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The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)

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Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. Three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Wel ...more
Paperback, 781 pages
Published December 10th 2009 by Gollancz (first published August 21st 2007)
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Kat O'Keeffe
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I FINISHED THIS AGES AGO AND IT WAS AWESOME : here's my booktalk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMeGD...
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Re-read on audio and just as awesome the second time! Vin is still my hero!

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
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Samantha
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The overall book is a solid 4 stars bUT THE LAST 100 PAGES IS 5 STARS NO QUESTION OMG
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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.

BUT.

Brandon Sanderson has consistently thwarted me in this area. And
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C.G. Drews
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
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.

A BRIEF LIST OF WHY I AM A
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Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Please don’t hate me, but I just didn’t love this one as much as the first. As someone else described, I think it suffered from “Middle Book syndrome”, and really that’s on me. I almost always struggle with the middle installment of a trilogy, even if I 5 STAR Books 1 and 3. There were things I loved, but it felt like the flow didn’t build as well in this one as before. I will say that Sazed’s plot line was the crown jewel of this book! I adore that man and I love his development throughout as w ...more
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
April
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a thrilling sequel.
Regan
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sorry in advance about the bad language but....

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.

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 throughout most of the book I 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 p
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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
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Ginger
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This series has been AMAZING. Just brilliant!
I did a BR with my pal ChopinFC. Aaaand, I turned into Usain Bolt while reading this book. Sorry Rod! 😬

Both books have gone in completely different directions and I’ve enjoyed that so much. Usually the 2nd book in a series is not as strong but that’s not the case in The Well of Ascension.
I’m so impressed with Brandon Sanderson on this series. He has written a world that is detailed and complicated. It's always on the edge of war, starvation or total c
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Taylor
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-books
AMAZING. ASTOUNDING. INCREDIBLE. I HAVE BEEN SHOOK TO MY CORE.

RTC when I'm not a complete and utter mess.
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.
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.

Plot:

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
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Imane
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
“It's easy to believe in something when you win all the time...The losses are what define a man's faith.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension


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Sanderson does it again. This book is absolutely amazing !!
All in all, "The Well of Ascension" is an exciting sequel to "The Final Empire", full of what made the first book so compelling: a great cast of characters, amazing development, an eerily magical world and a thrilling storyline. I will definitely be reading the final book of the trilogy, "Th
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Hannah
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This nearly destroyed me and I absolutely loved it.
Jessica
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
See my full discussion (with GIFs :P) at www.priceiswong.com
Adina
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
The Well of Ascension is the 2nd installment of the famous Mistborn series and, as expected, it suffers from the middle book syndrome. I enjoyed reading the new adventures of Vin and the crew but not as much as in The Final Empire. The majority of the plot revolves around the siege of Luthadel by enemies and the planning to protect the city. While some aspects were interesting I believe the talking went on and on for too long. Secondly, the Vin’s teenage angst and doubts about herself and her re ...more
Caitlin
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha i'm dead

fucking dead

cya

goodbye

deceased

cry at my funeral

bye
Kogiopsis
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
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Grant
Sep 07, 2007 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
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Merna
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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aria [dear darling reader]

“That's the point, isn't it? We have to live on, no matter how hard it gets. We'll win in the end.”


Rating: 4.5 stars

I am just in love with this series. I am completely, utterly, irrevocably, in love with this world and this characters. Brandon Sanderson, you can do no wrong in my book.

IT'S OFFICIAL. YOU ARE MY FAVE AUTHOR IN THE ENTIRE PLANET, UNIVERSE, GALAXY!

I can gush on and on about how much I love this. I really can. But that won't really make this a review, won't it?

So let's get o
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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!
Kaylin (The Hiatus Queen)
3.5 Stars

Overview:


“Vin isn’t…like other women.”
“I think that the more women you come to know, Your Majesty, the more you’ll find that statement applies to all of them.”


It’s always hard to write reviews for books I didn’t love or hate. Especially since everyone has such strong feelings about this series. I enjoyed it? I didn’t love it?

Pros:

Can I be Vin when I grow up?

Honestly one of my favorite fantasy heroines ever. This book in particular showed her attempt to balance her femininity with he
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Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
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I'm not underwhelmed, I'm just merely whelmed.


One of the problems that cut into my enjoyment is that the snappy pace of the first book is totally missing here. Taking place a year after the events of the first book, Luthadel is under siege by a number of enemy armies seeking to take control of its resources. Unfortunately, that siege is a long, drawn out affair filled with pages and pages of characters sitting around and disagreeing
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Maureen
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars.
Oh man. OH MAN OH MAN OH MAN THIS BOOK.
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.
Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
“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.)

ANYWAY,

THIS

MOTHEREFFING

BOOK

THOUGH !!




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)
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Mistborn (7 books)
  • The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
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