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How did I go about daily life before I read Brandon Sanderson I cant even remember what my life was like before these books She had a way of pouring everything of herself into what she did When she fought she was the blade When she loved she was the kiss In that regard she was far human than any I have known Elendel is no longer a peaceful and prosperous city that Harmony and the Originators left behind Society is evolving and with that comes corruption The city is on the verge of a revolution that w 5 Faceless Immortal Stars I m not Harmony s hands Wax whispered I m His sword fan girl mode activated Like seriously smack my ass and call me sue what DID I JUST READ OMG DYING HYPERVENTILATING Warning this review contains mass amounts of fan girling word vomit worship of Brandon Sanderson Okay let s be real this book is seriously awesome I mean like the best shit ever I honestly can t believe how long it took me to read this book 6 months to be exact How Why What Well let me tell you I feel like after I read the Heroes of Ages I was in a Sanderson slump for a long time that ending it killed me it made me depressed in real life so I m very happy to be back enjoying his books I loved the Alloy of Law but this book was something else it was absolutely amazing I literally can t believe how good this book was around the middle I read 100 pages in 40 minutes because I couldn t stop reading I seriously couldn t tear my eyes away it was ust so good I am so close to screaming suealing at the top of my lungs even thinking about it You put dynamite in the oven WayneGotta hide a gift where nobody ll look for it Ahem excuse me now while I fan girl over my idol Seriously Sanderson is the king of fantasy his ideas are so uniue his writing is perfect and fun I literally love everything about his writing I can t fault a thing I love him so much I am one of his number fan girls forever always He needs his own shrine so I can worship his godliness I am yet to read a book of his I hate please note I know he would never produce rubbish anyway I will seriously be reading his series until I m fifty and I will still be suealing Early FM Radio jumping around like a lunatic All hail Sanderson I thought after book one all the problems were solved in Elendel well I guess after reading the ending of this book they haveust started I found this book to be very slow at the beginning I think that is another reason I struggle to read it but as soon as it hit the middle BOOM POW BANG action like wow could a book be any exciting or action packed Seriously I was sitting at the edge of seat biting my nails It was so intense epic but I guess you couldn t expect anything less from the king This is gonna be a huge call but I don t give a shit I think this series is better then the first three mistborns Vin is my book hero and always will be but my god I really truly adore everyone in the later series and enjoy reading it then the first three which may I add is one of my favorite series ever this series tho with the technology cars guns etc is ust so FUCKING epic Like seriously I can t wait to see what happens next Steris folded her arms Oh I suppose I should take the butler instead thenIf you likeBecareful about that Steris Wayne added Wax s butlers have a tendency to explode So I can t decide which character I like better I love Wayne because he is hilarious I love Wax because he is oh so sexy and deadly I love Steris because she is a peach I love MeLaan because she s a badass I do however not love Marasi yet I find her annoying boring ealousI also love the moral of this story that even good gods can be as harsh relentless as the bad ones it s the perfect balance Ok HOLD UP Now I m about to get my spoiler pants on so if you haven t read this book PLEASE STOP READING NOW you really don t want this special treat of a book to be spoiled the ending is aw droppingSo let s talk about Wax s past with Lessie Lessie is Wax s one true love who he accidentally shot in the head it has literally damaged him as a person so that ENDING I didn t see coming Like wow who would have thought bleeder was his darling dearest Lessie I felt that DUN DUN DUN music was needed for this reveal lol That twist was so fucking good I sat there and literally screamed out oh my god Sanderson you have managed to blow my mind everytime I pick up one of his books I find myself looking for hints etc for the big twist that s coming damnit I never ever get it right and he blows my mind each and everytime Im also so so soooo excited to find out how Wax will deal with this in the next book I killed her Wax whispered sueezing his eyes closed I killed her again It was awesome to see TenSoon again I really loved his character in the previous installments so it was fantastic "To See Him Make A Come BackWayne Cracks Me Up "see him make a come backWayne cracks me up laugh out loud the whole time reading his POV I don t think I ve ever read about funnier character in my life I LOVE
HIM I ALSO SHIP HIM ANDI also ship him and so much please Sanderson give Wayne a happy ending I really enjoy when Wayne pick pockets everything and trading it for something random eg when he pockets the cigar box for a bruised apple LOL You found the alcohol I see Wax said How uncharacteristic You d say what s that kell And they d say that That there s the crapper And you d reply what do you do with it And they d say well Wayne that s where you put your crap It made sense But rich folk they had a different word for the crapper They d call it a commode or a washroom Wax really grew on me in this installment there was one line that stole my heart away You are his ruin TenSoon said I am his preservation It gave me the feels I love relentless badass men and that s exactly what Wax is He is now my dreamboat it s official guys I am inlove 3 I have loved Steris since her first appearance in book one I love her lists I love her social awkwardness I ust love her Even tho she is a secondary character she is one of my favorites and I really ship her with my baby Wax I can t wait to see Steris shine in the next book I cheated if you must know CheatedI know you enjoy witty conversation she said so I prepared earlier writing myself a list of things I could say that you would find engaging I love MeLaan she is hilarious if I didn t already ship Wayne with someone else I would love them to get together They are like twins haha She is so badass and mannish I love her She is my woman crush After a short ride he and Marasi had walked in on these two in the middling of their belchingcontest Wax wasn t certain if it was a contest or a matter of mutual appreciation like two virtuosos playing their favourite songsMeLaan finished her beer then dramatically held up her hand the Palm split forming lips which then let out a soft belch Cheating Wayne said Just using what my father gave me MeLaan saidAlso did anyone notice Hoid was a carriage driver haha it likes where s Wally trying to spot the world hoppers from the other novelsOkay one thing Trell Is this the new shard God thingo Like we already had ruin so I m so excited to see what this new metal is and who controls this new shard Wowser hyperventilating I have so much to write but nothing is coming out coherently it s all The Intentional Brain just word vomit So maybe when I settle down I can write I recommend this book to anyone who has eyes seriously so bloody good you should all read it now if you haven t alreadyThe high functioning fan girl is now signing out 3 Super fast re read with some friends at Buddies Books and Baubles before Bands of Mourning Knowing the ending made certain parts of this bookust heartbreaking I love that almost every BS book I reread I enjoy Punishing the Art Thief just as much if not the second time through All the original Mistborn nostalgia was FAN FREAKING TASTIC45 Faceless Immortal Stars The Fan Girl Part of My Review Deal with it he is like my FAVORITE fantasy authorbut there will be a real review below this I am in AWE yet again that the same man who had currently undertaken the task of writing all the planned books in The Cosmere something like 36 books when complete but currently 17 books strong also wrote a superhero trilogy The Reckoners something a little on the crazy side Legion and hey why not add in a middle grade series or twoust for fun I mean this book here wasn t even originally planned Sanderson was writing a novella that was supposed to keep us interested in the Mistborn world and it turned into a semi standalone book and a trilogyI might even believe thisAnd it isn t like he is Maryland in Black and White just putting out novels to put out novels They are complete stories with intricate worlds planned out magic systems cohesive plots great characters ANDust to top it all off he has fantastic artwork including maps ournal pages armorfashion designs creature drawing etc throughout One of the reasons I m gonna fangirl a little right here is that both Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self it is a brand new world even though it is a Mistborn novel BS took the events of. 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 conver. .
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The team I liked how she is so different from the Kandra that we met in The Final Empire MeLaan finished her beer then dramatically held up her hand The palm split forming lips which then let out a soft belch Cheating Wayne said Just using what Father gave me MeLaan said Don t tell me you wouldn t belch out of other body parts if you could Well Wayne said now that you mention it I can make a real interestin sound wif AND we get to see TenSoon Can I ust say that I was so excited that he was still around even if he isn t glad that his name is known I ve read about you Wax said Thrilling the kandra growled I m so happy Sazed included me in his little book so that drunk people can curse by my name They do that Yes The wolfhound growled uietly in the back of his throat There are stuffed toys too Oh yeah Wax said Soonie cubs I ve seen those around But the remembrances of Vin mostly and Elend sometimes choked me up a bit This was my favorite uote in the entire book and it is about Vin herself I thought it was completely fitting of who she was What was she like As a person I mean She was strong and vulnerable all at once TenSoon whispered She was my last master and my greatest She had a way of pouring everything of herself into what she did When she fought she was the blade When she loved she was the kiss There is also a little section where Wax thinks he sees her outline in the mistdare I hope that she is still somehow around The Historica a section of the Words of Founding said she had melded with the mists She had taken them upon herself becoming their guardian as they became her essence As the Survivor watched over all who struggled Vin watched over those in the night Sometimes he felt he could see her form in their patterns slight of frame short hair splayed out as she moved mistcloak fluttering behind her It was a fancy wasn t itPlease don t Borderline Personality Disorder just be fancyI would love it is Vin somehow will play a part in this Because view spoilerwho better to help slay a god than dare I say it another godwho might be Vinesk hide spoiler It s no secret I think Brandon Sanderson can do no wrong Except for Steelheart but we don t talk about SteelheartWith that said I m REALLY not a fan of Westerns so I ve been a bit worried about the second series in the Mistborn universeI do like the friendship and banter between the main characters I still love the magic system and universe it was great to see of it in book 2 The murder mystery vibe is nice but it s still a Western lolWill cont Sanderson is the very embodiment of magic great writing and amazing adventures PERFECTION Wow this was underwhelming SAID NO ONE EVER Wtf was that Sanderson Did I hurt you in your past life or something Why are you doing this to me If Wayne died at the end thinking about his favorite hat I m gonna cry like a mofo I need someone to love me like he loves his hats 455 StarsI mentioned before in my Alloy of Law review that any Mistborn fans should definitely continue with Mistborn era 15 despite the fact it doesn t have the epic fantasy strength and grand scope like before Well I stand by my words and I continue to encourage you to read them especially after reading Shadows of Self you ll realize evenust how damn great Sanderson isAs its seuel Shadows of Self improved A LOT upon the foundation laid down by Alloy of Law whether it s in terms of characters writings world building or plot everything here is ust enhanced to fully entertained you from beginning to the end of the book I should mentioned this though I will give this book a 4 star if I haven t read the original Mistborn trilogy which baffles me why if you re a lover of fantasy or books in general you really should read them as this time there is a HUGE amount of information and elements expanded upon the aftermath of the original trilogy Now if you re like me who s a whore for nostalgia factors you re definitely gonna love it Even though it s tricky and dangerous sometimes to expand upon the preuel so much as some series tend to ruin themselves by milking them too much I won t mentioned the name in case it could triggered anyone Sanderson did it perfectly with much balance like Harmony pThe plot itself now goes into the direction of Mystery Thriller set in a steampunk western world now imagine this Sherlock Holmes combined with Mistborn elements written by Brandon Sanderson yeah you can probably already guess how great that sounds and well that s basically Shadows of Self in general The plots are very interesting it will keep you flipping through those pages I finish the book in 3 days since I began despite having a "full time obGreat characters and development are one of the greatest strength from the original trilogy "time obGreat characters and development are one of the greatest strength from the original trilogy it continues its strength here Wax and Wayne Marasi and Steris are back in full throttle and their characters are explored Their history relationships interactions and development will make you care about each and every one of them I m looking at you Steris I can t believe I m starting to like this OCD girl DWritings are excellent as usual it s one of the reason why I always praised Sanderson Every words he crafted in all his works draws you towards the world in the book and make you feel as if you re really thereOverall I give this book a 455 It s thrilling it s fun and funny at times Again I can t stress this highly enough please for any Mistborn fans pick this series up give this era a try at least until this book before dropping the series you ll see why I adore it Note for spoilers reason and for the sake of not ruin your experience I didn t mention anything from the nostalgia factors other than they exists but trust me they are insanely good Actual Rating 45 StarsYa ll my reviews for Mistborn are getting repetitive but in case you didn t already know These new mistborn books are essentially crime thrillers set in the same world a few hundred years later They work so well We have all the world building we re used to and the glorious action but we also have the tension and mystery created by hunting down an unknown assailant an unknown 475 JUST HOLD THE FUCK UP THAT ENDING H HOWLeave it to Sanderson to come out
Of The Left Fieldthe left field soccer punch you right in the brain That s right you COULD get soccer punched in the brain It s a risk one has to take when picking up his bookHonestly I m very hesitant to say anything so as not to run the risk of spoiling too much as his renown lies in his unexpected plot twists and intriguing as hell narrative turns But what I CAN say is that the narrative begins and ends with a bang people This book simply put is everything I ve said in my The Alloy of Law review AND THEN SOME I kinda don t want to repeat myself Sanderson takes the uality of the Mistborn trilogy blends the magical elements with technological advancements and offers it back to us from a new Wild West perspective giving us the absolute best of the old with the adventure of the new So to sum up this long winded intro GO IN BLIND AND ENJOY THE ALLOMANTIC RIDE Picking up one year after TAoL Shadows kicks off with a mystery as Wax and Wayne once again take up the role of independent Lawmen for the city of Elendel There s a boatload of Allomantic action divine and Cosmere related lore great character development some emotion filled chapters and stating the very obvious here but if there s one thing Brandon Sanderson is a master of it if there s one thing Brandon Sanderson is a master of it world buildingIt continues to flesh out the wild west styled world of Mistborn and this time around with some unexpected appearances of familiar faces Oh the damn feels Hitting me right where it hurts AGAIN I don t like the idea of swimming in spoiler territory so I shall uit it while I can but suffice it to say that emotions definitely took over and big timeThe writing style was as engaging and immersive as all of his other books and the characters were all pretty vibrant and well written Wax Wayne and Marasi were each given a compelling ourney in this book that deepened their characters and their world as they move through a spectrum of emotion and deal with their inner demons so to speak Wax my dear poor tortured soul Wax continued to angst the atmosphere while resident wackjob Wayne stayed true to his crazy nature by offering us some much appreciated comic reliefNow much like my Final Empire review I feel like I haven t even scratched the surface so let me The Black Arrow of Cant just turn to other means of expression to really describe my state of mind as I was reading thisSo before I started you know it s Mistborn Obviously the excitement took overAnd it s all rainbows and unicorns as I m getting reacuainted with my lovesOf course none of that lasts because as the uestions start piling up and answers are nowhere to be found you re slowly but surely entering that all familiarust hold the fuck up now territoryAnd then dear friends the avalanche strikes Continued my buddy read with my girl Warda who s as eually obsessed with Sanderson as I am Have fun. Nravel 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 book much. The Final Empire and wove them into how they would have shaped society 300 years after the fact How the stories of those days would become lore and work into religion culture and superstition Down to the families that survived how alomancy is affected and how the surroundings are named It is intricate and natural all at the same time Honestly in my opinion BS has one of the greatest imaginative minds in the fantasy genre Completely Spoiler Free Section First things first Do you need to have read the original Mistborn series to read this book Technically no you don t BUTthere are many references to what happened in The Final Empire and while I would say that you could totally read Alloy of Law without reading Mistborn 1 3 I believe wholeheartedly that the enjoyment of this book in particular would be decreased if you hadn t read them I actually had ust finished a re read of the first three of the series and was really glad because I picked out so many small details added inThe thing that I really love about Brandon Sanderson BS novels is that I have no trouble picturing myself in the story He tells the story in a way that I m shown the buildings and the surroundings I m given insight into the culture religion and magic system and it is done in such a way that it is in the story and almost never feels like an info dump This is amazing especially if you look at the size and complexity of the world he is buildingShadows of Self like Alloy of Law is sort of a mash up of Mistborn World Steampunk Industrial Revolution Wild Wild West It has a lot humor in it than The Final Empire and it feels generally lighter The banter and humor of Wax Wayne and Marasi is fantastic and sets the tone of the entire story Honestly the Bromance between Wax and Wayne is my favorite in fantasy slightly beating out Tyrion and Brom they are hilarious on page together and actually Wayne is hilarious and scene stealer all on his own too But don t let that fool you there are still a few gut punching moments that really knocked me in the feelings Favorite Character in this book Wayne Looking through my uotes he has the most highlights He says deep insightful things one minute and then is ridiculous the next But I smile every time he is on page there are Wayne uotes below in the semi spoilery review but we also get to see into a deeper side of Wayne and I loved the depth it gave his characterFavorite New Character MeLaanAlthough it can be argued she is an old characterbut semantics She added some insight into the days ust after The Final Empire ended and what became of her people Also I really loved the way she played with the team I hope she is a player in the next book as wellMost Improved Character Steris Don t get me wrong I m still completely on the WaxMarasi ship and it might take a Chasmfiend or Koloss Warlord to sink that but Steris really grew on me this book I have always liked her and her stiff overthinking overplanning ways hey I can relate but she really shined in this She isn t like a lot of female characters in fantasy and I like the non emotional relationship that she and Wax have and how she deals with him She has no illusions about who or what he is and Would Trotsky Wear a Bluetooth? just plans around it Honestly her last scene in this bookGAH no words really Because I loved her in that moment and I could even see how she and Wax might become really good friends or perhaps BUT I m sailing on the good ship MaraWax or Waxasi and there isn t a Chasmfiend in sight yet sosorry SterisThe new danger is a serial killer that seems to be trying to destabilize the city and throw it into a chaos similar to the events that led up to the last big shift of power in recent history cough Mistborn cough Wax Marasi Wayne and others are searching trying to figure out who is next on the hit list and prevent the city from undergoing another revolution The perpetrator of the events is messing with Wax specifically trying to throw him off and he will need to outthink someone trickier and smarter than himself or another revolution will happen Semi Spoiler Review Section all bigreal spoilers will be tagged but uotes everywhere Where to begin I m still processing my feelings about this book because that ending left me sosowell you will know when you get there Everyoneust give Wax a virtual hug he needs itThe Humor is one of the things that I ve really enjoyed about series of Mistborn books There are so many funny instances and dialogue that I laughed so many times throughout the story I heard voices in my head once too you know You did Sure Gave me a fright I banged my head against the wall until I went unconscious Never heard them again Ha Showed em good I did If rats move in best thing to do is to burn the nest and send em packing And the nest was your head Yup Steris stopped on a page in her notebook then turned it around There in her neat handwriting was a detailed agenda for their evening at the party The third entry read 817 Way into the building likely blocked by traffic Lord Waxillium carries us up to the top floor by Allomancy which is completely inappropriate and at the same time breathtaking He raised an eyebrow checking his pocket watch which he carried in his gunbelt not his vest to be easily dropped with his other metals It s 813 You re slipping Regular folk they called something after what it was You d say What s that Kell And they d say That That there s the crapper And you d reply What do you do with it And they d say Well Wayne that s where you put your crap It made sense But rich folk they had a different word for the crapper They d call it a commode or a washroom That way when someone asked for the crapper they knew it was a person they needed to oppress The Characters are three dimensional Wax has a complicated past with his history in the roughs and trying to be both a Lord to his house and a Lawman It s a difficult place to be and maybe he is being pulled in too many directions one day he will have to decide who he is An Allowmancer or TerrismanLord or LawmanPawn or Sword no wonder he is a little surly What s wrong with you lately Marasi demanded You complain about the motorcar about me being here about your tea being too hot in the morning One would almost think you d made some horrible life decision that you regret deep down Wonder what it could be Wax kept his eyes forward In the mirror he saw Wayne lean back in and raise his eyebrows She might have a point mate You re not helping Wasn t intending to Wayne said Fortunately I know which horrible life decision she s talkin about You really should have bought that hat we looked at last week It was lucky I ve got a fifth sense for these things Wayne while usually the fun loving sort has a demon in his past that he is still trying in his own way to atone for I liked seeing what he puts himself through in an effort to make some sort of recompense for his greatest sin Wayne has a peculiar way of looking at the world and some of it make amazing sense while other parts of it are ridiculous But that ust makes him all the lovable I coulda delivered that you know You she would shoot Wax said Only cuz she likes me Wayne said smiling He d have welcomed an excuse to go see Ranette This night was getting darker and darker it seemed Wayne Wax said You know she doesn t actually like you You always say "that but you re ust not seein the truth Wax She tries to kill you To keep me alive Wayne said "but you re ust not seein the truth Wax She tries to kill you To keep me alive Wayne said knows I live a dangerous life So keepin me on my toes is the best way to make sure I stick around I m almost hoping that he wins her heart one of these daysMarasi didn t get a lot of development She is now working with the constables and Wax has tried his hardest to put some distance between them after the initial attraction that was sparked in Alloy of Law She seems to be over her semi hero worship of his time in the roughs though and has become secure in herself overall Her alomancy even came in handy a time or two in this story and I was glad to see how it could be useful in certain situations She is extremely competent and I believe that she and Wax are a good team hence my being on the MaraWax ship My only disappointment is that those sparks from book 1 are totally missing here as Wax is committed to the arranged marriage with Steris and Marasi is trying to have a professional relationship with him since he is supposed to marry her half sister I missed the sparks The Tie In s To the Original Mistborn Series lots of little spoilers in this section so
m tagging the entire thingview spoilerI m going to suee a here because there are still Kandra I wasn t sure what happened after the events of The Final Empire and I was pretty sure I caught one or two in Alloy of Law but now there is conformation that the Kandra are still aroundhappy danceMeLaan coming onto the scene was fantastic and I loved learning how the Kandra now live within society instead of hidden away She was such a great addition to the story and. TsThis 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 mustI m tagging the entire thingview spoilerI m going to suee a