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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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    Outside1 So. Calif. USA 03-11-15
    Outside1 So. Calif. USA 03-11-15

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    This book was interesting in that it was the first time I could clearly see the process by which a book was written. Sanderson wrote it over time in discrete segments. You could see this through the lack of continuity of the plot and story, contradicting statements about events and the story itself, and his need to constantly reiterate the basic aspects of the story. This resulted in an extremely uneven story, and the need to exclude all of the repetitive verbiage that accompanied Sanderson's reentry in to the story each time he returned to it.--- It would have been a much better book at 12 hours rather then 27.

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    "A great read!!"

    Interesting plot and a twist at the end. Very well read and I can see why Brandon was chosen to finish the wheel of time.

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    J. Claibourn 03-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    I love this series! It is a great filler in the void that was left after The Wheel of Time ended. Narration is spectacular as well. You always know who is speaking without having to be told.

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    Sid Hale 03-09-15
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    "Brandon Sanderson does it again!"

    Brandon is a linguistic genius. my first experiences with him were the last of the Wheel of Time novels that he completed for Jordan. I have have been overjoyed to he about the worlds of his own creation.

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    Garrett Reed San Diego, CA, US 03-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "can't wait for book 3. Brandon Sanderson rules"

    this is epic fantasy at its best. brilliantly created world and story with a great performance

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    L. Toland Cushing, OK 03-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling Series!"

    Everything about this series has exceeded my expectations. This is the first series of Brandon Sanderson's I have listened to and I can't wait to start the last installment of the series to find out what will happen next! The character development, story plot and narration are all excellent. Lots of action/fight scenes using special alamancer powers and a story saga that was a twisting con game in the first book and has become a struggling recovery and survival story after war in the second book. The narrator also does an amazing job bringing each character to life in the story keeping you on the edge of your seat listening! I highly recommend this series.

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    Kelsey 03-07-15
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    "Good sequel!"

    This book was a good sequel. It makes me want to listen to the next book in the series right away. Good narrator, just wish he sounds more girly when doing female voices.

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    One of my new favorites. fantastic performance and story line . Different than expected and engaging. Filled with twists and turns the while spinning a fantastic legend

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    "Good, but not as good as the first"

    This was a good book. However the first book set the bar so high it was hard for the second book to compare. The only problem I have with the second book is that it drug on for a while in places. Overall, it was a great book.

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    This one is way better than the first, but still needs editing for each chapter.

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