Summary: The New York Times best-selling author returns to the world of Mistborn with his first audiobook in the series since The Alloy of Law.
With The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson surprised listeners with a New York Times best-selling spinoff of his Mistborn audiobooks, 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 audiobook, more – much more…Read more.
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Brandon Sanderson: Shadows of Self Audio Book Summary
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson is the fifth installment of the Mage series, which consists of: The Ultimate Empire, The Ascension Pit, The Hero of Ages, Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self.
At first, Born of the Mist, was contemplated to be a trilogy, later joined by a fourth and now a fifth that evidently continue to tell the story, but now three centuries later.
However, not because it is the fifth installment, it loses at some point the ability to keep the reader engrossed in a creative world of fiction in the purest style of Sanderson.
In none of the deliveries are loose ends, Sanderson has been able to tie them in such a way that in the end it turns out to be the sagas, a same story told in several parts, with different characters, different locations, but after all, part Of the same story.
Law Alloy was the fourth part of Born of the Mist, was a kind of book introductory to the changes of the new time and is an ideal anteroom for the fifth part Shadows of Self.
In this delivery, as the era has changed, society changes with it with a new approach to the magic system whose main responsibility are the twinborns.
Wax and Wyne are the main characters who, while retaining the stoic stamp of Sanderson’s creations, also show a funny side that is really appreciated because it allows us to know more deeply their personality and leads us to genuinely be interested in everything that they Occurs. Another important personage that sometimes even acquires greater protagonism than the previous ones Marasi is a young person who joins to the police body along with Wax and Wyne.
As everything that was needed to know of the new era and on the personages is written in Alloy of Law; In this book the author is allowed to go straight to the action so it is stimulating to read as he is entangled and unfolding the plot.
Shadows of Self, is a self-enclosing book. From my point of view, it is also a bit of a social portrait, which shows a civilization that lived something like an industrial revolution, class division and inequitable distribution of wealth and property.
The saga can be, within the genre of fiction, the set of stories closer to the reality that have been seen of Sanderson. It can be read in a given case also individually, since a brief but sufficient summary of what happened in the previous ones is made in order to quickly remember details that support the argument.
In general terms Born of the Mist is composed of short, fluid and dynamic books in which reading becomes a pleasure that lasts little with each book, but which extends thanks to the five stories that make it up. After this fifth part, you can wait to read until the eighth soon to be added. The sixth, titled The Bands of Mourning is now available.