The Well of Ascension: Book Two of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narrated by Michael Kramer
The Lord Ruler is dead, his thousand year reign ended and the kingdom freed from his brutal tyranny. But the Survivor, Kelsier, is also dead, and it is up to Vin, Elend Venture, and the rest of Kelsier’s crew to rebuild a new government. But it won’t be easy. Elend’s father has gathered an army to conquer the city for himself, and a rival lord from the North is also laying siege to the capital city. Complicating things further, an army of ferocious giant beasts is heading their way, too. As the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and the one who slew the Lord Ruler, Vin has become almost a god herself in the eyes of the people, and they are sure she can save them. But Vin has her own problems: the Mists are acting strangely and seem to be killing people more and more frequently, there is another Mistborn challenging Vin, a ghost-like creature seems to be stalking her, and she is hearing strange thumping sounds. As the siege of Luthadel draws to its height, an ancient legend may be the key to their salvation. But no one knows for sure what the Well of Ascension really is, or what it may do to anyone who finds it.
Book two of the Mistborn trilogy continues almost directly from The Way of Kings, and is as interesting and well-done as the first was. We meet many old familiar faces, and a few new ones. The plot is intricate and the action moves along well, with just a few slower spots. The setting is detailed, even though most of the action takes place within the city of Luthadel. The puzzle of the Hero of Ages and his- or her- connection to the Well of Ascension has enough twists that it had me sure I knew the answer until the end. (I was wrong.) The ending ties up the main plot points and leads the way into the third book without leaving the reader hanging at cliff’s edge.
Another well-written story from Sanderson, and one any fan of large, epic fantasy should enjoy.
After five years away, Kaili is coming home for the ceremony to install her sister as head of the family business. When an old rivalry threatens the family, Kaili and her partner need to use all their skills to save the sisters’ lives. Learn more here
A collection of six short fantasy stories set in varied worlds of magic and mayhem. Learn more here.
A short novelette set in a dystopian Earth after the final environmental collapse. Sam is a genetically engineered chameleon who may hold the key to mankind’s survival. Learn more here.
In a world reeling under the effects of severe climate change, food shortages are common, and arable farmland is scarce. Unscupulous distributors like Beni Oligowma take advantage of the shortages for their own gain. When a promising new technology for growing food even under the harsh conditions is unveiled, grocery store owner Frank is determined to see that everyone is able to benefit from the results, not just the Benis of the world.
Feed My People is a short story, set in a dystopian science fiction world, and is free. Learn more here
Demon hunters Johnny and Cerise travel to the small town of Carroll Fork where they find a demon-possessed thrift store, a sweet old lady who is more than she seems, and an army of underworld inhabitants. Can Johnny and his trusty yo-yo save the town from a devil of a problem?
Five and Daemon, the Yo-Yo Files #1, is a short novelette in an urban fantasy setting, with elements of the supernatural and humor. Learn more here
Things have been quiet. No demonic possessions, no otherworldly intrusions, nothing. And then Lucifer shows up in Johnny’s living room, claiming that two archangels are missing, and something is definitely not right in the heavenly- and other- realms. Saying he has nothing to do with it- this time- he asks Johnny and Cerise to help him find out what’s happening, and who is behind the disappearances. While they are trying to do just that, Lucifer is devilnapped by a larger-than-life serpent. He manages to get a clue to Johnny before he disappears. Johnny and Cerise are left to puzzle out the disappearances and try to find the missing angels. Oh, and stop what could mean the ultimate destruction of pretty much everything.
Snake’s Alive, the Yo-Yo Files #2 is an urban fantasy novelette with elements of the supernatural and humor. Learn more here.