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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Doug 07-30-14
    Doug 07-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Better then the third installment."
    Would you listen to The Well of Ascension again? Why?

    No. This is a story you only listen to once since it builds to a conclusion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sazed, his character at the end kicked some serious a**!


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    He does a great job creating suspense.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The attack at the end with Sazed's heroics was awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    It is a cool series but the love story gets old fast.

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    Jessica Smith 07-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Intro to Fantasy"

    I'm new to the fantasy genre but have thoroughly enjoyed the Mistborn series. The story of a girl and her efforts to save a people from an unknown enemy. Strong characters, strong story, and well-read!

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    Aaron 06-23-14
    Aaron 06-23-14
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    "Just wow."

    I originally rated this as an overall 4 stars, because the first time I tried the book, my interest just faded away. A couple years later, and listening to M. Kramer's fantastic performance, and the wonderfully twisting conclusion...WOW, I honestly don't remember why my interest could have possibly faded. Must have been a busy time of grad-school. I quickly went back and added stars. Kramer is really at the top of the field, and Sanderson just continues to surprise me even after I know how good he is. Thoroughly entertaining. Great characters and depictions. The only barb I might throw would be that the moral philosophy and the romantic relationships get a bit "on the nose" at times, but this is easily overlooked in the grand scope of the story. Highly recommended!

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    Keon San Antonio, TX, United States 06-16-14
    Keon San Antonio, TX, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Little Political Intrigue Never Hurt Anyone."
    Where does The Well of Ascension rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's about middle of the pack. While I like Brandon Sanderson quite a bit, he stories do tend to be overly lengthy at times. They could be a bit more concise but, instead are overly wordy. Instead of packing a punch they end up giving a decent tap as a result.


    What other book might you compare The Well of Ascension to and why?

    It's not a direct comparison but, I thought this book had a lot in common with Feed (the first book in the Newsflesh trilogy) because of how intertwined politics were in both stories. You get to see in both books how policies set in motion can have a profound effect on events.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    I thought Elend was voiced well. I thought Michael really captured Elend's doubt as a leader as well as his confident moments. It was a good blend.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was when Sazed realized he loved Tindwyl. He's easily the book's most relatable character because he has so many doubts about his strength as a person, his belief in his faith, and whether or not anyone could love him. He's so human and when expresses his love for Tindwyl it adds another level and layer to him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a solid book. It has a lot of charm and character. I do wish Brandon Sanderson used another synonym for "flushed" (as in blushing) because when you hear that Vin "flushed" for the hundreth time it starts to get grating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Riccardo Manzotti 06-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring fantasy story"
    What did you like best about The Well of Ascension? What did you like least?

    The problem with Sanderson's trilogy is that it goes on with no inspiration. You can't feel the need for things to happen in certain way. It is just a long and tiresome house of cards of stereotyped characters and complex magical rules


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The reading was somewhat uninspired


    Did The Well of Ascension inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Hope Haugstad 05-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I think I'm a Fan for Life!"
    What did you love best about The Well of Ascension?

    Most second novels are simply precursors to the third book in a series. Well of Ascension was a great novel in and of itself. The plot and character development were just as strong as book 1.


    What other book might you compare The Well of Ascension to and why?

    These remind me of Sanderson's other series - The Stormlight Archive.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    With a rich, deep voice, Michael Kramer is one of my favorite audio performers I've come across thus far. He creates and maintains a myriad of accents, so the reader is never confused about who is speaking. Kramer also breathes at appropriate times, and never into the microphone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Absolute Power corrupts absolutely...


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    noah 05-05-14
    noah 05-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful all around awesome"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked all of the characters in this story and continued to fall in love with many of them throughout the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I would've listened to this story in one sitting if possible. I got completely lost in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    I drive while listening to books, and I found myself purposely taking the long way on my daily commutes, and hoping for traffic so I could listen more. The fights scenes and action are awesome and really soak you in. I did get a little bored with the politics, but it really isn't too heavy handed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah LOCUST GROVE, VA, United States 05-04-14
    Sarah LOCUST GROVE, VA, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Love to read for work - Religion, leadership, understanding the mind and human behavior, arts & design, history; for play - science fiction & fantasy, biographies, thrillers, historical fiction, but not mystery or romance please!

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    "Great middle book"
    Would you listen to The Well of Ascension again? Why?

    Probably - he builds his characters in such a way as to constantly be challenging them, and I want to hear that again.


    What other book might you compare The Well of Ascension to and why?

    Sanderson is in a league of his own - I think some of the more fantastical Stephen King might have some of the similar ethical challenges and character development as the Mistborn series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't give it away ;)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the two lovers really learn to trust each other, even when that trust might be leading them astray - profound example of a good, strong relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the whole series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 04-28-14
    Matthew 04-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best series ever!!"
    What did you love best about The Well of Ascension?

    How it left me wanting more, and it drove me nuts wanting to know what is happening to all the characters that I have become to love.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vin is my favorite character of the three books, see starts out as an under dog and becomes amazing with her skills.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Vin is my favorite character of the three books, see starts out as an under dog and becomes amazing with her skills.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but do to how long it was I was unable to do so, but I found my self waiting in my driveway to finish the next chapter more than once.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Irvine, CA, USA 04-23-14
    Tony Irvine, CA, USA 04-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome book 2"

    If you're a logical person who doesn't like some fantasy because the capabilities of magic seem too limitless, this book is for you. He sets up a world with enough fantasy but enough boundaries to it that a more logical thinker will definitely enjoy. This is my favorite trilogy to date.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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