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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 powerf...more
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Published April 1st 2010 by Tor Books (first published August 21st 2007)
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Grant
Mar 03, 2013 Grant rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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I'm continually impressed with Brandon Sanderson, and I appreciate the subtle (at least to me) morality in his books. As most people who read his books will know, Sanderson comes from a Mormon background, and I think this only enhances his ability and perspective as a writer.

I read his first widely published novel Elantris a few years back. The pace, magic, character development, etc., was all good, esp. for a first novel. I eventually picked up Mistborn a few months after its release and this...more
Becky
Oh my gosh, this book should have been called "The Well of Absolute Tension". Tense is the perfect word to describe this book. Luthadel is surrounded on all sides by enemies, they have a weak but idealistic king, no food, a small army and winter is coming. There are spies everywhere it seems, and murders keep occurring with no explanation... *gnaws fingers* Tense, I say!

I loved the political and espionagical (I know that's not a real word... I just made it up.) feel of this book. I loved learni...more
Markus
"Chaos and stability, the mist was both. Upon the land there was an empire, within that empire were a dozen shattered kingdoms, within those kingdoms were cities, towns, villages, plantations. And above them all, within them all, around them all, was the mist. It was more constant than the sun, for it could not be hidden by clouds. It was more powerful than the storms, for it would outlast any weather’s fury. It was always there. Changing, but eternal."

The Well of Ascension takes place one year...more
Anila
This is That Book.

You know the one.

The one you've daydreamed about.

The one you hope, deep in your little reader heart, you'll finally find.

The one with the plot that is both wide-ranging and intensely personal; with the characters who are all nuanced and flawed; with the complicated political intrigues to keep you guessing; with the shocking twists that are, true to form, both surprising and inevitable.

You've slogged through the morass of uninspiring Twilight clones. You've suffered through dyst...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I feel here as if I ought to apologize to my friends who love these books. The first was okay but I found the pacing a bit slow and had a "my interest comes and goes" experience. Sadly if I compare the pacing of the first volume of the series to the pacing in this one (the second volume) the story in volume 1 moved like the wind.

I know that some are very involved here and love these, and I can see why. The characters have depth and you get an "in depth" view of their lives. Not only their lives...more
Regan
Sorry in advance about the bad language but....

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.

Okay, everyone just read this series, okay? okay.
Felicia
This book was...not very good. I absolutely loved the first book, it was sooo good! I still love the magical device he uses, but honestly this book did not live up to the first. The main character becomes pretty stupid, and the love interest was never that interesting. I will read the third book, but my hopes are not high.
Karla

5 Riveting Stars!! Lord Ruler…was that good!! Mesmerizing, edge of your seat, hand-wringing good!! No, not just good…ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Just when you think you have it all figured out…you don’t. So many twists and turns, I was getting dizzy! I can’t even imagine what’s going to come next. I need The Hero of Ages now!!

Michael Kramer rocked the narration!
[Name Redacted By Goodreads Because Irrelevant to Review]
I am having a very hard time beginning this book, largely because I hate Vin as a character and I could not care less about Elend, yet those two are apparently the focus of this entry in the series. Felicia Day's review of this book leads me to believe that things do not improve. *sigh*

UPDATE: Sazed has his own chapters! This is a very good thing as he was my favorite character in the first novel, and the only one to whom I could fully relate (three guesses as to why). I hope it doesn't turn out...more
Sara
This book really frustrated me. The wonderful momentum present in the first book ground to a halt. Rebuilding a government is obviously less exciting than tearing it down, but that wasn't the main issue for me.

Sanderson spent so much time rehashing the first book, that I never felt like we were in the present story. There was way too much reflecting, and not enough acting; especially since most of the reflection felt expository. It's a trilogy-- we know there was another book. You only need a f...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]

Let me be honest. This feels like Shannara 2.0

I am aware that I am committing sacrilege in the fantasy world. The Shannara series has long been scoffed at by modern fantasy fans as “Tolkien-Lite.” I would agree; when I recently attempted to reread The Sword of Shannara, I found it disturbingly simplistic. However, in the early 1980s, there wasn’t much available in the local library’s fantasy/sci-fi section. I discovered the Shannara series as I worked my way through the small collection, and it...more
Choco
Before I say anything, let me make clear: THIS. WAS. AWESOME.

... I don't know how to rate it ...

4.4? How's that?

See, there were parts in this one that I liked better than the last one, but... that ending in the last one killed me, which makes it a much stronger book. Yeah... 0.1 isn't much, but honestly, what else am I supposed to do? 4 just feels too low, 4.5 won't be fair to the first book -- OH! Wait, I think I got it! I'll bump the last one to 4.7, and leave this at 4.5. Yes, I think I wil...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
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“A man can only stumble for so long before he either falls or stands up straight.”

This is what I think the central theme to the entire book is. All of the characters are stumbling through their new positions and lives in a new world without the Lord Ruler. After being repressed for so long each member of Kelsier’s remaining crew and Elend the new King are trying to build a better country. That in itself is hard enough but a new challenge arises when Lord Straff besieges th...more
Erica (daydreamer)
Warning: this review is long, and may contain spoilers of Mistborn. If you don’t read it, let me tell you the gist of my rambling praise. Read this book. Now. Or forever regret your decision. And now, for my stark love of this awesomely stupendous book.

This book is utterly brilliant. Brilliant says I! I bow down before Sanderson for his startling ingenious mind. I cower before him. I envy him, I admire him. He is my ultimate role model in how to write a novel that will stand out for its uniquene...more
Mr. Matt
The Well of Ascension was a good book. It was also somewhat of a let down after Mistborn. Many times it feels like the second book of a series is not quite as good. That makes a certain amount of sense. Book one is about setting things up, building the world and starting the action. Book three brings everything to closure in a climax. Book two, by contrast, is simply a transition. You have to get through it to get to the good stuff at the end. I'm not sure that this is the case with The Well of...more
Benjamin Duffy
A solid step forward from the cool-but-flawed first book in the Mistborn series. A few observations, in bullet point form, since I'm too lazy to write coherent paragraphs today:

- There's no slow start here, as the book begins kicking ass immediately. Sanderson pays you, the reader, the compliment of assuming you've read the first book, and there's little time spent in review. As a result, this book grabs you quickly and doesn't let go.

- Sanderson definitely opens his vocabulary up a bit more in...more
Hanne

Despite the 800 pages I finished this book in 3 reading days. That's typically already an indication of me liking a book. When reading trilogies, i often have concerns about the second book - somehow they often end up having no plot of themselves and only serving as a big chessboard to bring everything in the right place for the endgame. But i don't think this one suffered from that. It has a solid plotline of its own, while at the same time putting all the pieces in place for book 3.

It does st...more
Schnaucl
Feb 11, 2008 Schnaucl marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. I liked the first one a lot. But it turns out that putting together a government is far less interesting and exciting than overthrowing one. It's possible the pace picked up later, but after reading well over 100 pages it just wasn't working for me. I think there's actually a point to be made that overthrowing a government is easy and exciting, creating one from the ground up is much more difficult and not nearly as exciting. Still, I genuinely like politics an...more
Rabindranauth
Second Book Syndrome strikes, the hardest case of it I’ve ever experienced.

The Well of Ascension picks up a year after the events of Mistborn. Following the death of the Lord Ruler, nobles instantly scramble to carve out their own kingdoms from the still-warm carcass of the Final Empire. Elend Venture is now the King of Luthadel, aided in his administration of government by most of the characters from the first book. An administration plagued with problems as Elend strives to solidify his positi...more
Justin
Let me first say that The Well of Ascension is an excellent book. It continues the story of Vin and the Kelsier crew in their struggle to save the world from certain doom. With out giving away spoilers, I can't really say much more than that. I will however say how I felt about the book in general. The Well of Ascension is a lot slower paced than the first it the series. It honestly takes about 3/4 of the book to really feel like something significant in the overall story has progressed. A main...more
David Sven
I really enjoyed revisiting The Mistborn Universe in this second book of the trilogy. The audio narration by Michael Kramer was excellent as ever and again really added to my enjoyment of the story.

The story picks up a year after the events of The Final Empire. Elend Venture has taken over as King of Luthadel where he sets up the representative government he could only dream of while The Lord Ruler was still alive. The thieving crew that brought down the Empire become royal advisors and Vin retu...more
Juan Manuel
This is a very good book, although a little slow to start picking a good pace. However, as with the first one, I couldn't put it down once I started it. Will get the next one un about two weeks.

The plot and the characters are as likable as ever, and the books is realistic when it deals with the very difficult issue of trying to lead people you are in charge of (for instance when you are the boss). You can not be too friendly and informal because they will not respect you, but that doesn't mean...more
Sandi
"The Well of Ascension", the sequel to "Mistborn" is good, but not as good as its predecessor. Sanderson does display the same skill with pacing and character as he does in "Mistborn", but I didn't find myself caring as much about what was happening as I did with the first book. I do give it four stars because I did enjoy it and it was a fun, exciting read. It just suffers in comparison to the first book. I just can't pinpoint why.
Bcvs
Once again, it was all there. The amazing characters, the clues, the action, the emotional turmoil, the lore and of course, the tragic love story.
And all you Fandersons out there can stop smiling smugly.
I'm on to you!
Jonathan
What an astounding sequel to a brilliant original book. Probably one of the stronger sequels I've ever read. And in many ways I enjoyed this almost more than the original.

It focused more on the character of Eland Venture, opened up on more of the insecurities of Vin, introduced the new character of Zane and also provided insight into creatures such as the kandra and koloss.

I loved how Sanderson not only addresses such fascinating world-building ideas but cobbled them together with the political...more
Jeff
SANDERSON!!! You sand baggin son of a B. What in the actual crap did you just actually write into this story? God damn it I am so utterly speechless, and I hate how sly and clever you are with your plot twists. This might possibly be one of the best twists I have ever read.....I can't even believe that these last 5 chapters actually just happened. "Hey how can we completely turn this plot 180? Oh let's do it this way...man whoever reads this is gonna be fired up after this one." Yeah cool bro......more
Ben Babcock
Congratulations, Hero. You have defeated the Big Bad and freed the empire from its thousand-year reign of terror. Everyone is now free! Well, kind of. You still have to feed and clothe them. And the nobility won’t suddenly want to mix with the peasants. Oh, and the more remote regions have started calving off into kingdoms of their own faster than you can say “melting ice caps” (and I can say it pretty fast).

What, you expected post-victory life to be easy? Some kind of utopia?

Most fantasy books...more
Stephen
4.0 stars. This is big, epic fantasy at its absolute best. Brandon Sanderson is a phenomenal writer and even at almost 900 pages, this book was rarely boring (though there were a few slow parts). Great characters, a very unique and compelling magic system, unique and well designed "other races" and superb world-building. Again, big, epic fantasy does not get much better than this. Highly recommended!!
Sally Howes
THE WELL OF ASCENSION is everything a second book in a trilogy should be, it is the fulcrum upon which the entire trilogy turns, and it is a fulcrum of such strength that it apparently effortlessly bears the load of the weighty epic that is the Mistborn series. In saying that the trilogy "turns" on this second book, I mean that in every sense of the word, and there are not just one but several jaw-dropping twists to accompany those turns. The book even has shades of the detective novel in that t...more
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