Waiting On Wednesday – 03/04/2015

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Mogsy’s Pick:

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson: October 6, 2015 (Tor)

Sanderson’s original Mistborn trilogy features a more epic and elaborate story and gets a lot of love from fans, but I confess I probably enjoyed book four The Alloy of Law more than the first three books put together. Set 300 years after the events of The Hero of Ages, I was just really taken by the western-like setting and the mild hints of steampunk, not to mention the cleverly named duo of Wax and Wayne. I’m really looking forward to the next book of their adventures.

Shadows of Self“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.”

8 Comments on “Waiting On Wednesday – 03/04/2015”

  1. This is a Sanderson book I am actually looking forward to. I have a soft spot for Mistborn and though the wild west version was just as fun.

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  2. As much as I generally love Sanderson’s work, this is one series that didn’t wow me. I thought the first book was fantastic, but the rest of the trilogy suffered from the absence of the original protagonist. None of the other characters were strong enough, for me, to really engage me.

    If this is 300 years later with a new cast, however, I might give it a shot.

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  3. I have read the Mistborn series – I didn’t absolutely love it though. But, I do fancy this with the ‘western’ feel. I might have to pick up The Alloy of Law – although, not sure how much I recall of Mistborn!
    Lynn 😀

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  4. This sounds good. I think I have The Alloy of Law and need to read it. I’m reading Karen Memory right now and loving it. So I’m in the mood for something else about the Old West.

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  5. Fantastic pick^^ I still need to read The Alloy of Law – I was mourning after I finished Hero of Ages and I needed to step back for a bit. I’m planning on catching up soon though, especially with the cover for this one tempting me hardcore XD

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