Shadows of Self, by Brandon Sanderson, is a new Mistborn novel and book 2 in the second trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I was introduced to Sanderson's writing with the first Mistborn trilogy and I've been hooked ever since. I am an unabashed Brandon Sanderson fan and have read all of the books he's published so far.
With that said, compared to his other writing, Shadows of Self was a little slower than usual and I had a harder time getting into it. I wasn't as engrossed in the story, as is the usual case, until 2/3rd of the way through. The familiar magic and characters were there, but the mystery and plot took a while to unfold.
There is some language and crass jokes in the book, though they fit with the characters telling them, along with plenty of action and some vivid scenes of violence and death. If this were a movie, I would give it a PG-13 rating, just like the other Mistborn books.
As with Book 1, the Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self brings all the fun of the mistborn magic system, but in a wild west meets the progress of an industrial revolution age. Motor cars and microphones are recently invented and the world is changing. This bring great opportunities for conflicts between those with allomantic, hemulurgy and other powers with a technologicaly progressing time and those without powers.
But at the heart of the story is the Wild West cowboy lawman, Waxillium. He's a guns blazing, tough fighter with dual powers and a smart detective head on his shoulders. Shadows of Self brings to head his past and forces him to rethink his future as the two collide in a twist I was not expecting.
The ending of Shadows of Self made the slow moving detective mystery and hunt worth it and I'm excited for the release of book 3, The Bands of Morning on January 26, 2016.
One note. If you have not read the original Mistborn trilogy, I highly suggest doing so beforehand. You can start the second trilogy by itself (it's a different feel, tone and story line than the original trilogy), but there are some characters and easter eggs you will miss from not reading the original trilogy.
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.
You can learn more about author Brandon Sanderson and his writing at www.brandonsanderson.com