A fast paced and exciting read, the fifth Mistborn novel is much less in the realm of fantasy than the original trilogy and possesses less of a Western influence than the previous book. Although, unlike the others, ‘Shadows of Self’ is based virtually entirely within the city of Elendel, it still has the feeling of the wider Mistborn world and is a successful melding of crime fiction, political thriller, fantasy, western and superhero genres.
Due to the events of ‘Alloy of Law’ (which presumably take place not that long before this novel) Waxillium Ladrian is now part of Elendel society once more. Now working alongside the city constabulary, where their colleague Marasi is now employed, Wax and his sidekick Wayne find themselves investigating the mass murder of several of the city’s leading crime figures and gang members.
The early stages of the novel read a bit like a murder investigation but after some gruesome killings and acts of terrorism things become more of a thriller as Wax, Wayne and Marasi uncover a plot to assassinate the Governor. As the city devolves into a state of unrest it becomes clear that a wider political objective is at work and soon they all become inveigled in a political conspiracy that intends to bring down the city.
There is little expansion on the ‘metallic arts’, but by this point this elaborate and detailed magic system is firmly established. The emphasis in this novel is more on how the Kandra interact and utilise these abilities coupled with their own.
There are several connections to the first three Mistborn novels and small links to other works in Sanderson’s extended Cosmere. Even though more centred around a single episode/event than the other Mistborn novels, ‘Shadows of Self’ ties in more with the original trilogy than ‘The Alloy of Law’ and also with the short story set in the world of Mistborn, ‘Secret History’. There is, perhaps, less of a connection to ‘The Alloy of Law’ than might be expected. There is little involvement in the events of this book from Wax’s uncle and his organisation that Wax uncovers in the previous book.
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Shadows of Self: A Mistborn Novel (Engelska) Pocketbok – 6 Oktober 2016
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- Utgivare : Orion Publishing Co; 1:a utgåvan (6 Oktober 2016)
- Språk : Engelska
- Pocketbok : 384 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 1473208238
- ISBN-13 : 978-1473208230
- Rangordning för bästsäljare: #18,469 i Böcker (Visa Topp 100 i Böcker)
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Another fantastic Mistborn story from the excellent Mr SandersonGranskad i Storbritannien den 11 januari 2016
Another fantastic addition to the Mistborn stories from Brandon Sanderson! A must read for anyone who has already read and loved the Mistborn trilogy and the previous additional Mistborn novel. Brandon Sanderson has again shown what a brilliant fantasy author he is.
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