Brandon Sanderson has done it again with his latest Mistborn novel, Shadows of Self. Shadows of Self is a continuing story of Waxillium “Wax” Ladrian which continues on with the spaghetti western styled story we first saw in book, The Alloy of Law. The twists and turns this novel has you going through are so wonderfully crafted that just when you think you understand what is going on and what the villain of the story is trying to do, Brandon throws in a twist blown right in from the roughs that has you spellbound and amazed at his wizardry with words and plot twists.
If you are worried about jumping into a series at the 5th book you don’t have to be because this book is it can be read as a standalone novel, but if you are someone the loves details and the intricacies in the novels. Some of the history and details of the story could make you feel a little lost and like your missing something if you haven’t read the prior Mistborn novels.
However I can’t express how much fun this book was to read. There were various components that had me quickly drawn into the action. I never did I feel like I had to read through the book as the action was waning and it always felt like there was so much happening and it was so well paced that I wanted to know more. So much so that it was difficult to put down. The story doesn’t let up and it really pulls some strong punches as it forces Wax to explore the relationship he has with his god and his faith. Even though this is a fantasy novel many of us can related to this on a personal level and it’s a struggle at one time or another we’ve all faced.
The comedic timing in this book between Wax and Wayne is brilliant and every character within the novel is well written. You will quickly find yourself routing for the villain all the while wondering how Wax will save the day. This is a fantastic read I would recommend to anyone and one you should pick up.
Also the next book in the series the “Bands of Morning” is schedule to release in January so we won’t have to wait long to see what happens to Wax and Wayne after the events of this book.
Brandon Sanderson's website: http://brandonsanderson.com/
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