Wednesday, February 3, 2010
This book, Brandon Sanderson's The Well of Ascension, is the second book in the Mistborn trilogy. I started reading this series originally because Brandon Sanderson is going to be the key speaker at a conference I'll be attending next week. But I continued reading it because I really enjoy the books.
These are true fantasy. I realize I use that description a lot. To me, true fantasy is a book that spends almost equal amounts of time building a government and a world as they do with the plot and characters of the book. So as a reader you find out every nuance of the world they've created. In a YA fantasy or contemporary fantasy, I've heard it say that as the author you should know every detail of your world, but that doesn't mean your reader has to know. In a true fantasy, like this one, the reader knows a lot.
Anyway, with that description in mind, this book might not be for you if you don't like to be weighed down by all the details. I personally think the book could move along at a faster pace if some of the unnecessary details were left out, but I only say that because I read way too much YA and I've been spoiled. :) But, having said that, I really enjoy this series. The idea is unique and the twists are brilliant. His main characters are something he calls Allomancers, which means they can burn metals (that they swallow) and do all sorts of really amazing things with these metals--influence people's emotions, strengthen their muscles, push objects, etc. Which makes for some really cool fighting. And Brandon Sanderson is the King of writing a fight scene.
So, if you like a good fantasy book, with plenty of action, and even a little romance, you'd really enjoy these books. (That was my Reading Rainbow line. Do you remember the book reviews on Reading Rainbow?)