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The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
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Feb 12, 2011

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bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, adult, epic-fantasy, cosmere
Recommended for: fans of The Final Empire and Mr. Sanderson
Read from February 22 to March 09, 2011

Honestly? I was just a little underwhelmed. I'd really become overhyped on The Final Empire because I found it so utterly fantastic I started to fangirl a little bit. The Well of Ascension took way too long to happen. The entire novel was hinting at the main plotline and focusing on other things and I found myself bored way too often, having to force myself to keep reading. And you know? I was going to give this book a 3 star rating. Not terrible, but nowhere near Final Empire stands. It was the ending that really saved this book. Finally, the story the book was named after shone through the warring and politics and things seemed less hopeless, and my interest was captured again. Not soon enough to save my opinion of the novel as being "okay, worth reading if you liked the first one, but if you didn't don't bother", but enough to crank it upto a 4 star rating.

The shocking events that had me in tears (shutup, I get emotional with these things) in The Final Empire barely impacted me in The Well of Ascension. The point of view, whilst I see the sense in flickering between people, perhaps flickered between too many characters, to the point that some scenes felt a bit damp as a result. If they'd been shown from somebody else's point of view, I think they'd have had a lot more impact.

Although, that being said, I did not see those last 30ish pages coming. I can be quite slow to notice twists, and I suppose one of them I had picked up on earlier on and then forgot about, but the big one - did not see that coming. Well done, Mr. Sanderson for renewing my faith in this series at the last minute!

Edit: Changed my mind on the rating. Though I loved the ending, I think this one deserved a 3 overall.
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Evgeny My thoughts exactly. The second book is underwhelming.

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