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)
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
The book started out slowly, and I was initially worried that it was going to get bogged down in describing the political situation of the fantasy realm that Sanderson brought to such realistic light in the first book in this series, The Final Empire. As a reader, I have found that very few authors can get politics right in a fantasy. The trick seems to be to give the reader just enough detail without getting bogged down in details of the arguments being made by fictional politicians in a fictional legislature. I simply find I cannot care very much, and lose interest.
Also at the beginning of the novel, a dire situation is set up in which our heroes are faced with two armies bearing down on their city, and as a consequence, a siege begins. If anything is less interesting than fantasy politics, it is a fantasy siege.
So I began to despair quite early on that the Mistborn series was going to fail in a big way with just its second installment. The plotlines seemed obvious to me and I was resigned to a long slog.
And then, nothing went the way I thought it was going to go. Characters evolved--even "minor" ones! New mysteries popped up! New magical powers were revealed! Plotlines clashed, converged, and re-emerged in completely unexpected ways! Nothing was as it seemed to be! The twists and turns kept on coming right up to the very end.
Along with all that, there were some really thought-provoking sections dealing with how power is wielded, whether it is a good or a bad thing for a person to become a "tool" of someone else, when is it okay to submit your will to the will of another, whether it is possible to love completely without also making yourself completely vulnerable to that person's will.
All in all, probably the best middle book of a trilogy that I have ever read (other than The Two Towers).
[I listened to this as an audio book performed by Michael Kramer, who did an amazing job, giving all the characters distinct voices without making them caricatures. I would highly recommend the audio version.]
I was expecting the Well of Ascension to be more like more like the first book. It was very disappointing. The trouble is, I can't tell you why if you haven't read the first in the series. Its a big spoiler, but just imagine for a moment if you have finished book one, what would be missing. Yes, what every your thinking, yes.
Also, you have to work through about 3 quarters of the book before you get to something that doesn't remind you of a bad tweenager throwing a pity tantrum. Long sections of the story are just about characters who need to "find them selves" then "decide if I'm good enough" and "look for a reason to go on". By the end you just want to shake every last character and tell them to stop moping and grow a pair.
The last 6 hours start to feel more like book one, things finally start moving. Does move the narrative to and through interesting places, but the characters complain every step of the way. The new insights into the world is very intriguing, and some of the scenes are very intense. I just couldn't get over the annoying, annoying characters.
I LOVED the first book, it's been awhile since I've read/heard such great novel so I was quite eager to start the second book in the series.
I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed in the second book. The story is still quite good, but not great, I think this is because the story lacks a purpose. In the first book the goal was to overthrow the Lord Ruler and everything they did was one step closer to that goal. The second book seems like the goal is just to survive. Wondering what is going to happen to Luthadel is the pretty much the only thing going on.
I didn't care much for Vin in the first book and now that she is the main character in the second book I'm a bit less interested in the story. She is depressive and whiny to listen to most of the time and overall is far too arrogant. Being Mistborn seems to have given her a superiority complex, not to mention far too dependent on them. Elend is also quite annoying, naive and far too honest for his own good. He is a Socialist day dreamer with utopian ideals that could never work in reality, not even in his own reality. This along with Vin crying about how she doesn't fit in really made the book less interesting. I was hoping for an adventure like the first book. I thought this book might have been more about The Well of Ascension and less about Luthadel. I really liked the parts where they talked about Pre-Ascension times and what The Deepness was so the book wasn't all bad.
Sadly I'm not sure if I'll listen to the 3rd book in the series though, I'm afraid Vin will become the Hero of Ages, or even worse Elend.
This is an excellent book. I did not become aware of Brandon Sanderson until I read the Wheel of Time (WoT) series. After reading the last book in that series, I found out Robert Jordan passed away just when I finished reading the second to the last book (There was one more that was to be written - A memory of light). I researched and found that Brandon Sanderson was due to write the last book in the series. I wanted to find out what kind of a writer Sanderson was. The first book of his I read, Elantris, was excellent. I decided to try this series and found them just wonderful. The line I love from this series ( It sometimes repeats itself automatically in my mind, is "ash fell from the sky." If you have read this book, you understand what I mean. If you haven't, then hurry up and read it - you'll understand what I mean then.
Sanderson is truly weaving an epic tale with this continuation of his Mistborn series. This second in the series will continually toss you about on a road without straightaways. My account cannot update fast enough to get to this conclusion.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
I just realized that I've listened to MOST of Sanderson's Books, and have NEVER given one of his books LESS than 5 stars across the board! This, from someone who is INCREDIBLY Stingy with "5's", and INSISTS he "Doesn't like Fantasy Novels"!!!
There is a major character in this book that simply doesn't belong...he's a manipulation, created to pivot a theme in a rather contrived way. I'm used to Mr. Sanderson being very clever...Zane was not a clever character. Kinda killed it for me.
The first book showed how smart, crafty and courageous the characters were against the Lord Ruler. In the second book, the author turns them into inept cowards. In short, these characters (who are master thieves) would NEVER be so docile and ineffective in the face of such a struggle. I couldn't connect with the characters I fell in love with from the first book as they were too stupid to live. Also, the author should have researched details of Medieval combat as it would have increased the realism of this siege story. What a lost opportunity! If they make this series into a movie(s) they will have to rewrite the second book or the producers will lose their butts. Narrator was fantastic!
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