Image of The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2)


Image of The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2)

Sanderson's hallmark
is to take traditional high fantasy tropes and turn them upside down, and he doesn't
disappoint here. Vin's a beautifully realized protagonist whose struggles
are wonderfully written and, as
always, the worldbuilding is unusual
and compelling.

The peasants have overthrown the Lord Ruler, there's a new king and Vin has no idea what to do without Kelsier, who masterminded the revolution. Feeling overwhelmed at the task of rebuilding society, she wanders the mists at night, dueling with another Mistborn and trying to figure out her relationship with Elend, the idealistic young king.

Then the city comes under siege -- both from Elend's father as well as an army of terrifying creatures known as the koloss. And Vin's haunted by something in the mist -- something that wants her to go to the Well of Ascension and release a power that promises to save her world. (Tor, Aug., 592 pp., $27.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs