17/100 Books: THE BANDS OF MOURNING

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THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson

What the heck is it about? Well, that’s a complicated question considering this is the 6th book in the series. Instead of a confusing and spoiler-filled blurb, I’ll leave you with the Goodreads summary of the first Mistborn book, THE FINAL EMPIRE:

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals

My rating: 5/5 stars

Sanderson is a master of world-building, and of using the laws of his worlds to shape plots into truly stunning works. The Mistborn books are full of characters to fall in love with and twists that keep you on the edge of your seat, and THE BANDS OF MOURNING is no different.

The only drawback of this series is a common one among works by white dudes–most of the characters are straight white people, which gets boring after a while. This series does have a little diversity, and this book delves into other cultures and places the other books don’t, and it even mentions a same-gender relationship and touches on issues of gender fluidity! But it’s mostly straight white people. On the plus side, the women are as fully fleshed out as the men, and the 40-something male lead doesn’t end up with the barely-20 female lead, which is shockingly refreshing.

Not to mention the totally platonic, nothing-going-on-there-but-friendship male leads are named Wax and Wayne, which just fills my pun-loving heart with joy.

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