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The Well of Ascension: Book two of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Edited by Moshe Feder
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765316882
Date: 21 August 2007 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Kelsier was the leader of the resistance against the tyranny of the Lord Ruler who reigned for a thousand years after he took the power at the Well of Ascension instead of letting it go. He died a martyr's death and his followers continued his legacy. Vin, a slight young woman but a powerful being who burns metals inside her body to gain powers, was the one who killed the Lord Ruler. That act brought the empire down and turned it into a group of warrior kingdoms whose leaders vie to gain more land and consolidate their power.

From official release/information:

Book Description: 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.

(Source: Tor)

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