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

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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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    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

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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!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Christopher Telford, United Kingdom 28/06/2013
    Christopher Telford, United Kingdom 28/06/2013 Member Since 2011

    I am a statistician who loves to listen to Fantasy novels on my long commute to and from work

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    "A bit long, but what an ending"

    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.

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    Jay Exeter, DEVON, United Kingdom 12/06/2013
    Jay Exeter, DEVON, United Kingdom 12/06/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "Not bad... Could be a lot worse!"

    There are worse books available but this is not as good as the reviews pretend.

    I am no genius but I get the feeling that readers of fantasy & Sy Fy are just a little smarter than the average bear. With this in mind I (and others) enjoy new concepts and I took to the first book like a duck to water getting my head around the metal magic/mutant powers original ideas. It was interesting to imagine then look up images of the Steel Inquisitors, and Koloss. Unfortunately this book isn't mature enough to satisfy me. No sex, (thus far) no more than a hinting at the gritty (underbelly) issues that should have been fleshed out fully by this point in the series... basic plots..shallow characters.and a lack of the depth that readers enjoy. I'm a nerd...so i'll stay with it... all the way to the bitter end but it's dogged determination rather than an enjoyable journey.

    I enjoy thinking of the world described here but wish there was more detail. The main characters are obviously more than we are told... where is the detail? Where is the charm? I'm glad that I came across the series because I enjoy new ideas but there are not enough of them to justify the great reviews I read before actually buying the book. I genuinely wish Brandon wrote a smarter book... instead of treating us like morons who'd get lost if he didn't lead us by the nose.

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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.

    5 of 5 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 1 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
  • 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
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