The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6)


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Title: The Bands of Mourning
Series: Mistborn
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 448
Format: Kindle digital edition


My Thoughts:

Due to some of the subject matter, I will not be continuing with this author.

Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5)

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Title: Shadows of Self
Series: Mistborn
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: 4  of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle



Waxillium, otherwise known as Wax and his trusty pardner Wayne, are now city slickers and special deputized lawmen.

Only things aren’t going so well in the Big City. “God” seems to have made life just a tad bit too easy for humanity and one of the “angels” has taken exception to that.

So Wax must stop an insane angel AND figure out if god is worth following after all.


My Thoughts:

This was a good book. It was exciting, it was tragic, it was funny, it was sad, it was light and it was very philosophical.

It was everything I expected from Brandon Sanderson.

It has been almost 4 years since I read Alloy of Law and to be honest, it was a tad confusing getting back into things. I remembered Wax and Wayne, but everyone else? It was like brand new characters. Thankfully, the next book in this second Mistborn trilogy is coming out next week and I plan on reading it first thing in February. That way there will be no lag time. But I was able to get past all that and get into the story.

I’ve also been reading The Many Faces of Evil and it fit right alongside of this very well. One of the main characters from the previous trilogy is now god and Wax has to decide if he is really worth following and obeying.  This book went a lot deeper than I was expecting and I really liked it. I’ve struggled with the issue of evil and god ever since I was a teen and while this story doesn’t even try to answer it, just the fact that a contemporary of mine is asking the same questions is heartening.

I also like seeing more mistborn ability in a modern setting. It shows Sanderson’s imagination and ability as an author. Good times.

The Alloy of Law

11605507The Alloy of Law
Mistborn #4
by Brandon Sanderson
Ebook, 265 Pages
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now this book was a LOT of fun to read. It was not one of Sanderson’s 600+ page epic tomes, but a fun revisitation to the Mystworld.

This was really a western at heart. I remember reading Louis Lamour when a young teen and how it appealed to me. Thankfully, Sanderson doesn’t write the same ultra-cliches that Lamour did, but that spirit was there.

The untamed gunslinger/magicuser comes back to supposed civilization and ends up having to clean up messes worse than he ever found out in the Wild, Wild West.

And it was a lot of fun to see allomancy used differently. Sanderson has given some good thought to the practical application and while I didn’t really care about the particulars, it was good to know that the internal physics of the world hadn’t been thrown jambalaya like into the plot pot.

Hero of Ages

Hero of Ages
Mistborn #3
Brandon Sanderson
4 stars
572 pages

the conclusion to the Mistborn trilogy.

The power Vin released was Ruin. It was a force opposed by Preservation. Preservation made humans with some ruin so as to get an edge on Ruin. Ruin was trying to destroy the world, period. Preservation gave up its sentience to imprison Ruin. Vin freed Ruin in Well of Ascension but joined the mists and took on Preservations power. Fought with, and joined with, Ruin. Sazed took both those powers and became The Hero of Ages, basically a god watching over the world. Vin is no more and Elend dies to, so no loose ends. The story ends with Sazed fixing the world and keeping it safe for the remnant of humanity saved by the Lord Ruler’s foresight.

Definitely didn’t take the direction I thought it would, but it was good none the less. Hope Sanderson does a good job on Memories of Light, the final Wheel of Time book.

The Well of Ascension

The Well of Ascension
Mistborn #2
Brandon Sanderson
Epic Fantasy
4 stars
578 pages

Everything I thought I knew from Final Empire is turned on its head!

Vin and Elend get married, Luthadel is sacked, but Vin realizes she has powers unlike any other Mistborn. Goes to the Well of Ascension to destroy the Deepness, only to set free some being that has been manipulating the Terris religion for that very purpose. The Hero of Ages is a deception wrought by this being.

Looking forward to the next volume.

Mistborn: The Final Empire

Mistborn: The Final Empire
Mistborn #1
Brandon Sanderson
4 stars

this kid is FANTASTIC! This was better than Elantris and is the start to a series, length unknown. End of the earth. Mankind united under the Lord Ruler, a man who saved humanity from something called “the Deepness”. Allomancy[the ability to burn metals internally to gain greater powers] is now common among the nobility. Skaa form a workforce. This book is about a rebellion to dethrone the Lord Ruler[who is, seemingly, unkillable]. Great characters, and nice twist at the end.

/edit 2013
Sanderson and I are contemporaries. So it makes me laugh to see myself calling him “kid”. Of course, the last 7 years have proven how great he is at Fantasy.