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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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    Chameleon Consultant Arizona, USA 12-06-09
    Chameleon Consultant Arizona, USA 12-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Well of Power"

    This story keeps you guessing what power will do to a person. In the quest for power many people will suffer. Their story is heart wrenching. A true hero will deny that they are a hero. They will do everything in their power to help their loved ones.

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    Adam Springfield, IL, United States 12-02-09
    Adam Springfield, IL, United States 12-02-09

    Real life can be boring sometimes, and that's when I pick up a book (or my mp3 player) :-D

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    "A great second book!"

    If you loved or even just kind of liked the first book then you need to get the second! There are some slow spots but they deepen your involvment with the characters and the world around them. Some quite interesting secrets will also be revealed, which make things more interesting. The ending is great and I immediately wanted to get the 3rd book. But first you must get this one!

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    Nigel La Verne, CA, USA 11-24-09
    Nigel La Verne, CA, USA 11-24-09
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    "Even better than the first book!"

    I thought the first book was good, but a little slow in places. I wait a few months before listening to the second book. The second book is anything but slow. It has conflicts and plots within plots all the way to the end. It is the best book I have listened to in 2009. Brandon Sanderson is really good. I am now going back to re-read the WoT series just so I could catch up and then listen to the newest one written by him.

    The hardest part of listening to The Well of Ascension is to wait until the end of the month for the audible credit to get the 3rd book.

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    Wayland Midland, TX, USA 11-13-09
    Wayland Midland, TX, USA 11-13-09
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    "Nice second book"

    interesting read, lots of twists and turns, and Brandon is a little wordy and slow in spots, but a good book. The foreshadowing in this one makes me wonder about the big finish.

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    H. P. Varia Columbus, OH USA 10-22-09
    H. P. Varia Columbus, OH USA 10-22-09 Member Since 2009

    Harsh

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    "exiting follow up"

    after the first book it is interesting how this book delivers on all cylinders.

    Larger stakes, Bigger fights, Deadlier enemies...

    The series has a lot going for it.
    1) The world depicted is really very unique.
    2) There are multiple Magic systems
    3) Great characters
    4) Lots of Drama, action and mystery

    can't wait to read the third book

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    Andre 09-29-09
    Andre 09-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A very nice second addition to the series."

    The story was very well done and kept me interested. I really think the narrator is excellent also.

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    Daniel Chilliwack, BC, Canada 09-25-09
    Daniel Chilliwack, BC, Canada 09-25-09

    Full time Dental Technician. Part time pastor. Lifetime scifi buff. Father of three sons. Granfather of 6 grandsons and 1 grandaughter.

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    "Another great book!"

    I always judge audiobooks by how difficult I find turning them off. I found this book extremely difficult to turn off.Sanderson is original, unique and interesting. I am glad he was chosen to finish off the Wheel of Time series. I'm sure he'll do it very well. Looking forward to the third instalment of the Mist Born series.

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    Troy E. Werner Midwest 08-13-09
    Troy E. Werner Midwest 08-13-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "Amazing"

    I have listen to many books over the years, probably 30 or more in my library here at audible. Never felt the need to write a review. I would strongly suggest you listen to this book, it is a bit sad, but it is very hard to get any sleep until you are done. :-)

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    Willie K Anoka, MN, United States 08-04-09
    Willie K Anoka, MN, United States 08-04-09 Member Since 2005

    I am a tattoo artist by trade so i find myself listening to my books a lot while drawing, but more so while commuting.

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    "A Willie K Review"

    This second book in Brandon Sanderson series was a great continuation and I found myself for the first time lying in bed listening to my book on my iphone just for the simple fact that I couldn’t stop listening. Again his description of battles had me locked in and I felt as if I were there witnessing them. The are many twists in the plot that keep you on your toes and take awhile before they become clear, some are revealed fast. Some you can tell won’t be revealed until the end, but they don’t drag on as in some books.

    Another great read

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    Paul Roy, UT, USA 07-20-09
    Paul Roy, UT, USA 07-20-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Brandon S. has real talent"

    I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, and hope that Brandon has a long and successful career. This book keeps to the story, and moves along at a good pace. With an original plot. Well, worth the price.

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