I enjoyed Alloy of Law, but I never felt it was as epic as the original trilogy. It's tremendously fun, and the Vanishers needed to be vanquished, but it didn't feel like it had the same scale and consequences.
Shadows of Self changes that. I am now ready to follow Wax on the journey I don't think any of us saw coming. Socioeconomic trouble is brewing in Elendel, because apparently even a god designed paradise can't last forever. Wax and Wayne at hot the trail, and Marasi is definitely in the mix, now serving as part of the constabulary.
At the heart, I feel this is a story about characters, they're coping with fantastic situations, but I really care and question these folks. Wax I on the hunt, and will do anything it takes to end this conflict. Wayne continues to delight with his wit and unique perspective on the world. Marasi must navigate what is lawful versus what is right, because once a pattern is seen, it cannot be unseen. Despite the world shattering situations, this book feels very personal – because it is.
Every single soul has a chance to make a difference, for Preservation or Ruin.
Readers of previous Mistborn will delight as this book continues to tie into the history and mythos of the world, expanding without retreading the same themes. Sanderson continues to deliver extra, this story including some excerpts from the broadsheets giving more flavor to this new era Scadrial. Sanderson is a master storyteller, laying the ground work for the most poignant and dark reveals, while still making the read a fun ride you do not want to put down.