Book Review: Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) by Brandon Sanderson

My review today is for Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson.

A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

I read The Alloy of Law and was instantly a big fan. A awesome blend of western setting and fantasy. Fabulous magic system. Magnificent characters, the duo of Wax and Wayne is an instant classic. That being said Shadows of Self  well…lets see…was even better!

I really enjoyed this book. I felt this book was more, complex somehow, a little deeper in it’s scope and vision. This one had a more grand purpose for the characters and the story as a whole. Its a little hard for me to describe. I guess it is a little more epic than the first book. That will happen we you are dealing with Faceless Immortal’s and the God’s themselves.

There was plenty of  Allomancy and Feruchemy magic involved this time around as well, with something new from the Kandra Faceless Immortal. A very well done magic system, I am always amazed at the complexity Mr. Sanderson shows. The real stars of the show are the characters. Waxillium and good ol’ Wayne. I must say Wayne is one of my all time favorite characters, any scene with Wayne is must read! Marasi is also back to round out this dynamic trio. The word building is in depth and spectacular. There is much more of the history of the Mistborn world and its religious lore in this book. I felt like I had a pretty good grasp on this, but not having read the first trilogy may have put me at a disadvantage. I never felt lost but more back story from reading those books I am sure would have been even better. I have got to get to reading those books!

Overall this is another outstanding book by Brandon Sanderson. I have yet to read anything by him that is not outstanding. I am a big fan of this series and I am thrilled that The Bands of Mourning will be out very soon! I urge you all to read these books. You will not be disappointed.

As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.

4.5/5 STARS

This book is out NOW! So go grab a copy!

And check out my review of  The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson



About the book:


BUT HERE:  Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

  • Series: Mistborn (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765378558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765378552

The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns to the world ofMistborn with his first novel in the series since The Alloy of Law.

With The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson surprised readers with a New York Times bestselling spinoff of his Mistborn books, 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 book, more, much more.

Coming soon:


The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

January 26, 2016

Also available:


The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson


About the author:


Brandon Sanderson is the bestselling author of books including WarbreakerElantris, The Stormlight Archive series, starting with The Way of Kings, and The Mistborn series-Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages and The Alloy of Law. He has also written Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, a book for middle-grade readers, and the young adult novel, The Rithmatist. He also completed the final books in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time® series-The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light-based on Jordan’s notes and material. Sanderson teaches writing at Brigham Young University. He lives in Utah.


      1. I’m a binge reader. I like to read everything written by an author back to back. So I read all of Mark Lawrence’s stuff until I hit the wall. I do the same thing with tv shows. The 10 book unfinished epic does not appeal to me. I feel like trilogies are better and maybe should be brought down a bit from that.

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