The Well of Ascension

Mistborn Era One, #2

Mass Market Paperback, 792 pages

English language

Published June 3, 2008 by Tor Fantasy.

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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 …

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4 stars

This is very much a bridging book. The true meat of the story in this trilogy is clearly the first book, with the struggles against the Lord Ruler, and what I can only assume is a bigger baddie in the third book. So, why have a trilogy? Why not a duology? Is this essentially a throwaway? The fact of the matter is that, even if it is not the most intriguing part of the trilogy, The Well of Ascension is an essential part.

This book, unlike its predecessor, is mostly about politics and intrigue. It's central story is the attempt to establish a just governing system in the wake of the fall of the Final Empire. We run across Vin and get half the book from the viewpoint of Elend... yeah, THAT Elend. The politics are decent enough, but it seems like Elend's idealism is the ultimate antagonist to the …


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