The Well of Ascension

The Well of Ascension

Book - 2007
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

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.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2007
ISBN: 9780765316882
Branch Call Number: SANDERS
Characteristics: 590 p. : maps ; 25 cm


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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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