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The New York Times best-selling author returns to the world of Mistborn with his first audiobook in the series since The Alloy of Law.

With The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson surprised listeners with a New York Times best-selling spinoff of his Mistborn audiobooks, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America. The trilogy's heroes are now figures of myth and legend, even objects of religious veneration. They are succeeded by wonderful new characters, chief among them Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary lord of House Ladrian but also, until recently, a lawman in the ungoverned frontier region known as the Roughs. There he worked with his eccentric but effective buddy, Wayne. They are "twinborn," meaning they are able to use both Allomantic and Feruchemical magic.

Shadows of Self shows Mistborn's society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts. This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial's progress in its tracks. Shadows of Self will give fans of The Alloy of Law everything they've been hoping for and, this being a Brandon Sanderson audiobook, more - much more.

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  • corona, ca United States
  • 10-09-15

Thankfully "Mistborn" Continues

In the original epic fantasy trilogy, “Mistborn,” we were introduced to a roughly eighteen or early nineteenth century dystopian world called Scadrial. It is a world separated into two classes; the nobility and the commoners, called the Skaa. The world has several magic systems the most prominent called Allomancy. Allomancy allows users to gain magical powers by swallowing and "burning" specific metals. These users manifest in two forms: those who can use one of the Allomantic powers, known as Mistings; and those who can use all of the Allomantic powers, known as Mistborn. It was a complex world where the lower class struggled under the subjection of the nobility and the rise of several heroes that attempt to topple the current state of oppression.
Three hundred years later, after the hero’s in the first three books had become myths and legends, “The Alloy of Law,” began and we were introduced to Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary Lord of House Ladrian but also a lawman in the ungoverned frontier region known as the Roughs and a rare “Twin born;” someone that can use two Allomantic powers. In “The Allow of Law,” the world of Scadrial was on the verge of modernization with railroads and electric lights but the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continued to play a role in the re-born world. This was originally intended as a standalone book but now Brandon Sanderson has decided on a double trilogy; yes.
Now “Shadow of Self,” continues to follow Wax and his friends. They are now out of the Roughs and back into the urban city. The society is evolving as technology and magic blend. It is a growing democratic civilization with an optimistic economy that is suddenly confronted with urban terrorism and a conspiracy to stop Scadrial’s progress in its tracks. Wax and his friends must find the culprits responsible before the entire society collapses.
About the narrator; of course Michael Kramer’s performance is spectacular.
This series is one of my favorite ever and am looking forward to the next, and final, book.

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With this book, its time to Google "Cosmere"

I enjoy Sanderson's work, but have repeatedly been a bit perplexed by the many parallels between the various novels and series that he writes - the magic systems, religions, and plots in books ranging from Mistborn to Elantris to the Stormlight Archive share many common aspects. For those who don't know, it is because most of Sanderson's books share a common universe, the "Cosmere" consisting of a variety of planets and a complex narrative of gods and powers. With each novel, he draws a little more of the universe and the overarching mega-plot that will apparently take 10+ more books to resolve.

Why tell you all this? Because Shadows of Self is the first Sanderson book that I felt required understanding a bit about the Cosmere, and the various powers at work in its complex multiple worlds. It isn't that it is a weak story - I really enjoyed it, and Sanderson can write like nobody's business (though he continues to be pretty squeamish about anything having to do with sex). Rather, many of the key twists were more interesting in the context of the overall universe than in the series itself. You don't need to immerse yourself in the various Wikis and articles on the Cosmere universe, but it does help in parsing an increasingly complex magic system and history.

Overall, though, I really enjoyed Shadows of Self, especially the absolutely terrific banter between the main characters. Even if you don't look at the wider universe, you will still be able to enjoy the adventure.

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As always I find myself wrapped in Sandersons work

Growing up reading the wheel of time and thinking it would never be finished was heartbreaking. When Sanderson was revealed to be the writer Harriet chose to finish it I had to find out what I thought of his work. So I bought Mistborn. The trilogy blew my mind, took me about two days to read all 3. years later after reading everything I could get my hands on I finally read Alloy of Law. Wax and Wayne were a fantastic team that had me grinning half the time and enjoying the speculation of twinborns with a friend. Shadows of Self was another great sequel. I always enjoy Michael Cramers audio performance and the plot and twists are amazing. Once again Sanderson blows my mind with this lovable duo and I eagerly await the next book. Thankfully it's already written xD if you enjoy the world Sanderson has created in his Mistborn novels then you'll love this new edition and I would highly recommend it.

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  • Benjamin
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 01-26-16

Basically another Sanderson Novel

I don't mean to be contemptuous with that heading. I like Sanderson. If you have read him before, and you like his stuff, you will probably like this too. It pretty much follows his style to the letter. You get bombastic, magically powered fights. These fights are very technically described. You get likable heroes that face a present, yet not insurmountable, personal conflict of some sort. In this one, the hero is driven by the memory of a dead past lover, making it a bit of a derivative Mistborn sequel.

However, he does bring in this theme of a benign, but meddling god, which is kind of fun.

My one big gripe is that Wax, is kind of a boring protagonist. Sure his fights are awesome, but all the color is in the people around him. This novel really made me want to see Wayne have his own spin off.

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fantastic look into the mistaken world!

I love everything Brandon writes, and Michael Kramer's voice is a Welcome addition to any story!

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Shadowed Mistborn and mixed up future

Really preferred the first book of this series. Much clearer story line and direction. Shadows of Self felt jumbled, at times directionless and lack of a clear story line. Very unlike the author ---muddled and aimless. Performance by narrator kept me listening hoping to get back on some type of cohesive story. This was sadly a waste of an Audible credit.

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somewhat boring

I loved the mist born series, this one was by far the most boring in the series. unfortunate.

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Absolutely Amazing! Brandon Did It Again!!!

Shadows of Self, its an amazing addition to the Mistborn series. As I red the whole series again lately I found so many interesting things in the book, but even if i didn't, it would have still been amazing.... I thought this addition will be similar to the previous one "Alloy of Law", but again Brandon Sanderson does something unexpected. and the way the book ended made me feel confused and other feelings , which I won't say as I don't want to ruin it.

So many good characters and funny ones. Wax and his partner are a great team, and I'm so glad that the next book is ready and will be release soon. Because I can't wait to see what will happen next. It's going to be amazing.

Have fun, It's worth the money/credit

Thank you Brandon for this awesome book

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Best So Far

Fabulous read in all ways!!! I prefer this new trilogy to the original, and I loved that one... The characters are vivid and entertaining, especially Wayne... The story has great flow and pacing w/ a tense undercurrent... Although true fantasy, the exceptional proximate mystery and its thrills cannot be overstated;) Also has some tantalizing allegorical elements aping our current society/culture... The climax and reveals are delightful and keep you guessing right to the end... Narration was nothing short of superb, and the overall product was superior... Credit well spent, and looking forward to the next.. I'm convinced that Sanderson is the best fantasy writer of this decade...

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Weak effort by the narrator

While this was certainly the weakest Mistborn story so far, my disappointment with the writing was far eclipsed by the lacklustre effort of the narrator. The women's voices were simply horrible and therefore, distracting, but he also made quite obvious mistakes. And it wasn't like I was reading along, but he simply must have misread words. Like for example he said Wax's head instead of Wayne's outside the carriage. Without listing all the examples, this was one of the few audible books I've listened to where I felt like the narration really destroyed the book. I've read many reviews where people loved him but I felt like I was constantly having to tolerate it to get through the story. I loved the Mistborn trilogy; I might not even bother with book 6 if it's the same narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful