Title: Shadows of Self
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Published: October 8th 2015
Length: 384 pages
I received a preview of this book through NetGalley.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
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.
Throwing us back into the Mistborn world, Sanderson doesn’t disappoint in this small preview for Shadows of Self. Re-acquainting us with Wax and his fiancée Steris, as well as the loveable Wayne, Sanderson wastes no time in jumping straight to the action with multiple deaths and a new killer on the loose.
I have yet to read a book by Sanderson that I have not enjoyed. When I saw the preview for this book up on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. Following on where Alloy of Law left off, we join Wax as he tries to work out the possible motive for murdering the city’s criminal underbelly kingpins as well as the governor’s brother. The preview was perfectly planned, leaving off at just the right moment with a tantalizing cliffhanger that is already making me wish away August and September so I can pick up the book and find out what happens next.
The rich world building of the Mistborn series is still present in the new book, as well as references to characters of old – such as Sazed. I love the little pieces of the past making their way into the present. Having binge read the Mistborn trilogy at the end of last year, I still have a soft spot for Kelsier, Elend and Vin, so it’s nice to still see them referenced occasionally.
All in all, I just have one question right now… What is it not October yet?!
About the Author
Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.
Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris , the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law , Warbreaker , and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance , the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light , in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series were released by Scholastic, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor s Soul , were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brings two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.
The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.
Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.