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The Well of Ascension

Mistborn, Book 2
Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
5 out of 5 stars (618 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2007 Brandon Sanderson (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"All the explosive action any adventure fan could want." ( Locus)
"A great epic fantasy.... Fans of Terry Goodkind and Terry Brooks will find The Well of Ascension fulfilling, satisfying, and incredibly exciting." ( SFRevu.com)
"Vin's struggles with love and power inject the human element into Sanderson's engaging epic." ( Booklist)

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Amazing story, and incredible read! I want more!!

Amazing story, and incredible read! I want more!! I was hooked by the narrator, and his ability to provide a voice different for every character. Hope I can make book 3 last longer than a week!

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Oh yeahhhh

This series does not disappoint whatsoever. What a great second book. Cannot wait to get to the next one. Brandon Sanderson is beautiful brutal, and Michael Kramer delivers as if ash is falling in his living room

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Worse than the first

Poorly written and annoying love triangle, main character does nothing for most of the book

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Continued greatness

Another outstanding reading by Michael Kramer, and the continued brilliance of Brandon Sanderson. Highly recommended if you enjoyed the first book.

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brandon sanderson is the best

brilliant book and narration. secret history makes this that much more intriguing. fantasy readers will love.

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It was really good!

I really liked it, it was a bit slower at the beginning but it’s gets better. I love both of Mistborn books!

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Too slow of a read with an unrewarding ending

The performance was excelent. Sadly this book is not written well enough. It is moving slow. And the ending is not rewarding the effort of having to listen to it. Disappointed,

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well done!

Well done! Complex story well delivered. Characters well developed and themes that apply across humanity.

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WOW

WOW I AM BLOWN AWAY HOLY MOLY @HBO SCREW GAME OF THRONES THIS IS WHERE IT'S AT

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Speechless

I can not believe ba book series could be so good. I'm like a crack addict fumbling over my phone trying to get the third book now...

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  • Robert
  • Yamhill, OR, United States
  • 2011-07-21

It keeps getting even better

I am writing this after having finished the entire trilogy. While this was an incredible book and stands alone just fine on its own, I wanted to reserve judgement on each book till I finished the trilogy in order to put each one into perspective. This was my first Bandon Sanderson book and I loved it. At first, it was challenging to get into the whole concept of Allomancy but I eventually did and appreciated every aspect of this masterpiece. The books moved quickly, the story is rich in its treatments of many aspects personal character, politics, government, philosophy and religion. And each character is fully developed to the point where we probably care about all of them including some of the bad ones. The world created by Brandon Sanderson and stunningly narrated by Michael Kramer is not like any one I or probably any of us could have possibly imagined. As long as this trilogy was, I am so sorry to have it finally end.

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  • Jeff
  • Tulsa, OK, USA
  • 2010-01-28

Slower but worthwhile

I just finished the third book. The second is the slowest and least rewarding of the three, but the plot it provides makes the third book pretty incredible. I would suggest that before purchasing this book that you commit to also listening to the third book. If you liked the first book as much as I did, this would be a no-brainer. If you didn't like the first book, I would certainly not recommend the Well of Ascension.

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  • John
  • MS
  • 2012-02-08

Too long - bogs down

Not exactly sure why this book was titled Well of Ascension as only the last hour or so really pushes that plot point. Most (98%) of the plot deals with somewhat repetitive politics and activities in Luthadell. Most of the minimal lightness/funny moments from the first book are gone as the plot trudges through the normal middle book main character mental tortures so many trilogies follow these days. Could have cut at least 8 hours in the plot and you'd never have noticed.

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  • Wesley
  • 2014-11-16

OMG Save me from teenage romantic melodrama

Any additional comments?

You know, pointing out that the main character is an emotionally unstable teenage girl, and thus prone to making really stupid decisions, doesn't prevent it from being really damn annoying when she does make them. Seriously, did we have to go with the cliche love triangle here? And did we have to use the cliche trope of having each person having one particular bit of information that would solve their relationship issue, but by CRAZY COINCIDENCE, neither of them ever has the moment to tell the other about it? So they both come away feeling rejected by the other, all over a bit of miscommunication and incredibly forced circumstances by the writer? I really enjoy Brandon's work, and I've really enjoyed the series as a whole, but my god he hammers home this annoying, tired, played to death story device of pushing the characters into the 3rd act turmoil through relationship crap. It's really annoying, and has directly caused me to give this story a rating of 3.

And Vinn's suffocating self-loathing is beyond tolerable, especially since it ends up driving the plot down some very stupid routes. Seriously girl, go buy a Stabbing Westward cd and get over yourself.

The audio work by Michael Kramer is excellent as always, 5 stars there, but man, the crap with Vinn and Ellend is so....soap opera that I keep predicting where it's going next, because it's so transparent. Ugh.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-12-18

Misleading title...

Loved the fantasy and action! Hated nearly everything else. Was expecting a book about adventure, fantasy, and heroics - like in the first book. Unfortunately got a book about politics, hapless romantics, and people who can't make up their minds. The story was also mostly predictable and hardly about the Well of Ascension... For the great narration and the bits of fantasy/action, I give this book three stars.

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  • Pie
  • Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
  • 2009-12-22

ehh. Too much for so little story movement...

7-8 hours into this one... I realized that the story (so fascinatingly hinted at)... was moving at a snails pace. Why? Because we are learning SO MUCH about EVERY single character remaining from the Mistborn book....and we are spending SO MUCH time... reiterating what has passed. People. Not interested in the soap opera angle. And...maybe a short chapter at the start synopsizing everything would have been kinder. Ugh. Had to loose the book after 8 hours. That sucks. I REALLY ENJOYED the first book. Bigtime. Anyway. Form your own opinion. This is just mine.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-01-24

I DON'T REALLY HAVE TIME FOR PHILSOPHY RIGHT NOW

IF EVERYONE IS A NOBLEMAN, THAN THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A NOBLEMAN

This is not book one. This meanders and is about 20 hours too long. If your short on cash and you want to listen to politics for hours, than this is the book for you. Me, I love Sanderson, but I am having lots of problems with his sequels.

Kramer, is great as usual

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  • James
  • Glenn Dale, MD, United States
  • 2011-05-02

Too slow and bored

Although the first book of the series moved slowly and contained too much detail to the point of confusion, it was a new story to me so I found the concepts interesting and even innovative enough to keep my attention. Unfortunately, there seemed to be the same amount or more of the repetitive details in this second volume about metals and long drawn out self reflective monologues that either made the character too dense or tedious. The basic plot and supernatural concepts were novel, but again they lost my interest while having to plod through all the extraneous details.

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  • Orkan Okumus
  • 2017-05-27

Truly disappointing

Weak plot, boring combats and an uninspiring love story to supposedly bind it all. A shadow of book one, where main character(s) development headed into the wrong direction.. side characters and their stories were much more interesting!

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  • J & E Tichy
  • Minnesota
  • 2017-02-08

More of the Same

I was really hoping things would have improved from the last book but that just isn't the case. Lots of scenes of people sitting around and talking about what they should do.

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  • harraudeau nicolas
  • 2018-12-08

good story but recording badly assembled

The story is good. However the volume is often changing between sentences, making it obvious that it was recorded in multiple iterations and then assembled. I don't have this problem with other books, only the first volume and this one. It makes it more difficult to listen to.