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

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I have read as well as reviewed a lot of the author’s books on this blog. If you have the time and the inclination do check out the reviews, usually, the ones I am excited about (positively) tend to be the better-written than my other reviews, at least to me since they seem to project the vibe/hype I want.

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2) Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3)

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Now this particular instalment of the Mistborn in the steampunk era disappointed me for two very different reasons

  •  I found out that it was not, as previously imagined or expected, the last book of the series
  • The narrative felt a little winded, and even the humorous escapades and dialogues of Wayne did not do much to ease the feeling.

If you have seen my reviews for the previous two books in this era of the Mistborn world, you will see my enjoyment of it. The rapport and the back and forth jabbing of words entertained me to no end. This time we meet Wax just before his wedding. That reminded me of the scene from Incredibles movie where Elastigirl asks him out in the evening, and Mr Incredible is like I have an appointment (to his own wedding). Now, this will not make much sense to those who haven’t seen the movie, but for those who have will gain much more imagery than I can provide with just my words.

That was the high point of the story, although I really wanted Steris and Wax to get married and basically properly depend on each other like a couple I felt a little cheated. The pace was different till this one, and suddenly things change, Wayne’s plans for himself, Marasi’s view of Wax and a couple of other things. They set out to hunt a legend and a man. Steris was my favourite character throughout, and I have high hopes for the next book whenever it comes out. There are a lot of Epic battles, strategising, and a whole new angle to the concept of ‘civilised life’ according to the people of Elendel. I liked all the accessorising details like the new weapons, the previously unknown metals etc. which are not the core of the narrative but play a crucial role in painting a better picture of the whole.

My lack of excitement over just this one book in comparison to the rest of the extended series in no way determines the way I look forward to the last instalment. This is an essential read if you want to have a continued understanding of the series/world. I have my fingers crossed that it comes out soon, and when it does, I get a chance to read it.

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