***If you haven’t read the previous Mistborn book (I’m looking at you, husband), then read no further. Major spoilers lie ahead***
The Well of Ascension is the follow-up to Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn: The Final Empire, and the second installment of the Mistborn series. The epic fantasy novel picks up a few months after the events of the first. Elend Venture is now king of Luthadel, and must fight to keep his position without going against his morals and deeply held beliefs. Vin is now a trained and very apt mistborn who is still searching for who she really is. The surviving members of the Kelsier’s crew are also part of this new adventure, each one having their part to play in this new kingdom.
Political intrigue, war, and mysterious prophesies come together to make this story compelling. Combining that with well-written characters and a magic that’s unique to the genre (Allomancy and Feruchemy), and you have a successful book. I love these characters, their world, and the complex story, which is why this series has quickly become one of my favorites. I just hope that the third book (and the subsequent stand alone novel) can maintain this level of awesomeness.
I can definitely see why Sanderson was the one picked to take over the Wheel of Time Series after Robert Jordan’s passing. The Mistborn books are long and involved. They’re wonderful for people who like a little political maneuvering with their epic fantasy, but they’re not for everyone.