Title: The Well of Ascension
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publication Date: 2007
Publishing House: Tor Books
I listened to this book as an audiobook from my local library. Support your cities library as they are fantastic resources for everyone.
Synopsis from Goodreads
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. 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.
The Well of Ascension begins a year after the ending of Mistborn. Eland is learning how to lead. He is able to take the philosophy he spent his youth reading and actually apply it, with varying results. He is running a country that is running out of money.
Waiting outside the city are two armies with a third coming in quickly on their heels. The mists are acting strangely too, staying longer during the day and possibly killing people. As things get worse Eland slowly begins to understand some of the reasons the Lord Ruler did what he did.
Sanderson works so hard in Mistborn to paint the Lord Ruler as an evil mad man that had to be stopped and to a point he is but he was not always. There was a method to his madness, a reason behind his actions. At least in the begging there was. This book has death and disrepair but there is hope to and love.
I suggest this book for those who enjoyed the first in the series,Mistborn, (read the review), for those who enjoy magic, and for those that enjoy a good fight. Happy reading.