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
"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)
I liked the overall arc of the story, but this one dragged for me. Everything seemed to have been rather drawn out.
I'm digging mysteries lately
The story was amazing, I could hardly put it down. There narrator did a great job with accents, I could really get a sense of the grating voices of the inquisitors and the enunciation of the terrismen.
I think the story in Book 2 is more well written than book 1, which I appreciated. I prefer this series on audio because I don't think they're well done enough to read. Kramer gives a consistently great performance, but I find that a male reader for a story with a female lead changes my perception of the character, and not for the better. Still very enjoyable overall.
The same can be said of this book as the rest of the series. It is a rich world with it's own mythology, twists and turns, clues and mystery, wars of good and evil. But best of all there is always a payoff. There is is always a clue left that will return so clear and bright that you wonder how you misted it. There is no better payoff in a book than the moment when the writer brings the world back into focus right in front of you!
I LOVE these books. However, the narrator's voice for the main character Vin is terrible. Every time she talks I want to punch her in the face, which is not hoe you're supposed to feel about the story's main heroine. All the other voices are diverse and excellent, but there is a struggle with the feminine voice.
It was too heavy on political drama and too light on the lore of the world for my tastes. This book could easily be skipped thanks to Sanderson's need to reexplain everything at the start of each book.
The next book really puts this one to shame.
Brandon Sanderson is one of the great writers, even surpassing most of our generation's great writers. His Plots are complex and riveting, his Character Development is so great that one finds themselves gaining friends not observing imaginary people, and his Imagery is so rich you can get lost and forever changed by the amazing leavening mists he wraps you in. You can read this book over and over and still find new and precious layers throughout.
Good book nice twist at the end can't wait to start the 3rd book today.
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