The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land.
Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy. More worryingly still the mists have become unpredictable since the Lord Ruler died and a strage vaprous entity is stalking Vin.
As the siege of Luthadel intensifies the ancient legend of the Well of Ascension offers the only glimmer of hope. But no-one knows where it is or what it can do…
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It took me so. Damned. Long. To get into this book. I took a 6 month break between finishing book one and starting book two, and it took a further six months of picking it up and putting it down to get anywhere at all. I honestly don’t know what happened. I loved The Final Empire, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love the series as a whole, but for the first three hundred pages or so, my God, was this book slow. And boring. I’m sorry.
The all politics and no action beginning eventually gave way to some action, but for the most part I found that I learned a heap about the characters. I liked the intrigue of not knowing whether one of the Crew was a spy, and Vin’s relationship with Oreseur was a definite highlight for me. The glimpse into the history of the Kandra and their link to both the Lord Ruler and the Koloss probably shouldn’t have been what I found most interesting in an 800 page epic fantasy novel, but there you go.
So it picked up toward the end, but I’m not totally on board with what happened during the Final Show Down or the direction the story is heading moving into the final book. Add to that the fact that I’m not as enamoured with the whole Allomancy thing as most people, Elend and Vin’s relationship frustrates me and I still don’t feel like I know what half of the characters look like and you’ve got a reader who has invested significant time in a series but isn’t excited about the conclusion. I like the world and the writing (and the narrator, because I half listened to this on audiobook) so it’s pleasant enough to become immersed in the book, but somewhere along the way it lost some of its original magic.