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The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2 | [Brandon Sanderson]

The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier, the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy.
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The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier, the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy. More worryingly still the mists have become unpredictable since the Lord Ruler died and a strange vaprous entity is stalking Vin. As the siege of Luthadel intensifies the ancient legend of the Well of Ascension offers the only glimmer of hope. But no-one knows where it is or what it can do...

©2009 Brandon Sanderson (P)2011 Orion Group Publishing Limited

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    Simon Great Missenden, United Kingdom 13/10/2011
    Simon Great Missenden, United Kingdom 13/10/2011
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    "Second book and still gripping me"

    OK. Firstly, this is not a sequel and thus isn't simply a rehash of the first concept, this is the next installment.
    If you listened to the first book and enjoyed it, then you'll enjoy this.
    This installment adds depth to characters and adds more detail to the backstory of the world; introducing whole new species and new magic into the world created in the first book, as well as adding insight into the magic already introduced in the first book . This is a worthy listen, although I would imagine that starting on this book would leave the listener baffled as it requires the background and gentle introduction provided in the first book otherwise you will feel cheated.
    Overall, a great listen.
    Thank you once again Mr Sanderson.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley BrightonUnited Kingdom 13/01/2013
    Lesley BrightonUnited Kingdom 13/01/2013 Member Since 2006
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    "Where have you gone to 'Well of ascension' ?"

    I was really enjoying this story (on my iphone audible app) only to find it wouldn't play beyond part 2 chapter 6. I'm very frustrated especially because my library doesn't have the book and I'm desperate to find out what happens next...

    I hope the bug gets fixed really soon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ms London, United Kingdom 29/12/2011
    Ms London, United Kingdom 29/12/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "I want to hear more"

    I was a little concerned about the US accent of the narrator (a stupid prejudice to assumed that fantasy characters have English accents!) but he's a great reader and, once I got used to it, the story galloped along. Characters came to life and I couldn't wait to buy part two.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen CHESTER LE STREET, United Kingdom 13/04/2014
    Stephen CHESTER LE STREET, United Kingdom 13/04/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing listen"
    Would you listen to The Well of Ascension again? Why?

    Maybe once i have completed all Sandersons other books.


    What other book might you compare The Well of Ascension to, and why?

    Nothing it is its own amazing series nothing like it


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favourite?

    Too many to have a single favourite but Sazid Breeze and Ham are so cool


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Had me screaming like NUFC won the prem at points. had me on the edge of my seat sometimes had to pull over car lol


    Any additional comments?

    get them

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Leek, Staffordshire, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Steven Leek, Staffordshire, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2009

    Limitless potential wrapped in a shell of procrastination !!

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    "Essential Filler"

    I really enjoyed the first book and loving the third book. Although I enjoyed this book, its probably the worst of the three. The pace is quite slow and you sense that there was a long period of time between the writing of the first and second books. I read book two directly after book one, and for that reason the first half was a constant recap of what happened in the first book as if the author himself was reacquainting himself with the characters. It can get tiresome having allomancy explained again and again.



    That said, it really builds on the characters and sets the scene for the third book, where the transition is a lot smoother and quick. Overall, I enjoyed it but i think I would have preferred to read another book or two between the original and sequel so that the recap didn't annoy so much and was more valued.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    STEVEN REDDITCH, United Kingdom 07/05/2012
    STEVEN REDDITCH, United Kingdom 07/05/2012
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    "Cracking listen"

    This story has a very good storyteller and is well written. I recommend it for older children and adults alike who enjoy fanatsy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 28/10/2014
    Michael 28/10/2014
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    "Superb narration, a great story though drawn out."
    Would you listen to The Well of Ascension again? Why?

    Yes. I feel this question is rather silly. Some books like other media could be reread/watched etc.. But this is the type of media which is driven by the story and unknown.

    Personally i love this book, so much as it has prevented me from doing other things. however it is long, very long though you would know if you like it if you have listened to the first book, which you should if you are considering this book.


    What other book might you compare The Well of Ascension to, and why?

    The first in the series. Same style, same narrator and a straight continuation of the first book


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Michael Kramer is fantastic. There is nothing else to say. You know which character is speaking before it is said and that is related to his amazing narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Though i personally find the book excellent it is very long for an audiobook and i listened to chunks over several weels.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the first book. It is "lighter" though long in its own right. If you love the first then you will love this one. On the other side of the coin if you do not enjoy the first you will likely not enjoy this

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    Dr. Susan Southon 14/07/2014 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Well of Ascension to be better than the print version?

    I wrote a review of the first book in the series and this is the same - excellent audiobook with very good narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed all three books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All characters well developed.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Just love being read to and this narration was very easy on the ear. I know some people don't like Michael's American accent but he has a wonderful timbre to his voice that I appreciate and he changes his voice for all the characters so it is easy to identify characters - very well done in my opinion.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No idea for a tag line but would definitely see the movie!!


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed this series of books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael bedford, United Kingdom 24/02/2014
    Michael bedford, United Kingdom 24/02/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutly love these books"
    Where does The Well of Ascension rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Brilliant series of books and the Michael Kramer has a great voice


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of twists and turns


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When vin returned to the city and saved sezat


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, some really happy bits, some really sad bits


    Any additional comments?

    Want more!!!!

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    P. D. Smith Huddersfield, UK 16/09/2013
    P. D. Smith Huddersfield, UK 16/09/2013 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome"

    This is an amazing book. I loved the first book in the series, and I was a bit concerned by some of the reviews I'd read about the second book, but I needn't have worried.

    This second book was more 'political' and 'scholarly' than the first book, with less emphasis on allomancy than the first one, but it was just as gripping and exciting, while giving us more insight into the characters and the nature of the landscape of the Final Empire.

    Michael Kramer reads the books wonderfully and is totally captivating.

    I also love the fact that it's child friendly, and hasn't turned into soft porn like some other sequels I've read recently... While it's not aimed at younger children, you could listen to it with them around without worrying. It's a great book for teens and adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • A User
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    "Brandon Sanderson 5 stars all the way :-)"

    I have gone through all of your books and they all should be given 5 stars. It would be awesome if you could release all your books on Audible for us Aussies. By the way...... I can't wait for the next "The Way Of Kings" book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    McKinnon, Australia
    01/02/12
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    "Slow Start..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would (at least I'd recommend starting the series with the first book). Starts off rather slow and never quite reaches the heights of the first book of the series, but all in all a good continuation of the Mistborn saga. The final chapters of Well of Ascension point to an even more compelling storyline to come in the last book, but it stands well on its own too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    OreSeur - The growth of the relationship between Vin and OreSeur is quite interesting and provides much of the early to middle part of the book's interest.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The previous novel in the series; both of them are very good performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Unable to do so for the initial half (a little too slow), but the last half I read in one sitting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. F. C. Cerqueira
    01/10/14
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    "Good surprises ahead english/português"

    I was not so fond of Kelsior to feel much apprehension for his absence in the second book of the series. Even thought the series could make space to evolve other interesting characters such as Ham or Breeze, but did not think for a second that prime focos would be given to Ellend.

    I didn't even pay much attention to his character in the previous book, and when I realized he was one of the main points of view of this book, I found the prospect unpleasant.

    But again the author surprised me. In Luthadel siege scenario, in which none of the plans sustained for more than a few pages, the characters surprise us with dense dialogues and scenes of physical and social violence, which although causing some angst, were always exciting.


    Eu não era tão aficionado no Kelsior para sentir alguma apreensão pela ausência dele no segundo livro da série. Até achei que a série poderia ganhar um espaço para evoluir outros personagens interessantes, como Ham ou Breeze, mas não imaginei por um segundo que teríamos colo foco o nobre Ellend.

    Nem mesmo dei muita bola para o personagem dele no livro anterior, e quando percebi que ele seria um dos pontos de vista principais deste livro, achei a perspectiva desagradável.

    Mas novamente o autor me surpreendeu. No cenário de Luthadel citiada em que nenhum dos planos consegue se manter por mais do que algumas páginas, os personagens nos surpreendem com diálogos densos e cenas de violência física e social, que apesar de causarem certa revolta, são sempre instigantes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clemence
    GELDERN, Germany
    21/02/14
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    "Improves on the first but shares its flaws"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The lore and twists.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book presented an interesting world and was a lot of fun, but for me, lacked somewhat in writing, pacing and story. The story has been addressed, this time giving a story that actually progresses, rather than developing a single scenario. If you liked the first book, this is a must purchase as it outperforms the first one on many occasions. Gone are the introductions of terms and powers chapters long before they are explained, and the hours and hours of nothing happening are reduced to smaller moments, but like the first book.

    Unfortunately, I found the writing to still be lacking. This is more noticable in audiobooks obviously, but the writer repeats a lot of the same words. Many dialogues result in every lined ending with 'he said' or 'she said'. Be prepared for a lot of lip chewing, head cocking, eyeing another character, or the writer's favorite, flushing, as at least 2 characters flush every chapter.

    The writing aside, it's a solid book with a great ending and some unpredictable plot twists. It got me really excited for the third book.

    Michael Kramer's performance is fine throughout, although I still wish he'd get a bit more excited during some of the fight scenes.

    Although the author attempts to introduce first time readers to the universe, I would not recommend this book if you haven't read the first, you'll miss way too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mikhael
    scarborough, ON, Canada
    08/09/12
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    "loving book-but..."

    audio file is corrupt on the second file from chapter 6 on...re downloaded and samething

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lindie
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    27/08/12
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    "Captivating from book 1"
    Where does The Well of Ascension rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My audio friend say that I find all the books Brilliant but I really enjoy this book I am already at the end of the 2nd book and I still find It captivating can't wait.


    What other book might you compare The Well of Ascension to and why?

    Tairen Soul Series by C.L. Wilson.

    Just listen to the Series you will enjoy it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she finally popped the question.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes when they all decided to stay together even when their leader and friend died


    Any additional comments?

    I love every moment of listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ken
    calgary, AB, Canada
    20/07/12
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    "Every action has a reaction"
    Any additional comments?

    I really like how because they defeat the lord ruler troubles no one knew about is coming out to the world. the darkness is returning, and the threat of war from three fronts, a new mistborn, new records of before the Ascension, new monsters, and things the writer of the journal from the last book are happening again. plus hints to be solved in the next book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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