Shadows of Self (#5)

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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.

When family obligations forced Waxillium Ladrian to forsake the frontier lands and return to the metropolis of his birth to take his place as head of a noble House, he little imagined that the crime-fighting skills acquired during twenty years in the dusty plains would be just as applicable in the big city. He soon learned that there too, just being a talented Twinborn — one who can use both Allomancy and Feruchemy, the dominant magical modes on Scadrial — would not suffice.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society will now face its first test by terrorism and assassination, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax, his eccentric sidekick Wayne, and brilliant, beautiful young Marasi, now officially part of the constabulary, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife can stop Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.


“A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters.”


“[An] excellent fifth Mistborn industrial revolution fantasy […] Sanderson’s fantasy world partakes equally of steampunk, early industry, and the Wild West, and he cleverly incorporates the metal-shaping magic of feruchemists and allomancers. Fantasy fans will savor this exciting escapade.”

Publishers Weekly

“Fast, smart dialog and an abundance of exciting action keep the pages turning […] The magic system that Sanderson has developed shows why this is one of his great strengths in the fantasy field. Picking out a favorite character might be hard—honorable but haunted Wax has merits, as does the lovely Marasi, struggling to succeed in the Elendel Constabulary—but Wayne remains one of the most charmingly irrepressible thieves in fantasy.”

Library Journal

“Sanderson’s writing is still prime […] [A] good read in this second piece.”

RT Book Reviews

“SHADOWS OF SELF is a solid, standalone story in Sanderson’s Mistborn universe. Sanderson does an incredible job of worldbuilding, and his novels never fail to impress. This latest Mistborn novel is full of suspense, mystery, magic, and mysticism. The story is riveting and the characters are vivid and engaging [...] Don’t miss this epic fantasy series.”

SciFi Chick

“Brandon Sanderson’s SHADOWS OF SELF delivers more excitement, adventure, and magic in a newly industrialized world that is as richly realized as any of Sanderson’s creations.”


“Sanderson’s world building shines through [...] with plot twists and schemes within schemes that culminate with a solid and satisfying end.”

Geek Dad

“The mix of magic and technology is interesting and well worth the time.”


“Another fantastic romp of a read from Brandon Sanderson, filled with Allomancy in action, puzzles to solve, amusing banter, relationship questions – and big shockers at the end that leave readers eagerly anticipating what might come next. Can’t wait!”


“The Mistborn series is far and away Sanderson’s best work, and SHADOWS OF SELF is a worthy continuation of it [...] The book is far deeper than its surface description of fantasy-western-murder-mystery might imply, and as the series progresses such themes will likely become more prominent.”

Starburst Magazine

“Sanderson excels at writing solid character relationships, which are often hilarious, especially with the comedic timing between Wax and Wayne.”

Deseret News Review