The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series and his skill at marshalling epic storylines and dramatic action, his ability to create vivid characters made him a natural choice to complete Robert Jordan's epic wheel of time sequence. But with Mistborn, Sanderson has shown his bountiful talents in his own fiction. Now he returns to the series that made his name with a new story, building on the incredible success of THE ALLOY OF LAW.
The new Mistborn books move the series into a richly imagined 19th century analogue world with elements of the wild west mixed with magic and science. It's a wonderful concoction from a master storyteller.
Sanderson has the knack of giving the epic fantasy reader exactly what they want. This ability has thrown him to the forefront of the genre and this novel will take him to the next level.
The sixth Mistborn industrial revolution fantasy (after Shadows of Self) and the second featuring crime-fighter Waxillium Ladrian and his sidekick, Wayne is more steampunk than dystopian. The novel kicks off with Wax's wedding to Lady Steris, but the festivities are put on hold after an inconvenient flood, and then Wax learns that Harmony, one of the Faceless Immortals, is incommunicado. Soon Wax and Wayne head off to hunt for the Bands of Mourning, a mythical artifact associated with long-defeated Lord Ruler. This quest is classic Sanderson, with magic, intrigue, and witty repartee. All the familiar elements from the earlier Mistborn novels are here, including the metal-based magics of allomancy, feruchemy, and the forbidden art of hemalurgy (about which more is revealed over the course of this story). Open questions from earlier adventures are finally addressed, and Sanderson skillfully weaves in new opportunities for the dynamic duo's next adventure. Die-hard fans will be delighted to finally learn more about the mysterious southern lands they've previously heard about in passing.
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After the steller Mistborn trilogy and extremely enjoyable Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self I was extremely excited for the next Mistborn novel. But unfortunatley with the exception of a couple of great character moments with the main crew (Wax, Wayne, Marasi and Steris) I was disapointed by the Bands of Mourning, which felt like a generic action adventure story more reminicent of a february Hollywood flop than the epic fantasy I’ve come to expect from Sanderson. But with it’s interesting reveals and connections to the greater Cosmere (including cameos both expected and unexpected) I managed to enjoy the book for what it’s worth, even if it isn’t up there with some of Sanderson’s best work.