Kelsier’s crew of thieves, mistlings and talented people have done the impossible and killed the Lord Ruler, but not without cost, as the man who masterminded the job, Kelsier, died as well. Now it is up to the rest of the crew including Kelsier’s pupil and former street urchin, Vin, and the man she loves, Elend, to build and run this new world. A year has passed and not all is as good as they thought it would be. Vin seems to be the only one who can see that the mists are acting strangely and she even sees figures in it since the Lord Ruler’s death. However, this is the least of their problems as three armies are approaching Luthadel, one made up of the fearsome beasts, the Koloss, all are hoping to seize the city and find the supposed hidden atium. With the city under siege, the is only a glimmer of hope that they will survive. Vin believes that finding the Well of ascension will solve their problems, however, no one knows where it is or what power it holds.
The Well of Ascension is the second in the amazing Mistborn series, which is full of politics, action and tension. Even though it is even longer than the Final Empire this really helps the world building and we get to really feel like we are in this world with the character we have grown to love.
Vin is very conflicted in this book as she does not know who she wants to be and what she wants to do, however, she is a young woman who has had to grow up really fast so it is not annoying and come across as true to life and adds growth to her character. I also like how we got to see more of Elend in this book compared to the last and it is nice to see him grow into a better king.
When you read this book make sure you have The Hero of Ages as well as you will want to read it straight away to see what happens next. I would recommend The Well of Ascension and the Mistborn series to people who like classic epic fantasy books which are not too dark.