Published: August 21, 2007
Synopsis: One year after the events of The Final Empire, Vin and Elend must deal with three armies coming to take control of the hard won Luthadel and with the mists that are changing since the Lord Ruler’s death.
**Note: There will be spoilers from The Final Empire, so if you haven’t read that book first, be warned!**
I was so excited to read this book after finishing The Final Empire, and it did not disappoint! I love this story and the world so much, like they are so fascinating to me. Brandon is so deliberate in the way that he wrote these books and I love it. I think it was interesting that there was a one year time skip between these books. Honestly, it didn’t really feel like it was a full year to me, but maybe only a couple months instead.
I really enjoyed the expansion of the world in this book. We get to learn more about Allomancy and Feruchemy, as well as some new creatures like the koloss and the kandra. My favorite thing about the magic in this book is that it isn’t very complicated, but the applications of it can be really creative!
I really like Vin in general, but I did get pretty frustrated with her and Elend in this book because a lot of their relationship problems would have been solved if they just talked to each other about it rather than stewing on it. I do think they both had interesting character arcs in this book! Seeing Elend grow from a purely scholarly guy into more was nice. I also enjoyed the political things that went on in this book. Normally, political happenings can go over my head, but it was interesting and not hard to understand.
My favorite characters from this book were OreSeur and Tindwyl. OreSeur’s relationship with Vin was just so good and I looked forward to every scene were they could kind of just sit and talk. I was so excited when Tindwyl was introduced because there is finally another female character! I really loved her strength and it was interesting to see another person from Terris.
My two biggest complaints about this book is that there are still not enough female characters (only 3 in this book) and that the end was a little confusing. I’m not sure if that is because I read it too fast or if more things will be answered in book three, but I definitely don’t understand it as well as I could.
I am so excited to read book three to see how this all ends!