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Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Updated: Sep 11, 2021

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Mistborn ERA 1 (2/3)

Book World: The Cosmere


The story picks up a year after the events of Final Empire (the previous book). The plotline in Well of Ascension revolves around uniting the broken empire and trying to bring a sense of normalcy and stability before the impending doom.


The Well of Ascension unlike its predecessor is a slow-paced book at its core and deals with the Luthadel's internal political turmoil and packed with well-crafted action and dark alley chase scenes.


“Elend: I kind of lost track of time… Breeze: For two hours? Elend: There were books involved.”



I am not a fan of slow-paced books, but The Well of Ascension changed my mind, I discovered that there’s a lot of room for excellent characterizations within books that take their time to develop the characters and this book delivers on that arena greatly; this was especially true for Elend, Sazed and TenSoon.


In a lot of reviews readers have mentioned that they found the first half of this novel to be slow due lack of the thrill of action sequences, but for me, the mystery, the character developments, the magic system of Allomancy and Feruchemy, and the world of Scardial were more than enough to fall in love. The first half of the book was a beautiful journey if leadership, identity, relationships, love, friendships, 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.”

There was also an explosive new metal to burn for the Mistborn in this book: duralumin. This addition changed the trajectory of Allomancers in fights. It added a new layer of complexity for the magic system and action sequences in the trilogy.


Dear readers if you have not picked up the Mistborn Era-1 trilogy, do it now and get lost in the risky and misty streets of Luthadel with Vin.


Review for book 1 The Final Empire: Review: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (afictionate.org)


Happy Reading

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