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

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I was unsure going into the next book of the Mistborn series because I struggled to connect with The Alloy of Law. It is mainly the mix of Fantasy and Western genres that kept me from loving the part of the Mistborn series.

However, I enjoyed Shadows of Self ten times more than the last book and I am starting to fall in love with our characters, most of all Marasi. I felt that the Fantasy aspects and character driven parts were stronger in this next installment. I am once again in love with the world of the Mistborn and felt the magical system/world was expanded with this novel.

I did not see the big twist of the story and the overall series coming at all. I always enjoy Sanderon’s ability to craft great and shocking moments.

I am currently reading the final book in this series and will be sad to see it end!

I recommend checking the entire Mistborn series!


4 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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