Review – Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) by Brandon Sanderson


Shadows of Self is the 5th Mistborn book and the 2nd in this sub-series featuring Wax and Wayne, former Roughs lawmen.  While this still isn’t quite at the level of the original trilogy, I did find it to be a wonderful read.

Sanderson is building the characters of Wax, Wayne, Marisi and Steris (who is the epitome of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’).  There is a slower burn to the story and it’s taking some time to really get to the heart of it.  SOS does give us a few major revelations that were shocking and will continue to impact the characters going forward.  Plus, Wax’s lineage was defined (I probably should have realized his ancestry before but it didn’t occur to me.)

For me, the best thing about SOS, and much of Sanderson’s writing, is the undercurrent of religion and faith that is weaved throughout the story.  For those that are thinking “oh no, I don’t want to be preached to”, it isn’t like that at all.  Sanderson uses it subtly to allow the reader to draw their own conclusions.  He doesn’t push a specific belief on the reader but instead challenges us to think about things.

I still had a few confusing moments when prior characters were referenced.  When someone refers to the Ascendant Warrior, I have to remind myself that it is Vin.  Sazed as Harmony is a much more prominent character in this story.  While I’m not a fan of large appendixes, it might be helpful to have a page devoted to these ‘religious’ names referencing prior characters.

4.5 / 5 stars and highly recommended.  Excited to read The Bands of Mourning but then what will I do with my life?  The next book doesn’t come out until 2018.

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