The first book in this series bored me. I was high on the incredible ending of the Mistborn Era 1 Trilogy, and it just didn’t seem to compare at all!
Yes, I liked Wayne and the plot pulled me along comfortably, but I couldn’t image anything interesting ever happening. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, The Alloy of Law.
But then I read Shadows of Self and everything changed. It became exciting! There were links to the Cosmere as well as a growing world on Scadrial.
The characters began developing and I learnt more about their pasts which made them far more interesting. The plot of the second book was far superior to the first, and that helped a lot.
The Bands of Mourning was where I finally changed my mind completely though. I wrote in my review of the book that I am not a big reader of mystery or crime books.
I’m not a fan of the formula, even though I can appreciate that when they are done well, they are very good.
What I discovered was that Mistborn Era 2 is a mystery/crime series done very well, and not only that but the elements of fantasy from Mistborn Era 1 that I loved worked brilliantly in this new environment.
So, why do I think you should read Mistborn Era 2? Because if you don’t, you’re missing out! I am so glad that I pushed through my previous biases and opened up to enjoying something new.
It paid off! Mistborn Era 2 is now one of my favourite series, and I’m so excited for the fourth book to come out. (I know that this is a long time away, but I have The Stormlight Archive to enjoy for now so I’m fine!)
If you want to read an epic fantasy book series where:
- the characters have very real emotions and reactions to the environment, setting, and people around them,
- the world is rich in mystery and beauty but also harsh and unforgiving,
then this is the series for you.
Eventually, I will reread The Alloy of Law and I’m sure I would love it far more now than I did when I first read it.
It’s hard to let go of characters from the previous trilogy, because I loved them so much, but it is worth the time and effort to open yourself up to these new, vivid, complex characters of the new era.