Bands of Mourning (Mistborn), The

Brandon Sanderson
The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns to the world of Mistborn with the follow-up to Shadows of SelfWith The Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self, Brandon Sanderson surprised readers with a New York Times bestselling spinoff of his Mistborn books, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America.Now, with The Bands of Mourning, Sanderson continues the story. The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds 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.


Reviewed: 2016-03-22

I originally purchased Bands of Mourning thinking that it was going to be the big finale for the 2nd Era in the Mistborn Saga, and spent the entire book wondering how Sanderson was going to top the big reveal in the second book. I won’t spoil either surprise, but just when you think you start to understand all the possible tangents of Allomantic and Feruchemical powers, Sanderson drops in a characteristic twist that you never saw coming! The biggest announcement of all comes at the end when you find that there is going to be a fourth book in the series, The Lost Metal, coming out sometime after the next Stormlight book wraps up.

This book continues to flesh out the history of Wax, and why he chose to escape out to the Roughs. It starts with an interesting insight into his childhood, and provides insight into his strained relationship he has with his Terris heritage. Throughout the rest of the story, you begin to learn more about his history with his sister, all while maintaining a breakneck pace into one conundrum after another, in ways only Wax and Wayne could find themselves falling into.



I loved the additional characters and the realizations that they bring with them near the end of the book. You can see where Sanderson was laying some marvelous groundwork for the next books, and I can’t wait to see how far the story will expanding now with whole new worlds coming into the mix. 

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