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The Well of Ascension (edition 2008)

by Brandon Sanderson

Series: Mistborn (2)

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Title:The Well of Ascension
Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:New York : Tor, 2008.
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Gave up on page 180. Nothing was happening. ( )
  Carnophile | Apr 10, 2014 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

The Well of Ascension begins about a year after the events that occurred at the end of Mistborn. The novel takes a while to get going and generally has less excitement to offer than its predecessor. After all, we're now mostly familiar with the world of The Final Empire and we understand the rules of the unique magic systems that rely on the burning of metals for powers and the storing of attributes such as strength, age, and eye-sight into metals. The loss of Kelsior, the most dynamic of Sanderson's characters, creates a void not only in the other characters' lives, but in this book as well.

The pace is slow in the beginning, but things finally take off when we're introduced to Zane, an unbalanced Mistborn who can't decide whose side he's on (and who may or may not be insane), and when we find out that there's an unknown kandra spy in the palace. I was fascinated by the kandra — creatures who can ingest a corpse and impersonate the person or animal whose body it has eaten. Not only was that really cool, but it gave the opportunity for some quirky humor. (The humor in this novel is very sparse but very funny.)

Besides the kandra, Mr. Sanderson has created some other intriguing creatures: the koloss who never stop growing even when their skin can no longer stretch and who think of themselves as human, the inquisitors who have metal spikes through their brains and bodies (we don't know the purpose of these spikes yet). This is my favorite aspect of this series — Mr. Sanderson's wonderful imagination.

The Well of Ascension is very well written (other than the constant "pausing" that I mentioned in my review of Mistborn) and the audiobook, read by Michael Kramer, is a treat to listen to.

The Well of Ascension answers a lot of questions which we were left wondering about after Mistborn, but there are just as many questions still left. I have no doubt that all will be made clear in The Hero of Ages (which I am already listening to). This is a well-planned trilogy and this middle book ends with the promise of plenty more surprises yet to come. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
The pace was somewhat slower than the first book until about the middle of the story. Overall a very good continuation to the series with some interesting development mostly towards the end. ( )
  Guide2 | Mar 26, 2014 |
With my new method of reading the push-pull bits with one eye shut worked beautifully. This second book takes on a life of its own, focusing on Vin, the young king Elend Venture, and Sazed the 'keeper'. It is clear that something doesn't make sense about certain foretellings, and Sazed strives to puzzle them out while Elend tries to figure out how to be a decent king and Vin comes to terms with who and what she is. She also has to contend with the arrival of a new Mistborn (I think maybe he turns up near the end of Book one, can't recall already) and what that means to her. There are fewer fight scenes but all throughout it is clear events are building to a major attack on Luthadel and this is a whopper and a half. At then end, there is, naturally, a twist and a develop which makes the next book inevitable! But I'm ok with it. The characters and overall energy of the story, with some good innovations and ideas make it a four star read for me. **** ( )
  sibyx | Mar 1, 2014 |
Eland Venture and his Mistborn love Vin may have defeated the Lord Ruler, but their troubles are far from over. Outside their city they are besieged by three separate invading armies, including Eland's own cruel father. Inside the city former nobles and scheming merchants plot to overthrow Eland, and enslave the Skaa population all over again. The dreaded mists no longer keep to just the night. Now the mists are starting to stay longer and longer in the morning, slowly killing the people and the land, already ravaged by its mysteries. Even Eland and Vin's great love for each other may not be enough to save them from all of the enemies that seek their destruction. Worst of all is the drumming of some mysterious power that calls to Vin. Leading her to seek out the Well of Ascension. Will this be the power that can set the land free or will it lead to the lands final destruction? ( )
  queencersei | Jan 5, 2014 |
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Vin's struggles with love and power inject the human element into Sanderson's engaging epic.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Regina Schroeder (Aug 1, 2007)
 
This entertaining read will especially please those who always wanted to know what happened after the good guys won.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765356139, Mass Market Paperback)

Evil has been defeated. The war has just begun.

They did the impossible, deposing the godlike being whose brutal rule had lasted a thousand years. Now Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire.

They have barely begun when three separate armies attack. As the siege 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.

It may just be that killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge.

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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, Yin 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.… (more)

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