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Annotation Mistborn 2 Part Three Wrap-Up
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 Three Wrap-Up
I named this section of the book “King.” However, that’s supposed to be a slightly ironic title, since Elend gets deposed at the end of part two, spends this entire section working to get his throne back, then eventually loses it anyway.
The irony is that during this section, in my mind, Elend really learned to be a king. Yet it’s the place where he has it most brutally pounded into him that his rule is not wanted.
Idealism has a cost. Or, at least, I think it SHOULD have a cost. If you are holding up your ideals as true, then you should have to be willing to sacrifice for them, otherwise it just doesn’t feel right. I don’t think this is me forcing the story to prove a point—I think it’s me trying to represent, as accurately as I can, the way the world works.
The measure of Elend Venture is not going to be what kind of king he would make. It’s going to be the kind of man he makes once he’s been rejected.