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.
Part Four Wrap-Up
The name of this section was Snow and Ash. I think that’s pretty self-explanitory. While some of the section titles were tough to come up with, this one was rather easy. The image of the snow and the ash mixing was powerful to me because of how similar, yet at the same time opposite, the two materials are.
It was a brutal section, and actually marks the pseudo-ending of the book. We’ve dealt with the major conflict that was raised in the first chapter. The armies are defeated with and the city is safe.
However, there’s still something to do. I had a lot of trouble deciding how to work the separate climaxes of this book. Did I try to interweve them, having Vin find the Well of Ascention even as the koloss were attacking? That seemed too obvious, and I felt one of the two plots would overshadow the other. Beyond that, I worried it would all just become a big mess, hard to follow. It IS possible to have too much going on during an ending.
So I went with the other option—deaing with the armies, then moving on to a final, shorter section that focused on the Well of Ascention. We’re getting into parts of the book that were very heavily revised, and so these are things that will probably end up with deleted scenes on the website, once I get around to posting them.