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Review: Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

By / October 28, 2015 / no comments

(Details for giveaway below review)

I love Mistborn. I’ve read the trilogy and I’ve listened to it in Audiobook format. There are not many books I have done this for. I love the magic system and it only got more complex as the story continued. When Alloy of Law came out (unexpectedly) we got more from the world of Mistborn, but many centuries into the future.

shadowWe never get told what happens in between but the world is now vastly different. ‘Humans’ have invented motorcar and eletricity and live in big cities. Elendel now houses millions and Kelsier, Vin and Sazed are worshipped.

Shadows of Self takes place a year after Alloy of Law. We get introduced to all the characters again and get set a simple storyline of criminals that Wax and Wayne (love the pun) have to take care of.

I must say that I was super excited about getting this book, but as I read on, I found myself not really enjoying it as much as Alloy of Law. What made Mistborn, Stormlight Archives and all his other books was the mystery and the what is coming next. With Shadows of Self, much of it is just basic storytelling, nothing really happens and we get no insight. Yet, with about 1/4 of the book left, things started to get really interesting. Sanderson, starts to show the mystery and the plots within plots. We get to introduced to the old Mistborn world that we know. The mystery begins again but then the book ends.shadows2

When I said earlier that Alloy of Law was unexpected, it was because Sanderson didn’t schedule this book, it just came out of the blue and he had to write it all down. While Alloy of Law sets up all the characters for the trilogy, it is not part of the trilogy (thanks Patrick Sanderson!), Shadows of Self, is book 1 of the next Mistborn trilogy. At less than 400 pages, this is a very short book for Sanderson, and I’m hoping for a larger instalment in The Bands of Mourning.

I really want Sanderson to delve into the history of in between trilogies and how the world has become like this. Sanderson is usually great at world building and letting us know the ins and outs of the world.

Lastly, Sanderson has improved on his romance aspect of writing. While nothing gets serious in this book, I like how he is able to show a lot of emotion through the characters’ actions.

The Bands of Mourning is 100% through the Final Draft and will be released on Jan 26th 2016.

Giveaway details:
Only for US and Canadian Residents
Competition closes 30th October 11.59pm PST
Post your favourite character from any Sanderson book in either this post, Facebook page or RT on twitter.
3 Copies to be won thanks to Tor.com
Winners selected randomly.
Competition in no way associated with Facebook or Twitter.

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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