The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, Book 2)

Mistborn Vin and her lover the scholar-king fight to carve out a new society in the wake of the end of the thousand year reign of the Lord Ruler, but enemy armies amass on their city, and Vin herself becomes haunted by an ancient prophecy.

I honestly don’t know why I like these books so much. Brandon Sanderson is a pretty terrible writer and his characterizations are pretty thin. But I really love what he has created in Vin, a street urchin with the ability to burn metals inside her body to give her extraordinary powers. Even though she’s pretty much a superhero, she’s not invincible or invulnerable, and Sanderson does a good job of conveying what her efforts cost her.

Well of Ascension ends with a cliff-hanger that pretty much guarantees that I’ll be listening to the next book when it comes out.

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