Book Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

6547260Edition: Paperback, 763 pages
Published by: Gollancz, 21st August 2007
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Fiction, High Fantasy
Completed: 9th June 2016

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’s going to be so hard to review this book without spoilers, as there is a hella lot to talk about! But I’m going to try and keep this spoiler free πŸ™‚

In a nutshell, the plot is centred solely around three armies who want to take Luthadel because they want the atium; therefore Vin, Elend and the crew will to do whatever it takes to protect it. This book challenges Elend’s leadership skills, as he’s in a position where people will look up to him. As you can tell from the title, this book is also about the mystery of The Well of Ascension, especially with the prophesied β€˜hero’ and the deepness. Continue reading “Book Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson”

Book Review: Mistborn, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

6547258Edition: Paperback, 647 pages
Published by: Gollancz, 1st October 2009
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Fiction, High Fantasy
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 20th April 2016

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed.

For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader. Hope is long lost, until a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa in the depths of the most hellish prison and discovered he has the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, Kelsier will turn his talents to the ultimate caper: one with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Only he’s not just planning the greatest heist in history, he’s plotting the overthrow of a divine despot.

Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks like a long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

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Mistborn is set in a world where ash constantly falls from the sky and this empire is ruled and controlled by a dark lord called the Lord Ruler and who is known as known as God of this world. There are two different classes – the lower class and the upper class. The lower class are called skaa – people who are enslaved. The upper class are called the nobles and they have access to this magic called allomancy, which involves swallowing and burning certain metals such as copper, zinc and pewter to enhance super strength and gain abilities. A normal allomancer can only use one power, but if they are able use up all metals, which is rare, then they are called a mistborn.

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