The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
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I know some folks have said this book is not as good as the first, and I agree and disagree. Here’s why:
The first book was a bit confusing for me (although not nearly as much as other fantasy magic systems have been). I felt as if I spent a lot of it learning how things work and figuring out how to picture the descriptions. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did, but by the end of the book I was ready to dive into the second book because I knew that, now that I had the magic system down, I’d be able to jump into the story itself.
It’s easy to forget throughout the first book that Vin is just a girl – she’s a teenager, she’s young, she hasn’t had any sort of female influence in her life (except for a warped view of her dead mother). She’s confused, scared and she’s been thrown into a very impossible circumstance that’s demanding that she actually stand up and make herself heard and seen – which goes against everything her existence as a thief and a girl has taught her. For that very reason I loved the bit of romance thrown in and the triangle created between Vin, Eland and Zane. I loved that it showed her insecurities and that it reminded us that, although she’s a fierce assassin and a person who carries the majority of the weight of this story on her shoulders, she is still a teenage girl with the same teenage insecurities. That’s a big portion of why I loved this second book so much.
Another reason is that, in spite of knowing more about the factions and the characters (although still not as much as I would like), Sanderson continues to surprise me with very rationale reasons for the way things work and with twists and turns in the political structure of the world he’s created. Simply put, I never stop guessing. I LOVE that.
Now, what I didn’t like – it’s a short list and some pretty minor stuff actually. I want to know more about the actual characters surrounding Vin and Eland. I know those two pretty well by this point, but I was sad to see some of them dying off before I really got to know who they are. (Seriously? You had to take one of my FAVORITE dudes, Sanderson?) The book is long enough that more depth could be explored with these characters but I still feel as if I hardly know them and that they are pretty one-sided.
I’m looking forward to the third book, in fact, I’m forcing myself to write this review before I go pick it up. Very excited to see how this trilogy ends and I have already placed these books on my wishlist- unheard of for me when I haven’t read the entire thing yet.
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