Here’s my review for the final Mistborn book! The second trilogy (books 4 through 6) wasn’t quite as grand or detailed as the first trilogy, but The Bands of Mourning made the time spent reading worth it.
Minor spoilers are below.
Lord Waxillium is on a mission to investigate rumors of the Bands of Mourning, a mythical set of metal armbands left over from the days of the Lord Ruler. At the same time, Wax is also trying to find out what his uncle is up to. Wayne, Marasi, and Steris join him and discover more about their world's history than they could ever have imagined.
For the last time, my Mistborn ranking:
- The Hero of Ages (#3)
- The Final Empire (#1)
- The Well of Ascension & The Bands of Mourning (#2 & #6, tied for 3rd place)*
- Shadows of Self (#5)
- The Alloy of Law (#4)
*Even though my rating for The Bands of Mourning is slightly over what The Well of Ascension was, they’re still tied for how much I enjoyed the process of reading them.
This review took me forever to write and it's not even that long. This is my sixth Mistborn review; there are only so many times I can say “This series is great, check it out!” before I get sick of my own comments.
As I said above, this second trilogy wasn’t quite up to par with the first one. It read a little more like YA action stories than an in-depth look at Sanderson’s unique fantasy world. However, trilogy #2 needs to be read by Cosmere fans because it contains new information that fans are going to want to know. Some of the new facts took me by surprise because they were just so out there, but in a good way. Sanderson knows how to keep a story fresh.
As with Shadows of Self, the Steris and Wax moments were my favorite. I was so happy with the opening scene; I spent a better part of the book grumpy that their moment was interrupted and mentally demanding a union of the two by the end. My patience for this couple was rewarded!
Basically, all I have to say after six reviews is that this is great. Read these books!
Since this book stepped the Mistborn game back up, I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.