Shadows of Self

Shadows of Self

by Brandon Sanderson

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Overview

The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns to the world of Mistborn 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765386878
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Publication date: 10/28/2015
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author


Brandon Sanderson is the bestselling author of books including Warbreaker, Elantris, 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.

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Shadows of Self (Signed Book) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the last one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has all the hallmark s of a Sanderson Mistborn novel. I read it almost non stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a pleasure reading Sanderson's works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great! Especially the ending. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read all the way through, the ending will knock your socks off
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite series.
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Kibbyra 6 months ago
The Era 2 books of the Mistborn series are as close to perfection as one can get to in storytelling. Any Mistborn fans who skip the Era 2 books are depriving themselves of some of the best dry humor, classic Sanderson heartbreaking plot twists, and a cast of fantastically built characters, specifically, the best character of all time: Wayne. You’ll thank me when you meet him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good Sanderson read.
MaleehaS More than 1 year ago
4.25/5 stars. This installment is an improvement over the Alloy of Law. It makes me want to reread the first Mistborn trilogy again! So much nostalgia, even though it's been 4 years since I read those books. Plot points really picked up in this book and I can't even begin to imagine what Sanderson's setting us up for. I hear Bands of Mourning is a shocker and I'm SO excited. P.S. Poor Wax :( That ending was so sad.
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Fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the series, keeps me on edge living through the characters eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, great series! Unique and imaginative!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the entire Mistborn series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I love this writer and the other books in the series.
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I_read_too_much More than 1 year ago
Shadows of Self is book five in the Mistborn series, but book two of the second era the series spans. The first three were cataloguing the end of the prior era, this one is more in the industrial revolution. Things like electricity and cars are new inventions, sharing space with horses, trains and, of course, more traditional allomantic modes of travel and entertainment. The mix is intriguing, but feels real and natural, a plausible world that supports the story without trying too much. But the true strength of the Mistborn series, and this book in particular, is the cast of characters. I love how Wax, cool and powerful, is paired with Wayne, irreverent and chaotic, while Marasi just gets better and better, sleuthing and holding her own. And new character, MeLaan, I love her. I knew her already from having read book 6 first (don’t do that by the way; read them in order), but now I love her even more. Yes, Shadows of Self features awesome characters in its own right, but I love that it doesn’t leave behind those from the original trilogy. Statues, lore, and kandra memories keep Vin, Elend, and Kelsier alive in tiny but meaningful ways. I thought it was interesting how average (well, sort of average) folks like Wax and the others recall the mythology, and how it’s impacted the steampunky modern Elendel. As for the action, there’s a ton of it. And it’s mixed in with a fair share of intrigue. The bad guys are mysterious, evil, and really good at doing what they’re doing. Still, there seem to be a lot of coinshot chases, though I suppose that makes sense since Wax is a coinshot. I don’t mind, though. I think I’d be terrified and exhilarated, and it’s fun trying to picture it. So, just in case you couldn’t tell by the tone of the review thus far, I loved this book. I would recommend Shadows of Self and the Mistborn series to fans of epic fantasy, action, magic, and humor. The world building and realistic, complex characters make it a joy to read, and likely reread. I received the review copy of this book from the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and character decelopment. Surprise ending
ShieldWolfJRS More than 1 year ago
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. A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own. 4.5/5 STARS - mightythorjrs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sanderson continues to impress with his imaginative magic system, excellent characters, and fast paced action. The climactic ending had me stunned and impressed with Sanderson's storytelling and forethought. If you enjoyed previous Mistborn novels, you need to get this one. I can't wait for the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brandon Sanderson is the best author! He always has the awesomest books. I've almost read all of his books. The Mistborn series is probably one of my favorites. Other than Alcatraz Vs The evil Librarians (also by Sanderson). Now that was super funny! Anyway back to Mistborn. Sanderson always has his way of writing crazy plot twists, and the intense emotions the find their way to your heart and soul. This book is just AMAZING!! I'm a total bookworm, and I LOVE to read and sometimes write. Sanderson books are always at the top of my reading list, and waiting list. This book made me cry, laugh and feel every other emotion inbetween. I'm pretty sure my teachers think there's something wrong with me :P . If your reading this post thingy to know if you should buy it, do it!! Totally worth every freaking penny! PS. There was about 10 pages at the end of mine that was a metals chart and stuff like that, so don't be surprised when it doesn't go all the way to the end. PPS. WAYNE THE FREAKING PERSON EVER!! TEAM WAYNE!!!! And Wax, he's pretty cool too. Oh! And MeLaan she's pretty sweet. Along with Marasi, I like her too. Heck alk the characters are flipping awesome. Wayne's still my favorite though. :P