I think if I hadn’t been working out as I read the last few pages of The Hero of Ages I would have cried my eyes out. Such a monumental, moving ending. To say this story is epic hardly begins to describe it and almost seems like a cheap characterization because that term is thrown about so much these days. Yet I don’t know what other word could even come close to capturing the scope of this book. Sanderson has spun an action-packed tale with many elements of fantasy but there is so much more being explored through the conflict – faith, religion, philosophy, leadership, cycles of life and death, birth and renewal. I could hardly stand to put the book down, especially as I got closer to the end. This is not a story that you read simply for lighthearted distraction; it is thought-provoking and profound. I’m tempted to think I might read it again some day. Re-reading books has never been my forte but this seems like one that would be worth savoring again someday.
Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.
~ Brandon Sanderson, The Hero of Ages
The Well of Ascension is an outstanding second installment of the Mistborn series. I could hardly put it down. There’s just not much I can say about the book. It’s too complex to give you a well rounded, yet brief plot summary. Suffice to say, it’s a massive story of good vs evil, played out by a wide range of well developed characters, filled with battles, strategy, idealism, philosophy, intrigue, and magic. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend the series to any fantasy lover who hasn’t picked it up yet. Can’t wait to read book three, but going to take a break and read something else in-between, just to mix things up a bit.
A man can only stumble for so long before he either falls or stands up straight.
~ Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension
It has been a long time since I’ve read a book so impressive. Mistborn is phenomenal. Many fantasies that I read are intriguing, gripping, engaging on many levels but there is so much more to Mistborn. I’m not sure I can even find the words to express my feelings while reading it. I could hardly put it down over the past week. The action of the story is laced with philosophical meaning. Even though I couldn’t stop reading, I often put the book down for a few minutes before reading the next section or chapter, to give myself a few moments to digest the message of the last few pages. To all my fantasy loving friends, if you haven’t read this series yet, put it on your list to read. I’ve had it on my list for 2-3 years and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. It’s that good. I’m eager to dive into the next installment but don’t have a copy. I have other things on my shelf not read, so now I must decide…choose something else and take a break from the series, or hunt down a copy of The Well of Ascension and keep reading. Decisions, decisions. 🙂
There’s always another secret.
~ Kelsier, Mistborn