Brandon Sanderson · Mistborn · Young Adult

Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) by Brandon Sanderson



This is a fantastic edition to the Mistborn series and I highly recommend reading it. The plot was entertaining and well-paced with an appropriate amount of action, suspense, and twists. The world is expanded upon, new characters are introduced, and old characters make an appearance. Overall, it was a fun, enjoyable read and I can’t wait to read the next one!


Shadows of Self picks up a year after the events in Alloy of Law and presents a new story with no apparent relations to the previous book. I’m still not sure how this is all going to tie together. Hopefully, it wraps up in the next book. I was just a bit disappointed thinking that this was going to continue the story with Wax’s uncle instead, it sidetracks.

In this book, Wax and Wayne discover a plot against the Governor of Elendel. They must save the Governor from a crazy, homicidal Kandra. Since Kandra’s are nearly impossible to kill you can be sure that this book is filled with brutal gunfights, awesome Allomantic battles, paranoia, suspicion, and of course, a huge plot twist! By no means was this a predictable novel!

I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this book much more than Alloy of Law and I believe that is because the plot revolves around Kandras and they are incredibly interesting! Characters from the original trilogy also make an appearance, which was so exciting!

The plot moves at a great pace and the perfect blend of action and humor makes it so much more enjoyable. I laughed out loud so many times! I just love Wayne!

Though it is possible to read this book without reading the original trilogy, I highly recommend that you do so because there are certain characters you will know better and they will mean much more to you.


The world-building is spectacular! There is a lot more history and religious lore in the novel as well as learning a bit about Kandras. As a reader of the original trilogy, I believe I enjoyed all this much more than those that haven’t read it.

The introduction of Kandras was awesome as they are such interesting creatures! I hope to see more of them in the next book.

There is also a huge focus on the citizens of Elendel and their lives, as well as the corruption of their leaders. Sanderson does a great job developing the city and its inhabitants and making it seem so realistic.


Wax and Wayne are just awesome! I love them together and Wayne provides tons of comic relief. I think they are my new favorite character duo!

I can’t say much about it without giving spoilers, but two characters from the original trilogy make an appearance in this novel! It was great to see them again!!!

I am actually liking Steris a lot more in this book! She is starting to grow on me as we learn more about her and she actually seems to be liking/understanding Wax a bit more.

Marasi isn’t developed much more in this book. A lot of that was done in the previous novel. However, she has achieved a high ranking position in the police department and is working to repair the relationship between the police and Wax. She is definitely a strong, female character who can stand up for herself and achieve things that shouldn’t be possible.

MeLaan, a new character introduced in this book, is fantastic! I loved her and thought she was incredibly interesting! She is a very old Kandra, but is much different than TenSoon (original trilogy Kandra) and the differences were intriguing. I also loved that she was incredibly funny! As far as new characters go, I thought she was well developed and given her own personality. Besides Wayne, she is my favorite character! She has the most humorous interactions between humans! 🙂

The only disappointing thing was the villain in this novel. She wasn’t developed well and the reasons behind her motives are still unclear.


I have no complaints about the writing. It all flowed well, and nothing distracted from the story.


The cover is okay and definitely fits with the theme of the book. Though it does say that it is a Mistborn novel, it doesn’t say where in the series it lies and that is rather important.


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