Title: Shadows of Self
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publication Date: 2015
Publishing House: Tor Books
This is the second book in the second part of the Mistborn series one year after the events of The Alloy of Law.
Synopsis from Goodreads.
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.
Wax is back in Shadow of Self attempting to stop a killer in addition to helping plan his own wedding. This book is still a western, like the previous one, but it has more in common with The Hero of Ages. Harmony plays a larger role as do the Kandra. Myth becomes reality in a world that is moving away from magic.
I really enjoyed Marasi in this book, Wax’s fiance’s younger sister. She is a constable and she allows nothing to slow her down. This book sees her making more difficult decisions that have far reaching consequences. She is not afraid to stand up to anyone for what she knows is right.
There are many points in this book that will leave the reader slack jawed. For fans of the original three books, remember, there is always another secret. I recommend this book to Sanderson fans, to those who like a good fight, and to those that enjoy secrets. Happy reading.