The following is commentary, written by Brandon, about one of the chapters of MISTBORN: THE WELL OF ASCENSION. If you haven’t read this book, know that the following will contain major spoilers. We suggest reading the sample chapters from book one instead. You can also go to this book’s introduction or go to the main annotations page to access all annotations for all books. For those who have read some of MISTBORN 2, any spoilers for the ending of this book will be hidden, so as long as you’ve read up to this chapter, you should be all right.
Sazed Transcribes the Text from the Plate
This isn’t the full text of the plate, of course. We’ll get to more of it later. I knew I had to work the text into the actual narrative, rather than relying on the epigraphs, since people tend to skip those. (If you do, however, be warned that you will be missing some of the great clues in this book.)
My hope is that by reading these things together, you will see the writings from the epigraphs in a slightly different way. Collected like this, they turn into a narrative.
Vin Talks to Sazed about the Deepness
The Deepness. Is it the mists? Vin makes some very good arguments here, as does Sazed. I won’t come out and explain who is right and who is wrong right now, but I will note that some people reach this point and feel a little let down.
I’m sorry if the Deepness-mists connection seems a little bit anti-climactic to you. To me, it’s a major plot point, and I was surprised when a few alpha readers didn’t think much of it. Give me a little bit more time through the series, and perhaps you’ll see why it’s more impressive to me.
Sazed talks to Vin about Tindwyl’s Past
The other big thing in this chapter, of course, is Tindwyl. As I think I’ve mentioned, I wanted to include another strong female character in this book. Perhaps with this chapter under your belt, you can begin to understand Tindwyl better. Readers seem fairly well divided on their opinions of her. Some like her a lot, others dislike her violently.
Me, I am quite fond of her. She voices a lot of my own concerns, and represents something that this group of characters needed. A firm voice for stability.
She and Sazed actually have quite the history, which you will discover more of as the book progresses.