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  1. says:

    Sorry in advance about the bad language but.WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK Okay, everyone just read this series, okay okay.

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    The overall book is a solid 4 stars bUT THE LAST 100 PAGES IS 5 STARS NO QUESTION OMG

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    I have only one word for this and it is no This was the most insufferably tedious book of my life And I loved The Final Empireit was exciting and had a con artist thing going on and magical wizard people with an epic magic system But now I ve gone from liking Sanderson to probably never trying a book by him again.EDIT 3 19 I ve had so much hate for this lmao write your own review instead of attacking me ok i also have heard sanderson has very homophobic beliefs and so i don t support his work It was freaking boring And I mean, absolutely desperately boring, to the point where like TWO SCENES ever happened Elend having long political discussions Vin punching people Over and over and over again Nothing happened in the first 500 pages Vin turned into a weeping willow Like the actual tree Except at least a tree doesn t spend so much time whining Where is the epic wizard we had in book 1 She spent all her time fussing over Elend, disbelieving that he loved her, wishing he could take care of himselfand then when he did grow a backbone she got offended that he didn t need her any I couldn t stand Vin and this breaks my heart because I used to like her Elend had A character development, but he also was also very honourable and I just ended up finding him tedious It was so frustrating reading him continually being all oh i know what s best for the politics here why are they rejecting me dude Pages and pages and pages of tedious meetings Like let s discuss politics Again, and again Let s come to no conclusions The small bright spot was Zane, a new mistborn character Who was crazy and like this annoyed me so much because his only personality trait was that he s crazy That s insulting I don t know if he had schizophrenia he heard God telling him to kill people but please stop lumping people with mental illness into this we have no personality, just craziness trope because it s harmful Did I mention the word tedious yet Because nothing ever happened Why didn t the orcs eat everyone Oh excuse me, the koloss But still That would ve made everything so much fun Also it has the same plot as Steelheart Okay, granted, this came first, but it bothers me when an author can have two separate series and they have the same plot Book 1 take down an evil overlord Book 2 have a panic attack because the world can t function economically without evil overlord Book 3 be a hot mess Okay idek if the next Mistborn books will be a hot mess because I will not be reading on Also it was sexist Elend refuses to spar with Vin so he doesn t lose to a girl and therefore lose the last of his dignity There was only ONE FEMALE Vin for the first half of the book, and then the second female was just a servant type anyway Males everywhere Males blotting out the sun God rest their souls please, like, rest em Vin being given grief for not dressing like a female because you can t be feminine in pants, apparently LiKE THE LIST GOES ON AND I M SICK OF IT Why did the fight scenes have to be 9 chapters long Because you know what makes a fight scene fun and exciting When it s fast, succinct and powerful The details dragged the book down so badly.I won t be picking up Sanderson again Partially for this book, partially for the sexism problematic author beliefs If you like it good on you Me not liking it zero influence on your life.

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    Re read on audio and just as awesome the second time Vin is still my hero Holy son of a biscuit eater THIS BOOK I loved it, loved it, loved it Sanderson tackled most of my feels in this book and YES I cried here and there but most of it was happy crying My dog even looked at me like I was crazy when I was laughing and crying and yelling YES at certain parts Vin landed softly on the damp cobblestones, watching as the mists began to form around her They puffed into existence as darkness fell, growing like tangles of translucent vines, twisting and wrapping around one another.The great city of Luthadel was still Even now, a year after the Lord Ruler s death and the rise of Elend s new free government, the common people stayed in their homes at night They feared the mists, a tradition that went far deeper than the Lord Ruler s laws Vin slipped forward quietly, senses alert Inside herself, as always, she burned tin and pewter Tin enhanced her senses, making it easier for her to see in the night Pewter made her body stronger, made her lighter on her feet These, along with copper which had the power to hide her use of Allomancy from others who were burning bronze were metals she left on almost all the time Some called her paranoid She thought herself prepared Either way, the habit had saved her life on numerous occasions.I love Vin and she grew so much in this book She had a very bad life growing up and Kelsier sob saved her from all of that and showed her how to be what she is A Mistborn An Allomancer who can burn all of the Allomantic medals and she became the most powerful Mistborn around Elend is the King but he wasn t doing such a great job He needed to be whipped into shape I think Tindwyl a Keeper from Terris did a wonderful job and getting Elend where he needed to be I feel Elend figured the rest out on his own and I began to love his character later on in the book Tindwyl nodded Sazed also mentioned your humility It could be an asset assuming you don t let it get in the way Now, I believe that your Mistborn has returned Elend turned toward the side window The shutter swung open, allowing mist to begin streaming into the room and revealing a crouching, cloaked form How did you know I was here Vin asked quietly Tindwyl smiled the first such expression Elend had seen on her face Sazed mentioned you as well, child You and I should speak soon in private, I think Vin slipped into the room, drawing mist in behind her, then closed the shutter She didn t bother to hide her hostility or mistrust as she put herself between Elend adn Tindwyl Why are you here Vin demanded Tindwyl smiled again It took your king there several minutes to get to that question, and here you ask it after a few bare moments You are an interesting couple, I think Vin s eyes narrowed Regardless, I should withdraw, Tindwyl said We shall speak again, I assume, Your Majesty Yes, of course Elend said Um is there anything I should begin practicing Yes, Tindwyl said Stop saying um Right Tindwyl had a lot of work to get the king where he needed to be but she did well So many of the characters I loved VinElendSazedOreSeurHamDocksonClubsSpookBreezeTindwylAllrianneSome of them didn t make it in the battles and that is sad but that is the way of the world I also really liked Zane but I loved the characters, I loved the book, I loved everything about it but a few things NOW ON TO THE SPOILER PORTION OF THIS BOOK DO NOT READ BELOW THIS LINE IF YOU HAVEN T READ THE BOOK Okay lets get down to the nitty gritty I m going to be all over the place with this so just bear with me Zane is the other mistborn that would visit with Vin and sometimes fight with her We find out that he is Elends half brother I really liked him and wanted him to be good but he had some major issues cause by their father that is was a complete jerk I really hated to see him die but it had to happen I certainly didn t see it coming Elend s father along with two other army s are parked outside the city, they all want to take over Luthadell so they can all have the atium It s a big time metal that lets mistborns see into others futures and when they are burning it they normally can t be killed Until Vin proved that wrong When Vin killed Straff Elend and Zane s father I was freaking out of my mind with joy I didn t like what happened to the horse but still It was freaking awesome that she finally took his sorry arse out Another camp had king Cett in it and he was just stupid, that s all I got But his daughter, Allrianne was pretty cool I liked her The last camp had an old friend of Elend as the leader and he had these monster things called Koloss, they were these blue giant things and they were not stable at all They killed each other as much as they killed other people He controlled them through money and luck, in the beginning anyway Most of the beginning of the book is learning about Vin and Elend, trying to get them where they need to be, learning things from Sazed and Tindwyl, figuring out how to defeat the armies and not knowing where the atium was in the city They never did find it so it seemed like they were all going to get killed for nothing Sazed really surprised me He was a Keeper but had some issues back home, but he still did his work But he freaking used all kinds of powers and turned into Hulk Sazed when it was time to fight the Koloss He was freaking amaze balls He had sent Vin, Elend and Spook away on a wild goose chase for the well of ascension and Vin had to rush back pun intended to help everyone The town was going to die without her She was so mad but she understood what Sazed was trying to do She got there in the nick of time The koloss loomed over Sazed, who still lay half sprawled in the bloody slush, and raised its sword Over the creature s shoulder, Sazed could see the red sun hanging just above the top of the wall He focused on that, rather than on the falling sword He could see the rays of sunlight, like shards of glass in the sky The sunlight seemed to sparkle, twinkling, coming for him As if the sun itself were welcoming him Reaching down to accept his spirit And so, I die A twinkling droplet of light sparkled in the beam of sunlight, then hit the koloss directly in the back of the skull The creature grunted, stiffening, dropping it s sword It collapsed to the side, and Sazed lay, stupefied, on the ground for a moment Then he looked up at the top of the wall A small figure stood silhouetted by the sun Black before the red light, a cloak flapped gently on her back Sazed blinked The bit of sparkling light he d seen it had been a coin The koloss before him was dead Vin had returnedJust typing that scene out gave me chills once again and made me tear up in joy Vin is bad to the damn bone, there is no doubt about that At one point after killing hundreds of the monsters, Vin figured out how to control them so that was even awesome I was really sad for Sazed for losing Tindwyl, they had finally admitted their love for each other in a sense and it was so sad to see him go through his grief I also hated that Clubs and Dockson had to die but this is what happens I dread to see how else will die in the next book Oh, I forgot to mention how much I loved OreSeur Vin s Kandra Kelsier had given him to her when he died and the kandra have contracts to do what you say They are slaves basically They take on forms of humans or animals by eating their bones after they are already dead They don t kill people themselves Vin at one point turned OreSeur into a wolfhound So awesome, but he wasn t happy about being a dog But he finally got used to it But then I find out that OreSeur was killed and replaced with Zane s kandra TenSoon to spy on Vin I was crushed, but it turned out that TenSoon wasn t so bad There is a lot to it but you can read about it Vin finds the well of ascension in the town It calls to her She s not supposed to be there Sazed tries to stop her but doesn t quite make it She goes into the well to save Elend s life her husband, yeah they got married in a quick little ceremony with Sazed while was stitching her up and she let loose something that wasn t supposed to be let loose on the world But she saved Elend and turned him into a freaking Mistborn I mean wow I can only imagine what s going to happen in the next book I m going to shut up now as I have left a long rambling review of this book It just thrilled me that much Thank you Brandon Sanderson for these characters I love so much MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List

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    A slow paced book containing an utterly powerful climax sequence a spectacular middle book for the Mistborn trilogy.When I first read The Well of Ascension, my experience was that I thoroughly loved it It s not until later that I discovered that apparently, a lot of people found the book disappointing Because of this, I was scared that my reread experience would be ruined Apparently, there s nothing to worry about Yes, it s slightly an inferior book in comparison to The Final Empire but my overall experience of this reread is that I found the book almost as good as the first time I read through it Picture The Well of Ascension by breath artThe Well of Ascension storyline took place a year after the end of the first book The majority of the plotline revolved around Luthadel being sieged from many sides and now, Vin, Elend, and everyone must do everything in their power to stop the upcoming threat also dealing with Luthadel s internal political turmoil The Well of Ascension at its core is a slow paced book that s very heavy on politics and making sure the characters motivation end up in the right set of mind before the final installment of the trilogy This resulted in a lot of talking, contemplation, with no actions at all However, despite all these, I was never bored I lost track of time like Elend did Elend I kind of lost track of time Breeze For two hours Elend There were books involved I never mind slow paced book as long that there are excellent characterizations in it, and in my opinion this book delivers on that front greatly this were especially true for Vin, Elend, Sazed, and OroSeur I know a lot of readers were bored because they found the first of the book too slow or uneven in pacing, which in a way is kind of true because it contained almost zero action sequences However, the mystery, the character developments, the magic system, and the world were than enough to give me joy I didn t think the 500 pages as useless or boring, it was an engaging and very well written exploration on leadership, identity, love, and faith 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 I won t lie that there was some scene that was unnecessary and yes, some part did go for a bit longer than it should but in my opinion, the slow and long build up truly made the last 150 pages explode in quality It s easy to believe in something when you win all the timeThe losses are what define a man s faith There was also a new metal to burn for the Mistborn her, duralumin This single metal expanded the magic system and action sequences of the trilogy exponentially Back when I first read the first book, I thought the magic system introduced in the first book was it for the trilogy I couldn t be wrong because Sanderson ceaselessly expanded the complexity of the magic system with each installment this includes the next book and Mistborn Era 2 The existence of duralumin made all the action sequences especially the last 150 pages in the book oozing with greatness it was similar to Attack on Titan battle scene, which means it was incredible.Picture Interior artworks for the The Well of Ascension Leatherbound edition by Charles Tan left and Miranda Meeks right In terms of world building, Sanderson also did a great job in utilizing the epigraph once again to explore the lore and the mystery aspect of the book Specifically on The Deepness and the Well of Ascension itself Plus, the nature and secret of the Kandra and Koloss revealed here were utterly beneficial in catching my interest in the book and never let go.Although the book contained some elements of the infamous second book syndrome, it was one of the rare cases where I still end up enjoying it, very thoroughly The first time reader of the book may not know it yet but The Well of Ascension served its purpose as a middle book installment whether the reader like the book or not that s another story In my opinion, Sanderson has set the stage for the transcending conclusion in The Hero of Ages magnificently with this installment and once again, even upon reread, I m still amazed by how much this book holds up for me You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions

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    Please don t hate me, but I just didn t love this one as much as the first As someone else described, I think it suffered from Middle Book syndrome , and really that s on me I almost always struggle with the middle installment of a trilogy, even if I 5 STAR Books 1 and 3 There were things I loved, but it felt like the flow didn t build as well in this one as before I will say that Sazed s plot line was the crown jewel of this book I adore that man and I love his development throughout as well as his struggle coming to grips with what he really believes Still very excited to read Hero Of Ages and will post a full review after we settle down from our move this weekend

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    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 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 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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    I like a story that surprises me, and this series keeps doing it The ending of the last book was undoubtedly epic I don t know how Brandon Sanderson does it It felt like the closing chapter for these characters, but, in reality, it was only the beginning of the series The Lord Ruler s death could have been the ending, but he was only the surface issue Indeed, with his death a whole host of problems arose, and none of them are as simple as they appear This proved that the generic plot of the first book was, in fact, a mere illusion Nothing is as straightforward as it looks in this world The survivors must work together The Empire is in complete turmoil Despite the Lord Ruler s tyranny, he did keep the empire together With him gone there is no anchor there is no fear there is only chaos Vin and Ellen must attempt to keep the city from descending into complete anarchy This is no easy task because without the ultimate symbol of power, others will come to take advantage The threat of three invading armies suddenly dawns on them They have no real defence they have no solid army All they have is their wits and a group of charismatic rogues to save the day And, if that threat wasn t enough, the shadow of a deeper enemy approaches That s the point, isn t it We have to live on, no matter how hard it gets We ll win in the end The plot turns and alliances twist, factions form and breakdown, whilst questions are raised as to the origins of the Lord Ruler What power did he have to keep the people in line Why is this shadow only approaching now with his demise Surely, if he kept this evil at bay, he may not have been pure evil Well, that is what some of the characters begin to realise they begin to see that his reign of terror may have been for a purpose And, in this, resides my true reverence of this series Sanderson has disguised his novels he made the story initially look basic, in which it harboured the same tired old plot with seen several times since The Lord of the Rings.Then, he slowly reveals what is actually happening, and at the same time shocked me to the core The awesome, awesome, characters Although this book is a little slow, in places, it s still fantastic The character development throughout this series is almost explosive In this novel Vin has become so much than she initially was Her training with Kelisar was merely the beginnings in her exploration of her capabilities her battle with the Lord Ruler changed her she has become powerful and confident she knows how to wield her powers in new and interesting ways she knows how to kill, and how to do it well In this, she has become the leader Kelisar s rogues She has filled the gap he left behind And, in addition, what happens to the bookish Ellen, at the end of the novel, changes a lot of things Elend I kind of lost track of time Breeze For two hours Elend There were books involved He s a little that the book reading leader of the city now, I ll say no , but I really didn t see THAT coming This is such a great series that never fails to surprise me, as soon as I begin to predict the plot I should know that something else entirely is going to happen But, I ll keep trying anyway There s always another secret Kelsier The Mistborn Series1 The Final Empire A misty four stars2 The Well of Acsension A suprising four stars3 The Hero of Ages An awesome four stars

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    Such a thrilling sequel.

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The Well of Ascension download The Well of Ascension, read online The Well of Ascension, kindle ebook The Well of Ascension, The Well of Ascension d782b066b449 They Did The Impossible, Deposing The Godlike Being Whose Brutal Rule Had Lasted A Thousand Years Now Vin, The Street Urchin Who Has Grown Into The Most Powerful Mistborn In The Land, And Elend Venture, The Idealistic Young Nobleman Who Loves Her, Must Build A Healthy New Society In The Ashes Of An EmpireThey Have Barely Begun When Three Separate Armies Attack As The Siege Tightens, An Ancient Legend Seems To Offer A Glimmer Of Hope But Even If It Really Exists, No One Knows Where To Find The Well Of Ascension Or What Manner Of Power It BestowsIt May Just Be That Killing The Lord Ruler Was The Easy Part Surviving The Aftermath Of His Fall Is Going To Be The Real Challenge