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book reviewn | The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson | Mistborn 2

the well of ascension brandon sanderson book cover mistborn 2Author: Brandon Sanderson
Title: The Well of Ascension
Series: Mistborn 2
Genre: Epic Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 590
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I’m always a little worried I won’t be able to recall people, their names, after I abandon series for too long. But so far that has never happened. If slow, you recall everyone eventually. And the second book of Misborn by Brandon Sanderson, the Well of Ascension, was so well written, that you’re practically reminded of everything. It’s a very well woven story.

About: Their God is dead. Killed by Vin who became part of Kelser’s, the Survivor’s religion. She became his heir, the one he trained and led against the Lord Ruler. Yet ash still falls from the sky, and the Mist once again became dangerous, killing, unlike the teachings Survivor preached. And if that wasn’t enough, a good, kindhearted and honest man now sits on the throne, Elend Venture. He tries his best to make everyone equal. But a honest man can’t be a good ruler, it seems, for very soon the Final Empire finds itself surrounded by armies. One of them – not even human. The only hope Vin now has is finding the legendary Well of Ascension that has supposedly given Lord Ruler his power. She could take it, she could set it free, she could fix this broken world…

Mine: This was… This was huge beyond any words. It was beyond any epics or myths I’ve ever read, no matter how layered and interwoven they were. What you were told at the start of the book might change from truth to lie by the end of it. Progress happens before our very eyes, characters grow, evolve, develop, and so do their stories. Truths get unearthed, lies get found, new foundations are built, all in the face of utter horror, destruction. Some were proud as gods, believing themselves too much. Others believed so little, and yet came this far. And then some preached lies, believing them truth. It was amazing.

The best thing I can compare this book too, for there’s nothing similar I have ever read, and I have read a lot by now, is Frank Herbert’s “Dune” but without the dragging flaws. It was very well paced, full of action, puzzles, mysteries, secrets to solve, and the reader is fully allowed to make their own assumptions, deductions, we’re allowed to solve it on our own. I happily give this book a 5 out of 5. It is hard for me to explain a book as huge as this one is, and for that I apologize. It was amazing, that’s all I can say. Definitely among my very top favorites now.

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Book Facts | Finally Translated | LT

I am a Lithuanian, and I have a book blog in Lithuanian, which is my native language, and I have started my “career” as a bookblogger over there too. Used to be I was a frequent guest at libraries, and was receiving, and finding news about new translations into Lithuanian, since it’s a privilege of English speaking world to not be concerned about being able to read a sequel of your favorite book and such. But as time went by, and I’ve started just skipping over the middleman by reading more and more ebooks (thanks to the fact that I started making my own money early, and bought a tablet early, since that’s also a serious blessing many don’t have, thus leaving them trapped with what choices they’re given, not the ones they can take), thus, books in English, I’ve gotten out of touch with the actual translations.

Now to find a book I loved – translated into my language is an adventure, usually experienced while in the bookstore, searching for new Witcher Saga re-print (we had them translated way before first game ever came out, but now we’re getting new shiny covers!) and so imagine my surprise, when I noticed not just one, but three familiar titles. So here’s what we’ve got, and I apologize for it’s probably irrelevant for absolutely everyone else:

 

ikalintatamsojeSarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury“, translated to us as “Trapped in the Dark“, which suits the narrative, so it’s absolutely fine, many translations have different titles from the original.

High Fantasy; Young Adult (adult/mature)

 

 

 

 

 

MiglosVaikai_PaskutineImperija_BrandonSandersonBrandon SandersonMistborn: The Final Empire“, translated the same as the original. I really loved this book, so I’m really happy they not only translated it, but gave it a very fitting cover too. We’re notorious with our lame covers, believe me, there’s something to celebrate here.

High Fantasy;

 

 

 

 

 

KaravalasAnd the last, but hopefully not least, Stephanie GarberCaraval“, translated to us.. Ugh, literally, I guess. As good as it can be, taking the circumstances. While I didn’t like this book much, I see value in it, and will be happy if someone picks it up, and it becomes their new favorite. As I said before, and will say many times again: it doesn’t matter what or how you read, as long as you read, you’re doing more than a lot of people out there, be happy, be proud, and love what you love.

High Fantasy; Young Adult (don’t take me on my word, I think it was PG)

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Brandon Sanderson – The Final Empire [Mistborn #1]

68428  As someone who does indeed love high fantasy, I get to read too little of it. Luckily, there’s book club. This time it was “Mistborn: The Final Empire” (Mistborn 1; ISBN 076531178X; 541p.; Goodreads) by Brandon Sanderson, with this wonderful cover on it. I hope someday I can get these. Personally I’m a fan of minimalism on book covers, I’ve seen way too much poor photoshop jobs to appreciate photographs and/or movie posters, but this is a piece of art.

During the day the world is slowly covered in black, sooth-like ash that skaa are always in a hurry to clean and tidy, lest it stains a nobleman, clogs the streets, or damages property. But the nights are far worse. At night world gets covered with thick, swirling, damp, and cold mist. Impenetrable, always moving, hiding things, beings, muffling sounds. Legends speak of mist wraiths, and everyone knows the noble Allomancers, also known as Mistborn, go out and train in the night. And Lord Ruler only knows what other horrors are out there. So if you were stupid enough to venture into the nights, find a safe place to hide, for you might very well not be allowed back into your home before the mists are gone. Everyone knows you might no longer be what you claim to be if the mist touches you…

This world is full of odd and unique magic. Some swallow metals and burn them inside themselves, getting such abilities as pushing, pulling, emotion soothing, physical strength and many others. Other people can store memories, strength, youth even, in their metals. Lowest of the low, skaa, have none of it. Unless, that is, someone disobeyed the law, and mingled with them. And that all only scratches the surface!

Main heroes both live in a city with their God, Lord Ruler. He might have once been a man, but he is no longer. They don’t fall in love, but rather form an extension for each other to grow trough. And best of all, they’re both willing to try and make this Final Empire topple, hopefully upon its God.

I love how characters are in this book. They have their own lives, their views, and yet they’re able to adapt and make decisions reader doesn’t anticipate. I love how different it all was, and how well it was presented, without pages after pages of dry explanations. You, entering this world, are allowed to experience it, and learn on your own, without confusion, without burdens. I must give this book a solid 5 out of 5, merely because such books are a rare treasure to find. As much as some… happenings and plot twists had made me sad, so much I have loved everything that happened there.

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