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The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2 | [Brandon Sanderson]

The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.
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The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

As Kelsier's protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.Stopping assassins may keep Vin's Mistborn skills sharp, but it's the least of her problems.

Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn't run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier's crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won't get easier with three armies - one of them composed of ferocious giants - now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler's hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.

As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

©2007 Brandon Sanderson; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"All the explosive action any adventure fan could want." (Locus)
"A great epic fantasy.... Fans of Terry Goodkind and Terry Brooks will find The Well of Ascension fulfilling, satisfying, and incredibly exciting." (SFRevu.com)
"Vin's struggles with love and power inject the human element into Sanderson's engaging epic." (Booklist)

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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 07-21-11
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 07-21-11 Member Since 2015

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "It keeps getting even better"

    I am writing this after having finished the entire trilogy. While this was an incredible book and stands alone just fine on its own, I wanted to reserve judgement on each book till I finished the trilogy in order to put each one into perspective. This was my first Bandon Sanderson book and I loved it. At first, it was challenging to get into the whole concept of Allomancy but I eventually did and appreciated every aspect of this masterpiece. The books moved quickly, the story is rich in its treatments of many aspects personal character, politics, government, philosophy and religion. And each character is fully developed to the point where we probably care about all of them including some of the bad ones. The world created by Brandon Sanderson and stunningly narrated by Michael Kramer is not like any one I or probably any of us could have possibly imagined. As long as this trilogy was, I am so sorry to have it finally end.

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    Jeff Tulsa, OK, USA 01-28-10
    Jeff Tulsa, OK, USA 01-28-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Slower but worthwhile"

    I just finished the third book. The second is the slowest and least rewarding of the three, but the plot it provides makes the third book pretty incredible. I would suggest that before purchasing this book that you commit to also listening to the third book. If you liked the first book as much as I did, this would be a no-brainer. If you didn't like the first book, I would certainly not recommend the Well of Ascension.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Flavin 03-23-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story Excellent Narrative"

    I enjoyed the first book in the series and was annoyed that I had to wait several months for the second one. Well the wait was worth it!

    The story begins with a year having passed since end of the last book. Sanderson deftly picks up where he left off, tying up loose ends and creating new twists.

    Michael Kramer does an excellent job of giving voice to the characters and creating a tapestry of the final empire from the books pages in the listener's mind. Switching between voices and emotions while keeping a netural narrative tone where appropriate makes the second book as much a pleasure as the first to listen to.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Fields 03-23-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Even better then book one"

    This was an amazing sequel. I liked the series so much that I purchased this book since they had only 1 and 3 until only a couple days ago. I have never had a book stress me out before because I was worried about the characters, and somehow this book triggered these irrational thoughts. Sanderson isn't the "best" writer. However he tells such a good story that it completely sucks you in. There are almost no sections of the book that don't have you on the edge of your seat. Highly recommended. This and A Song of Ice and Fire are two of the best fantasy series on audible.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 05-03-12
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You'll be glad you did."

    If you've listened to and enjoyed the first book in the series you won't be disappointed in the second. This book does not suffer from the second book in the series slump like some other series. The narration from Michael Kramer is up to the standard you've come to expect from him.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Tupelo, MS, United States 02-08-12
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

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    "Too long - bogs down"

    Not exactly sure why this book was titled Well of Ascension as only the last hour or so really pushes that plot point. Most (98%) of the plot deals with somewhat repetitive politics and activities in Luthadell. Most of the minimal lightness/funny moments from the first book are gone as the plot trudges through the normal middle book main character mental tortures so many trilogies follow these days. Could have cut at least 8 hours in the plot and you'd never have noticed.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Craig H. 10-18-11
    Craig H. 10-18-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Improved"

    I read Mistborn and really enjoyed the style. Brandon has become a very interesting writer. I only started reading his works because of the Wheel of Time series and Robert Jordan's passing. His own books are very well written. The characters in this series are amazing. He has a great plot and theme and keeps his ideas and story lines flowing without distractions. He follows through all the way with the Mistborn series. The final chapters were unpredictable yet still a tiny disappointing but thoroughly enjoyable to the last words. Much greater entertainment than Elantris that i believe should have ben at least 2 books to give it justice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 02-14-10
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 02-14-10 Member Since 2012

    Holly

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    "Excellence Continued"

    This second book in the Mistborn trilogy picks up right where the first book leaves off. The style and pace are the same. Character development broadens and we see where Eldon's idea of government leads. We also see Vin begin question her role which, given her age, is completely normal but made complex due to her powers. We also get a very realistic idea of what happens to a people after 1000 years of tyrannical rule. As the plot develops, it has plenty of twists and turns that are unexpected and the reader may find a desire to crawl into the book and join the crew in hopes of helping them avoid what appears inevitable. A few new characters are introduced which are essential to moving the plot along. The reading of the diary that breaks up the plot becomes extemely important and if the reader did not pay close attention in the first book, there may be elements of this, as well as the plot that seem out of place, but they're not. If you have not read the first book, I recommend doing so before picking up this one. While this book can stand alone, understanding the motivation of the characters and the crew can prove difficult without a fuller history which book one provides. The only weakness of this book is the continual repetition of facts already known and in evidence. Sanderson's editor could easily improve on this. The readers can remember from chapter to chapter and it does become annoying. However, this weakness is insignificant when juxtaposed against an excellent, and unique plot. I read the first two books in a matter of 10 days and have started on the last. I already know I will be sad when the last chapter ends. Michael Kramer continues to do a nice job reading. He admirably manages to create differences between characters and cultures. The end of this book, which is also a foreshadowing of the final book is quite surprising.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 12-22-09
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 12-22-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "ehh. Too much for so little story movement..."

    7-8 hours into this one... I realized that the story (so fascinatingly hinted at)... was moving at a snails pace. Why? Because we are learning SO MUCH about EVERY single character remaining from the Mistborn book....and we are spending SO MUCH time... reiterating what has passed. People. Not interested in the soap opera angle. And...maybe a short chapter at the start synopsizing everything would have been kinder. Ugh. Had to loose the book after 8 hours. That sucks. I REALLY ENJOYED the first book. Bigtime. Anyway. Form your own opinion. This is just mine.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Puyallup, WA, USA 05-21-09
    Anthony Puyallup, WA, USA 05-21-09 Member Since 2015
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    "A Deserving Grade"

    Sanderson is truly weaving an epic tale with this continuation of his Mistborn series. This second in the series will continually toss you about on a road without straightaways. My account cannot update fast enough to get to this conclusion.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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