The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6) by Brandon Sanderson

Fantasy, 437 pages, published in 2016

Synopsis: Waxillium and the rest of his friends are off to find the Bands of Mourning, mythical objects left behind the Lord Ruler more than 300 years before. Along the way, they also try to find a missing item for a kandra, as well as deal with Wax’s longtime enemies, the Set.

Non-Spoiler Review:

I’ve noticed that I drag my feet when it comes to reading the second era Mistborn books because I honestly don’t really care about Wax as a character, so it took me a bit to pick up this book. The beginning was slow for me, but once I got to the end, it flew through it.

My biggest problem with Wax is that I feel like a lot of his scenes are him just Pushing off of bullets and that honestly gets boring for me. In the first era, at least we had Vin, who could kind of experiment with different combinations of Allomancy, but Wax is limited to just Pushing. The other action scenes are fine, but the ones with Wax are just not good for me.

I really liked that the characters finally got to travel a bit! We were stuck in Elendel for the most part in the first two books, so it was nice to see some of the other parts of the world. I also liked that we got to hear more about the world even further outside the Basin and the Roughs. I think with fantasy a lot of the time, the plot is taking place in just one area, so the rest of the planet gets forgotten about, so it refreshing to be able to hear about some other parts of Scadriel in this book.

One of my favorite things about this book is Wayne and Marasi’s friendship. They just have really cute banter and I love that he’ll call her “Mara” sometimes (I don’t recall anyone else calling her that). She’s just always exasperated by him, but they work well together. I thought it maybe would turn romantic at first, but I’m actually loving them just being friends.

The end of this book had me absolutely shaken. There were so many twists and the very end was crazy and I can’t wait to hear more about it. I truly just really love the world of Mistborn. It is so interesting and Brandon does such a good job at weaving things together and making them believable. I can’t wait for The Lost Metal. There is always another secret, and I’m ready for the next one.

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