The Well of Ascension

The Well of Ascension

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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, 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tor, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765356130
Call Number: SANDERSON
Characteristics: xii, 796 p. : maps ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Courts and courtiers -- Fiction.
Sieges -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.


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Oct 28, 2020

The second entry in Sanderson's Mistborn series continues his richly developed world of political intrigue and heroism. Sanderson displays world-building talent to rival the best of any epic fantasy, propelled by a likeable rogue heroine who is one of the practitioners of metal-based magic, heir to the title Hero of Ages. Readers who value character development as well as fast-paced plotting and a fully imagined world.

ArapahoeTiegan Sep 02, 2020

I love the slow build Sanderson has of revealing some of the mysteries of this world. Not everything is what you think it might be and what seems right may actually be wrong. I keep feeling myself needing a moment to gasp "what?!" and process.

Aug 08, 2020

book 2 of series next book is Hero of the Ages

Apr 28, 2020

Really terrific story! All of the characters are really well-defined and well-rounded. The story line moves at a really good pace. The magic really works for me. As with other Sanderson books I have read, the big battle results in a real bloodbath. I was wondering how there were going to be any of the main characters left for the rest of the series. It seems like the author must have studied acrobats a lot in preparation for this book as all of the aerial motion seemed so real. I read quite a few world builder fantasy series and Sanderson is clearly a master of the genre.

PimaLib_ChristineR May 24, 2019

Sanderson seems to be gaining broader recognition and it is well-deserved. The Well of Ascension, for example, is a huge tome that primarily deals with political maneuvering and emotions, but it's still a page-turner. Looking back, I could probably sum up the plot in a few sentences, but the pacing (almost) never felt like it was dragging and while there is relationship drama, it isn't that false teen angst that drives me insane.

Vin and Elend are a sum greater than their parts as Elend tries to rule his country from the capital of Luthadel, after the death of the Lord Ruler. Vin is pragmatic, preferring action over analysis. Elend seems to have a bit of analysis paralysis, trying to make his country as fair as it can be, and always the optimist. However, the nobility of old isn't going to give up their positions of power without a fight...or assassins. Whatever does the job.

The pair rely on their old comrades to help them become the leaders the people need them to be, while Vin becomes more disturbed by the mists that are increasingly ominous and pervasive. Vin and her dead master Kelsier are the central figures of a new religious movement. A movement that Vin is completely uncomfortable with, but that Elend knows he will need to use to sway his people. Meanwhile, the city is under attack from multiple sources looking for the atium supplies of the Lord Ruler. Okay, maybe I couldn't explain the whole plot in a few minutes. There's a lot of plot. But all these forces are pulling on Vin and Elend in different ways, and they both wonder if they have betrayed, or let down, the other in some way.

A star off for: extended navel-gazing. Yes, it does get overwhelming sometimes. Also, if you're looking for any sort of diversity, you're not going to find it here. This is a milquetoast world. And, can we talk about these covers? Who stole these covers off of 1970s sci-fi? Horrible.

Sanderson takes the time to create characters that are full and developed, even as he drives the plot forward. I'm not a big reader of these long fantasy cycles, but this is a series I will keep reading and an author I will look for again and again.

Apr 25, 2019

Book 2

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.

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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.

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


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