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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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    James Glenn Dale, MD, United States 05-02-11
    James Glenn Dale, MD, United States 05-02-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Too slow and bored"

    Although the first book of the series moved slowly and contained too much detail to the point of confusion, it was a new story to me so I found the concepts interesting and even innovative enough to keep my attention. Unfortunately, there seemed to be the same amount or more of the repetitive details in this second volume about metals and long drawn out self reflective monologues that either made the character too dense or tedious. The basic plot and supernatural concepts were novel, but again they lost my interest while having to plod through all the extraneous details.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 02-14-10
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 02-14-10 Member Since 2012

    Holly

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    "Excellence Continued"

    This second book in the Mistborn trilogy picks up right where the first book leaves off. The style and pace are the same. Character development broadens and we see where Eldon's idea of government leads. We also see Vin begin question her role which, given her age, is completely normal but made complex due to her powers. We also get a very realistic idea of what happens to a people after 1000 years of tyrannical rule. As the plot develops, it has plenty of twists and turns that are unexpected and the reader may find a desire to crawl into the book and join the crew in hopes of helping them avoid what appears inevitable. A few new characters are introduced which are essential to moving the plot along. The reading of the diary that breaks up the plot becomes extemely important and if the reader did not pay close attention in the first book, there may be elements of this, as well as the plot that seem out of place, but they're not. If you have not read the first book, I recommend doing so before picking up this one. While this book can stand alone, understanding the motivation of the characters and the crew can prove difficult without a fuller history which book one provides. The only weakness of this book is the continual repetition of facts already known and in evidence. Sanderson's editor could easily improve on this. The readers can remember from chapter to chapter and it does become annoying. However, this weakness is insignificant when juxtaposed against an excellent, and unique plot. I read the first two books in a matter of 10 days and have started on the last. I already know I will be sad when the last chapter ends. Michael Kramer continues to do a nice job reading. He admirably manages to create differences between characters and cultures. The end of this book, which is also a foreshadowing of the final book is quite surprising.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 12-22-09
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 12-22-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "ehh. Too much for so little story movement..."

    7-8 hours into this one... I realized that the story (so fascinatingly hinted at)... was moving at a snails pace. Why? Because we are learning SO MUCH about EVERY single character remaining from the Mistborn book....and we are spending SO MUCH time... reiterating what has passed. People. Not interested in the soap opera angle. And...maybe a short chapter at the start synopsizing everything would have been kinder. Ugh. Had to loose the book after 8 hours. That sucks. I REALLY ENJOYED the first book. Bigtime. Anyway. Form your own opinion. This is just mine.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Puyallup, WA, USA 05-21-09
    Anthony Puyallup, WA, USA 05-21-09 Member Since 2015
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    "A Deserving Grade"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J HYRUM, UT, United States 09-27-12
    J HYRUM, UT, United States 09-27-12
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    "A top fantasy novel. Narration is excellent."

    I work a graveyard shift, in which I listen to my audio books, so the narration is extremely important to me due to the need to stay awake and aware of what I am doing. Michael Kramer is the best fantasy narrator I've come across. He has a plethora of distinct character voices, which are all easily recognizable. Also, he doesn't sound horribly monotonous, as with many other narrators.

    Brandon Sanderson writes a lot like Robert Jordan. Though, in my opinion he is better, and tends to leave out unnecessary explanations (such as describing everything everyone is wearing). If you like the Wheel of Time series, you will be happy with this trilogy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Flagstaff, AZ, USA 04-02-10
    Dawn Flagstaff, AZ, USA 04-02-10
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    "Characters Defined"

    This was my favorite of the Mistborn series. While it wasn't as fast-paced as the other two books, the characters were explored more deeply and we learned more about the different kinds of beings within the stories. The ticks I commented on in the first book were still present, but to a lesser degree. However, the reiteration of information that was presented within the same book was overwhelming. Overall, one of the better fantasy series I've read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    edwin k leach jr 06-04-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"

    I thought this book was an excelent listen. But I liked The Final Empire more than The Well of Ascension, I thought the Final Empire had a far more complicated plot and a lot more fall backs than are presented in this book. But I still thought the book is great, it still has a complicated plot, but there are less fall backs or disapointments in it. Definitly worth more than the one credit I paid for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Modesto, CA 05-01-09
    Joe Modesto, CA 05-01-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book"

    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.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor 04-01-15
    Trevor 04-01-15
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    "Great story... Not a fan of the ending!"

    I loved the story & character development, but I just felt like the ending left me in the lurch! I suppose I'll have to read the 3rd book now...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 06-05-14
    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2005

    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!

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    "I just realized..."

    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"!!!

    Unprecedented!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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