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  • Fantastic! I loved it.

    Shadows of Self is book five in the Mistborn series, but book two of the second era the series spans. The first three were cataloguing the end of the prior era, this one is more in the industrial revolution. Things like electricity and cars are new inventions, sharing space with horses, trains and, of course, more traditional allomantic modes of travel and entertainment. The mix is intriguing, but feels real and natural, a plausible world that supports the story without trying too much. But the true strength of the Mistborn series, and this book in particular, is the cast of characters. I love how Wax, cool and powerful, is paired with Wayne, irreverent and chaotic, while Marasi just gets better and better, sleuthing and holding her own. And new character, MeLaan, I love her. I knew her already from having read book 6 first (don’t do that by the way; read them in order), but now I love her even more. Yes, Shadows of Self features awesome characters in its own right, but I love that it doesn’t leave behind those from the original trilogy. Statues, lore, and kandra memories keep Vin, Elend, and Kelsier alive in tiny but meaningful ways. I thought it was interesting how average (well, sort of average) folks like Wax and the others recall the mythology, and how it’s impacted the steampunky modern Elendel. As for the action, there’s a ton of it. And it’s mixed in with a fair share of intrigue. The bad guys are mysterious, evil, and really good at doing what they’re doing. Still, there seem to be a lot of coinshot chases, though I suppose that makes sense since Wax is a coinshot. I don’t mind, though. I think I’d be terrified and exhilarated, and it’s fun trying to picture it. So, just in case you couldn’t tell by the tone of the review thus far, I loved this book. I would recommend Shadows of Self and the Mistborn series to fans of epic fantasy, action, magic, and humor. The world building and realistic, complex characters make it a joy to read, and likely reread. I received the review copy of this book from the publisher.

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  • Shadows of Self

    Great. Sanderson Continues to earn his reputation as one of the best writers today. Fast paced and fun.

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  • Great style

    I love Brandon Sanderson's easy reading dialoge. No wooden sentences & people talk like they're real.

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  • Never disappointed

    See above. I am looking forward to discovering more of the cosmere universe now that I know there is a larger connection.

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  • There they are....

    Well I figured that was a shock and a half. Wow...but wow. Thanks for the read and looking forward to book 6. Seriously though how can you top this one??? No wait ...don't tell me. I bought it already.

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