Product added! Browse Wishlist. The product is already in the wishlist! ISBN: Description Reviews 0 Delivery: Can be download Immediately after purchasing. Printable From 1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action. Reviews There are no reviews yet. Tom Doherty Associates. With 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. S ended the book that way. Oh wait,I can. View all 9 comments.
Jan 01, Emma rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. Why didn't I have more willpower?! I know a lot of Sanderson fans are waiting for this trilogy to be finished before they would even start.
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I smugly jumped in , deep in my early gratification, thoroughly enjoying the books. Because there is soooo long to go for the next one! This was brilliant and also making me very excited about the third era of trilogies that there will eventually be. I am of course not going to be including spoilers but I will say that I felt very di Dammit!
I am of course not going to be including spoilers but I will say that I felt very differently about Steris by the end of the book and the technology and other new elements were fantastic. Very recommended.
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View all 6 comments. Dec 29, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: steampunk , worldbuilding-sf , fantasy , shelf. I began the first trilogy knowing nothing and then being blown away. I started the second trilogy going, "Huh? I wasn't blown away by book 4.
I thought book 5 was a good deal better, enjoying the dialog between Wax and Wayne more and more and thoroughly enjoying the thread of lost love and evil gods I began the first trilogy knowing nothing and then being blown away. I thought book 5 was a good deal better, enjoying the dialog between Wax and Wayne more and more and thoroughly enjoying the thread of lost love and evil gods and ineffectual good ones, too. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Harmony. The new world was one I could respect and like, but I never got to the point where I really loved it.
And then this book came around, and after what I thought was a tiny rough beginning, I was delighted to see just how much I loved Wayne's sequence. There was a lot of real beauty in the writing, like a dance of pure chicanery, and I delighted in it. And then, of course, we got Wax's marriage to the wonderful Steris, who is every bit of a match for him, smart and oh-so-damn-prepared.
Can I tell you how endearing this woman is with her damn lists? Well, yeah, I guess I can. We got the huge magical sequence that is reminiscent more of the first trilogy than the more modest and down-to-earth effects of books 4 and 5. We've got some big things coming, and I that leads me to make one last comment. I've officially moved from a respect and liking for the second series to a deep and profound love. I've finally warmed to it. The characters really stand out in my mind and they're still talking and quipping, and I'm getting a whole bunch of warm and fuzzies. Sep 13, Fares rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-and-a-half-stars.
And the last 6 or 7 chapters were amazing. Again something I have been saying for this entire series. Something were predictable but the fun is there! And not only that but a whole range of emotion from tears of laughter to sadness, it is a ride, a fun one, and I hate that people compare this to the first era series, to me they are just different and each one succeeds to be amazing in its own way. Oct 14, Mike rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed , epics , fantasy.
What is better than the concluding book of a Mistborn trilogy? Discovering at the end it is really the third book in a quadrilogy! OK, bad jokes aside, this was another phenomenal addition to the Cosmere pantheon of stories. Not hat anyone should be surprised by this, this is Bandon Sanderson we are talking about here writing in arguably his most popular series. Calling that a home field advantage is like saying the humans had a home field advantage against the martians in The War of the Worlds.
I won't bother to rehash the story since that isn't my style and it has been done in many other places much better than I could hope to manage. Instead let me discuss some of the aspects of this book that I thought were truly standout. Religion : Religion is a funny thing in fantasy books. Sometimes they have always existed, sometimes they are the offspring of elder gods, sometimes they are mortals who have ascended to godhood. But in nearly all cases they are limited in someway and can make for very interesting literary characters.
In Mistborn, the local god Harmony has taken a bit of a special interest in Wax if you have to ask who Wax is, I suggest you read The Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self first , using him to achieve Harmony's agenda. Harmony, as those that are familiar with the series know, was once mortal but ascended to godhood, giving him in so far as a god can have a gender a more personal perspective on the lives of mortals. Not that such a perspective prevents him from using mortals for his own ends.
The end of the previous installment has left Wax a bitter, broken man holding Harmony is deep resentment. Poor Wax. That had busted him up right good, it had. And Wayne could see why.
Still, an apology? Did people that got killed in a flood expect an apology from God? God did as God wished. You simply hoped to not get on His worse side. Kinda like the bouncer at the club with the pretty sister So when they talk again in this book it is a fascinating exchange between a them, mortal to mortal-turned-god. It explores what the limits of godhood are and how far they should be pushed should God eliminate all evil? Where is the line drawn? It explores the nature of choice and how Wax has treated himself since the events in Shadows of Self. Harmony shows himself to be an understanding god who offers Wax the choice as he does with all of humanity choice in how they live their lives.
It illuminating and does an excellent job distilling some serious theological questions into an easily understood and applicable context for the reader. But on a more personal level their conversation really brings out some of Wax's deeply held troubles with a deep compassion and understanding. Harmony, while maintaining what he did was necessary, if painful, allows Wax to work through all his hurt and pain and come to a revelation naturally that allows the healing process to begin.
It is a deeply moving passage and touches upon what many of us hope for from such an entity: understanding, wisdom, compassion, and guidance while allowing us mortals the autonomy of choice and self discovery. It is beautifully written and a wonderful advancement in Wax's character not to mention a great peak into the mind and motivations of Harmony.
Steris : One of Sanderson's strong suits as a writer is the evolution of characters of the course of his books. We can see clearly how they change and grow but at the same time remain true to their core self. In the case of Steris we are initially introduced to her when she is discussing a very detailed and thorough marriage contract with Wax in 'The Alloy of Law'; a contract that specified the frequency of marital relations, the expected number of heirs, etc.
She showed herself to be a very thorough and rational person though she apparently rubbed a fair amount of of my GR friends the wrong way.
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The core of Steris has always been to be prepared and account for all contingencies. Sure, initially she was a bit of a wet blanket but she really started to find a good groove in 'Shadows of Self' and fully blossomed into awesomeness in 'Bands of Mourning': "I need metal," he [Wax] explained at Marasi's inquisitive look. He stepped up to his room, then hesitated as a hand stuck out of the next room, holding a small vial.
He downed the first one, then nearly choked. A wife must look out for her husband's health. Nice bit of salt on these. That's a huge statistical anomaly, even considering your profession. And here she assumed she'd been prepared for anything. Marasi starting to glow, throwing people around with Allomancy as if they were dolls, then streaking away and leaving a trail of mist It hadn't even made the appendix hide spoiler ] Not only is she always trying to take into account and preparing for bad outcomes, but she shows a remarkable amount of courage, loyalty, and cunning in this book.
She knows she isn't the most useful person in a fight but she plays to her own strengths as the situation warrants. By the end of this book she was confident in herself and her abilities and is just all around awesome. Now this isn't to say this book was 'The Steris Show' though I would read the hell out of that book. All the other characters had their moments to shine, especially Marasi who has been dealing with her identity in the shadow rightly or wrongly of Wax.
Apart from the obligatory Hoid appearance we are shown more of the world and how these discoveries will facilitate the binding together of the Cosmere a hint of which, I believe, was referenced in Sixth of the Dusk. We also get a further exploration of The Set, their long term goals, how Wax's family fits in, and the organization's mysterious sponsors. We are left with an explosive ending that raises a lot of serious and scary questions.
I continue to be in awe of what Sanderson is slowly putting together. The scope and breathe of what the Cosmere will become is simply astounding and I simply cannot wait for each subsequent book in the series. So yes, this book was everything I could have wanted and more.
It maintains the high standards of the series and propels it in a new, awesome direction. And man, that epilogue was pretty intense. So waste no time in diving into this one and then you can follow it up with a side of Mistborn: Secret History. As I often do, here are some of my favorite passages from this book, which was chocked full of some great exchanges: We all have talents, we just don't all love our talents. Is that how the Ascendant Warrior was?
But something is wrong. Always check to see what happened to the person you are replacing : "But when Lord Waxillium is around, things do tend to pop up.
This is a rusting train robbery! Like some lords have an interest in the symphony, or in civic matters. It seemed odd, but not ungentlemanly. I mean, it's not as if he was involved in theater Should we go look? I had not actually expected gunfights. Aren't the servants usually left out of such extravagances? If the man couldn't do a little research before taking a job - "Wait," Drewton said, frowning.
I mean seriously, genius is an understatement at this point. In Bands of Mourning, he showed the potential future for Mistborn franchise and believe me, it will be huge and after reading this one, I'm full with confidence all of them will maintain their gre 4. In Bands of Mourning, he showed the potential future for Mistborn franchise and believe me, it will be huge and after reading this one, I'm full with confidence all of them will maintain their great quality.
I'm going to divide this review into 3 main point. Plot, actions and then characters. Plot: Firstly, it's almost impossible to write a comprehensive review on this point without mentioning some of the major spoiler so I'll just make this really brief and spoiler-free. Some major twist and revelations happened throughout the book, the ending was beautiful, and most of all the epilogue will show you clearly just what Sanderson planned for this franchise.
Literally down to the last word of the book. The plot by itself will keep you entertained and left you wanting for more. Actions: The book this time are filled with lot of actions compared to previous Shadows of Self and believe me, the actions is damn good for reason again I cannot mention.
For those of you who've read this book, you know who I'm talking about. Steris doesn't shine any at all in her brief appearance in Alloy of Law so I was pretty neutral about her, then she appeared again a bit longer with several improvements and her funny social awkwardness in Shadows of Self which make me kinda like her. Finally, in this book boom, we know about her a LOT and oh boy, she is such a lovable character. Read this book now and be prepare to love another fictional character!
I know you have tons of them already, why not add 1 more and a pretty interesting one at that? While Wayne are there to made you laugh, Steris are definitely in the book to warm your heart. The ending view spoiler [where Wax finally married Steris out of love, not obligation hide spoiler ] is just beautiful and I admit, I smiled with a little bit of glassy eyes out of pure happiness.
Well there's my review on The Bands of Mourning. Sanderson mentioned that Mistborn, along with Stormlight Archive is two of his franchise that he will be working on til the end of his career and we still have at least 7 more books in the Mistborn franchise. I can safely say, I'll be joining all his adventures in the franchise and be damn glad to do so. Now, I'll be joining the waiting game with fellow fans and friends on the Lost Metal which most probably will release in View all 5 comments.
Sep 03, Gavin rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. This third instalment in the second era Mistborn series proved to be the best yet! It was fast paced and stuffed full of action, mystery, humor, romance, cool magic, and shock developments. Sanderson once again succeeded in keeping me fully engaged and entertained for the duration of the story. All our favourite characters were back. This time on a quest to seek out the bands of mourning, the legendary metalminds of the Lord Ruler, and they are not the only ones hunting the prize as the nefariou This third instalment in the second era Mistborn series proved to be the best yet!
This time on a quest to seek out the bands of mourning, the legendary metalminds of the Lord Ruler, and they are not the only ones hunting the prize as the nefarious Set are seeking the bands for themselves. The story was a ton of fun. I loved the mix of action and intrigue and was blown away by some of the shock developments as the story progressed.
Sanderson has a real talent for introducing things that totally turn the story on its head! MeLaan was hilarious in almost every scene she appeared in and is easily my all time favourite Kandra. Steris was fantastic and has really developed as a character since we first met her back in the Alloy of Law. She proved the perfect mix of endearing and hilarious and has fast become one of my favourite Sanderson characters of any of his series! I loved the way pretty much every character showed positive growth in this instalment.
I really loved this latest Mistborn book and cannot wait to see what happens in the final book in the series! Rating: 5 stars. Audio Note: Michael Kramer is always a fantastic narrator, but he might have given a career best performance with this one. This review will be split into several parts, organized by spoiler level. If you do not meet at least a given level of spoilers, do not read that section.
I'm really very serious about this. For the Sanderson-uninitiated: If you read fantasy, or talk to people about fantasy, or have followed me for a while, you've heard of this guy. Bands of Mourning does all the things Sanderson is famous for: it has fast-paced action, carefully applied rules of magic, expansive worldbuilding, and engaging chara This review will be split into several parts, organized by spoiler level. Bands of Mourning does all the things Sanderson is famous for: it has fast-paced action, carefully applied rules of magic, expansive worldbuilding, and engaging characters.
It also, as his latest work, shows clear improvement on many fronts from earlier books: there are more female characters, both in the cast and filling a variety of background roles; the society is clearly multi-ethnic and -racial; and the almost overwhelming ending style known as a 'Sanderlanche' has been significantly smoothed out.
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The end is still nigh-impossible to put down, but it's spread out over a longer section of the book, and with a more gradual transition between the rest of the book and the climax. Also, the main romance is the cutest dang thing. For obvious reasons, this is not a book you can start with. It is at bare minimum the sixth book set on the world of Scadrial, and there are benefits to having read other books in the Cosmere as well.
However, if you do pick up one of Sanderson's earlier books and find it weak in some areas - as with the very legitimate criticism of The Final Empire having only one major female character - know that those flaws are corrected over time, and that each book is better than the last. If you've read all of the original Mistborn Trilogy but haven't made the jump: view spoiler [I know, I know, it's jarring to move forward years, but trust me, it's worth it.
Not only do we get to see Scadrial rebuilt and rejuvenated, but there are new uses for the Metallic Arts which were impossible in the era of the Final Empire. The original trilogy had a much tighter focus than this series, focused on the overthrow of the Lord Ruler and the aftermath of that conflict. Here, we see a whole society growing and struggling to determine itself, even as outside influences begin to pose a threat. Some original characters are still around - Sazed, of course - and the rest are remembered in interesting, if not always accurate, ways. Wax, Wayne, Marasi, and Steris are a compelling new cast, with a new dynamic, but the same sort of wisecracking and competence that Kelsier's crew had.
And even if Alloy of Law isn't your cup of tea, I suggest you read it anyway, because Shadows of Self and The Bands of Mourning both explore different scales of conflict, and it's almost guaranteed that you'll find something here that catches you the way the first books did. Where the first two books stayed focused on the city of Elendel, Bands of Mourning shows the wider Basin and some of the conflicts in it, which Elendel ignores. Everything is tied together: Wax's uncle, his sister's abduction, the resistance of the outer cities to Elendel's control, and the continuing push forward of technology.
Well, almost everything: if you're waiting for an explanation of Trell, keep waiting. Somewhat unfortunately, as we'll be waiting a while longer for The Lost Metal , this book leaves off at a point of greatest change for the characters and world. I don't think Scadrial's been this shaken up since the Catacendre, and whatever comes next will be fascinating.
Bonding over studying accounts ledgers? Kissing in midair over the mists? Steris finally getting the honeymoon she wanted? It was pretty much perfect. I also love the way they build each other up, as any good couple should - Steris supporting Wax through his grief, being ready to help with whatever's next; Wax trying his best to contradict her self-deprecation and show her that he thinks she's valuable and worthwhile.
Steris started sniffling. She pulled her hand free of his and wiped her eyes.
All these years dealing with women, and he still couldn't tell the difference sometimes. I can't wait for them to be happily married forever. Marasi was a champ in this book, from the very beginning. I love that she told Wayne off for his treatment of Ranette - it's about time someone did that - and seeing the way she's learned to handle a crisis is fascinating. She's still a little unsteady, which is understandable, but she's so courageous. I'm also particularly interested in her relationship with Vin, or rather the mythology of Vin - Marasi at the outset of this series seemed to be a straightforward Action Girl, but in the last two books we've seen her actively questioning that role and whether it's right for her.
This is both excellent characterization and an exploration of how history affects societal expectations. Vin was just one woman, but her example has become an ideal, even in the face of Alrianne and Tindwyl's examples. Moreover, Vin's human failings have been erased by time and popular belief: "Were you ever insecure? Did you get jealous? The culmination of all of this, of course, is when she takes up the power of the Bands of Mourning.
I'll freely admit that I was about in tears in this scene, and that I was kind of disappointed when she gave the power over to Wax though I saw it coming , but thinking over it I'm okay with this, because: She hovered in the sky, flush with power. In that moment, she was the Ascendant Warrior. Marasi has been struggling with a society that demands she follows Vin's example, and holding the Bands would be the culmination of that - of all of these pressures she's been pushing against.
In that light, letting it go was definitely the right decision for her. I'm not a fan of how it echoed the end of Well of Ascension - female lead takes up godly power, but gives it up to save the life of a man who then becomes more powerful than her - but since Wax gave up the Bands in turn, I can live with it. Wayne and MeLaan getting together was something I'd kind of seen coming, though I didn't expect it as soon as it happened. They fit, but I'm not as invested in it as I am in Wax and Steris - there just hasn't been enough development. There's potential, but I still wouldn't be surprised if Wayne and Marasi became an item.
I'd be perfectly happy to see Marasi stay solo, or for all three of them to form a triad, but there's some foreshadowing there. Wayne in general was much better this book than last book. For one thing, he got called out twice - once by Marasi, and once by Wax - for his treatment of Ranette and Steris. He seems to have made a After all, as we saw clearly, his relationship with Wax is his lodestone: "Wax," he said, shaking his head. I can't do this without you. Without that - without the one man who believed he was worth saving more than he ever did - Wayne doesn't know how to keep going.
MeLaan's complete lack of understanding human conversational mores remains hilarious. The entire hotel arrival conversation was hilarious. For a book which threatened civil war and city-destroying weapons, this was a damn funny read. Steris continues to be fantastic, in so many ways. It was confirmed during the Shadows of Self tour that she's on the autism spectrum, and this keeps showing up in little, subtle moments: "Sometimes it amazes me that people like Wayne, or even those kandra, can be so startlingly human when I feel so alien.
They're not caricatures or sensationalizations, but individuals with desires and stumbling blocks like any other characters - and they get to stand in the spotlight like anyone else, too. It's telling to me that the people who have picked up on Sanderson's ASD characters are on the spectrum themselves, and seeing representations of their own experiences in fiction for, sometimes, the first time ever. If you're looking for stereotypes, you won't find them, but if you're looking for people - here they are. Also: Steris getting more accustomed to the bizarre events of Wax's life. I have a little labelled sticky note over her first appearance to this effect.
Half credit for predictions? I didn't even guess until I got to the line about 'burned maps' in Chapter 18, but as soon as I read that I knew. Brandon's been teasing this contact for years, but I honestly didn't expect it until the s trilogy, and I certainly didn't expect it to happen in a series which started off as a lighthearted side-project.