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The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  89,501 ratings  ·  4,127 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
Hardcover, 590 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Tor Books
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Mar 03, 2013 Grant rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
"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
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
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
Sorry in advance about the bad language but....


Okay, everyone just read this series, okay? okay.
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.
Fan-freaking-tastic. It doesn't suffer from 'middle book syndrome.' In fact, I almost enjoyed it more than the first book. It did drag a tiny bit in the middle, which is why I'm giving it a 4.5/5. Nevertheless, excellent continuation and set-up for the next book, which I need to read now!
i want to die. this book makes me want to die.

nothing can prepare you for this installment. i thought after reading mistborn: the final empire, i would at least have a brief glimpse of brandon sanderson's abilities. now i just feel foolish. so much happened, and i expected none of it. god, that ending...

(obviously, this book is insane. insanely awesome, but also insane. read it.)
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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
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

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!
It's strange to go into the second book of a trilogy and find that you have absolutely no frigging clue what is ahead. For all intents and purposes the primary objective of the series has been completed, hasn't it? There were definite winners in that story, so what now?

The Well of Ascension takes place a year after the Lord Ruler was defeated and Elend Venture is King of The Final Empire. But, his rule is failing, and his people are suffering.

There are new bad guys afoot. Elend's own father, St

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
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
I feel bad giving this book only 4 stars. It's amazing and I loved every minute of it, however, it was much more of a slower pace than the first one. Where as The Final Empire was taking action to change things, The Well of Ascension was talking about how to take action. Even given the slow pace, I still loved this book. It had almost everything I loved about the first: the characters, witty banter, action scenes, and the uniquely wonderful magic system that I'm obsessed with.

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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
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
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
My feelings for this book are quite mixed. For the first half of this story I was actually fairly disappointed. I trudged through the first, at least, 200 pages of the book hoping that something, ANYTHING would happen. This part of the book was pretty void of all action and was more concerned with the planning stages, discussing problems and how they would solve them. 200 pages of this was excessive and rather boring and this is the reason that I simply could not give this book 5 stars
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
I've read quite a few dystopian novels lately and I have to say that I thought some of them weren't very original, they seemed to steal ideas from other trilogies, or I felt that I could have probably written them myself. But with the Mistborn series I am in awe with how original, unique and engaging it is. I loved the first two books and can't seem to get enough!! On to the next one I go...
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*4.5 stars*

I couldn't put this book down, it was insane. Still not a big fan of Elend, still don't know why (this kind of explains the rating). But I loved everything else and I can't wait to read the third book!
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

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
A great sequel to Mistborn, but the middle did lag a bit. And even though I still love Elend and Vin, they did get on my nerves quite a few times. However, the twist, turns, and revelations in the second half had me on the edge of my seat. Must read book 3 ASAP!

Feb 11, 2008 Schnaucl marked it as unfinished
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
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
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 whoever reads this is gonna be fired up after this one." Yeah cool bro... ...more
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