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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 01-13-15
    Robert 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it, great addition to the story"

    I've been doing the whole Mistborn series on audiobook. If you are a fan of Robert Jordan or another Sanderson series, this is a great story with characters that are easy to love.

    Read wonderfully, it's easy to get immersed in the story. Can't wait to start the third book!

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    doris choo 01-11-15
    doris choo 01-11-15 Member Since 2015

    Life is wonderful ! Lots of great books to listen yeah !

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    "Wonderful"

    Great plot, unique story. Love those characters. Exciting beginning to the last chapter of book 2. Very well written, a must read. Highly recommend !

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    Steven Benbo 01-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"

    Excellent reader. Excellent work. Can't wait to listen to book 3! Keep them coming Mr. Sanderson!

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    Neoloki55 Rouge Valley, Oregon 01-09-15
    Neoloki55 Rouge Valley, Oregon 01-09-15 Member Since 2011

    "Language is a virus from outer space" William S. Burroughs

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    "The Politics of Mistborn"

    The second entry into the Mistborn series switches its focus to Élan and the politics of a post-revolution society. Élan being a book learned idealist makes many mistakes as King and we get the frustrating job of watching his slow maturity into a leader. Many of the decisions he makes are not completely believable. Given his acute and worldly advisors plus Elans own self conscious intelligence you wonder would he really make those mistakes in the name of giving power to the people. If anybody understands what the consequences of losing power would be, it'd be a young nobleman who spent his youth criticizing the self indulgent elitism of the social structure he grew up in. In other words, Élan losing his crown would just throw the kingdom back to the caste system that Vin and others had fought so hard and lost so much to over throw. This makes Elans decisions as King seem more like functions of narrative progression rather than actions he might realistically take.
    My one other complaint is the love story. Maybe it's my age and my gender but a teenagers love problems are the most redundant, self indulgent and asinine aspect to any YA novel. No exception here. It's handled with a lighter hand than most and doesn't completely take over the book so it is forgivable, but Sazed and Tindwyl affections create a stark contrast in what was a far more interesting relationship. Here was a truly unique love story that spoke of something intimate and enduring. The amount of time spent on each story should have been switched and it would have made the book far richer.
    Now given all of that, I very much enjoyed The Well of Ascension and look forward to the last book in the series. These were written at the beginning of Sandersons career so they don't have the richness and complexity in character or narrative that The Stormlight Archives possess but still far surpasses most fantasy novels and deserve a chance by any reader of the genre.

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    William 01-06-15
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    "So creative"

    It's been a long time since I've listened to a fantasy story as original as these. I'm captivated by them and constantly surprised by the twists and turns. The narrator's skill with character voices makes the audiobook version a treat.

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    Nick MACON, MO, United States 01-06-15
    Nick MACON, MO, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I didn't see that coming."

    Great book. Slow in the middle but the character building pays off at the end. Sanderson is becoming one of my favorites.

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    Daniel R. Halverson 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow."

    So original, so brilliant, so clever, so well-written, so cohesive, so unpredictable, so fantastical, so inspiring. You are welcome.

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    Cheryl 01-05-15
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    Excellent story well narrated. Looking forward to book three. Recommend this series for all avid fantasy readers. Well worth it

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    Cristian Constantin Mihaita 01-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible "

    Heart stopping action + nail bitting adventure + philosophy + religion.
    It's a very good eye opener!

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    Edward 12-31-14
    Edward 12-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I am a complete fan!!"

    Exceptionally good books!!

    I listened to his books while walking my dogs. Needless to say my dogs love me as much as I love Brandon's books, as our walks go on forever!

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