Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson – Review

Cover- Shadows of Self

Published: October 6, 2015

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9780765378552

Pages: 383 (Hardcover)

Rating: 5.0/5.0


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.

And Brandon Sanderson does it again!!!! Shadows of Self was another great addition to the Mistborn world. For those unfamiliar with the second Mistborn trilogy, the story is set 300 years after the events of the first trilogy in an age where society has hit a period of industrialization. The story focuses on the lawman/lord Waxillium Ladrian and his companions Wayne and Marasi as they deal with the criminal element of the city of Elendel. I may have mentioned this previously, but I was skeptical about this continuation of the Mistborn story because sometimes things just need to end. I do believe this second era of novels is better than the first- I adore the characters and I’m a fan of fantasy-crime type stories.

As Wax’s wedding to Steris draws nearer, tempers begin to flare in the city of Elendel. There is corruption in the government, people are out of work, and there is the fantastically curious murder of the Governor’s brother. This murder is where the story really begins, as this triggers the hunt for a killer with super speed and Wax begins seeing a man that should be dead. This makes you wanna read it, huh? It should. This is basically John Wayne is a fantasy novel after all.

Speaking of Wayne, we get to see some more of him in this book than in the first. He’s terribly clever and baffles nearly everyone he meets except MeLaan. And he also finds Steris (Wax’s betrothed) repulsive, as I believe he describes her, which I do/don’t agree with. Marasi also gets quite a bit more attention in this novel, and she totally deserves it! She’s intelligent, resourceful and handy with a gun. Plus, I’m totally shipping her and Wax and have my fingers crossed for them to end up together.

Brandon Sanderson always writes the best stories. He also writes quickly and doesn’t sacrifice quality as he does so- kudos to you Brandon! His books are auto-buys for me and I’ve been pre-ordering some of them, which (for the record) is something I only do for books I am REALLY REALLY excited for. Shadows of Self is absolutely worth reading, especially for those who’ve read the first Mistborn trilogy as there are certain references you’ll love. I honestly can’t recommend these books enough! They’ve got the edge of your seat kind of action, with a complex society and magic system woven in.

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