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The Well of Ascension

The Well of Ascension

(Book #2 in The Mistborn Saga series)

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Book Overview: The Well of Ascension

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.

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"Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters." --Booklist on Mistborn

"Enjoyable, adventurous read that. . .should satisfy even easily-bored teens." -- Locus on Mistborn

"Elantris is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. Brandon Sanderson has created a truly original world of magic and intrigue, and with the rigor of the best science fiction writers he has made it real at every level." -- Orson Scott Card

"Elantris . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters (including a memorable female character) and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!" -- Katherine Kurtz, New York Times-bestselling author of the Deryni series

"Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut . . offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters. . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. . . . Sanderson is a writer to watch." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"In this stunning debut novel [is] a completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page." -- Romantic Times BOOKReviews

Born on December 19, 1975, in Lincoln, Nebraska, Brandon Sanderson is an American author renowned globally for his high fantasy works. Known for his intricate magic systems and well-developed characters, Sanderson stands as a household name in the realm of fantasy literature. He rose to unprecedented fame with his New York Times bestselling series, Mistborn and The Stormlight Archive, and his significant contribution to the successful completion of the late Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series. Sanderson's journey to becoming a prolific author began from Brigham Young University, where he received his Bachelor's degree in English. After a brief stint with biochemistry, he realized his true calling laid in the art of storytelling, prompting him to pursue a Master's degree in Creative Writing. In 2005, he published his debut work, Elantris, which received critical acclaim and signaled his arrival in the literary scene. Beyond his solo creations, Sanderson is revered for his commendable effort in continuing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series after the author's sudden demise. Not only did he manage to retain the series' essence, but he also gave it a fitting conclusion that was praised by critics and fans alike. Today, alongside triumphing over diverse literary genres, Sanderson remains passionately involved in teaching creative writing at his Alma mater, Brigham Young University.

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