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
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.
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.
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.
Limitless potential wrapped in a shell of procrastination !!
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.
This story has a very good storyteller and is well written. I recommend it for older children and adults alike who enjoy fanatsy.
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.
All characters well developed.
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.
No idea for a tag line but would definitely see the movie!!
Thoroughly enjoyed this series of books.
Maybe once i have completed all Sandersons other books.
Nothing it is its own amazing series nothing like it
Too many to have a single favourite but Sazid Breeze and Ham are so cool
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
Brilliant series of books and the Michael Kramer has a great voice
Lots of twists and turns
When vin returned to the city and saved sezat
Yes, some really happy bits, some really sad bits
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.
I am a 28 year old man who likes to make use of a long commute by listening to sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks
A predictable follow on from the end of the first novel – but there are still a lot of surprises to keep you entertained
Story – 4/5
Brandon Sanderson manages to develop his unique and excellent magic system into something even bigger. The main characters become stronger, and you learn a lot more about things identified in the first novel. The battles and fights involving Allomancy also take a step up.
The characters develop a lot less in this book, but enough to still keep you interested and entertained. There is a lot more politics and investigation involved in this story though that outweighs the loss of character development; creating a more detailed and intriguing world. There are also introductions of new creatures/beings.
The issue I had at times with this novel is that it felt too long at times. There was a lot of pondering and overlong conversations that allowed my mind to drift, so I had to keep rewinding to keep up. All in all though, it was worth persisting, as the ending is action packed and surprising and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Performance – 4.5/5
Michael Kramer is one of the very best audiobook narrators out there – he portrays sadness, happiness, comedy, action and all other scene types masterfully and he makes the enjoyment of the story far easier than most narrators. His voice acting is also superb. Each character has a subtly distinctive voice, and you will definitely not be confused with who is who in a conversation.
If you enjoyed his narration in the first book, you will not be disappointed; he is consistently excellent in the entire trilogy.
Overall – 4/5
Apologies for the star ratings not matching the written review, I am forced to round halves on Audible.
"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.
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.
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.
The previous novel in the series; both of them are very good performances.
Yes. Unable to do so for the initial half (a little too slow), but the last half I read in one sitting.
"Improves on the first but shares its flaws"
The lore and twists.
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.
audio file is corrupt on the second file from chapter 6 on...re downloaded and samething
"Captivating from book 1"
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.
Tairen Soul Series by C.L. Wilson.
Just listen to the Series you will enjoy it.
When she finally popped the question.
Yes when they all decided to stay together even when their leader and friend died
I love every moment of listening
"Every action has a reaction"
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
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