Centuries after the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity – railroads, electric street lights, and skyscrapers. Waxillium Ladrian can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After 20 years in the dusty Roughs, in the city of Elendel, the new head of a noble house may need to keep his guns. –Goodreads
My Rating: 3.5/5
This was the perfect book to jump back into Sanderson’s cosmere. I loved all the little hints at the ‘beings’ working behind the scenes. Also, seeing how history affects the present was wonderful – a huge amount of thought went into that and I appreciated it.
Wax, the main character, is my only problem with this book. He was repetitive and dull. His friends, however, were fantastic and more than made up for it. I hope that future books will improve on his character. Wayne was wonderful and I hope we see more of him in the next two books – not just of him in the present but perhaps some of his past so we know how he came to be the man he is now.
There is very little extra worldbuilding in this book – it’s main focus seems to be hinting at the Era 1 books and the main plot of this one. This isn’t a bad thing, of course, but after the huge reveals at the end of The Hero of Ages, it just feels a bit strange. I would certainly suggest that you don’t go into Era 2 immediately after reading Era 1. Read Warbreaker or Elantris instead as a break!
Overall, I thought this book was okay, but definitely not Sanderson’s strongest entry into the cosmere. An ‘okay’ Sanderson book, however, is still a pretty good book!