Monday, February 9, 2015

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn 2) by Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Following a fantastic opening book such as The Final Empire, there is always a fear that the next one won't be so good. That the author can't keep the pace, plot twists, and action going. The Well of Ascension put all of that aside for me. The characters continued to grow, and I don't remember a single time being pulled out of the story thinking, "that guy wouldn't have said or done that." The overall plot is also completely supported, with very few holes, although with plenty of intrigue for the final book in the series.

If I were to lodge a small complaint, it would be with the mechanics of allomancy. Again, it is a sign of respect, and a huge compliment in my mind, to have people get so into your world to have nerdy concerns about some of the mechanics. So here we go: If I push off of something, and it is anchored, or against the ground, I can push away and my body would fly the opposite direction. Got it. But a coin lying on the ground is not anchored. Pushing even slightly to the side would send the coin skidding over cobblestones to one side or the other. I think Kelsier explained this to Vin in the first book, but as they continue to fly around, I don't think it would be plausible to do what they do. Again, I don't see this as a huge negative. Skeptics like myself have even more questions about how the real world works, so my question is another sign of just how good this book is.