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The Bands of Mourning: A Mistborn Novel by [Sanderson, Brandon]
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This is my favorite novel of the second Mistborn series so far, and I am eagerly anticipating the next. SF Book The story starts with a very steampunk feel, turns into a Western, then into a political thriller, before shifting into the type of adventure Allan Quatermain would kill to be involved in. This book really brings out how the author can play with genres and stereotypes to create something where there is great gravity to the underlying narrative, but it doesn't stop it being a darn good romp and a thrilling adventure. Strange Alliances

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The #1 New York Times bestselling 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 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.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19827 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Jan. 26 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R697BC8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It was very good. Sanderson always has great plot, but sometimes the character development lacks a bit. This was not an issue here, the characters were dynamic and more developed than in earlier parts of the series. thumbs way up :)
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Once again Mr. Sanderson delivers a polished gem. From the handling of Wax's anguish from the climactic ending of the preceding novel to the evolution of Wayne and Marassi, it is immediately apparent that every nuance was given the time and attention that it needed from Sanderson. The plot is a masterful work of art where a truly intriguing mystery (some parts are a little predictable but others will catch even the most observant by surprise) is underpinned with sinister tones and carried along with humor that somehow always seems appropriate regardless of its nature/cause.

This book also brings Steris to the fore in a manner that causes the reader to question if she was ever fully understood by the reader in the previous novels. Parts of her that may have been hinted at before, blossom into the open and add a welcome depth to a truly interesting and admirable woman.

For those familiar with some of Sanderson's other works, there are some very choice snippets of information carefully hidden in the book (you may want to read the entire book from cover to cover...).

I have and shall continue to highly recommend this book to others.
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Pros: variety of action, new settings, character development

Cons: Wayne started to grate on my nerves, some predictable events

Waxilliam Ladrian and Steris Harms' wedding day has finally arrived, but things don't go as planned. Against his desires, he's roped into helping the kandra recover one of their fellows' missing spikes. He's also given the whereabouts of his kidnapped sister.

This book changes location several times, and the plot shifts from one connected goal to another, so while my synopsis may not sound that interesting, the book itself has quite a good number of twists and turns.

I loved the growing relationship between Wax and Steris, which again felt realistic. I also liked how several characters developed, questioning themselves and coming to know themselves better.

Wayne started to grate on my nerves, especially at the beginning of the book. His dislike of Steris annoyed me, both because I like her as a character and because he disregarded the growing attraction between Steris and Wax. Towards the end he felt more like the loveable rogue from the previous books.

There are some plot twists that I found predictable, but others that changed the direction of the book in unexpected ways. But even the predictable moments were fun, as they didn't stay predictable for long.

From what I've been reading there's an upcoming 4th book, which is good, because the ending wasn't as neatly tied as I was expecting.

This is a great series with a unique magic system and interesting characters that are so much fun to read about. Can't wait to see what comes next.
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Oh my! Oh my! Brandon Sanderson never fails to impress me. This volume made me laugh, cry and took the story in places I never even imagined it was going to go, weaving a continuing tale that still has ties to the original trilogy, but in surprising and exciting ways. I love the characters and their adventure alongside their own personal journeys that continues to give me all the feels and inspiration that I loved so much in the first trilogy. I can't praise this series enough and this volume is not just a worthy addition, but a step up, setting the bar high for the conclusion that I wish was already out now.
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The Bands of Mourning picks up where Shadows of Self leaves off. It is another strong novel in the Mistborn series. It has multiple dramatic twists and ends at a point where you're going to want to buy the new Mistborn novel as soon as it is available.
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I like the style of writing, sense of humor, the key characters and the clever storyline. I enjoyed so much, did not stop until the end. I am going to get the audible version as well. Can't wait for the next book.
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With each new book, Sanderson redefines the craft of storytelling. Bands of Mourning is the best yet, and an exciting follow up to Shadows of Self. Read on and remember that there is always another secret.
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A little bit predictable since I've read much of Brandon Sanderson's work, but his dialogue is always clever and witty, especially when from the perspective of Wayne. I look forward the story continuing!
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