The Well Of AscensionThe Well Of Ascension
Author : Brandon Sanderson
Series : Mistborn
Genres : Fantasy, High fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : December 10th 2009 by Gollancz (first published August 21st 2007)

This is the sequel to The Final Empire. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the previous book.

Goodreads’ synopsis : 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.

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It was with a great pleasure that I picked up this book! The Well Of Ascension is the sequel to The Final Empire, which I adored !

I loved this sequel !
There’s a lot of characters’ development, it’s action packed, fast paced. This is darker than the previous book, but there’s always some funny moments.
This book is more political than The Final Empire, but not in a boring way. It’s well balanced between epic scenes and politic scenes.We get to see the birth of a democracy, its first steps and its first falls.

There are so many plot twists in this book ! I wasn’t expecting things to go this way, not at all !
Allomancy is still a topic I love to read about !

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

I also like the fact that Kelsier’s influence is still shadowing each one of them. Ham, Clubs, Dockson, Spook, Breeze, he changed them all and for the best. He is also responsible for Vin’s newly found trust in her friends.

Characters :
In this book, Vin is struggling with her doubts. She thinks she’s not the right person for Elend. She meets Zane who is a powerful mistborn, just like her.
Elend, on his side, never fails to trust and support her. Elend’s development is really interesting. He is the one that changed the most. Probably for the best.
Oreseur is also an interesting character. We can see how Vin affects what he thought was true.
Sazed has also his own development. As a terrisman he is supposed to stay clear from all things politic. But Sazed is a rebel at heart. In this book, he becomes less a scholar and more a plain human. But let’s face it, he will always be a scholar ! He loves the knowledge too much to stay totally away from his duty.
Marsh is cloaked with mistery. I hope we’ll learn more about his actions in the next book.

A man was defined not by his flaws, but by how he overcame them.

Brandon Sanderson’s writing style is wonderful ! This book is huge and yet you find it not big enough for your taste !

5 stars

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About the author

Brandon sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris , the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law , Warbreaker , and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance , the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light , in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series were released by Scholastic, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor s Soul , were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brings two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.



  1. I love this series so much. I agree with what you say about this one being more political but it’s still so interesting. I love the political maneuvering, it felt like a game of chess. Elend is also my favourite character of the series and I found that this book really belonged to him. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book as much as I did.

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