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The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  162,100 Ratings  ·  8,034 Reviews
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
ebook, 698 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Tor Books (first published August 21st 2007)
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Kat O'Keeffe
Jan 13, 2015 Kat O'Keeffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I can't handle how amazing this series is. Brandon Sanderson continues to overwhelm me with his impressive storytelling skills. Just like in The Final Empire, the world and the characters and the story were all beyond fantastic. There must be some kind of sorcery involved in how this man weaves together plot threads, because really.

I can't say much more without spoilers, but if you have not yet read this series, READ IT. SERIOUSLY. READ IT.
Christine Riccio
May 09, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The overall book is a solid 4 stars bUT THE LAST 100 PAGES IS 5 STARS NO QUESTION OMG
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

3.5 stars

Anytime I'm reading fantasy for review, I take copious notes. In fact, most of the time, my review is pretty much written by the time I finish the book, I just need to make slight alterations to account for any last minute goings on.

And I like that, b/c your average fantasy is 2 - 3x longer than any other book. Trying to go back after the fact and recall all the key details would be a nightmare.


Brandon Sanderson has consistently thwarted me in this area. And
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Holy son of a biscuit eater!!! THIS BOOK! I loved it, loved it, loved it! Sanderson tackled most of my feels in this book and YES I cried here and there but most of it was happy crying. My dog even looked at me like I was crazy when I was laughing and crying and yelling YES at certain parts.

Vin landed softly on the damp cobblestones, watching as the mists began to form around her. They puffed into existence as darkness fell, growing like tangles of translucent vines, twisting and wrapping aroun
Bookdragon Sean
I like a story that surprises me, and this series keeps doing it. The ending of the last book was undoubtedly epic. I don’t know how Brandon Sanderson does it. It felt like the closing chapter for these characters, but, in reality, it was only the beginning of the series. The Lord Ruler’s death could have been the ending, but he was only the surface issue. Indeed, with his death a whole host of problems arose, and none of them are as simple as they appear. This proved that the generic plot of th ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sorry in advance about the bad language but....


Okay, everyone just read this series, okay? okay.
Cait • A Page with a View
4.5 stars. Oh man, these books are hard to rate. This was a lot like the first one where I was mildly interested in the beginning, then pretty bored for a good chunk of the book... and then flipping through the last 20% like

I was SO into the brilliant last bit that I ended the book thinking 5 STARS. GREATEST BOOK EVER. Buuuuut then I remembered that most of the book was more like

I don't want to say much about the plot that would spoil this book, but I'll still hide these few plot points in case
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
Cait (Paper Fury)
I have only one word for this and it is: #nope. This was the most insufferably tedious book of my life. And duuuude, I loved The Final Empire! It was exciting and had a con artist thing going on and magical wizard people with an epic magic system. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SEQUEL. I went from adoring Sanderson to probably never trying a book by him again.

Excuse me. I kind of need to walk into a brick wall and scream a little because I am so 100000% done with this this beast.

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.
Oct 31, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This nearly destroyed me and I absolutely loved it.
Jessica (priceiswong)
Jan 15, 2016 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
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Sep 07, 2007 Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Hasham Rasool
'The Well of Ascension' genres are fantasy and sci-fi.

'The Well of Ascension' is a very different book than The Final Empire but I am enjoyed reading it.

This book has focused little bit Elend Venture, more insecurities of Vin and it has introduced a new character Zane.

It is a stupendous sequel.

I love this book so much Alhamdulillah!
Jan 19, 2015 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars.
I definitely did not see foreshadowing happen this time because I DIDNT SEE THAT COMING.
Still love Elend. Still love Vin. Still love Sazed.
This series is going to KILL ME I can feel it.
“People who underestimated you were easier to manipulate.”

(I lowkey thought picking a quote would be easier but nope. They're all amazing so, I did eenie meenie minie mo.)






It had suspense

It had action (Made me wanna pop in the book and fight people)

It had strong, wise, reckless, flawed, fierce characters that eventually grow on you. I loved seeing their growth in this book especially Elend and Vin. (view spoiler)
Feb 02, 2015 Merna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book goes something likes this:

Elend and the group: Hey, we need to find a way to defeat these two armies, led by tyrants, who've come to conquer the city.

Elend and the group:Yes, we should! But first, let us talk about it for 500 pages.

Anyway, I've read many reviews that mention this book is slow paced, but to even describe this book merely 'slow-paced' is a big understatement. I think glacial pace describes it much better. You keep thinking it's going to pick up, after all, it's 700 pages
Clau R.
Aug 22, 2016 Clau R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-ship-them, 2016
4.5 stars
"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
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
So this was still a great read but i just couldn't bring myself to love it as much as Mistborn: The Final Empire! *cries*. How to describe my feelings.. hum.. I guess, if you take out Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle that's how i felt. Still a good book but its just missing the characters i was obsessed with!


Buddy read with my girl, Diana Bautista!!

Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
The Well of Ascension was a beautiful follow-up to The Final Empire. There's so much going on now that it's difficult to speak on a lot of the specifics, so my review will focus on more general overview of what I enjoyed and what I didn't.


The plot was by far the strongest point of the novel. I was just so engrossed in all of the political conversations happening here. I like my high fantasy heavy on the political intrigue with dashes of cunning & betrayal.

Plus the last little bit of t
Robin (Bridge Four)
Shadows of Self should be released October 6th. So what better excuse do I need to reread every book in the Mistborn world? NONE!!!

One of the things that I love about a Sanderson book, and there are many, is that they stand up upon re-read. On this read I knew the twists, I knew the characters and still I felt every high and low all over again. I saw the very subtle clues to the twist and foreshadowing and was as impressed with the writing the second time through as the first. That is a great fe
Dylan Williams
Jan 30, 2015 Dylan Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH. MY. GOD. Brandon Sanderson is selling me a drug that I can't get enough of!

I think it did drag out a big towards the middle of the book, so plot wise it wasn't quite as strong as the first one. But even considering that this book still solidly deserves a 5-star rating. This series is blowing my mind and I am loving every moment of it.
Ecmel Soylu
Jan 27, 2016 Ecmel Soylu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ay noluyo be.
Peter Tr
After finishing The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) I wrote in my review that I had no idea why Brandon Sanderson didn't leave the story there (with a perfect conclusion), but instead decided to create a trilogy, risking to "degrade" the whole plot. Unfortunately, I was proved right. The Well of Ascension was a poor sequel.

To begin with, there was zero development in the supporting characters. They all seemed flat, written in the same voice, and a carbon of each other. I had trouble even distinguish
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
Vin frowned, then glanced at Elend. He seemed...distracted. "I don't like her," she said.
Elend smiled, stacking up the books on his table. "You don't like anyone when you first meet them, Vin."
"I liked you."
"Thereby demonstrating that you are a terrible judge of character."

Weeeellll peeps, it's official. I am in love with Brandon Sanderson. It isn't simply because he has some of the most unforgiving battle scenes ever, and it isn't because his books make me laugh more than they probably should
3.5 stars – spoilers for The Final Empire
"How insane are you feeling at the moment?"

The Well of Ascension didn’t quite live up to my expectations, but it was still a pretty good read. After the death of the Lord Ruler, the world is in chaos. Young Elend Venture has taken control, but he’s young and inexperienced and has a bit of an idealistic way of ruling, which will easily be taken advantage of. Several armies wish to seize power for themselves, resulting in a very tense stalemate, and Lutha
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