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Review: Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

By / January 26, 2016 / no comments

Shadows of Self came out not too long ago, October, to be exact. It is the first of the second trilogy in the Mistborn world. Many, including myself thought it was The Alloy of Law, but that was more of a prelude. Shadows of Self, while having a good twist, was a bit of a let down. The plot didn’t move very quickly, the characterizations of the minor characters were dull and even the protagonists weren’t their usual selves.

The Bands of Mourning fixes most of it.

51PfCR54YvL._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_The book mostly focuses on Wax’s goal of finding his Uncle (Mr. Suit). He is dragged along with Marasi to find a missing Kandra spike and to see if they find any leads regarding the legendary relic, the Bands of Mourning, the braces that the Lord Ruler was wearing before Vin ripped them out of him.

The plot moves very quickly. Nothing meanders and we discover lots of new things along the way.

We start learning a bit more about Wax and Wayne, and there is one very heartfelt moment in the book that Sanderson pulls off really well.

The most surprising and pleasing aspect of this book was actually with the minor character Steris. She is still around and actually quite prominent for a minor character. She is stiff and almost emotionless in the Shadows of Self, but she really flowers in Bands of Mourning. She plays a really great supporting actress with the plot and adds a lot to group of characters, even adding humour.

There are a still things that are unexplained, and I am wondering if Sanderson has enough room to fit everything in, into one book.

Overall, I think if you were disappointed in Shadows of Self, you will find delight in this book. Yes, this series isn’t Mistborn, but it never set out to be.

About the author

Jon Snow

Believe it or not, Jon Snow really got into reading only after reading A Game of Thrones back in 2002. Previously the only fantasy he had read were Lord of the Rings and many Magic: The Gathering books.While juggling teaching life, he tries to keep up with recently published books.


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