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The number-one New York Times best-selling author returns to the world of Mistborn with the follow-up to Shadows of Self. With The Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self, Brandon Sanderson surprised his audience with a New York Times best-selling spin-off of his Mistborn books, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America. Now, with The Bands of Mourning, Sanderson continues the story.
The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.
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By D on 01-28-16

Wax and Wayne are Back!!!

This is the sixth book in the “Mistborn,” series and third with Wax and his side kick Wayne. It is still set in the early industrial city of Ladrian, three hundred years after the end of the first trilogy. The same magic systems of Allomancy and Feruchemy are still prevalent and through the story we learn more about the forbidden art of “Hemalurgy.
I believe this is a great addition to the Mistborn series, the story flows with more of the action that was prevalent in the first three books. Sanderson fills in some gaps that had been left from the other story lines and I really like the development of Steris and Marasi. We also learn more about the southern lands that had only been briefly mentioned before. I thought this was the end of the double trilogy but Sanderson leaves the door open for more adventures for Wax and Wayne; yes please..
About the narrator; Michael Kramer has always given a fantastic performance, this series would not have the same dynamic impact without him.

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By Lore on 03-06-16

The investigation continues as the stakes escalate

Each book of the Mistborn Era 2 series continues to peel back the onion and escalate the stakes of the story to a whole new level. Wax finds himself once again helping the kandra as he heads south to look for the Bands of Mourning, which are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler himself. It is rumored that the bands grant anyone who wears them the powers of the Lord Ruler himself. Uncle Edwarn and The Set are also after the bands so the race is on to find them - if they do exist.

Wax only agrees to get involved because he suspects that his sister is being held captive by The Set and he makes it his priority to rescue her and to bring his uncle to justice. Wayne, Steris, Marasi, and MeLaan are all back for more and in this novel Steris' character really starts to come into her own. She finally starts to embrace the chaos of Wax's lifestyle and her compulsive organizational skills turn out to be a real asset

This book continues to do a good job of adding the technological advances of a more modern world on top of the existing magical systems of Allomancy, Feruchamy, and Hemalurgy. I had my doubts about it when it started but Sanderson masterfully makes it work and Michael Kramer continues to deliver excellent narration.

The series does not end here and seems to be building towards a battle of the gods in the final book of Era 2, The Lost Metal.

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