Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire Three separate armies attack As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows I like a story that surprises me, and this series keeps doing it The ending of the last book was undoubtedly epic I don t know how Brandon Sanderson does it It felt like the closing chapter for these characters, but, in reality, it was only the beginning of the series The Lord Ruler s death could have been the ending, but he was only the surface issue Indeed, with his death a whole host of problems arose, and none of them are as simple as they appear This proved that the generic plot of th I like a story that surprises me, and this series keeps doing it The ending of the last book was undoubtedly epic I don t know how Brandon Sanderson does it It felt like the closing chapter for these characters, but, in reality, it was only the beginning of the series The Lord Ruler s death could have been the ending, but he was only the surface issue Indeed, with his death a whole host of problems arose, and none of them are as simple as they appear This proved that the generic plot of the first book was, in fact, a mere illusion Nothing is as straightforward as it looks in this world The survivors must work together The Empire is in complete turmoil Despite the Lord Ruler s tyranny, he did keep the empire together With him gone there is no anchor there is no fear there is only chaos Vin and Ellen must attempt to keep the city from descending into complete anarchy This is no easy task because without the ultimate symbol of power, others will come to take advantage The threat of three invading armies suddenly dawns on them They have no real defence they have no solid army All they have is their wits and a group of charismatic rogues to save the day And, if that threat wasn t enough, the shadow of a deeper enemy approachesThat s the point, isn t it We have to live on, no matter how hard it gets We ll win in the endThe plot turns and alliances twist, factions form and breakdown, whilstquestions are raised as to the origins of the Lord Ruler What power did he have to keep the people in line Why is this shadow only approaching now with his demise Surely, if he kept this evil at bay, he may not have been pure evil Well, that is what some of the characters begin to realise they begin to see that his reign of terror may have been for a purpose And, in this, resides my true reverence of this series Sanderson has disguised his novels he made the story initially look basic, in which it harboured the same tired old plot with seen several times sinceThe Lord of the Rings.Then, he slowly reveals what is actually happening, and at the same time shocked me to the core The awesome, awesome, characters Although this book is a little slow, in places, it s still fantastic The character development throughout this series is almost explosive In this novel Vin has become so muchthan she initially was Her training with Kelisar was merely the beginnings in her exploration of her capabilities her battle with the Lord Ruler changed her she has becomepowerful and confident she knows how to wield her powers in new and interesting ways she knows how to kill, and how to do it well In this, she has become the leader Kelisar s rogues She has filled the gap he left behind And, in addition, what happens to the bookish Ellen, at the end of the novel, changes a lot of thingsElend I kind of lost track of time Breeze For two hours Elend There were books involved He s a littlethat the book reading leader of the city now, I ll say no , but I really didn t see THAT coming This is such a great series that never fails to surprise me, as soon as I begin to predict the plot I should know that something else entirely is going to happen But, I ll keep trying anywayThere s always another secretKelsier The Mistborn Series1The Final EmpireA misty four stars2 The Well of Acsension A suprising four stars3The Hero of AgesAn awesome four stars Sorry in advance about the bad language but.WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK Okay, everyone just read this series, okay okay. The overall book is a solid 4 stars bUT THE LAST 100 PAGES IS 5 STARS NO QUESTION OMG I have only one word for this and it is no This was the most insufferably tedious book of my life And I loved The Final Empireit was exciting and had a con artist thing going on and magical wizard people with an epic magic system But now I ve gone from liking Sanderson to probably never trying a book by him again.EDIT 3 19 I ve had so much hate for this lmao write your own review instead of attacking me ok i also have heard sanderson has very homophobic beliefs and so i don t suppo I have only one word for this and it is no This was the most insufferably tedious book of my life And I loved The Final Empireit was exciting and had a con artist thing going on and magical wizard people with an epic magic system But now I ve gone from liking Sanderson to probably never trying a book by him again.EDIT 3 19 I ve had so much hate for this lmao write your own review instead of attacking me ok i also have heard sanderson has very homophobic beliefs and so i don t support his work It was freaking boring And I mean, absolutely desperately boring, to the point where like TWO SCENES ever happened Elend having long political discussions Vin punching people Over and over and over again Nothing happened in the first 500 pages Vin turned into a weeping willow Like the actual tree Except at least a tree doesn t spend so much time whining Where is the epic wizard we had in book 1 She spent all her time fussing over Elend, disbelieving that he loved her, wishing he could take care of himselfand then when he did grow a backbone she got offended that he didn t need her any I couldn t stand Vin and this breaks my heart because I used to like her Elend had A character development, but he also was also very honourable and I just ended up finding him tedious It was so frustrating reading him continually being all oh i know what s best for the politics here why are they rejecting me dude Pages and pages and pages of tedious meetings Like let s discuss politics Again, and again Let s come to no conclusions The small bright spot was Zane, a new mistborn character Who was crazy and like this annoyed me so much because his only personality trait was that he s crazy That s insulting I don t know if he had schizophrenia he heard God telling him to kill people but please stop lumping people with mental illness into this we have no personality, just craziness trope because it s harmful Did I mention the word tedious yet Because nothing ever happened Why didn t the orcs eat everyone Oh excuse me, the koloss But still That would ve made everything so muchfun Also it has the same plot as Steelheart Okay, granted, this came first, but it bothers me when an author can have two separate series and they have the same plot Book 1 take down an evil overlord Book 2 have a panic attack because the world can t function economically without evil overlord Book 3 be a hot mess Okay idek if the next Mistborn books will be a hot mess because I will not be reading on Also it was sexist Elend refuses to spar with Vin so he doesn t lose to a girl and therefore lose the last of his dignity There was only ONE FEMALE Vin for the first half of the book, and then the second female was just a servant type anyway Males everywhere Males blotting out the sun God rest their souls please, like, rest em Vin being given grief for not dressing like a female because you can t be feminine in pants, apparently LiKE THE LIST GOES ON AND I M SICK OF IT Why did the fight scenes have to be 9 chapters long Because you know what makes a fight scene fun and exciting When it s fast, succinct and powerful The details dragged the book down so badly.I won t be picking up Sanderson again Partially for this book, partially for the sexism problematic author beliefs If you like it good on you Me not liking it zero influence on your life