The Lost Metal (#4)

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Return to #1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn world of Scadrial as its second era, which began with The Alloy of Law, comes to its earth-shattering conclusion in The Lost Metal.

For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set―with his late uncle and his sister among their leaders―since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms and her partner Wayne find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead. Conflict between Elendel and the Outer Cities only favors the Set, and their tendrils now reach to the Elendel Senate―whose corruption Wax and Steris have sought to expose―and Bilming is even more entangled.

After Wax discovers a new type of explosive that can unleash unprecedented destruction and realizes that the Set must already have it, an immortal kandra serving Scadrial’s god, Harmony, reveals that Bilming has fallen under the influence of another god: Trell, worshipped by the Set. And Trell isn’t the only factor at play from the larger Cosmere―Marasi is recruited by offworlders with strange abilities who claim their goal is to protect Scadrial…at any cost.

Wax must choose whether to set aside his rocky relationship with God and once again become the Sword that Harmony has groomed him to be. If no one steps forward to be the hero Scadrial needs, the planet and its millions of people will come to a sudden and calamitous ruin.


"A fast-paced and entirely satisfying conclusion to Mistborn’s second era."

Kirkus Reviews

The Lost Metal is a spectacular and explosive ending to Mistborn: Wax and Wayne series....Though a finale is relatively rare in his career, with The Hero of Ages and The Lost Metal, Sanderson proved how great he is at writing a concluding volume in the Cosmere."

Novel Notions

"The action was blood-pumping and constant, the emotions high and poignant, the overall energy fast-paced and contagious. Sanderson also never fails to win me over with his character development and the moving relationships between them, and as ever, the dialogue was top shelf."

The BiblioSanctum

"There is no doubt Sanderson is a master storyteller, his vision reaches far and beyond and each time he leaves his readers mind-blown....This is a conclusion of epic proportions, a worthy farewell to these characters who have meant so much to us all"

The Fantasy Hive

"The Lost Metal is exactly what you’d expect from Sanderson, if you like his other works. Strong characters and a great plot with an engaging and explosive finale. Fun dialogue with a distinctive voice. Fascinating worldbuilding and magic-system work that displays the amount of thought that went into both. Prose that is clear and engaging without straying into the overly poetic."

"If The Lost Metal is a taste of Mistborn’s future, the next trilogy can’t come soon enough."

Geekly Inc

"I really can’t recommend this series and author enough to people. I think there is a Sanderson book for everyone and I would highly recommend anyone who has not done so yet go read one of his books."

The Arched Doorway

"The Lost Metal is a triumph in that it ties the knot on plotlines Sanderson laid groundwork for early on, even as far back as Vin’s trilogy. To stick the landing with so many internal plotlines and external reveals from off-world is a tightrope act, but Sanderson’s got equilibrium for days."

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