The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2010-04-01
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 934 Ratings


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

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.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive

The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

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  • Brandon delivers again!

    By KiernandDH
    This is a fantastic follow up to the first mistborn novel. It’s a little slow in the middle but the ending left me completely mind blown.
  • The Well of Ascension

    By Kelleey
    I loved this book! Was disappointed that Vin didn't correct the world. I'm a little tired of epics that go on and on. Why not have Breeze and Alliandre go on to new adventures? Or so many of the other characters... I'd still look forward to reading them,
  • Decent

    Really not a bad read. The editing seems to have been fixed or at least I didn't really notice the problems. Recommended (provided you read the first book in the series)
  • Solid

    By Missplainjane
    Good read!
  • Incredible

    By Kennedystunts
    At no time during my reading was I bored or wishing the story had more of one thing or another, it had amazing detail and subtle quirks that gave you new attachments to many of the characters, even ones you thought wouldn't matter very much. The interweaving of story and the progression of it is seamless and feels great, the twists and turns are exciting as well as a gripping addition to the reading experience. Brandon Sanderson is bringing the fantasy genre to another level in my opinion and I can't wait to finish Hero of Ages.
  • Long but good!

    By #1grandmommy
    I love the story, even if it is a bit long.
  • Great book, needs an editor.

    By mogmios
    This is a great book. Well worth the read. However, it's obviously been digitized with OCR and there are quite a few minor errors an editor needs to correct. Don't the publishers even bother proofreading the books they OCR before selling them to people?
  • Wonderful story, terrible editing.

    By HazyRigby
    This is a good book. It's fast-paced and engrossing, and you really come to care for the characters. However, the editing is extremely sloppy. I don't know if the publishers had to use OCR software to get the book into ePub format or something, but on almost every page, there was an error bad enough that it interrupted my reading. Definitely a five-star story, but this book desperately needs some cleanup.