Shadows of Self

Mistborn: Shadows of Self, Illustration by Marc Simonetti ...

Ebook, 383 Pages
Fantasy/ Adult/ Epic
By: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2

โ€œThe law is not something holy, son. Itโ€™s just a reflection of the ideals of those lucky enough to be in charge.โ€

The Final Empire โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 1/2
The Well of Ascension โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
The Hero of Ages โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 1/4
The Alloy of Law โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 1/4
Shadows of Self โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 1/2

If you look at my above ratings of the whole series so far you would notice that this is my least favorite in the mistborn series so far. The last book surprised me in a very good way and maybe I had high expectations that I should not have but I think I know why I liked this less than it is predecessors.

I didn’t read the second series after the first trilogy. In fact, it has been a couple of years since I read the original trilogy. I had forgotten many of the details and characters from that series and I thought that this book depended much on that trilogy so I was confused and I could not get into the story as much as I wanted to. Mistborn 4 was kind of a separate story and I liked that but things started to get more complicated in this book. I liked how the magic system developed in the last book but not much was added after finishing this one and that kind of left me disappointed too.

โ€œCleaning the wound is often more painful
than the cut itself.โ€

The writing is as good as usual and there were so many goo quotes. I never have problems with Sanderson’s writing and that is a good thing. The characters are as good as ever, I still like the main characters, Wayne is certainly a favorite but the Kandra’s in this book were an addition that I was not a big fan of. Once again, I am pretty sure that I would have enjoyed this more if I did read it after the first trilogy immediately because to be honest, there was something exciting about seeing old beloved characters mentioned or make an appearance!

Summary: I think it is a good entry in the series when connected to the original trilogy. I blame myself for forgetting some of the details. The writing and characters are great as usual but I was not a big fan of the plot or the magic system development (The magic system is probably my favorite system so far in books but I hated that not much was added here). I already continued the series and loved the third book more!


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