- STAR RATING: 4ish stars
PAGE LENGTH: 507 pages
- DATE PUBLISHED: November 15, 2022
- PUBLISHER: Tor Books
WHAT SERIES? The Mistborn Saga
- WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? The Alloy of Law
- HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 4 in this era, 3 in the era before
- CONTENT WARNINGS: Death, body horror, kidnapping
- IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: Mistborn era 1 by Brandon Sanderson, The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix
For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set-with his late uncle and his sister among their leaders – since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms, and her partner, Wayne, find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead. Conflict between Elendel and the Outer Cities only favors the Set, and their tendrils now reach to the Elendel Senate – whose corruption Wax and Steris have sought to expose-and Bilming is even more entangled. After Wax discovers a new type of explosive that can unleash unprecedented destruction, and realizes that the Set must already have it, an immortal kandra serving Scadrial’s god, Harmony, reveals that Bilming has fallen under the influence of another god: Trell, worshipped by the Set. And Trell isn’t the only factor at play from the larger Cosmere-Marasi is recruited by offworlders with strange abilities who claim their goal is to protect Scadrial…at any cost. Wax must choose whether to set aside his rocky relationship with God and once again become the Sword that Harmony has groomed him to be. If no one steps forward to be the hero Scadrial needs, the planet and its millions of people will come to a sudden and calamitous ruin.
If you’ve been following me for a while on here, then you know that I’m quite a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s work. It’s not like I hide my opinion on his incredible talent, or his amazingly fascinating worlds or magic systems. Brandon Sanderson is a true genius at fantasy writing. There’s no doubt about it. I usually rave and rave about his latest books after I’m done reading them, but this time I find that I can’t do that.
The Lost Metal was good. It really was. A good ending to Mistborn, Era 2. So why do I feel just a little let down? I won’t spoil anything, I promise, but there’s a few things that just didn’t quite live up to my standards of Sanderson’s work. Which may be too high, honestly. I expect a lot from him, and maybe I should tone it down. ANYWAY.
I will admit that I did not reread the previous three novels before diving into this one. It’s possible that would have increased my enjoyment of this one. There’s a lot going on in this world, and it’s hard to keep things straight. ESPECIALLY when Sanderson introduces a lot of other cosmere-related characters in this book. (Aren’t sure what the cosmere is? A lot of Sanderson’s works take place in the same universe, and many of the characters are planet or world hoppers, meaning they can appear in more than one series. Confusing? You bet. But it’s also super cool to see a familiar face in a new series.) Sanderson took the cosmere up a notch in this book, and like I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’m not sure it worked for me this time.
So how come? Well, when you have to read all the other cosmere-related books (probably 10+ books at this point) to understand something, it can be a bit of a drag. AND THAT’S COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS READ ALL THE OTHER COSMERE BOOKS. It’s a lot to be familiar with and remember, especially when you’re a heavy reader like me. So basically, I guess what I’m saying is this. The book was decent, it just had too many…details? I guess? That sounds ridiculous, and I’m aware of it.
ANYWAY, I love Wax, and I love, love, love Wayne. I’m so glad he was featured prominently in this one. Marasai is still fascinating, but I was THRILLED to see that Steris’s talents were finally put to use on a grand scale in this one. She deserved the spotlight and the recognition. Sanderson’s female characters never really disappoint — they’re all vastly different from each other, and I love that they’re not reduced down to love interests or wallflowers. I’ll definitely be picking up the next Mistborn era when it comes out, but with some hesitancy, I guess.
Did this review make any sense whatsoever? Who knows.
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