The Well of Ascension | Brandon Sanderson

Middle volumes of a trilogy are supposed to be weak. They advance the plot to setup the finale without the same sort of world-altering excitement of volume one or climactic rage of the final installment.

The Well of Ascension is not your typical middle book. It’s The Empire Strikes Back of trilogies (and everyone knows Empire was the best Star Wars flick). True, it advances the plot without the same sort of urgency or climax of volumes one or (I would suspect) three. It is a game-changer in the Mistborn world, though.

The book is centred on a simple question: what do the heroes do with the world after the big bad evil is defeated? Sanderson plays with and challenges classic fantasy paradigms that will leave you scratching your head in amazement after you’ve read the last page.

The character development of Sazed is an unexpected treat. The way Sanderson explores his style of magic is breathtaking.

Needless to say, I’m firmly hooked and have already started The Hero of Ages.

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