Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.
The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metal minds 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.
“Go,” Marasi said. “Do what you do best, Waxillium Ladrian.”
“Which is what? Break things?”
“Break things,” Marasi said, “with style.”
Once again, the story just failed to grab me, personally. It wasn’t a bad book. It is really well done. I’m just not really looking for a cowboy detective series right now. I’m reading this because it is Mistborn and Cosmere, and I’m trying to unravel the secrets of the Cosmere.
I liked that they were out of Elendel and exploring the world a bit. Honestly, it wasn’t even enough for me. I wanted more world-building, more exploration. Compared to previous novels in the Mistborn trilogy, it felt deficient. Honestly, in almost every regard, you cannot compared era one and era two, because era two will feel deficient. Sanderson added a few new features in this book we had yet to see, namely that there is life elsewhere other than Elendel basin and the Roughs.
I loved Wayne in this book so much. He grew up as a person, as a character. He was absolutely hilarious. And, as always, he steals the show. Steris actually becomes a character this book. She is still shuffled off to the side, somewhat, but she is helpful and present and she has more than two lines! Somehow, I ended up disliking Marasi even more. MeLaan is a great addition to the series, I can’t imagine it without her.
I love Wayne’s interactions with everyone. The story itself was a bit meh until about the last 20%. I think this read has really suffered from reading it right after the original trilogy. There were a lot of new bits of the Cosmere mystery to digest though, so it wasn’t all the way not worth it.