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Shadows of Self

Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Series: Mistborn, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18,281 ratings)

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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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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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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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somewhat boring

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

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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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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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Language was disappointing

I Like the original series better less language. There is no need for English curses when you can say Rust and Ruin!

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Exciting but inferior sequel

It's pretty good. I don't regret the time spent on it, and Sanderson as usual managed to please and surprise me a few times along the way. But there are some problems. (Don't worry, no spoilers).

Among my complaints is a "tic" that Sanderson has developed. To indicate someone was interrupted, which happens often, 9 of 10 times they say "I--" before getting cut off. Once I noticed it it made me angrier each time it happened, like someone was repeatedly poking me with a stick as I tried to listen. An editor should have caught this.

A couple characters who should by all rights have a distinctly NON-human viewpoint are almost indistinguishable from the humans, even having the same sense of humor. This isn't very interesting, and the banter can get grating.

Incidentally, Sanderson finally seems to have run dry on coming up with new tricks using the existing Allomantic powers. Wax tries something new with a rope that I found pretty unlikely, but that's about it. But the Allomantic action is still very exciting.

The recording was fine, though as usual there were a couple spots where adjacent passages recorded at different times didn't blend well. I'm used to Kramer's narration now; sometimes his female voices sound like a someone is mimicking a parent or teacher they don't like, but overall he's a good narrator for this.

Summary: Slightly disappointing but not awful. I expected more from Sanderson I guess. I will certainly give the next book a shot when it comes out.

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Definitely not the first Mistborn series

Quality seems lacking in this installment if the "Mistborn" series. Wax is a bland main character and the story doesn't keep me engaged the way it did in the first three. I'm hoping the next book is awesome because I usually like Sanderson's work! Worth a read if you're a Sanderson fan and enjoy the Mistborn books but only to grasp the greater story. 3/5 Michael Kramer is my favorite.

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Couldn’t Keep Attention

I continue to enjoy Brandon Sanderson books, and I will read the next book, but this story was unable to keep my attention. I liked the initial three Mistborn books, I loved the Reckoners Series, but the Wax and Wayne books just aren’t as engaging for me. Decent ending to this book, but I’ll have to see if the third book provides relevance to all the extra story involved.

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  • Curt
  • Fairfax, VA, United States
  • 03-29-19

Seems very familiar...

Love the series, and the characters, but this book seems like a journey taken before in this fantasy series. Story not really unique, just not compelling. A couple of plot twists and some of the dialogue is fun, but just off the sizzle of the original series for me.

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