The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

Friday, March 25th 2016

 Honestly I am not truly sure how to write a review about Bands of Mourning because I feel that I am missing a huge part of the book. It’s still an amazing novel because it’s Brandon Sanderson, my favorite author that writes about adult epic fantasy but I still don’t know what exactly is happening.

I feel that the only way The Bands of Mourning is going to make sense is if I read Mistborn: Secret History.

Mistborn: Secret History is a companion story to the original Mistborn trilogy.

As such, it contains HUGE SPOILERS for the books Mistborn (The Final Empire), The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages. It also contains very minor spoilers for the book The Bands of Mourning.

Mistborn: Secret History builds upon the characterization, events, and worldbuilding of the original trilogy. Reading it without that background will be a confusing process at best.

In short, this isn’t the place to start your journey into Mistborn. (Though if you have read the trilogy—but it has been a while—you should be just fine, so long as you remember the characters and the general plot of the books.)

Saying anything more here risks revealing too much. Even knowledge of this story’s existence is, in a way, a spoiler.

There’s always another secret.

Kindle Edition, 149 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC
Original Title
Mistborn: Secret History

There aren’t many things about the novel that I understand until I read the novella, yet this is what I am aware of.
1. Brandon Sanderson is amazingly dedicated towards his fans to write a novel that better explains the missing pieces of what happen in the original triology go the Mistborn and the beloved characters from that time period.

O.M.G. Feruchmey, Hemilurgy, and Allomancy step back there is a new way to combine metals/powers now. With this new development towards the Mistborn series Brandon Sanderson has now introduced Investiture, a new world of endless possibilities that will create more plot twist focusing in the rising action in this novel. How clever was it the Lord Rulers Band of Mourning are though to have a type of power that is limitless in it’s capabilities.  I honestly didn’t think this novel was going towards the Lord Ruler of all characters!

3.  There should be a contest for the best bromance in fictional history ’cause Wax and Wayne would take the cake. They share their own memories, history and of course their own bromances love. They are two kidding happy, confusing, hilarious, that makes reading their banter a joy each and every time. When Wax was hurt I felt Wayne turn into a character that I never though his hilarious nature would posses, great character development on Wax and Wayne’s journey. They are uniquely humorous duo.

”…At the precinct, when I accomplish something, everyone assumes I had Waxillium’s help. Sometimes it’s like I’m no more than an appendage.”
“You’re not that at all, Marasi,” Wayne said. “You’re important. You help out a lot. Plus you smell nice, and not all bloody and stuff.”
“Great. I have no idea what you just said.”
“Appendages don’t smell nice,” Wayne said. “And they’re kinda gross. I cut one outta a fellow once.”
“You mean an appendix?”
“Sure.” He hesitated.
“So…” “Not the same thing.”
“Right. Thought you was makin’ a metaphor, since people don’t need one of those and all.”

4. Steris, Steris, Steris

Can we please give Steris a round of applause for being yourself? For being brave? For being adventurous? Out of all the characters that I enjoy in this series is Steris.  My favorite scene in the entire novel is the scene when Steris was ” reading ” a history novel when in reality she was reading about the male anatomy. That scene when Wax finally took the book from her to read what was so interesting.
She doesn’t know! How do you not know! And to think she went as far to hire prostitute to question! Oh poor Steris!

Even though I feel like I have no idea of the full extent of the novel I still love it so.
Happy Reading Everyone!

About Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

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