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. -Goodreads
WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS for the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
My Rating: 5/5
SPOILERS (For Mistborn Era 1)
I started this novella an hour before I was supposed to go to sleep… and finished it. I woke tired but my mind is still whirring away with excitement.
Kelsier was never one of my favourite characters. He played an important part in the books and that’s all, in my opinion. But seeing him deal with knowing that he was but a puppet of something more, something working towards the end of the world rather than the beginning of a better one, is brilliant to watch. He will not give up! It’s inspiring. Without this novella, I would never have thought much of Kelsier.
I appreciated the extra links to the Cosmere. SO MANY clues and things to dissect and interpret. I’m not going to do that, though. I like reading a story with only the clues the writer gave when reading the novel, so that when the reveal comes, I do not have any expectations. With a writer like Brandon Sanderson, my expectations will be managed by his own writing.
I’m really looking forward to how Kelsier fits into the later science fiction series. Right now, it feels like Asimov’s Foundation series, where Harry keeps popping up in the future to give advice! Kelsier = Harry…. Sorry – I said I wasn’t going to dissect the story!!
Anyway, this novella is a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about the cosmere and/or wishes to add to their experiences of Mistborn Era 1.