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The Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson

stellathereader's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

This book should be called Vin Battles Imposter Syndrome.

This book is completely different from Mistborn so if you liked the first book, you way very well dislike this book. If you wanted a tense "good vs evil" book like the first, you will be disappointed. However, if angsty political intrigue is your thing, then this book is for you. 

I think this book is just okay. The Found Family aspect of the first book was diluted in this book, and it was really hard for me to care for any of the characters. The reason I think the book is rated highly us due to the revelations in the last 100 pages. However, you will need to get through 650+ pages to get there, hence the 2-stars. 

breaven's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

certainlyceline's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

groovyleviathan's review

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challenging dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

vvicca's review

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3.0

3.5

the last 100 pages ... :0

afsperez's review

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adventurous

4.0

Not quite so impressed with this book as I was with the first, but still enjoyed it very much. The ending was especially satisfying, seeing all that setup and payoff and how everything just clicked together. One thing about Sanderson's slow-burns is that they make the ending climax that much more powerful since we've been simmering in the tension for so long.

I also like how many of the elements from the first book were still very present in this one, such as the log book. And information from the first book was key to resolving the mystery of the second book. It makes the series feel continuous and interlinked, and I suspect that rereading it will be pretty fun since it'll be full of hints for things to come.

My critique from the first book about the lack of subtlety still stands in this one. I swear, if they had made one more comment about Vin's dress-wearing dilemma, I would've stormed out of the room. We got the message the first time, it was actually a pretty good message, however the charm started to wear off once it had been repeated 20 times from 4 different POVs.

aylat__'s review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

maevecorr1104's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

maryhasalittlezoo's review

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adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

setgalvin22's review

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adventurous tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25