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These are the first two books in the Mistborn trilogy.  I'm trying to read all three of them before The Gathering Storm comes out so that I can get a sense of how Sanderson handles long, multi-novel plot arcs.  My feelings on the matter so far?  Guarded optimism with several niggling caveats.

14. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

 

Oh so many spoilers. Yes, including the big one at the end.  )



15. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

 

On to book two and more spoilers.  )

 

To sum up: Sanderson is often very good at complicated relationships between people and races that don't understand each other very well.  This bodes well for his foray into the WoT world. However, he has lots of scene with people standing around and talking and planning rather than actually doing.  This worries me.  The WoT series is already very talk-y.  It doesn't need any more of that than it's already got. He also tends to give big events less focus than I think they deserve, and that worries me as well.  But, to end on a positive note, he's really good about describing the workings of "magic," staying within the rules he establishes, and explaining new developments in a plausible way.  That's key for anyone who's going to try to be writing about saidin and saidar for fans who have been meticulously paying attention to how they work for going on twenty years now (Eye of the World was published in 1990…).  I'm hoping that Mr. Jordan's plotting and notes and the experience of having written a trilogy like this one already will alleviate some of the problems I've mentioned.

I don't want to make it sound like I didn't like these books... I liked them very much.  I think I'm just getting to be a more critical reviewer in my old age. (Old age being just shy of thirty, in this case... though I feel much more crotchety than that.)

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