The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metal minds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set. –Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5
I’m not a big reader of mystery books. I’m picky – I like some crime writers like Val McDermid, but mostly I don’t pick those books up. Era 2 of Mistborn is a mystery series; there may be a lot of fantasy elements and links to the more classic-fantasy trilogy of Era 1, but this series is all about solving clues. It says a lot then, that not only did I pick up the first book in Era 2, but I’ve read all three book that have been released so far.
The characters are a huge factor in this. I’m not a huge fan of Wax, but he has a purpose in the books – he is the leader, the brooding hero who the other characters are drawn to. He is the detective, the driving force of the narrative. He is the link to Harmony and the cosmere, and therefore the link to the large story being told throughout all of Sanderson’s cosmere books.
Steris had a far more defining role in this book and I really enjoyed watching her grow as a character. (No more on this in case of spoilers – just know that she is more a part of this book than in previous entries).
Marasi did not change much as her character has been well defined in previous books, but she had a few interesting moments that made me pause to think – she’s has fascinating motivations and that’s really appealing as a reader.
Wayne, as always, was a joy to follow. His perspective on life is not as shallow as you might think when you first meet him. I think I’ve talked about this in previous reviews, but his past defines the actions he takes in the present. He is an ever-evolving character, and this is only enhanced by his wonderful deception techniques.
As always, the last 50-100 pages of the book were past-paced and impossible to put down. Sanderson has an incredible way of dropping reveal after reveal, while also bring up more questions to be answered. He satisfied the plot of the book and set up for the next one in the series in an incredible way.
Now to wait for the fourth entry!