The Well of Ascension

May 27, 2016

Mistborn #2. Author: Brandon Sanderson.


The Lord Ruler has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves. She is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely, and seem to harbor a vaporous entity that haunts her. Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It won’t get easier with three armies now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal. As the siege of Luthadel 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.

Content Review:

Sexual content: False rumors that a woman is a king’s mistress. // “Straff hadn’t brought all his mistresses with him on this trip – just his dozen favorites.” This king is, on perhaps three times, indicated to have intercourse with such a mistress. Once an older mistress starts to disrobe, trying to entice him, and he orders her to reclothe herself. Character is thrown out of a camp, another character jokes that he must have been caught in the general’s daughter’s bed. Woman was part of a breeding program in her youth, where she was forced to sleep with stranger after stranger until she became pregnant, over and over again. One hug. A married couple wake up naked in the same bedroll, implication of what happened the previous night fairly clear. 8 kisses, most of them very brief.

Language: 24 d***, 5 hell, 3 bloody

Violence: Not all of the violent incidents are noted here, as there were several battles with too many injuries/deaths to easily take. Most violence was not overly-detailed. Assassins attack, one is killed with a dagger, two have their necks broken, and two are basically shot with coins – the coins are ‘Pushed’ at them with such speeds that they go through the body. Two men beheaded. A character is eaten (off-screen and with no further detail) by a kandra. Character finds a village full of corpses, some killed by mist and others by starvation. Two beasts fight, one breaks the other’s neck. Assassins attack, one suffers a broken leg, one has his neck cut, one receives a dagger in the chest, one is attacked by a character with bare hands and has his eye popped out of the socket. Character smashes another’s head so hard it ‘explodes’. Character is suffocated by squeezing the neck. Character fights kioloss, kills it. Character is killed with a knife through hthe windpipe. Woman is strangled. Large city-wide battle.

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