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The well of ascension
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Vin (Female), Assassin, Street-wise, Orphan, Able to burn metals internally; has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land; Elend's lover; trying to build a new society in the ashes of an empire
Elend Venture (Male), Lord Ruler of Luthadel; clinging to his power; father is leading an army against him; Vin's lover
Power struggles
Court life
Magical powers
Fathers and sons
Good vs. evil
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Sanderson's entertaining second Mistborn novel begins after most fantasy series end, when the team of brave and cunning heroes find that holding on to power is even harder than overthrowing the previous tyrant. Elend Venture, the scholarly new Lord Ruler of Luthadel, clings to power while Luthadel's aristocrats and merchants grumble and two enemy armies-one led by Elend's father, Lord Straff-camp outside the city gates. Fortunately, Elend can rely on help from his lover and unofficial court assassin, the young allomancer Vin, but her magical metal-using ability makes her a target. An orphan of decidedly low origins, Vin is also having trouble adapting to her position as royal consort, especially since the underclass skaa, newly freed by Elend, look to her as their protector. Meanwhile, the ancient evil known as the Deepness is rising once again. This entertaining read will especially please those who always wanted to know what happened after the good guys won. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
<p> From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action. </p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p> Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson </p> <p> The Cosmere <br> <br> The Stormlight Archive <br> The Way of Kings <br> Words of Radiance <br> Edgedancer (Novella)<br> Oathbringer (forthcoming)<br> <br> The Mistborn trilogy <br> Mistborn: The Final Empire <br> The Well of Ascension <br> The Hero of Ages <br> <br> Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series <br> Alloy of Law <br> Shadows of Self <br> Bands of Mourning </p> <p> Collection <br> Arcanum Unbounded </p> <p> Other Cosmere novels <br> Elantris <br> Warbreaker </p> <p> The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series <br> Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians <br> The Scrivener's Bones <br> The Knights of Crystallia <br> The Shattered Lens <br> The Dark Talent </p> <p> The Rithmatist series <br> The Rithmatist </p> <p> Other books by Brandon Sanderson </p> <p> The Reckoners <br> Steelheart <br> Firefight <br> Calamity </p>
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