My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Final score is 4.5/5 stars)
What tells you I am liking this series? I am steaming through the trilogy, that’s right! Really liked The Last Empire, and I liked this one too quite a lot! This series is a very solid fantasy and intrigue one, with sprinkles of politics here and there.
In this book we get quite some more politics, and interesting parties enter the scene. Also, we get a closer look into old characters that only came in passing in the first book (Straff anybody? He’s so Tyrion Lannister… absolutely fantastic).
Quite some unknown Lore and story from the first book gets slowly revealed, but only little by little, and the sense of danger is definitely present in this book as well. What is the mist? What does it want? Is it sentient?
To do a similar bullet-point summary as last time, here goes a list (in no particular order) of what I liked, and what I liked less.
What I liked:
- The politics, and the many different parties involved. The sense that money, power and control are first, and peasant’s well-being comes a long 4th in order of priorities to most parties involved.
- The kandra, the contract. Very nice to get a bit more into detail into this.
- Zane and his “inner voice”. This is gold. And his relationship with Straff is even better, I love it.
- Allomancy keeps being an extremely interesting magic system. I like that we as readers get to know more and more about it, together with the characters, and that there is apparently more to learn about it.
- Elend’s transformation from idealistic brat to charismatic leader.
What I liked less:
- Vin’s annoying voice at times. I get it, she has a heavy weight on her shoulders. But the whole romance confusion is plain boring.
- The koloss. How something so important was not even mentioned in the first book? Perhaps I didn’t pay enough attention, but then it would be Sanderson’s task to get them across to the reader. How something so central in this book is absolutely new is beyond me.
Rated this basically the same as the first book, and have jumped straight to the third installment of the series. This speaks to Sanderson’s addictive writing style, which keeps me hooked for more every time I read. It is action packed. I want to know more. Sometimes I wished my train commute was a tad longer 😀