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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (41,530 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brandon Sanderson Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mistborn Series Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781427206381
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Elantris . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters (including a memorable female character) and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it! Katherine Kurtz, New York Times-bestselling author of the Deryni series
  • Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut . . offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters. . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. . . . Sanderson is a writer to watch. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
  • In this stunning debut novel [is] a completely unique world that enfolds the reader in mystery and wonder right through till the last page. Romantic Times BOOKReviews

  • “Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters. Booklist on Mistborn

  • Enjoyable, adventurous read that. . .should satisfy even easily-bored teens. Locus on Mistborn
  • Elantris is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. Brandon Sanderson has created a truly original world of magic and intrigue, and with the rigor of the best science fiction writers he has made it real at every level. Orson Scott Card

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/7/2014

    " An excellent continuation of the first book. Again I found myself fighting to stop reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/3/2014

    " Bring me the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abe | 1/12/2014

    " This was a good follow-up to The Final Empire. This book delves a bit into politics of the world, however it is done well and the audio book narration is excellent. Sanderson rocks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carina | 1/12/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book after reading the first one, but unfortunately that only happened right towards the end. Most of the book lacked pace and excitement as much of the content was focused on recapping events from the first book and it felt like it was stalling until the final few chapters when things actually happened. There were a few strong characters introduced, but none of them lasted. I am sufficiently intrigued with the ending to continue with the last book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adaram | 1/10/2014

    " Excellent book. I had no clue where Sanderson would take the story after the epic ending of Book 1, but he did a great job both starting and finishing the yarn! Looking forward to the 3rd installment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michal Neugebauer | 1/2/2014

    " still awesome :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 12/27/2013

    " Even better than the fisrt one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa Osgood | 12/26/2013

    " Exciting, absorbing, and well-written. And with a frustrating ending, like the middle of a trilogy ought to have. I'll read the next book soon, after I recover a bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Noelle | 12/18/2013

    " I had a hard time getting through this one. It was necessary but bureaucratic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/8/2013

    " Book #2 is a little bit slower than the first, but I still enjoyed it a lot. You get to know some of the other characters more in this book, and Sanderson definitely delivers in character development again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 11/16/2013

    " It got my attention and held it. I'll be reading book 3 in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tagg | 6/28/2013

    " The second book was as good as the first. I am a sucker for a good story, and this story is a good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiloh | 1/14/2013

    " Liked this one too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 11/11/2012

    " Slower, thicker, but still wonderfully plotted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ena | 7/26/2012

    " I like this book better than Mistborn: The Final Empire . Many of my complaints are subsided in this book. Characters became likable, Vin and Elend couple was hard to like for quite a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sudeshna | 3/22/2012

    " Beyond incredible! I was up til 3 reading this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaac Vargas | 11/11/2011

    " Another good book by Brandon Sanderson, in this one, it explores a litle more of the Elend and the crew feelings, also brings new enemies, and the introduction of the final enemie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hudson Murrell | 10/27/2011

    " Awesome. Can't wait for book #3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/11/2011

    " Slower paced, full of tension followed by a satisfying end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 6/19/2011

    " the ending was good but the middle was pointless. in fact, most of the political stuff was pointless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 6/15/2011

    " This was good, but I found that I didn't care about all of the characters as much as I wanted to. The world and magic system is interesting, but doesn't feel as fleshed out as I would have liked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmin | 6/14/2011

    " This book was much slower than the first one; admittedly, I almost stopped reading it several pages in. I just takes a long time for anything to happen. But I was glad that I stuck with it, because the the last 3/4 of the book are great and now I am excited to read the conclusion to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaledon | 6/8/2011

    " I normaly love love Beandon Sanderson, but this book wasn't in the same classas the first in the series. I allmost gave up On the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 6/6/2011

    " This second book in the trilogy was just as exciting and thrilling as the first book. I had to skip to the end to see if a certain person died so I could continue reading in peace, though. I just couldn't bear not knowing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 6/6/2011

    " Brandon Sanderson has some very fresh ideas for this stories. This series takes that question of what if the "Bad Guy" won and looks years into the future. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 6/5/2011

    " Second book in the Mistborn triology, and a very good read! This triology is one of my favorites due to the way Brandon Sanderson has made up a completely different kind of magic, wich is explainable future science "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Plain old Bri | 6/4/2011

    " Could've been better, but this one was good too :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 6/2/2011

    " This book was just short of the first but still very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/23/2011

    " Didn't enjoy it as much as the first one, but I still couldn't stop reading. "

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About the Author
Author Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Words of Radiance and the internationally bestselling books in the Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn series. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s the Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.