren’t sure what was going to happen next, what decision would be made or if people were who they said they were.
You go through a range of emotions reading this book – sadness, shock, love, joy, anger. A book that makes you feel and a book that enables you to feel connected to its characters and its plot is an excellent book indeed – that is why I give this book 5 stars.
“Books have great value…”
“Actions have greater value.”
You can find this trilogy on Amazon
Until next time where I will be reviewing the final book in the trilogy, The Hero of Ages.