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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing sequel. It picks up towards the end, but getting there was a battle..., 23 Mar 2013
This review is from: The Well of Ascension: Mistborn: Book Two (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoyed the first book and this series had been recommended to me by a number of people, so I was hoping this would be like the first book: readable with an original and compelling storyline. Unfortunately this was not my experience...

I think the fundamental problem with this book is that it seems confused about whether it wants to be a fantasy epic or a romance novel. It should want to be a fantasy epic! In book one I felt pretty neutral about Vin and Elend (she was obviously the tortured heroine, he was obviously the hero with much to learn, I assumed there would be a bubbling of romantic tension while the story got on its way...). The characters are very clunky and one dimensional anyway, there is no subtlety in any of the character development, and nearly HALF THE BOOK is taken up with insecure adolescent musings.

'Does he love me? Do I love him? Does he know that I love him, or if I know that I don't know that I love him? Maybe he just loves me because I love to wear ballgowns. But do I really love to wear ballgowns? I just don't know!'

This frustrated me for a number of reasons:
1. If I wanted to read a book about badly written teenage romance, then I would have chosen to read one of any number of books in that genre that already exist
2. This actively detracted from the story. I found myself wishing that something terrible would happen to one or the other of them so that the story could continue in a different vein, except that would have inevitably resulted in the remaining teenage character moping for the rest of the trilogy
3. Don't build a strong heroine character only to knock her down, essentially, because being female means that saving the world is secondary to boyfriends and lipstick

On the upside, Ore'seur and Sazed are still interesting characters, and when the story does pick itself up again it's gripping again. I was this close to giving up halfway through though...
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