The Well of Ascension

The Well of Ascension

Book - 2007 | 1st ed
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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. The awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protegee, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her. The Lord Ruler's empire has broken into its component parts. In the former imperial capital of Luthadel, Elend is the new king of the Central Dominance, ruling with the help of an elected assembly he insisted on, a body with the power to depose him. The new kings of the other Dominances - most notably, Elend's ruthless father, Straff Venture -aren't waiting on that chance, and assassination attempts are frequent." "Vin is wearing herself out trying to protect Elend. Stopping assassins does keep her Mistborn skills sharp, but it is not her only problem. As Kelsier's heir and slayer of the Lord Ruler, Vin is venerated by a rapidly growing new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more disturbing, the mists have begun behaving ominously since the Lord Ruler died and harbor a strange vaporous entity that seems to be haunting her." "Three armies - one composed of ferocious giants - are approaching to vie for Luthadel's conquest. The city's half-trained forces are insufficient to man lengthy walls never intended to foil a real attack. 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 exactly what manner of power it bestows." "All of these troubles whisper a single, chilling fact. Killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge"--Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765316882
Branch Call Number: FIC SANDERSON
Characteristics: 590 p. : maps ; 25 cm


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Oct 26, 2018

The twists, turns, mysteries, reveals, and dynamic character development and world-building continue in the second book of the Mistborn trilogy. The complexity and depth make it clear the author REALLY knows his business and seriously thought this saga through. The ending promises a genuinely epic third installment which you will certainly want to dive into as soon as possible.

Aug 11, 2017

Bloated book that seems to never end. Good enough to want to find out what happens, but bad enough that I wished I had never started.

Jun 20, 2016

The ending of this book is so unexpected. It is an amazing ending!

Aug 04, 2014

Excellent - keeps you guessing. Good plot.

May 22, 2014

As well as being high fantasy, this book was a wonderful read. i usually prefer my main character to be male, but Vin was a wonderful piece of character i had yet to see. The way the characters grow and learn from their mistakes are what truly put this on my Favorite Books list.

Oct 18, 2013

I can't stop reading this series! The plot is so intriguing, and the twists in the story keep making me re-think everything. This book seemed like it rambled on way too much making it hard to read, but I enjoyed it.

Oct 18, 2012

An amazing book! Brandon Sanderson writes so well. He has shades of Tolkien's master fantasy story telling and shades of Charles Dickens subtle hints and suspense, yet he is still his own unique author with a unique, awesome magic system.

JimYung Oct 17, 2011

The second book in the Mistborn trilogy - this really could have used an editor with a stronger hand. It just rambled on for so long. Just under 800 pages, it was okay but I never felt that it was that interesting that it justified the pages and time spent reading it.

Just too much time narrating fight scenes of all things and so much navel gazing. I like insight into characters as much as the next person but please make it interesting.

Jan 21, 2011

I absolutely love this book and the whole series. The characters are deep and realistic, and the entire concept of the book series is interesting and well thought out.

May 12, 2010

A strong sequel, and middle book to the trilogy. The story stands on its own while advancing the overall plot of the trilogy, leaving enough questions to entice you to read the next book.
Vin has become a strong and interesting character. It was enjoyable to read how she develops as a person, not simply in relation to her magical abilities.


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Oct 18, 2013

Sexual Content: There are some rather descriptive references. I'll be buying my own copy and whiting out at least one scene before I let my 11-year-old friend read it.

Oct 18, 2013

Violence: This book describes some pretty graphic, gorey scenes that wouldn't be suitable for kids.


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