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The Well of Ascension: Book Two of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Edited by Moshe Feder
Cover Artist: Christian McGrath
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765356130
Date: 03 June 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

[Editor's Note: We're re-running Harriet Klausner's review from our August 2007 issue]

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.

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Evil has been defeated. The war has just begun.

They did the impossible, deposing the godlike being whose brutal rule had lasted a thousand years. Now Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire.

They have barely begun when three separate armies attack. As the siege 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.

It may just be that killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge.

(Source: Tor)

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