Brandon Sanderson · Mistborn · Young Adult

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson


The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler – the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years – has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

As Kelsier’s protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.

Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won’t get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.

As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows (



The Well of Ascension takes place one year after the events of the previous novel. Elend is King of Luthadel, but his kingdom ends up becoming besieged by three different armies who want the atium that is supposedly stored somewhere in the city. The entire novel focuses on Elend trying to figure out what to do about these armies and how to save the people he worked so hard to free. Not only does he have to worry about this, but Vin and Sazed realize there is something terribly wrong with the Mists. There is also more information uncovered about the previous Hero of Ages among other things.

Even though the plot of the book seems simple and maybe a little boring, it wasn’t. Sanderson was able to make me interested in the novel from beginning to end; almost 800 pages! The pace of the book was absolutely perfect just as the previous novel. I never had to skim pages or skip them altogether because I found it uninteresting or slow. Just perfect!

Again, the plot was completely unpredictable. I had a feeling it was going to turn out a certain way and it did, but not in the way that  I thought. Also, I did not see that ending coming! OMG! I still don’t know how I feel about what happened to Elend. However, I was entirely satisfied by the ending and thought it was amazing!

I suppose I should mention the one thing that kind of bothers me. When Vin ends up in a fight I think it is almost a little too detailed. It could have been shortened just a bit without taking anything away from the novel allowing it to flow more smoothly. I love the magic system and have come to understand it more now, so in the second book I don’t need a step-by-step guide on how she fights with her Allomancy. At least these encounters didn’t become boring per se. I just thought they were a little too wordy, but how he writes these scenes really does give you a sense of urgency and I think that is why he explains everything.


I have very strong feelings for the characters in this book! I love some and despise others, which tells me that Sanderson really knows how to write some awesome characters.

Vin and Elend are my favorite characters, and I love watching them struggle with their relationship throughout the book. I love the way it turns out, but it took them awhile to get there. The relationship between Vin and OreSeur also develops and is quite interesting, especially towards the end of the novel when something I never suspected happens.

I liked reading about how Vin is getting incredibly good with her Allomancy and I thought it was really interesting that she was finding different types of metals to create new abilities. Her encounters with the mysterious Mistborn was interesting too, but I thought she was a little too trusting of him. Also, I liked being able to know what she was thinking, especially about having to kill people, etc. There is a lot of Vin reflecting on who she thinks she is in this novel and am glad that she seems to be figuring it out.

Elend is also an interesting character and we get to see a lot more of him in this novel. He spends a lot of time trying to figure out who he is, how to be a King, and his relationship with Vin, among other things. It was great to watch him develop into an amazing person by the end of the novel.

The other character that I really enjoy reading about is Sazed because I think he is so interesting. In this book we get to know a lot more about him, and he even gets his own chapters! I love him as a character and he is so well developed. By the end of the novel there are many changes going on with him and I hope to see that it all turns out in the next book.


Sanderson’s ability to write amazes me! He is so captivating! I love how well the story flows and how good he is at world-building. His magic system is so unique and incredibly interesting, and I can’t wait to read some of his other books!

Overall Thoughts

To find a series that has amazing characters, world-building, and an incredibly intersting plot that is also orginial is very difficult to find. That is why I highly recommend reading this series! It is incredible! Young adults and adults alike will really enjoy this book and it is a great way to get into fantasy! I can’t explain how much you have to read this book, but be sure to read the first book! READ IT!

My rating: 4.5/5 stars!

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My other reviews in this series:

The Final Empire

The Hero of Ages

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