There is a world where creativity is only an idea, and slavery is commonplace. A place where people can draw special powers from the metals of the earth and where an evil tyrant rules. Well not anymore. After the Lord Ruler was overthrown, the rebellion scrambles to take up rule. This is where our story begins. Before I start, I have to explain some details in order for this to make sense. Allomancy, is the ability to burn metals and gain special powers from them. Each metal has its own special ability. Metals such as tin enhance your senses while metals such as pewter enhance your physical strength. There were twelve known metals; iron, steel, tin, pewter, brass, zinc, copper, bronze, atium, malatium, gold, and electrum. This is enough information to make my analysis understood. If anyone reading this has questions, ask.
Now you may be wondering why I said there were twelve known metals, and if you didn’t you’re looking back now. The reason for me saying this is not just a tense issue, but the reason that the Mistborn series is so great, its surprises. Some books that I have read are very predictable, but with the Well of Ascension this is not the case. In a way the book is similar to a pick your own adventure book. There are so many different ways the book could turn in just a few short pages.Though it is not you who is making the decisions but Brandon Sanderson. He makes you feel that you are opening a gift every page.
One case of this is the reason that I said there were twelve known metals. Vin, the main character, realizes that there are more than just twelve metals. Sadly the reader does not know this until suddenly she accomplishes her task. This new metal allows for many new abilities that she can achieve. Before this point you had no idea that there might have been anymore metals and had accepted the twelve. This is a total surprise and took me off guard. Most people would think that it was the author’s mistake for not mentioning there was a probability of a new metals beforehand. This is not how I see this. Books are great because of their surprises not because of the absence of them. This is just one of many of these exciting plot twists in the Mistborn series. Due to spoilers I do not want to share anymore than I have.
There is another reason that The Well of Ascension and Brandon Sanderson are perfect. This is the changing of character perspective. With a different character every chapter, you get to know as many as eight people by the first half of the second book. Though this may get confusing, once you get into Sanderson’s style switching between characters is a breeze. This also does not allow for boredom to accumulate over one character. Knowing these many people’s thoughts allows the reader to really step into the world of the Final Empire.
So with surprising events and the changing of characters, there is no way to know what is on the next page. Explore this amazing page turner by Brandon Sanders after you read the first book, Mistborn. I can tell you, you won’t be sorry.