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The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2) (edition 2008)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Title:The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2)
Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Tor Fantasy (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 796 pages
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Both the plot and the criticism for this one might possibly be summed up as: "Establishing a new system of order is not as simple, straightforward or compelling as bringing down the old." As the characters struggle with the new complexities of the situation - and the strains they bring to their selves and their relationships - so the reader also struggles with the subtleties and nuances that just aren't as viscerally entertaining as the ruthless crusade against vile tyranny. That said, it's all still interesting and well-written, moves along well, and finishes up with a humdinger of a genre-paradigm-subverting concept.

I wonder if the problem may be found in a big honking spoiler for [b:Mistborn: The Final Empire|68428|Mistborn The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)|Brandon Sanderson|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1312038619s/68428.jpg|66322]: that Kelsier was just a damn phenomenal character, drawn in brilliant conflicting and unflinching colours, and in his absence, there's just no one and nothing anywhere near as compelling. He was the pivot-point of the first volume, and now it feels a little hollow.

Still interested in how the trilogy finishes up, but not desperate to know right now. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
I didn't know if this was going to be the book to get me out of my rut, but it would appear that it's started me back on the right path! This is Book 2 of the Mistborn trilogy, and in a few ways it suffers from second book syndrome: it has to get us from the first book to the third. The first 200 pages were a bit slow (court politics, etc.), but once I passed it, the plot picked up significantly. Highlights from this one: revisiting beloved characters, meeting some new ones, and mourning the loss of some old ones. If you've read the Shades of Magic trilogy and enjoyed them, I highly recommend this trilogy. It's IS unique, but you'll find some shared elements at the forefront: fast-paced plot, strong characters, and awesome worldbuilding. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Jul 23, 2019 |
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  SaraChook | Jun 19, 2019 |
The most interesting thing about this book is watching Vin's powers grow and how she copes with both the way she is changing and her relationship with Eland. I liked how the relationship resolves in the end, though the end of the plot is discouraging - a typical second book in a trilogy. There are some hard losses in this book ( )
  tjsjohanna | May 26, 2019 |
This amazing saga continues to deliver with its amazing characters and world.

The themes of leadership, philosophy, religion, thinking, continue strong in here. I consider it to be more political, with more power maneuvering and armies involved and its a good thing. The story gets better and better and every chapter you keep feeling "The plot thickens!".

If you're a fantasy and loved the first book, then you know what to do! ( )
  Igor_Veloso | May 12, 2019 |
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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.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Jun 18, 2007)

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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:37 -0400)

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Vin, the former street urchin and protege of Kelsier, is now heir to the Mistborn and the new world Kelsier created. When a mad race of giants attempt to take the former capital, Luthadel, Vin and her rebel allies must save the city and its hidden cache of allomancy metals from siege.

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