Ongoing series with 3 books and a short story with one more planned.
Genres: fantasy (epic fantasy, high fantasy), steampunk
Prequel Series: Mistborn
Universe hub: Cosmere
Set 300 years after the events of Mistborn, Scadrial has changed. It is a better world, but a more fractured one. The magic is more developed, too, and changed in weird ways than we recognize. There are huge cities with skyscrapers that seek to reach the heavens and airships and trains now. There are even guns. Wax can use Allomancy and Feruchemy, and was a Sheriff before having to return to the city after a relative dies. Now he finds he can’t quite give up that life. Oh, and there’s Wayne. Damnit Wayne.
While I don’t like the Wax and Wayne era as much as I like the original trilogy, this is a very solid series. The world is exactly the same, yet changed in ways that I cannot possibly do justice here.
Word of warning here. DO NOT READ THIS BEFORE THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY. You will spoil yourself and you will regret it. Heavily. I also say you should not read this immediately after the trilogy like I did. You will not like this as much as you would otherwise. They are two totally different series, and you will probably find yourself disappointed with era two after coming off the high of era one.
Wayne is the best character I’ve read of Sanderson’s, though he isn’t for everyone. He has his own way of going about things. Wax is a bit of a stick in the mud. He is all proper and shit, while keeping his backwater ways. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him. He just really likes doing the things he does.
These are a much more basic story than the original trilogy. Wax is basically a sidekick with Wayne as his assistant. They’re a much more calm story that invokes not nearly the same gravitas as Mistborn does. These are basically a little side story Sanderson decided had to be told between what was originally going to be Era One and Era Two which is going to now have a name.
Personally, I think Sanderson just came up with Wayne and had to write something to go with him.