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Shadows of Self PDF, ePub eBook Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts. This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religiou Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts. This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks. Shadows of Self will give fans of The Alloy of Law everything they’ve been hoping for and, this being a Brandon Sanderson book, more, much more.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    ❄️Nani❄️

    4.75⭐ JUST HOLD THE FUCK UP. THAT ENDING! H... HOW! Leave it to Sanderson to come out of the left field and soccer punch you right in the brain! That's right, you COULD get soccer punched in the brain. It's a risk one has to take when picking up his book. Honestly, I'm very hesitant to say anything so as not to run the risk of spoiling too much as his renown lies in his unexpected plot twists and intriguing-as-hell narrative turns.  But what I CAN say is that the narrative begins and ends with a bang, people! This book, simply put, 4.75⭐️ JUST HOLD THE FUCK UP. THAT ENDING! H... HOW! Leave it to Sanderson to come out of the left field and soccer punch you right in the brain! That's right, you COULD get soccer punched in the brain. It's a risk one has to take when picking up his book. Honestly, I'm very hesitant to say anything so as not to run the risk of spoiling too much as his renown lies in his unexpected plot twists and intriguing-as-hell narrative turns.  But what I CAN say is that the narrative begins and ends with a bang, people! This book, simply put, is everything I've said in my The Alloy of Law review AND THEN SOME (I kinda don't want to repeat myself). Sanderson takes the quality of the Mistborn trilogy, blends the magical elements with technological advancements and offers it back to us from a new Wild-West perspective, giving us the absolute best of the old, with the adventure of the new. So, to sum up, this long-winded intro, GO IN BLIND AND ENJOY THE ALLOMANTIC RIDE! Picking up one year after TAoL, Shadows kicks off with a mystery as Wax and Wayne once again take up the role of independent Lawmen for the city of Elendel. There’s a boatload of Allomantic action, divine and Cosmere-related lore, great character development, some emotion filled chapters, and - stating the very obvious here but if there's one thing Brandon Sanderson is a master of, it's world-building! It continues to flesh out the wild west-styled world of Mistborn and this time around, with some unexpected appearances of familiar faces. Oh, the damn feels! Hitting me right where it hurts. AGAIN! I don't like the idea of swimming in spoiler territory so, I shall quit it while I can but suffice it to say that, emotions definitely took over... and big time. The writing style was as engaging and immersive as all of his other books, and the characters were all pretty vibrant and well-written. Wax, Wayne, and Marasi were each given a compelling journey in this book that deepened their characters and their world, as they move through a spectrum of emotion and deal with their inner demons, so to speak. Wax, my dear poor, tortured-soul, Wax continued to angst the atmosphere while resident wackjob Wayne stayed true to his crazy nature by offering us some much appreciated comic relief. Now, much like my Final Empire review, I feel like I haven't even scratched the surface so let me just turn to other means of… expression to really describe my state of mind as I was reading this: So, before I started, you know... it's Mistborn. Obviously, the excitement took over... ... And it's all rainbows and unicorns as I'm getting reacquainted with my loves… Of course none of that lasts because, as the questions start piling up and answers are nowhere to be found, you’re slowly but surely entering that all familiar - just hold the fuck up now - territory… And then dear friends… the avalanche strikes… Continued my buddy-read with my girl, Warda, who’s as equally obsessed with Sanderson as I am.😍 Have fun!☺️

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Rey

    Sanderson is the very embodiment of magic, great writing, and amazing adventures. PERFECTION.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    These new mistborn books are essentially crime-thrillers set in the same world a few hundred years later. They work so well. We have all the world building we’re used to, and the glorious action, but we also have the tension and mystery created by hunting down an unknown assailant, an unknown foe. The result is more of Sanderson’s excellence with a very cool twist. Explosive plot Sanderson’s writing is concise and quick. Wax’s story is easy to become engaged in. He begins by following a series These new mistborn books are essentially crime-thrillers set in the same world a few hundred years later. They work so well. We have all the world building we’re used to, and the glorious action, but we also have the tension and mystery created by hunting down an unknown assailant, an unknown foe. The result is more of Sanderson’s excellence with a very cool twist. Explosive plot Sanderson’s writing is concise and quick. Wax’s story is easy to become engaged in. He begins by following a series of clues that lead him to the corpse of the apparent criminal. But life is never that simple, murders are rarely that simple. Things become slightly more complex and murky. Elements of the original trilogy are brought in. Creatures that were supposedly mere legends are walking around killing people for undetermined reasons. This results in a rather strange case to solve because everything has become so devastatingly surreal. No one has heard from these creatures in centuries. Why are they back now? What do they want? Wax and Wayne have their hands full. And to make the plot even better, and Wax’s life just that little bit harder, the Gods start talking to him. Yes, the Gods. He’s not gone insane; he has merely found a secret conduit that unlocks the third system of metal magic. So yes, it’s all perfectly normal. Well it isn’t. This may seem ordinary to returning readers. But for Wax, this sort of power is ancient myth; it is legend and fable. Its resurgence makes little sense to the established world that has formed his life. Something has been uprooted: change is coming. It’s all about Wayne The best thing about this book was the splitting of the point of views. Wax is a cool enough character, but Wayne steals the stage. He is more charismatic, adaptable and rounded. His past seems darker and his future more redemptive. All in all, he is the better written character of the two. I was glad he has more of his own narrative here. In the last book he had a minimalistic contribution. This time round the story was more dynamic and entertaining. Moreover, Wayne is just a stronger person. I’d like to see him take the lead for a change or, at the very least, see more of his past. This is obviously Wax’s story, but I think a novella about Wayne would be rather perfect. I just prefer him. I think one day, when Wax finally loses it, he seems to becoming more and more unhinged, Wayne may have to put him down or at least pick him back up again. I think that would be a very strong ending to such a series. But I doubt that would happen. It would be too brutal.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~

    Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars Ya'll, my reviews for Mistborn are getting repetitive but in case you didn't already know I love this series with every chamber of my blackened heart. This new series feels like a love letter to fans who adored the original trilogy. There's so much here to love. These books are purely additive to the original, they're existence only enhances your experience as a reader and a fan. I just can't even wrap my head around the idea that someone can have all of this magnificence just sitting/>This Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars Ya'll, my reviews for Mistborn are getting repetitive but in case you didn't already know I love this series with every chamber of my blackened heart. This new series feels like a love letter to fans who adored the original trilogy. There's so much here to love. These books are purely additive to the original, they're existence only enhances your experience as a reader and a fan. I just can't even wrap my head around the idea that someone can have all of this magnificence just sitting around inside them? If I wake up in the morning without hitting snooze I'm pretty proud of myself. I couldn't imagine being master of a creation like Mistborn. I don't know you guys, just officially consider me #Sanderstruck! Buddy read with this sweet angel!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Super fast re-read with some friends at Buddies Books and Baubles before Bands of Mourning. Knowing the ending made certain parts of this book just heartbreaking. I love that almost every BS book I reread I enjoy just as much if not more the second time through. All the original Mistborn nostalgia was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! 4.5 Faceless Immortal Stars The Fan Girl Part of My Review Deal with it he is like my FAVORITE fantasy author….but there will be a real review below this I am in AWE yet again that the same man who had currently undertakeStarsFAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!4.5 Super fast re-read with some friends at Buddies Books and Baubles before Bands of Mourning. Knowing the ending made certain parts of this book just heartbreaking. I love that almost every BS book I reread I enjoy just as much if not more the second time through. All the original Mistborn nostalgia was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! 4.5 Faceless Immortal Stars The Fan Girl Part of My Review Deal with it he is like my FAVORITE fantasy author….but there will be a real review below this I am in AWE yet again that the same man who had currently undertaken the task of writing all the planned books in The Cosmere something like 36 books when complete, but currently 17 books strong, also wrote a superhero trilogy The Reckoners, something a little on the crazy side Legion and hey why not add in a middle grade series or two just for fun. I mean this book here wasn’t even originally planned, Sanderson was writing a novella that was supposed to keep us interested in the Mistborn world and it turned into a semi-standalone book and a trilogy. I might even believe this And it isn’t like he is just putting out novels to put out novels. They are complete stories with intricate worlds, planned out magic systems, cohesive plots, great characters AND just to top it all off he has fantastic artwork (including maps, journal pages, armor/fashion designs, creature drawing etc….) throughout. One of the reasons I’m gonna fangirl a little more right here is that both Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self it is a brand new world even though it is a Mistborn novel. BS took the events of The Final Empire and wove them into how they would have shaped society 300 years after the fact. How the stories of those days would become lore and work into religion, culture and superstition. Down to the families that survived, how alomancy is affected and how the surroundings are named. It is intricate and natural all at the same time. Honestly in my opinion BS has one of the greatest imaginative minds in the fantasy genre. Completely Spoiler Free Section: First things first Do you need to have read the original Mistborn series to read this book? - Technically no you don’t BUT…there are many more references to what happened in The Final Empire and while I would say that you could totally read Alloy of Law without reading Mistborn 1-3 I believe wholeheartedly that the enjoyment of this book in particular would be decreased if you hadn’t read them. I actually had just finished a re-read of the first three of the series and was really glad, because I picked out so many small details added in. The thing that I really love about Brandon Sanderson (BS) novels is that I have no trouble picturing myself in the story. He tells the story in a way that I’m shown the buildings and the surroundings, I’m given insight into the culture, religion and magic system and it is done in such a way that it is in the story and almost never feels like an info dump. This is amazing especially if you look at the size and complexity of the world he is building. Shadows of Self like Alloy of Law is sort of a mash up of Mistborn World + Steampunk + Industrial Revolution + Wild Wild West. It has a lot more humor in it than The Final Empire and it feels generally lighter. The banter and humor of Wax, Wayne and Marasi is fantastic and sets the tone of the entire story. Honestly the Bromance between Wax and Wayne is my favorite in fantasy slightly beating out Tyrion and Brom they are hilarious on page together and actually Wayne is hilarious and scene stealer all on his own too. But don’t let that fool you there are still a few gut punching moments that really knocked me in the feelings. Favorite Character in this book – Wayne Looking through my quotes he has the most highlights. He says deep insightful things one minute and then is ridiculous the next. But I smile every time he is on page, there are Wayne quotes below in the semi-spoilery review but we also get to see into a deeper side of Wayne and I loved the depth it gave his character. Favorite New Character – MeLaan Although it can be argued she is an old character….but semantics. She added some insight into the days just after The Final Empire ended and what became of her people. Also I really loved the way she played with the team, I hope she is a player in the next book as well. Most Improved Character -Steris Don’t get me wrong I’m still completely on the Wax/Marasi ship and it might take a Chasmfiend or Koloss Warlord to sink that but Steris really grew on me this book. I have always liked her and her stiff overthinking overplanning ways, hey I can relate, but she really shined in this. She isn’t like a lot of female characters in fantasy and I like the non-emotional relationship that she and Wax have and how she deals with him. She has no illusions about who or what he is and just plans around it. Honestly her last scene in this book….GAH no words really. Because I loved her in that moment and I could even see how she and Wax might become really good friends or perhaps more BUT I’m sailing on the good ship MaraWax or Waxasi and there isn’t a Chasmfiend in sight yet so…..sorry Steris. The new danger is a serial killer that seems to be trying to destabilize the city and throw it into a chaos similar to the events that led up to the last big shift of power in recent history *cough* Mistborn *cough*. Wax, Marasi, Wayne and others are searching trying to figure out who is next on the hit list and prevent the city from undergoing another revolution. The perpetrator of the events is messing with Wax specifically trying to throw him off and he will need to outthink someone trickier and smarter than himself or another revolution will happen. Semi-Spoiler Review Section all big/real spoilers will be tagged but Quotes everywhere Where to begin??? I’m still processing my feelings about this book because that ending left me so….so….well you will know when you get there. Everyone just give Wax a virtual hug he needs it. The Humor is one of the things that I’ve really enjoyed about series of Mistborn books. There are so many funny instances and dialogue that I laughed so many times throughout the story. “I heard voices in my head once too, you know.” “You did?” “Sure. Gave me a fright. I banged my head against the wall until I went unconscious. Never heard them again! Ha. Showed ’em good, I did. If rats move in, best thing to do is to burn the nest and send ’em packing.” “And the nest … was your head.” “Yup.” Steris stopped on a page in her notebook, then turned it around. There, in her neat handwriting, was a detailed agenda for their evening at the party. The third entry read, 8:17. Way into the building likely blocked by traffic. Lord Waxillium carries us up to the top floor by Allomancy, which is completely inappropriate and at the same time breathtaking. He raised an eyebrow, checking his pocket watch, which he carried in his gunbelt—not his vest—to be easily dropped with his other metals. “It’s 8:13. You’re slipping.” Regular folk, they called something after what it was. You’d say, “What’s that, Kell?” And they’d say, “That? That there’s the crapper.” And you’d reply, “What do you do with it?” And they’d say, “Well, Wayne, that’s where you put your crap.” It made sense. But rich folk, they had a different word for the crapper. They’d call it a “commode” or a “washroom.” That way, when someone asked for the crapper, they knew it was a person they needed to oppress. The Characters are three dimensional. Wax has a complicated past with his history in the roughs and trying to be both a Lord to his house and a Lawman. It’s a difficult place to be and maybe he is being pulled in too many directions one day he will have to decide who he is… An Allowmancer or Terrisman/Lord or Lawman/Pawn or Sword no wonder he is a little surly. “What’s wrong with you lately?” Marasi demanded. “You complain about the motorcar, about me being here, about your tea being too hot in the morning. One would almost think you’d made some horrible life decision that you regret deep down. Wonder what it could be.” Wax kept his eyes forward. In the mirror, he saw Wayne lean back in and raise his eyebrows. “She might have a point, mate.” “You’re not helping.” “Wasn’t intending to,” Wayne said. “Fortunately, I know which horrible life decision she’s talkin’ about. You really should have bought that hat we looked at last week. It was lucky. I’ve got a fifth sense for these things.” Wayne while usually the fun loving sort has a demon in his past that he is still trying in his own way to atone for. I liked seeing what he puts himself through in an effort to make some sort of recompense for his greatest sin. Wayne has a peculiar way of looking at the world and some of it make amazing sense while other parts of it are ridiculous. But that just makes him all the more lovable. “I coulda delivered that, you know.…” “You, she would shoot,” Wax said. “Only ’cuz she likes me,” Wayne said, smiling. He’d have welcomed an excuse to go see Ranette. This night was getting darker and darker, it seemed. “Wayne…” Wax said. “You know she doesn’t actually like you.” “You always say that, but you’re just not seein’ the truth, Wax.” “She tries to kill you.” “To keep me alive,” Wayne said. “She knows I live a dangerous life. So, keepin’ me on my toes is the best way to make sure I stick around…” I’m almost hoping that he wins her heart one of these days. Marasi didn’t get a lot of development. She is now working with the constables and Wax has tried his hardest to put some distance between them after the initial attraction that was sparked in Alloy of Law. She seems to be over her semi-hero worship of his time in the roughs though and has become more secure in herself overall. Her alomancy even came in handy a time or two in this story and I was glad to see how it could be useful in certain situations. She is extremely competent and I believe that she and Wax are a good team hence my being on the MaraWax ship. My only disappointment is that those sparks from book 1 are totally missing here as Wax is committed to the arranged marriage with Steris and Marasi is trying to have a professional relationship with him since he is supposed to marry her half-sister. I missed the sparks. : ( The Tie In’s To the Original Mistborn Series lots of little spoilers in this section so I’m tagging the entire thing (view spoiler)[I’m going to *squee* a little here because there are still Kandra!!! I wasn’t sure what happened after the events of The Final Empire and I was pretty sure I caught one or two in Alloy of Law but now there is conformation that the Kandra are still around…*happy dance* MeLaan coming onto the scene was fantastic and I loved learning how the Kandra now live within society instead of hidden away. She was such a great addition to the story and the team. I liked how she is so different from the Kandra that we met in The Final Empire… MeLaan finished her beer, then dramatically held up her hand. The palm split, forming lips, which then let out a soft belch. “Cheating,” Wayne said. “Just using what Father gave me,” MeLaan said. “Don’t tell me you wouldn’t belch out of other body parts if you could.” “Well,” Wayne said, “now that you mention it, I can make a real interestin’ sound wif—” AND we get to see TenSoon. Can I just say that I was so excited that he was still around even if he isn’t glad that his name is known. “I’ve read about you,” Wax said. “Thrilling,” the kandra growled. “I’m so happy Sazed included me in his little book so that drunk people can curse by my name.” “They … do that?” “Yes.” The wolfhound growled quietly in the back of his throat. “There are … stuffed toys too.” “Oh yeah,” Wax said. “Soonie cubs. I’ve seen those around.” But the remembrances of Vin mostly and Elend sometimes choked me up a bit. This was my favorite quote in the entire book and it is about Vin herself. I thought it was completely fitting of who she was. “What was she like? As a person, I mean.” “She was strong and vulnerable all at once,” TenSoon whispered. “She was my last master, and my greatest. She had a way of pouring everything of herself into what she did. When she fought, she was the blade. When she loved, she was the kiss. There is also a little section where Wax thinks he sees her outline in the mist…dare I hope that she is still somehow around??? The Historica, a section of the Words of Founding, said she had melded with the mists. She had taken them upon herself, becoming their guardian as they became her essence. As the Survivor watched over all who struggled, Vin watched over those in the night. Sometimes he felt he could see her form in their patterns: slight of frame, short hair splayed out as she moved, mistcloak fluttering behind her. It was a fancy, wasn’t it? Please don’t just be fancy…I would love it is Vin somehow will play a part in this. Because (view spoiler)[who better to help slay a god than dare I say it another god…who might be Vinesk (hide spoiler)] Hoping Conversations with Sazed/Harmony. I’m really excited about this. It seems that he might be pushing and pulling a bit in this world as Harmony. Damn his job is hard, MeLaan explains it so well toward the end of the story when Marasi is so upset for Wax…Hell I was upset for Wax. But I’m hoping to get both sides of the story because it seems like (view spoiler)[Harmony might have played a really big part in Lessie’s death (hide spoiler)] and how could you not have a crisis of faith after the end of SoS. Also in the broad Sheets I caught a glimpse of the Shardpool and Hoid showed up to drive the carriage those were some cool additions. SANDERSON ENDINGS KILL ME - Seriously I know that I need a quiet place to finish out the last 20% of any of his books because there is no way that I can think of anything else until it is over. That holds true here as well and while it didn’t gut punch me as hard as some of his other books *cries again about the ending of The Final Empire* it still hit me pretty hard and squeezed all my emotions. At the end I wasn’t sure what I felt except sorry for Wax. Harmony does the best He can—the best possible, by the very definition. Yes, He hurt Wax. He hurt him badly. But He put the pain where He knew it could be borne.” GAH…..this is one of those times that I’m so sad the next book isn’t already out because I just want to know all the things so badly. (hide spoiler)] Overall - Sanderson is a master storyteller and that still holds true here. My one and only complaint is that there wasn’t a lot to do with The Set his Uncle or the Women that went missing in Alloy of Law, but I assume that he will get to all of that eventually. We all know that I’m not super objective when it comes to Sanderson or Ilona Andrews so let’s just say if he writes it I’ll read it…multiple times usually.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ☽Luna☾

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 5 Faceless Immortal Stars ★★★★★ "I'm not Harmony's hands," Wax whispered "I'm His sword." *fan girl mode activated* Like seriously, smack my ass and call me sue, what DID I JUST READ OMG DYING & HYPERVENTILATING Warning this review contains mass amounts of fan girling, word vomit & worship of Brandon Sanderson. Okay let's be real this b★★★★★ 5 Faceless Immortal Stars ★★★★★ "I'm not Harmony's hands," Wax whispered "I'm His sword." *fan girl mode activated* Like seriously, smack my ass and call me sue, what DID I JUST READ OMG DYING & HYPERVENTILATING Warning this review contains mass amounts of fan girling, word vomit & worship of Brandon Sanderson. Okay let's be real this book is seriously awesome & I mean like the best shit ever. I honestly can't believe how long it took me to read this book, 6 months to be exact.. How?! Why!? What?! Well let me tell you I feel like after I read the Heroes of Ages I was in a Sanderson slump for a long time, that ending it killed me, it made me depressed in real life so I'm very happy to be back enjoying his books! I loved the Alloy of Law but this book was something else, it was absolutely amazing. I literally can't believe how good this book was around the middle, I read 100 pages in 40 minutes because I couldn't stop reading, I seriously couldn't tear my eyes away it was just so good. I am so close to screaming & squealing at the top of my lungs even thinking about it. "You put dynamite in the oven, Wayne" "Gotta hide a gift where nobody'll look for it." Ahem.. excuse me now while I fan girl over my idol. Seriously, Sanderson is the king of fantasy, his ideas are so unique, his writing is perfect and fun. I literally love everything about his writing, I can't fault a thing. I love him so much I am one of his number fan girls forever & always. He needs his own shrine so I can worship his godliness. I am yet to read a book of his I hate (please note I know he would never produce rubbish anyway). I will seriously be reading his series until I'm fifty and I will still be squealing & jumping around like a lunatic. All hail Sanderson! I thought after book one all the problems were solved in Elendel, well I guess after reading the ending of this book they have just started. I found this book to be very slow at the beginning I think that is another reason I struggle to read it, but as soon as it hit the middle BOOM POW BANG action, like wow, could a book be anymore exciting or action packed? Seriously I was sitting at the edge of seat, biting my nails.. It was so intense & epic, but I guess you couldn't expect anything less from the king. This is gonna be a huge call but I don't give a shit, I think this series is better then the first three mistborns. Vin is my book hero and always will be but my god I really truly adore everyone in the later series and enjoy reading it more then the first three which may I add is one of my favorite series ever, this series tho with the technology, cars, guns etc is just so FUCKING epic. Like seriously I can't wait to see what happens next. Steris folded her arms. "Oh? I suppose I should take the butler instead, then?" "If you like" "Becareful about that Steris," Wayne added "Wax's butlers have a tendency to explode." So I can't decide which character I like better I love Wayne because he is hilarious, I love Wax because he is oh so sexy and deadly, I love Steris because she is a peach & I love MeLaan because she's a badass. I do however not love Marasi yet I find her annoying, boring & jealous. I also love the moral of this story that even 'good gods' can be as harsh & relentless as the bad ones, it's the perfect balance. Ok HOLD UP; Now I'm about to get my spoiler pants on so if you haven't read this book. PLEASE STOP READING NOW, you really don't want this special treat of a book to be spoiled the ending is jaw dropping So let's talk about Wax's past with Lessie, Lessie is Wax's one true love, who he accidentally shot in the head, it has literally damaged him as a person, so that ENDING I didn't see coming. Like wow who would have thought bleeder was his darling dearest Lessie, I felt that 'DUN DUN DUN' music was needed for this reveal lol. That twist was so fucking good I sat there and literally screamed out "oh my god Sanderson you have managed to blow my mind" everytime I pick up one of his books I find myself looking for hints etc for the big twist that's coming, damnit I never ever get it right and he blows my mind each and everytime! Im also so so soooo excited to find out how Wax will deal with this in the next book. "I killed her," Wax whispered, squeezing his eyes closed. "I killed her again. It was awesome to see TenSoon again I really loved his character in the previous installments so it was fantastic to see him make a come back. Wayne cracks me up, I laugh out loud the whole time reading his POV, I don't think I've ever read about funnier character in my life. I LOVE HIM. I also ship him and Ranette so much, please Sanderson give Wayne a happy ending. I really enjoy when Wayne pick pockets everything and trading it for something random, eg when he pockets the cigar box for a bruised apple. LOL "You found the alcohol, I see" Wax said. "How uncharacteristic." "You'd say, "what's that, kell?" And they'd say, "that? That there's the crapper." And you'd reply, "what do you do with it?" And they'd say, "well, Wayne, that's where you put your crap." It made sense. But rich folk, they had a different word for the crapper. They'd call it a "commode" or a "washroom". Wax really grew on me in this installment there was one line that stole my heart away "You are his ruin," TenSoon said. "I am his preservation." It gave me the feels, I love relentless, badass men and that's exactly what Wax is! He is now my dreamboat & it's official guys I am inlove <3 I have loved Steris since her first appearance in book one, I love her lists, I love her social awkwardness, I just love her. Even tho she is a secondary character she is one of my favorites and I really ship her with my baby Wax. I can't wait to see Steris shine in the next book. "I cheated, if you must know." "...Cheated?" "I know you enjoy witty conversation," she said, "so I prepared earlier, writing myself a list of things I could say that you would find engaging."' I love MeLaan she is hilarious, if I didn't already ship Wayne with someone else I would love them to get together. They are like twins haha. She is so badass and mannish I love her. She is my woman crush. After a short ride, he and Marasi had walked in on these two in the middling of their belching...contest? Wax wasn't certain if it was a contest, or a matter of mutual appreciation, like two virtuosos playing their favourite songs. MeLaan finished her beer, then dramatically held up her hand, the Palm split, forming lips, which then let out a soft belch. "Cheating" Wayne said. "Just using what my father gave me," MeLaan said. Also did anyone notice Hoid was a carriage driver haha, it likes where's Wally trying to spot the world hoppers from the other novels. Okay one more thing Trell ?! Is this the new shard God thingo ? Like we already had ruin so I'm so excited to see what this new metal is and who controls this new shard. Wowser *hyperventilating* I have so much more to write but nothing is coming out coherently, it's all just word vomit. So maybe when I settle down I can write more :) I recommend this book to anyone who has eyes, seriously so bloody good, you should all read it now if you haven't already The high functioning fan girl is now signing out <3

  7. 5 out of 5

    Petrik

    4.5/5 Stars I mentioned before in my Alloy of Law review that any Mistborn fans should definitely continue with Mistborn era 1.5 despite the fact it doesn't have the epic fantasy strength and grand scope like before. Well, I stand by my words and I continue to encourage you more to read them, especially after reading Shadows of Self, you'll realize even more just how damn great Sanderson is. As its sequel, Shadows of Self improved A LOT upon the foundation laid down by Alloy of Law 4.5/5 Stars I mentioned before in my Alloy of Law review that any Mistborn fans should definitely continue with Mistborn era 1.5 despite the fact it doesn't have the epic fantasy strength and grand scope like before. Well, I stand by my words and I continue to encourage you more to read them, especially after reading Shadows of Self, you'll realize even more just how damn great Sanderson is. As its sequel, Shadows of Self improved A LOT upon the foundation laid down by Alloy of Law, whether it's in terms of characters, writings, world-building or plot, everything here is just enhanced to fully entertained you from beginning to the end of the book. I should mentioned this though, I will give this book a 4 star if I haven't read the original Mistborn trilogy (which baffles me why? if you're a lover of fantasy or books in general you really should read them.) as this time, there is a HUGE amount of information and elements expanded upon the aftermath of the original trilogy. Now if you're like me who's a whore for nostalgia factors, you're definitely gonna love it. Even though it's tricky and dangerous sometimes to expand upon the prequel so much as some series tend to ruin themselves by milking them too much (I won't mentioned the name in case it could triggered anyone), Sanderson did it perfectly with much balance like Harmony. :p The plot itself now goes into the direction of Mystery-Thriller set in a steampunk-western world, now imagine this. Sherlock Holmes combined with Mistborn elements, written by Brandon Sanderson, yeah you can probably already guess how great that sounds and well, that's basically Shadows of Self in general. The plots are very interesting it will keep you flipping through those pages (I finish the book in 3 days since I began despite having a full time job.) Great characters and development are one of the greatest strength from the original trilogy and it continues its strength here. Wax and Wayne, Marasi and Steris are back in full throttle and their characters are explored more. Their history, relationships, interactions and development will make you care more about each and every one of them (I'm looking at you Steris, I can't believe I'm starting to like this OCD girl :D) Writings are excellent as usual, it's one of the reason why I always praised Sanderson. Every words he crafted in all his works draws you towards the world in the book and make you feel as if you're really there. Overall I give this book a 4.5/5. It's thrilling, it's fun and funny at times. Again, I can't stress this highly enough, please for any Mistborn fans, pick this series up, give this era a try at least until this book before dropping the series, you'll see why I adore it. Note: for spoilers reason and for the sake of not ruin your experience, I didn't mention anything from the nostalgia factors other than they exists but trust me they are insanely good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》

    Wow, this was underwhelming... SAID NO ONE EVER! Wtf was that Sanderson? Did I hurt you in your past life or something? Why are you doing this to me? 😭 If Wayne died at the end thinking about his favorite hat, I'm gonna cry like a mofo! I need someone to love me like he loves his hats 😂

  9. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    Full(ish) review now posted! Be forewarned. This is less of a review and more of a gush session over Sanderson’s craftsmanship in building the world of Scadrial in the Mistborn books. I read Alloy of Law last year and, while I liked it, I didn’t feel driven to continue reading about the exploits of Wax and Wayne. I had no idea what I was missing. While I really enjoyed The Alloy of Law the second time I read it, Shadows of Self by far surpassed it. This is a book I feel is on par with the rest of Sand Full(ish) review now posted! Be forewarned. This is less of a review and more of a gush session over Sanderson’s craftsmanship in building the world of Scadrial in the Mistborn books. I read Alloy of Law last year and, while I liked it, I didn’t feel driven to continue reading about the exploits of Wax and Wayne. I had no idea what I was missing. While I really enjoyed The Alloy of Law the second time I read it, Shadows of Self by far surpassed it. This is a book I feel is on par with the rest of Sanderson’s Cosmere fiction in terms of depth. As my lovely friend Mary said in her review, it felt like Sanderson wrote a love letter to the fans of his original Mistborn trilogy, and I loved it so much. Returning to a world you love three hundred years after the events that drew you there the first time can be jarring, which I think unfairly influenced my view of The Alloy of Law the first time I read it. But, now that I’ve been in this brave new world built on the foundations of one I adore, I’m thrilled with what Sanderson has done here. Characters that we know and love from the original trilogy are now the figures of myth, with entire religions built around them, and it’s fascinating to read. It’s like visiting old friends, but now they’re deities instead of the humans you once laughed with. Also, there are some of these characters that live on in different ways, and getting to see them again was a lot of fun. I don’t really know what to say here that wouldn’t be a spoiler. But I will say that I disagree with some readers who believe that Sanderson’s weakness is his characterization. While he obviously excels in his world-building and magic systems and plot twists, he’s no slouch when it comes to crafting characters, either. I connect with so many of his characters. The characters in this series, Wax and Wayne and Marasi and Steris, are no exception. Wayne was my absolute favorite in The Alloy of Law, and I still love him, but now he’s sharing that spotlight with Wax. And Steris is really growing on me. I think she might be the most honest character in the entire series. The ending wrecked me more than a little bit, but cemented my love for Steris. I’m really excited about this series. Time to dig into The Bands of Mourning! Another buddy read with my darling dear! For more of reviews, as well as my own fiction and thoughts on life, check out my blog, Celestial Musings

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sanaa

    [4.5 Stars] My emotions! I'll try to write a more coherent review when, "Ahhhhhh I loved it aahhhhhhh," isn't the only thing I can think of.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kimi

    “I ain’t drunk,” Wayne said, sniffling. “I’m investigatin’ alternative states of sobriety.” Sanderson has done it again. If you haven't read Mistborn yet, what are you doing with your life? The Sanderson Avalanche So If you're not familiar with Brandon Sanderson, there's this thing he does with pretty much all of his books called the 'Sanderson Avalanche' It usually starts at some point during the last 100 pages and it will blow your brains off. Plot twist after plot twist after plot twist. And trust me, you won't se “I ain’t drunk,” Wayne said, sniffling. “I’m investigatin’ alternative states of sobriety.” Sanderson has done it again. If you haven't read Mistborn yet, what are you doing with your life? The Sanderson Avalanche So If you're not familiar with Brandon Sanderson, there's this thing he does with pretty much all of his books called the 'Sanderson Avalanche' It usually starts at some point during the last 100 pages and it will blow your brains off. Plot twist after plot twist after plot twist. And trust me, you won't see most of them coming. Even when you think you have it all figured out, you don't! The Kendra Situation Rules #1 when reading a Mistborn book: Never trust a Kendra. These creatures will be the end of me. Remember in Mistborn when (view spoiler)[ Tensoon screwed us over? (hide spoiler)] Well, I learned from my mistakes. I was literally suspicious of everyone and guess what! I figured out pretty early on that (view spoiler)[ the governor was the Kendra. (hide spoiler)] However, what I didn't see coming was (view spoiler)[ that freaking Lessie had been Bleeder all along!!! (hide spoiler)] Bu-but... How? Why? NO!!! *** Initial Reaction RUST AND RUIN. I have just finished reading this bloody book and I am NOT okay. I did not see that ending coming at all. The tears, you guys. THE TEARS. Kendra are everywhere, kids. Don't trust anyone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    This was every bit as good as The Alloy of Law. The whole Mistborn series really is fantastic reading! Wax, Wayne, and Marasi are back on the case of another mystery. This time they need to stop an assassin from killing the governor of Elendel. To complicate matters they also have to stop the civil unrest in Elendel from boiling over into a full blown riot. The story was a ton of fun. The Wild West setting is still proving highly entertaining and the story was highly addictive and eng This was every bit as good as The Alloy of Law. The whole Mistborn series really is fantastic reading! Wax, Wayne, and Marasi are back on the case of another mystery. This time they need to stop an assassin from killing the governor of Elendel. To complicate matters they also have to stop the civil unrest in Elendel from boiling over into a full blown riot. The story was a ton of fun. The Wild West setting is still proving highly entertaining and the story was highly addictive and engaging. It was packed full of the action, mystery,and humour that one expects from a Sanderson read. As an added bonus we even get to meet a few more familiar faces from the first trilogy. I'm all for that sort of nostalgia! This ended with a few shock twists that have left me dying to read the third instalment of the Wax and Wayne adventures. If I have a tiny criticism it is that the promising romance of the first series fell a little flat in this one. So much so that I even pondered jumping ship! All in all I loved this latest Cosmere book. Rating: 5 stars. Audio Note. Micheal Krammer is as awesome as always.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    'Shadows of Self' genres are fantasy, sci-fi, crime and mystery. I really like 'The Alloy of Law' and 'Shadows of Self' but I think 'Shadows of Self' is a lot better than 'The Alloy of Law'. I really like MeLaan.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liam Degnan

    Me. All day. Every day. Every time I read this book. No matter how many times I read it. I am not even lying when I say that the ending to this book touches me in my very soul. It might be one of the slowest Mistborn books, but HOLY CRAP it's so good. And also completely necessary to truly appreciate the characters and the story to come. I tend to not really leave reviews for Sanderson books. Sorry. It's not even worth wasting my time leaving a detailed review. Just please read these books if you h Me. All day. Every day. Every time I read this book. No matter how many times I read it. I am not even lying when I say that the ending to this book touches me in my very soul. It might be one of the slowest Mistborn books, but HOLY CRAP it's so good. And also completely necessary to truly appreciate the characters and the story to come. I tend to not really leave reviews for Sanderson books. Sorry. It's not even worth wasting my time leaving a detailed review. Just please read these books if you haven't. PLEASE READ THEM. ****1st Read: October 6th, 2015**** Wow. In terms of content, this was the slowest book of the Mistborn series (that's just my opinion). But OH MAN. The ending made it all worth it. Totally blew my mind and added an entirely new layer to the Mistborn/Cosmere that I wasn't expecting. Well done, Mr. Sanderson. Well done.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    A quick re-read before the release of The Bands of Mourning... 26 Jan 2016 update - just as good as the first time. No. No, it was better this time. Wow. That was hectic. Another great story by a master of fantasy. The second book in this series is just as good if not better than the first. You don’t need to think about this too much. This was written by Brandon Sanderson. Buy it. Read it. Bask in the glow. The future of the city of Elendel is balancing on a knife’s edge. Someone or som A quick re-read before the release of The Bands of Mourning... 26 Jan 2016 update - just as good as the first time. No. No, it was better this time. Wow. That was hectic. Another great story by a master of fantasy. The second book in this series is just as good if not better than the first. You don’t need to think about this too much. This was written by Brandon Sanderson. Buy it. Read it. Bask in the glow. The future of the city of Elendel is balancing on a knife’s edge. Someone or something is trying very hard to push it over and start a revolution and Waxillium, Wayne and Marasi have to team up once again to stop a disaster. Unfortunately, this fight might just be out of their league, but when has that ever stopped them? The story is filled with great action sequences and humour and never lets up till the end. As before, the banter between the characters is top notch and I even enjoyed Steris a lot more in this than the last book. She is starting to grow on me, even though I prefer Marasi & Wax together. Wayne is his brilliant, devil-may-care self with a brand of humour that is definitely unique and he still has an interesting affection for hats. "“I need you to stay behind as we go into those slums,” Wayne said, determined to impress solemnity into his voice. “It’s not that I don’t want your help. I do. It’s just going to be too dangerous for you. You need to stay where I know you’re safe. No arguments. I’m sorry.” “Wayne,” Wax said, walking past. “Stop talking to your hat and get over here.”" Brandon Sanderson has definitely upped the stakes with a few very interesting reveals in this one. Some of them are thought provoking while others are heart-wrenching. I found myself a bit subdued after the book’s climax, as I did not see that one coming. I did love that we got to see some of the old characters from the first trilogy though, and also the conversations with Harmony. I leave you with my favourite quote in the book. It is one of the Guardian’s memories, about a person he loved. "When she fought, she was the blade. When she loved, she was the kiss."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Markus

    "The days of heroes has passed. The stories of people breaking out of history belong to another world. We have reached an era of modernism, both louder and more silent at the same time." "The days of heroes has passed. The stories of people breaking out of history belong to another world. We have reached an era of modernism, both louder and more silent at the same time. An author like Sanderson doesn't write bad books, and I have enjoyed everything I've read by him. But I feel like every singl "The days of heroes has passed. The stories of people breaking out of history belong to another world. We have reached an era of modernism, both louder and more silent at the same time." "The days of heroes has passed. The stories of people breaking out of history belong to another world. We have reached an era of modernism, both louder and more silent at the same time. An author like Sanderson doesn't write bad books, and I have enjoyed everything I've read by him. But I feel like every single Mistborn book is a little disappointing compared to the one before it, and that is an unfortunate trend. The fifth book is no exception. The Final Empire is one of my favourite books, but Shadows of Self is probably my least favourite Cosmere instalment. The first Mistborn era was epic, and most aspects of it were amazing. The second is more like “fun stories in the Mistborn universe” than an actual continuation of the spectacular storyline. And that makes this sequel trilogy seem more like a decent experiment by Sanderson. Still, Wax and Wayne are fun to read about, the book is fast-paced and exciting and the major revelations add to the suspense (but yes, I did call both). I will keep reading the Mistborn series with interest, but it seems like in my eyes, the Stormlight Archive will surpass it in quality by a clear mile very soon. That’s not really a bad thing either.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Actual Rating: 4.5 In a nutshell: Another awesome Mistborn novel with a twist I really didn't see coming. Wow! The sad thing about this book is that I really wanted it once I started seeing it in bookstores but it was too expensive, then when I finally got a copy (thank you forever, Hachette Australia!) I fell into my worst reading slump of the year. It's not you, book, it's me and I'm so sorry that I put you through you that... I just got to a point where I had zero interest in reading so it/>In Actual Rating: 4.5 In a nutshell: Another awesome Mistborn novel with a twist I really didn't see coming. Wow! The sad thing about this book is that I really wanted it once I started seeing it in bookstores but it was too expensive, then when I finally got a copy (thank you forever, Hachette Australia!) I fell into my worst reading slump of the year. It's not you, book, it's me and I'm so sorry that I put you through you that... I just got to a point where I had zero interest in reading so it took me forever to finish this book despite how much I was actually enjoying it, which is as frustrating as you can imagine. Luckily I managed to get past that and finish it. I don't say this lightly but this might just be my new favourite Brandon Sanderson book after The Final Empire. At the very least, it's a better novel than The Alloy of Law in my opinion. Other than a few slow-paced parts, my stupid slump (not Sanderson's fault) and a few minor things that bothered me, it was awesome. My main criticism about his books lately is about his portrayal of women (or the lack of them really) but it didn't bother me so much with Shadows of Self. Personally I'm liking Marasi a lot more than I liked Vin. Vin was a more prominent character and had more development, but I'm really liking Marasi's role and personality. Like with The Alloy of Law, I love the bromance between Wax and Wayne. I definitely prefer Wayne - he's great comic relief and I look forward to seeing his name on the page. Wax is complicated for me. I don't necessarily dislike him, but I don't care for him much either. I like him more thanks to his relationships with the other characters, like Wayne and Steris, actually. There were a lot more connections to the original trilogy in this book and each one made me feel things. With a spin-off series, you need to find that balance between reminding the audience of their love for the original and creating something new and unique. I think these novels have done a great job with that so far. It feels new but there's still that essence of the originals lingering, as well as mentions and appearances of familiar names and faces. At the same time, I'm loving the world and its similarities/differences from the one we left in The Hero of Ages. The reason why Shadows of Self was such a memorable read for me has to be that twist. Brandon Sanderson has surprised me with twists before - I'm looking at you, Mistborn #1 - and I had no idea that it was coming in this one. If possible, try not to spoil it for yourself or else the impact won't really be the same. It's really something. Source: Hachette Australia I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Read this review and more on my blog Before Reading: I saw this at the bookstore the other day and it was $30 and my dad was like haha nope

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    Originally reviewed at The Speculative Herald A lot of the books that I’m excited for in 2015 are actually releasing quite late this year, so as we sauntered into fall and said good bye to summer, I was getting ready to say hello to a couple of my most anticipated titles. Shadows of Self was most definitely near the top of that list. I’m a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, and I absolutely loved The Alloy of Law – probably more than all three books of the original Mistborn trilogy put together, so Originally reviewed at The Speculative Herald A lot of the books that I’m excited for in 2015 are actually releasing quite late this year, so as we sauntered into fall and said good bye to summer, I was getting ready to say hello to a couple of my most anticipated titles. Shadows of Self was most definitely near the top of that list. I’m a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, and I absolutely loved The Alloy of Law – probably more than all three books of the original Mistborn trilogy put together, so small wonder that I was really looking forward to this follow-up. If there’s one thing I can never resist, it’s a good Fantasy meets Western setting. Three centuries after the events at the end of The Hero of Ages, the world of Mistborn has transformed into something altogether different. We’re on the cusp of an era similar to the industrial revolution, and all around are new inventions giving rise to mild hints of steampunk. On the outskirts of the built-up city of Elendel is a dusty, lawless territory known as the Roughs, where our protagonist Lord Waxillium Ladrian made his name as a lawman-for-hire. Magic, however, is alive and well. Allomancy and Feruchemy are still around, though applied here in a different way which preserves the marvel of the original system while adding a whole new dimension to it at the same time. Characters from the original trilogy like Vin, Elend, Kelsier and Sazed are also now long gone but not lost, their names immortalized forever in history and religion. It’s therefore possible to read this subseries without having to start with the first three books, though the experience might be richer if you do because then you’ll understand all the references to these past people and events. And for those who enjoyed the original trilogy, The Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self will introduce you to a fresh start featuring great new characters in a dynamic world that evolves with time. You’ll still be getting all the good stuff, but these books are far from being just the same-old, same-old; they’re shorter, more lighthearted and fun in tone and style, and I found that the mix of old and new worked very well for me. Shadows of Self continues the adventure by bringing back Waxillium and his good friend Wayne in a new mystery involving a hunt for an assassin. Nearly two decades have passed since Wax first started his youthful escapades into the Roughs, and he has recently returned to the city in order to take up the mantle of his lordship, which comes with a whole new set of responsibilities – including getting married. Wax and Wayne now use their allomantic powers to assist the constabulary of Elendel, working alongside the constable-general’s chief aide Marasi Harms, who is also the half-sister of Wax’s fiancée. Their latest case involves a massacre at an auction organized by the governor’s corrupt brother, whose body was found among the victims which included nobles as well the city’s most notorious crime lords. It soon becomes clear that the governor himself is a target. And to make matters worse, Wax learns that the assassin they hunt may not be human at all, but a Faceless Immortal who calls herself Bleeder, a kandra that ingests the bones of other beings to take on their physical appearance and personality. What do you do when your quarry could be anyone? Given how much I enjoyed The Alloy of Law, I was not surprised that I had a great time with this book too. Shadows of Self features a more complex plot, drawing heavily upon the world of Mistborn and its religious lore. The gods play a much bigger role in this one, with the stormy politics of the deities mirroring the political state of the mortal world. Just as the people of Elendel are sick and tired of the corruption in the government and in the nobility, not all kandra are content with Harmony’s rule. When both situations come to a boiling point, the results aren’t pretty. For readers though, it’s a tense race against time with Wax, Wayne and Marasi as they try to prevent the city from tearing itself apart, and the only way to stop the destruction is to catch Bleeder. For a supposedly insane killer, she proves to be much craftier than anyone could imagine. Wax and Wayne are also as fantastic a duo as the synergy of their names imply (though in truth, any scene with Wayne in it is automatically awesome, even when he’s solo) and having Marasi back is great as well. It’s interesting to see the dynamics play out between them when they work together, and as always I love the humor and the snappy dialogue which is way more prominent here than in the original trilogy, and probably where the lighter “fluffier” feel of these books comes from. Each character also has his or her own strengths and foibles, and I thought this installment explored those traits and covered them remarkably well without taking away from the main story. The most exciting moments came at the end for me, and I won’t lie, I was a bit of an emotional wreck after last few chapters. Strangely, I wouldn’t say the events leading up to the climax were entirely unpredictable, though the twists were a mix of “Okay, I saw that coming” along with “Wait, that wasn’t what I expected.” Either way, Sanderson knows how to deliver a conclusion, and it’s a jaw-dropping one that left me reeling from the impact. I’ve become deeply invested in Wax’s story over the course of these two novels, and the ending did not disappoint. All told, this book sees Brandon Sanderson doing more of what he does best – telling captivating stories that delight and enchant. Shadows of Self is another great addition to the Mistborn sequence, and another fantastic book from an author well known for his creative world-building and ingenious magic systems.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    Totally almost forgot to review this but better late than never so here goes! I was very excited about the release of this book (although no where near as excited as I will be for Calamity or Stormlight #3) as I hadn't had any fresh Sanderson for a while and with this being the return to the Mistborn world I was hoping for a good story. This is certainly a likeable story, but for me I kind of hoped for a little more from Sanderson, and whilst I appreciate that this is a new 'era' of Mistborn, I Totally almost forgot to review this but better late than never so here goes! I was very excited about the release of this book (although no where near as excited as I will be for Calamity or Stormlight #3) as I hadn't had any fresh Sanderson for a while and with this being the return to the Mistborn world I was hoping for a good story. This is certainly a likeable story, but for me I kind of hoped for a little more from Sanderson, and whilst I appreciate that this is a new 'era' of Mistborn, I kind of loved the big epic scale of the previous series and this doesn't really compare. Let me begin this by saying I was excited for this, but not massively-hyper-dying-excited because I didn't 'love' the Alloy of Law, which is the introduction to these characters. I thought that Alloy of Law was fun and entertaining, but I didn't think it really captured my attention or interest as much as the original Mistborn trilogy despite bringing new ideas and magic to a world I already knew and loved. My biggest complaints with this book are that I feel it's probably a bit too predictable (at least I worked out what the 'twist' was before it happened which was a little annoying) and it's a lot faster paced than many f Sanderson's other adult Cosmere books. I personally love to get deep into a world and story and really connect with the characters and what's happening with them, but in this book I just couldn't fully connect because I didn't want to be reading about these 'roguish' characters, I much preferred the original cast of characters. I think that because this is such a fast paced book and is filled with mystery elements and quick, funny conversation I just couldn't fully immerse myself like I did with the first series where the mystery is ongoing for all three books. I know that this is by no means the 'end' of the series and that there's still two books to go (which I will still buy of course) but this one just didn't pull me in as much as I wanted. The story is once more focused on the characters of Wax and Wayne and I have to say that Wax is good, but Wayne is far superior as a character to me. He is funny, sarcastic and full of some hilarious punchlines and moments which kept me enjoying the book throughout. I do like Wax as a character, but he certainly seems a little too 'boring' in comparison with Wayne who was just on top form for most of this book. I do appreciate what Sanderson is aiming for with this series in terms of following the progression of a world throughout time, but I just wish the books had stayed with a longer page length and been a little more through and developed. I think that the ideas Sanderson voices about Religion (there's A LOT of religion in this book btw) and the way that it's perceived and the way people think of it is interesting, but at points it did feel a little forced even for me (a long-term Sanderson fan and someone who likes to see religion and magic systems created by him). On the whole the story is fun, but nothing more for me. However, I did read this with a lot of other people and they all seemed to love it so it may well be that this period of history just isn't working so well for me. I know Sanderson was prepared to lose some of his fans with this series as it was rather different, and I think maybe I am one of those who just doesn't like this anywhere near as much as the original, but I know a ton of people who do so it may well still be worth reading. I will say if you didn't care for the Alloy of Law then this is fairly similar in style etc so maybe not to read it if that's the case, but it's a fun story and although I had some frustration with parts of it it's not a poorly written or un-engaging story and I got through it in a day! :) A 3* overall, fun, likeable, but by no means the best Sanderson I've read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fares

    4.5 But honestly, it's a 5 stars! Sweet potatoes and carrots sticks! Why did it take me this long to read this?! I mean on one hand, I’m glad bc I lost my faith in some of the Cosmere books and this restored it, but on the other hand… Actually you know what there is no other hand, I’m glad I took this long to read it. I wanna say that there are some things I didn’t like and others that fell short to me. I predicted most things here, and Sanderson said that he wrote most 4.5 But honestly, it's a 5 stars! Sweet potatoes and carrots sticks! Why did it take me this long to read this?! I mean on one hand, I’m glad bc I lost my faith in some of the Cosmere books and this restored it, but on the other hand… Actually you know what there is no other hand, I’m glad I took this long to read it. I wanna say that there are some things I didn’t like and others that fell short to me. I predicted most things here, and Sanderson said that he wrote most of it before Wheel of Time and the last parts after finishing it and you can tell that he did, some of the things feel like he wrote them on the spur of the moment. With that said this was A LOT OF FUN! I haven’t enjoyed a book like I did this in a loooong time, besides the magic and the western/sherlock thing going on, it’s finally the witty, I repeat, WITTY, and funny, I repeat, FUNNY, characters I been wanting to read about unlike some others, and I don’t wanna name names, ahem ahem, Shallan from Stormelight!!!! Anyway let’s not go there and by there I mean hell cuz that’s were Shallan deserves to be. Okay okay I needed to say it, now I’m done 🙂 So yeah, I’ll be honest and say that 80% of the reason I enjoyed this is my awetastazing friend Mary, the girl is insanely awesome! The book tho is also awesome, it’s that it made me think, it’s that it made me do my research and connect the dots to other Cosmere books, and the fact that it took an already amazing magic system and said what if! I loved the characters and the plot, but all that is bc I take them and try to figure out how could they play a role in the bigger picture. All this came very late in the book tho, and what triggered it was the pain at the end, I saw it coming, I felt it sneaking in like the mist on a cold night and I embarrassed it. So yeah I remember how Sazed questioned his faith in the first trilogy and I love love that it’s happening here to other characters. And I wanna say here that so far, with not many details, I like where all the characters are heading and personally I find this way more interesting than Kaladin in Stormlight, I actually wished Kal would go thru something like this but I dunno why Sanderson is too easy on him 🙂 I loved the romance and this is a first in a Cosmere book since Era 1! Holly heck give me more Wax and Steris. Give me Wayne and (view spoiler)[MeLaan (hide spoiler)] . Give me all the characters and all the chips! I’m all in! Pun intended! Is it weird that I loved the Ars Arcanum in this book? I feel like there’s a lot to unravel there and I wanna know more, definitely reading White Sand soon! Yes this was my rant, I’m finally happy I read this and with all its flaws I had so much fun! My only complaint would probably be that the fun ended quickly, and also didn’t like how Marasi and Aradel handled the things at the end, I didn’t like them pretending to be nice and know what’s best for city ,even tho they are and do, still I wished things go outta hand bc I’m evil like that 🙂 ---------------------------------------------------- Buddy read with The thorn in my side and the spear thru my heart

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mario

    No, freedom was not lack of responsibilities—it was being able to do what was right, without having to worry if it was also wrong. (view spoiler)[Dammit Sazed!!!! (hide spoiler)] Now that I've gotten that out of my system, let's get on with the review (well I'm gonna call this No, freedom was not lack of responsibilities—it was being able to do what was right, without having to worry if it was also wrong. (view spoiler)[Dammit Sazed!!!! (hide spoiler)] Now that I've gotten that out of my system, let's get on with the review (well I'm gonna call this review, even though I have no idea in what it will turn out to be). This book. This damn book. After I've finished Alloy of Law I had very high expectation for this book, and now I can safely say that it exceeded every single one of my expectations. It was just that good. I'm still positive that Sanderson can't write a novel that isn't amazing. I've got to say that my favorite thing about Shadows of Self is that, even it had completely different tone from original Mistborn trilogy, I still felt like I was reading an original Mistborn novel, and that brought a lot of feelings of nostalgia. Every time an original character was mention, I felt like I was going to do a mix of crying and laughing. And the characters were amazing as always. I don't think I've disliked any of the characters in this books (well now that I've think about it, there are few exceptions). Wayne still remains my favorite character, and that is why I'm afraid that something bad will happen to him later on. Sanderson, for the love of God, do not kill him!! And then, finally, the ending came and left me completely destroyed. It's not quite as emotional as Hero of Ages, but it was still emotional as hell. Sanderson sure loves to play with our feelings. In conclusion, if you've read The Mistborn series and for some reason haven't decided to pick this series up, you're really missing out. Like I've said, this series isn't quite as good as the original Mistborn series, but it still is pretty damn close. Now all that's left is to wait for the next one to come out. January, please hurry up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Brandon Sanderson is an evil genius. He likes to rip my heart out over and over again in his books and it's basically torture. However, I keep coming back for more. Brandon's books have never let me down and every single time I am completely blown away by how incredible and twisted they are. This book was definitely a step up from the last one and we got to hear about all of the characters from the original Mistborn trilogy which was so good! The return of two of those characters was amazing and Brandon Sanderson is an evil genius. He likes to rip my heart out over and over again in his books and it's basically torture. However, I keep coming back for more. Brandon's books have never let me down and every single time I am completely blown away by how incredible and twisted they are. This book was definitely a step up from the last one and we got to hear about all of the characters from the original Mistborn trilogy which was so good! The return of two of those characters was amazing and I had to hold back tears every time someone who had died was mentioned. This book is a work of art and if you haven't read a book by Brandon Sanderson yet then you are definitely missing out!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    [4.5] I'm dead. That avalanche ending has worn me out to the fullest. I'm emotionally exhausted to the point I feel dead inside. RTC. Or not.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    THAT LAST LINE MADE ME SO EMOTIONAL

  25. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    nostalgia? check humour? present bromance? always ending? pain emotional stability? unfound hotel? trivago ^is that meme still a thing?? well it is now that last line made me want to cry, oh my heart 😭😢😪😭😪😢 wax, honey i'm so sorry brandon sanderson thought it was okay to do that to you well that book #1 for my high fantasy month ✌ 4.5 stars nostalgia? check humour? present bromance? always ending? pain emotional stability? unfound hotel? trivago ^is that meme still a thing?? well it is now that last line made me want to cry, oh my heart 😭😢😪😭😪😢 wax, honey i'm so sorry brandon sanderson thought it was okay to do that to you well that book #1 for my high fantasy month ✌️ 4.5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    TS Chan

    Jan 2016: Audiobook reread before release of Bands of Mourning. Yep, still 4.5 stars rating after reread (rounded up because Sanderson-DUH!); only because it didn't feel as epic as the initial Mistborn trilogy. This is a very personal story that we have here in Shadows of Self (I guess that's kind of alluded to in the very title of the book), particularly for Wax. It started with a Prologue which is seemingly out of the left field but really fun, and as you progress towards the end you try to bra Jan 2016: Audiobook reread before release of Bands of Mourning. Yep, still 4.5 stars rating after reread (rounded up because Sanderson-DUH!); only because it didn't feel as epic as the initial Mistborn trilogy. This is a very personal story that we have here in Shadows of Self (I guess that's kind of alluded to in the very title of the book), particularly for Wax. It started with a Prologue which is seemingly out of the left field but really fun, and as you progress towards the end you try to brace for it but still find yourself whimpering from a sucker punch to the gut. Wayne has his moments too of course, and the one that sticks to you is how he is able to muster up the courage to face up to his egregious mistake all those years ago every single month. I had great fun with his impersonations which were brought to life very well by the narrator, Michael Kramer. While Marasi did nothing to endear me to her (I was frankly quite bored with a few of her sections), Steris' star really shone even though she was still pretty much a secondary character. She is becoming my favourite female character in Sanderson's books and I really hope to see more of her in Bands of Mourning. Aside from the characters, old and new (view spoiler)[Harmony and kandras!!! (hide spoiler)] , I love the whimsical touches of worldbuilding Sanderson incorporated into this era of Mistborn in the form of the broadsheet-interludes. He even slipped in a great tidbit for Cosmere fans here (only if you read all published Cosmere books) (view spoiler)[After Chap 15, broadsheet article on Visitors from other Worlds - That's when I came upon a mountain pool of the most perfect blue, fed by the melting snows of the heights. - that HAS got to be Shardpool! (hide spoiler)] One of the best parts of this book was the more omnipresent reminders of the legacy and doctrine left behind by the characters that we have read and loved in the initial Mistborn trilogy, which was quite absent in Alloy of Law. A couple more days before the release of Bands of Mourning, and I am rightfully dying of anticipation. ------------------------------ 4.5 stars I'm only able to write a short review for now due to a combination of jet lag and reading this through many bleary-eyed moments on the plane. Great book with a relevant socio-economic and religious intertwined plotline, interesting and amazing characters and a reveal at the end that hits you right in the gut. A lot more references to the characters of the original Mistborn trilogy that bring back poignant memories. Hope to write a more detailed review, probably after a quick reread to prep for Bands of Mourning come Jan 2016.

  27. 5 out of 5

    JAIME

    HOOOOOOOOOW?! Sanderson, you've bloody ruined me again! Oh, Harmony! Come at me Bands of Mourning! RTC - as soon as I review 1. The Hero of Ages (view spoiler)[don't hold your breath - how do you review that?! Too much, Brandon. Too much. (hide spoiler)] 2. The Alloy of Law 3. ALL THE OTHER BOOKS I SAY I WILL REVIEW.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nafeeza

    Oh Wax.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Ah, it always feel good to slip back into the Cosmere. Be it with a novella, a reread of a past book, or a shiny new book. While Elantris was my first Sanderson book, Mistborn was the first I fell in love with, so this series will always have a special place in by book heart (which is much more literate than my regular heart). And even though we have left Vin and Elend and Kelsier and so many other beloved characters behind the more modern world we find ourselves in now is just as grand and wonderful.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Obida

    I’m still unable to decide which I like more, between this and alloy of law.This was a bit slow at the beginning but picked up rather quickly. The writing is as good as that of the other books, the world building is perfectly depicted. The book is written in third person multiple POVs. “Someday I’d like to live in a fancy place like this,” Wayne said wistfully. “Wayne, you live in a mansion.” “It ain’t fancy. It’s opulent. Big difference.” “Which is?” “Mostly it involves wh/> I’m still unable to decide which I like more, between this and alloy of law.This was a bit slow at the beginning but picked up rather quickly. The writing is as good as that of the other books, the world building is perfectly depicted. The book is written in third person multiple POVs. “Someday I’d like to live in a fancy place like this,” Wayne said wistfully. “Wayne, you live in a mansion.” “It ain’t fancy. It’s opulent. Big difference.” “Which is?” “Mostly it involves which kinds of glasses you drink out of and what kind of art you hang.” Wayne looked offended. “You need to know these things now, Wax, being filthy rich and all.” “Wayne, you’re practically rich yourself, after the reward from the Vanishers case.” Lots of revelations and discoveries that almost broke the MC.(view spoiler)[Lessie is a Kandra sent by Harmony to protect Wax in the Roughs before they fell in love, so she is not dead, its the same Kandra that is the villain in this book (hide spoiler)] . I love the way the book turned out, can’t wait to read how the story progresses in the next book. And if I’d found you in the process of armed robbery all those years ago, I’d have shot you too.” “You’re not lying, are you?” “Of course not. I’d have shot you right in the head, Wayne.” “You’re a good friend,” Wayne said. “Thanks, Wax.” “You’re the only person I know that I can cheer up by promising to kill him.” The characters are as fun as ever, Wayne is my favourite in the book, his crazy morality is so much fun to read about. Wax is cool too and Marasi. I’m also liking Streris now, hope to see more of her in the next book. MeLaan the new addition to the characters better be in the next book cause I want more of her. “As a side note,” Steris said softly as she steered them toward where the governor was speaking with the lord of House Erikell, “if you do find the murderer, steer me in her direction. I shall endeavor to fascinate her with details of our house finances. With luck, she’ll fall asleep in her drink and drown, and I shall have my first kill.”

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