The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn, Book 6

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I really enjoyed reading the previous volume even if without knowing the original series and I was curious to find out what Brandon Sanderson would present us again. It must be said that this author has an undeniable talent to plunge us into his stories and to keep us in suspense throughout the chapters.

I found it interesting to find out at the very beginning of the volume a part of Wax past to finally see what he’d been through his childhood. We soon find him and of course all the characters that we know for a new adventure and more precisely for the wedding of Wax and Steris. You can imagine that nothing will happen as planned. Besides, this is during this celebration that a Kandra comes and wants to hire Wax so he can help them for a new investigation. All our friends, Steris, Wax, Wayne, Marasi leave for Seran to try to understand what is going on but our hero has a special interest in this investigation when he learns that his sister and uncle are involved.

I really took a great pleasure once again in following our heroes and their adventures. Steris is particularly the character I enjoyed the most. It’s always interesting to see her open up to the world of her future husband and to finally try to be a part of it too. Her lists about all the possible disasters that can happen are always very funny as well as foresight about the consequences of each. It’s really a character we enjoy a lot and it was interesting to see her evolve over the chapters with Wax. What is touching is rather to see that they can create together something different than what they had initially.

In terms of the investigation, I expected some turnarounds but it was still very interesting to discover the progress of the history and to see the ideas of the author. I will not say more to you but in any case it was a very nice new novel and I am once again looking forward to immersing myself in the sequel and to discover even more! As always Brandon Sanderson does not disappoint!



17 thoughts on “The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

  1. That opening chapter with Wax when he was a child was pretty insane. And the ending was pretty shocking, given what we know of his past relationship with his sister and uncle. And I agree, I ADORED Steris. I was really glad she got to accompany them on this adventure!

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