From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.
Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.
The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metal minds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.
Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning
Other Cosmere novels
The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent
The Rithmatist series
Other books by Brandon Sanderson
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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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This man knows how to write, the highs the lows, make you feel that sense of excitement as the hero prevails, as well as ripping your heart out with the pain you watch the characters go through.
Best of wax and Wayne yet
Best of the second era in the mist born series! Sanderson brings more depth into each character in this book and uses more twists in bands of mourning than either alloy of law or shadows of self. Drops a big cliff hanger in the epilogue to keep readers excited about what's next! Looking forward to reading the future books.
This boom just does so many things right, from revitalizing what should be stereotypical tropes (like a train robbery) into wonderfully crafted scenes, to surprising us in more and better ways than ever before. Sanderson's excellent way of framing battle scenes and dialogue and everything in between simply leaves me disappointed that the book was not longer, yet completely satisfied with it in its entirety.