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The Well of Ascension (Mistborn Trilogy) [Paperback]

Brandon Sanderson
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5 Aug 2014 Mistborn Trilogy (Book 2)

The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land.

Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy. More worryingly still the mists have become unpredictable since the Lord Ruler died and a strage vaprous entity is stalking Vin.

As the siege of Luthadel intensifies the ancient legend of the Well of Ascension offers the only glimmer of hope. But no-one knows where it is or what it can do . . .

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (5 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765377144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765377142
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 14 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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Praise for "The Well of Ascension": “All the explosive action any adventure fan could want.”--"Locus ""Sanderson's entertaining second Mistborn novel begins after most fantasy series end, when the team of brave and cunning heroes find that holding on to power is even harder than overthrowing the previous tyrant. . . .  This entertaining read will especially please those who always wanted to know what happened after the good guys won."--"Publishers Weekly" “A great epic fantasy . . . Fans of Terry Goodkind and Terry Brooks will find "The Well of Ascension" fulfilling, satisfying, and incredibly exciting.”"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The Dark Lord is dead, and now a new world can be built. The acclaimed epic commercial fantasy published for the first time in the UK. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed the first book and this series had been recommended to me by a number of people, so I was hoping this would be like the first book: readable with an original and compelling storyline. Unfortunately this was not my experience...

I think the fundamental problem with this book is that it seems confused about whether it wants to be a fantasy epic or a romance novel. It should want to be a fantasy epic! In book one I felt pretty neutral about Vin and Elend (she was obviously the tortured heroine, he was obviously the hero with much to learn, I assumed there would be a bubbling of romantic tension while the story got on its way...). The characters are very clunky and one dimensional anyway, there is no subtlety in any of the character development, and nearly HALF THE BOOK is taken up with insecure adolescent musings.

'Does he love me? Do I love him? Does he know that I love him, or if I know that I don't know that I love him? Maybe he just loves me because I love to wear ballgowns. But do I really love to wear ballgowns? I just don't know!'

This frustrated me for a number of reasons:
1. If I wanted to read a book about badly written teenage romance, then I would have chosen to read one of any number of books in that genre that already exist
2. This actively detracted from the story. I found myself wishing that something terrible would happen to one or the other of them so that the story could continue in a different vein, except that would have inevitably resulted in the remaining teenage character moping for the rest of the trilogy
3. Don't build a strong heroine character only to knock her down, essentially, because being female means that saving the world is secondary to boyfriends and lipstick

On the upside, Ore'seur and Sazed are still interesting characters, and when the story does pick itself up again it's gripping again. I was this close to giving up halfway through though...
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a let down after book 1 30 July 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was a bit disappointed by this book, having liked the first one

The story starts off a few months after the end of book one.
Elend is appointed king and rules the city, while Vin is protecting him and the city from assassins and spies. The Skaa, having won the rebellion and overthrown the lord ruler, is again threatened, this time by a overwhelming nobleman army led by Elend's father, intent on taking the city for himself as the world is in chaos after the Lord rulers demise.

The bulk of the book revolves around the city under siege, with both internal and external politicking, and Vin and Elends relationship.

I found both the politics and military strategies of all parties involved to be at times both naive and unrealistic, and thought that several of the scenarios seemed poorly thought out.
The romantic problems between Vin and Elend, revolves around them both feeling that the other is too good for them, and that they are too different. This whole part did not engage me at all, it seemed very contrived and stiff, not to mention unoriginal.

Although the action sequences are still well written, and the story picks up pace and gets exciting at the end, this was overall a disappointing 2nd book.
It haven't the depth in politics and tactics to compare to other epics fantasy series, and feels a bit shallow in comparison.

I'll still get the final installment when it comes in pocket version though.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent book 21 Aug 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've rather enjoyed this book. Its not as good as the first book in the series, but the writing style was very readable and, unusually, the ending wasn't obvious from page one.

The author does a good job evolving the characters and spins a decent, well thought out yarn. Both of which are often missing in modern fantasy.

If you liked the other books by this author, then you will definitely enjoy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the first 9 Mar 2011
By Ali
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm going to preface this by saying that, despite the rating, I did enjoy this book. BUT it had several flaws that steadily knocked points off, preventing it from getting a higher rating.

Often when you get to book two of a fantasy trilogy, there is a huge info-dump of what happened in the last book. This annoys me greatly even though I know that not everybody can hold plots in their head like I do. Sanderson avoids this but still manages to recap the plot of The Final Empire by adding only the pertinent information. So kudos to him for that. The book picks up a few months after the end of The Final Empire, with The Lord Ruler dead and Elend king. Rather swiftly, Luthadel is under siege by three opposing armies. So begins the politics and plotting. Sanderson is a good writer when it comes to politics, plotting and subterfuge. Not the best but still decent enough. The problem is that there is just too much of it. It slows the plot down to a snail's pace and it becomes monotonous and, dare I say it, boring. And this is coming from someone who loves that sort of thing, so if it's not your cup of tea, you're doomed.

The magic systems of Allomancy and Feruchemy are marvellously original and inventive, similar to each other but different enough so that both are fascinating. The only thing is, they are not used often enough. It's the magic systems that inject something different to the action sequences and the action sequences are sorely lacking in this novel. And when they do crop up, they feel unnecessarily tacked on and don't always move the plot forward any. Although, the final action sequence is great if blood and gore is your thing!

I found the characterisation to be, for most of the characters, very poor. Exceptions were Elend and Sazed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, links well with the first and unlike ...
Good book, links well with the first and unlike other follow-on books keeps the reader entertained in the same way as the first book. Will order the next (book 3)
Published 15 hours ago by jeremy weeks
4.0 out of 5 stars I've read The Well of Ascension
I've read The Well of Ascension. It's a book with a beginning, a middle, an end and then an Epilogue (which is a bit like a curtain call but for stories). Read more
Published 13 days ago by Willy Scrotfeather
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the series
Not as good as the first book, but I love the entire trilogy as a whole. Definitely worth a read
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, Vivid, Entertaining
A satisfying continuation to the excellent first book. More emphasis on the other elements of the magical system developed in the first installment, very well though-out and easy... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Bendigeidfran
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 2/3
There isn't really a cliffhanger at the end of the first book but the story is picked up well in the second volume. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 25 days ago by melanie lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent read
Published 27 days ago by Mr. S. SLEIGHT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book 2 of the Mistborn series doesn't disappoint at all!
Published 1 month ago by Johnno260
4.0 out of 5 stars ... feel the whole "I don't deserve him/she is too good for me" plot...
While I definitely did feel the whole "I don't deserve him/she is too good for me" plot device was a bit.....meh, it did not impact on the book as a whole too badly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vakarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Or is it turning into one?.....
Stretching the concept slightly and very definitely a 'book 2 of 3' I found this quite tedious in parts although the pace and style were still engaging. Read more
Published 1 month ago by janette
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