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.
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 books 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 a book where the characters have very real emotions and reactions to the environment, setting, and people around them, where 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.
Links to my reviews of Mistborn Era 2: