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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Trip Williams Travelers Rest, SC, United States 06-05-14
    Trip Williams Travelers Rest, SC, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2004

    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? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)

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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!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2009

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "The series stays strong"

    This is a continuation of the first novel in the series. If you liked that one you will feel the same about this one. Great world, magic system and characters. The story is dynamic and it sucks you in before you know it. The characters continue to be further develped in this story and you slowly learn the backstory of what has happened previously. This one is defintiely worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 05-03-12
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "You'll be glad you did."

    If you've listened to and enjoyed the first book in the series you won't be disappointed in the second. This book does not suffer from the second book in the series slump like some other series. The narration from Michael Kramer is up to the standard you've come to expect from him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. Turner Provo, Utah, United States 02-17-12
    C. L. Turner Provo, Utah, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Tutivillus

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    "Zane?"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron T BIgler MOUNTAIN HOME A F B, IDAHO, US 12-22-11
    Aaron T BIgler MOUNTAIN HOME A F B, IDAHO, US 12-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Really?"

    I get that fantasy works on being happy go lucky. The bad guy gets killed by the good guy. I liked the first book well enough to go onto the second one. However when I got to the end of this I felt like finding the author, tying my iPod to a rock and hurling it through his window.

    He had an opportunity to do something brave that would have caused real conflict and made us feel something for the protagonist Vin. Instead, he copped out big time. I listened to this over a year ago and it still makes me physically ill to think of it.

    If you like formulaic regurgitated stuff, then you may very well like this. Obviously, I'm one of the only people who gave this a bad review. I just think in a genre like fantasy there should be fantastic stories not triteness wrapped with a few new "powers."

    5 of 6 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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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 02-14-10
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 02-14-10 Member Since 2008

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    john Greensboro, NC, United States 04-07-11
    john Greensboro, NC, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Bad."

    Pros- Outstanding narrator who carries the entire experience. Original, fascinating system of magic. Decent political machinations somewhat reminiscent of the great house struggles in Dune.

    Cons- Sanderson can't actually write dialogue or develop characters in an convincing manner. It's not as bad as the Wheel of Time drivel, but not worth your time.

    4 of 5 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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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