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The Mistborn Saga #7

The Lost Metal

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Return to #1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn world of Scadrial as its second era, which began with The Alloy of Law, comes to its earth-shattering conclusion in The Lost Metal.

For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set—with his late uncle and his sister among their leaders—since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms and her partner, Wayne, find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead. Conflict between the capital, Elendel, and the Outer Cities only favors the Set, and their tendrils now reach to the Elendel Senate—whose corruption Wax and his wife, Steris, have sought to expose—and Bilming is even more entangled.

After Wax discovers a new type of explosive that can unleash unprecedented destruction and realizes that the Set must already have it, an immortal kandra serving Scadrial's god, Harmony, reveals that Bilming has fallen under the influence of another god: Trell, worshipped by the Set. And Trell isn't the only factor at play from the larger Cosmere—Marasi is recruited by offworlders with strange abilities who claim their goal is to protect Scadrial . . . at any cost.

Wax must choose whether to set aside his rocky relationship with God and once again become the Sword that Harmony has groomed him to be. If no one steps forward to be the hero Scadrial needs, the planet and its millions of people will come to a sudden and calamitous ruin.

507 pages, Hardcover

First published November 15, 2022

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Brandon Sanderson

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Brandon’s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s Soul, Mistborn: Secret History, and a brand-new Stormlight Archive novella, Edgedancer.

Earlier this year he released Calamity, the finale of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart .

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series have been released in new editions by Starscape, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor’s Soul, were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brought two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

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I would like to time travel to 2018 so I can read this book, thanks. Hopefully Donald Drumpf is not president.

Edit: Fuck, I jinxed it.

Edit #2: It’s not even coming out in 2018 anymore 😭

Edit #3: It is now 2019, and there is no new release date. He did say in his State of the Sanderson of 2018 that he was going to try to get back to this so hopefully he’s kept his promise.

Edit #4: The year is 2020 and we are now in the middle of a global pandemic. The world may actually dissolve into chaos before this book is released. Also, everyone please stay home if you’re under quarantine. It’s not just about keeping you safe, but also about keeping others safe.

Edit #5: It's the end of 2020 and thankfully cheeto head is no longer president so that's one good thing that happened. Now I just need this book to release 😩 Also please continue to wear masks around others.

Edit #6: The year is 2021 and we’ve already had white supremacist terrorists attempt a coup on the US Capitol. Now Reddit has decided to fuck with Wall Street. Let’s see what happens next!

Edit #7: It is now the end of 2021. Sanderson has blessed us with the official release date. 11/15/2022. Save the date in your calendars y’all! And keep wearing your masks so you don’t get the Omicron variant and die before you read the book!

Edit #8: 9 days into the new year and Bob Saget has passed away. One of my fave TV dads is dead. My heart hurts. I need November to come sooner. I need something good in my life. RIP Danny Tanner ❤️

Edit #9: Well, now we know why it took so long to write this lmaoo —> Sanderson’s Secret. Congrats to him for breaking the Kickstarter record. At least there’s some good news during this dark time.

Edit #10: WE HAVE A COVER. ALSO THIS LINE WORRIES ME CAUSE I THINK I REALLY HAVE TO FINISH READING THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE NOW: “And Trell isn’t the only factor at play from the larger Cosmere—Marasi is recruited by offworlders with strange abilities who claim their goal is to protect Scadrial…at any cost.” Who are the offworlders????


*Side note: I can’t believe this is my most popular review on Goodreads. It’s just me cracking jokes and laughing at the state of this country. I hope you guys still like this when it becomes an actual review of the book 😂*


Edit #12: Welp, we have finally made it to the review part of this LOL. It’s been six long years since I wrote this ridiculous post that turned into a timeline of US history somewhat. Now, it’s time to give my actual review of the book. To the people that actually take the time to read this portion, thanks lol. To those who only saw the funny ramblings, that’s cool too.

“You’re the wind. You’re the stars. You are all endless things.”

Minor spoilers below! Major spoilers will be hidden!

Set six years after the events of The Bands of Mourning, Wax is now more politician than lawman. Wayne is an actual constable now and Marasi’s partner. They’ve all had changes in their personal lives. Wax and Steris now have two kids, Max and Tindwyl. Marasi has been dating Allik for a couple of years. And Wayne, unfortunately, is feeling a bit down on account of the fact that MeLaan said she’s going to break up with him soon. Still, there is the problem of the Set and Trell looming over their heads. After a few years of quiet, Marasi now has a solid lead on what they’ve been doing this whole time and a way to catch them. She and Wayne travel to Bilming in the hopes of surprising one of the Set’s smuggling operations. What they discover is so much more than that and Wax is once again called to be Harmony’s sword as he joins them.

I have waited for this book for so damn long. I’m not even sure if I had any expectations for this. I just knew I was going to love it, and I did. There were gunfights and explosions and some of the most extraordinary usage of Allomancy I’ve seen since Mistborn. Wax and Wayne can still kick plenty if ass even if they are older now. New technology is coming and the world is getting more and more dangerous. Wax accidentally creates what is essentially a nuclear bomb and realizes the Set must have too and will use it to destroy Elendel, and he must do whatever it takes to stop it with Wayne’s help. After all of these years, he will once again come face to face with his sister. Except this time, he knows only one of them can live.

Marasi is on her own mini quest. Approached by a secret society who seeks to recruit her, she uncovers something that is equally, if not more, sinister than a bomb to blow up an entire city. We meet several characters who are not of this world and they show her glimpses into the secrets of the Cosmere. They are unique, but also dangerous. I am happy with how much Marasi has grown. She is no longer within Wax’s shadow and is more or less in charge of Wayne lol. At the very least she keeps him from going too off the rails. She’s happy with her job s a detective, but still yearns to do more, without compromising her morals. I would say she accomplishes that, and then some in this finale. The fact that she chooses to pass on said secret society so she can stay and make the world better in a more tangible, honest way, is true to her character.

We get plenty of introspection from the others as well. Wax still struggles with his identity and place in life. Does he have control over his own life or has he always been led by Harmony? Can he be father, and politician, and lawman all in one? Is it possible to balance all of that? Steris is coming into her own as well and her perpetual preparedness comes in real handy back in Elendel. She wrangles the governor, and is in charge of evacuations when things are clearly going south. She’s not just Wax’s wife, but someone who has her own talent and is damn good at it. The fact that she breaks out of her anxious shell to do all of this makes it even better. Wayne is struggling. He’s filthy rich after accidentally making some good investments lol, one of which is turning noseball (AKA baseball) into a sport. But he’s struggling with his own idea of self-worth, especially since MeLaan has decided to end things and literally leave for space. He’s still unable to forgive himself for his past and is in a dark place during most of the book. The way he talked about himself hurt my heart since he’s my fave. He has a hard time believing he’s a hero too. Harmony himself seems to be going through some things. It’s very reminiscent to how Preservation was slowly deteriorating in Mistborn: Secret History. I am very worried for Sazed and what will come in the new era.

This book also brought me great pain, like I knew it would. Going into this I knew someone had to die. They had gotten off too easy in the previous books. Someone I loved had to die and I thought I was prepared for it. Turns out I wasn’t. And I cried like a baby. A huge part of me hates it. I will always hate it because he deserved better. He deserved to live his life completely and maybe find someone else and he happy with them. I don’t think I’m going to get over this any time soon.

I’m sad to see this era go. When I first started this I was kinda disappointed that I wouldn’t get any of my faves, but I love these characters so much now. From Wax and Wayne’s partnership to Wax and Steris’ romance. Wayne and MeLaan’s banter and eventual romance (who I missed terribly in the book). Marasi finding love with Allik and coming into her own as a woman. They all did some amazing growth in here. A lot of which was forgiving themselves for their pasts and allowing themselves to move on for the sake of their loved ones. I’m going to miss everyone, truly. Wayne especially. Their dynamic was something else.

I hope I don’t have to wait another six years for Era Three lol. I don’t think I can handle another wait that long. If it comes to that I think I’ll cry and write another unhinged time capsule of the sad state of this country lmao. If you’ve made it this far, below you will find a lot of my favorite quotes.

“City folk, particularly politicians, were intimidated by small arms. They preferred to kill people with more modern weapons, like poverty and despair.” - Wayne

“Don’t leave a paper trail detailing your corruption when your political opponent is a trained detective. Idiot.”

“. . . so far there had beeen no greater test of his faith in humanity—serial killers included—than working with politicians.” - Wax

“Tense diplomatic situations were not impressed by the presence of a five-year-old. But it could have been worse—he could have brought Wayne instead.” - Wax

“People are elastic. We can keep reshaping ourselves. And if we’re not quite the same as before, well, that’s good. It means we can grow.” - Wax

“This was a seriously fancy place; you could tell by their contempt for their customers.” - Wayne

“Her heart was no expert in what she couldn’t do. It only knew what she had and hadn’t done.” - Steris

“I’m glad you walked out of the stories and into my life. I’d rather have a friend than a legend.” - Marasi

“He couldn’t see anything familial in [Telsin]. Familiar, yes. But whatever he had loved was long gone, ripped out and replaced with expansions of the parts of her he’d always hated.”

“He wasn’t merely fighting Wayne the amiable miscreant. He was fighting Wayne Terrisborn, filthy rich snob with way,
way, too much much money to burn.”

“You’re meant to be helping people.” - Wayne

“She knew she wouldn’t see him again. But this? She’d wanted him to find someone else. For his own good. And if she was being honest, for her own good. Because he made her forget what she was. Because with him the world was too interesting, and that made her forget what was smart.” - MeLaan
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My god... The Lost Metal was an explosive and stunning conclusion to Mistborn: Wax and Wayne series. Sanderson has delivered another tremendous finishing volume in The Mistborn Saga, reinforcing my excitement for future Cosmere books.

I honestly have no idea where to begin here. The Lost Metal was my most anticipated books of 2022. But personally, this book release goes beyond that for me. Many of you most likely know already that the first Mistborn Trilogy was the series that made me fall in love with reading fantasy novels. On top of that, it felt surreal to be finished reading The Lost Metal. For the past six years, the three books sitting the longest on my TBR pile have always been The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch, then Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss, and The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson. Yes, against all odds, one of these books that felt like myths have finally been released and read by me. My expectations were understandably so high. I am fully caught up with every Cosmere novel and title. I even did a full reread of the entire Mistborn Saga, starting from Mistborn: The Final Empire up to The Bands of Mourning, in preparation for The Lost Metal. And Brandon Sanderson, once again and to no surprise, exceeded my expectations in many ways with The Lost Metal. He proved himself, again, why he continues to become one of my favorite authors of all time.

Writing a spoiler-free review for The Lost Metal is not an easy task, to say the least, for me. Sanderson has mentioned for a while now that The Lost Metal will be THE book in the entire Cosmere (so far) that features the biggest Cosmere crossovers and connections yet. And he's not joking about this. Even the main plot in The Lost Metal involves characters and beings from other worlds and series beyond Scadrial, the world where Mistborn Saga take place. This review will be as spoiler-free as possible, but I will mention a few terms and organizations from other series here. This is unavoidable. We're almost halfway through the Cosmere timelines so far. Sanderson and his grand vision can't wait for readers to catch up to reading his books. And to be fair, it has been sixteen years since Mistborn: The Final Empire was first released. No spoiler for Mistborn Saga in this review, but I sincerely hope you're familiar with the Cosmere before reading this review or even The Lost Metal. With that in mind, first, let me answer the three most frequently asked questions in this review. I assume these are what most readers are interested in anyway.

1. Did The Lost Metal spoil other books/series in Cosmere beyond Mistborn Saga? Mostly no. But yes, there is one that I (personally speaking, you might not agree) consider a spoiler for The Stormlight Archive. Ghostbloods is a major organization in The Stormlight Archive. Knowing its existence from reading The Lost Metal is not too much of a big deal. However, reading The Lost Metal will give away the identity of the leader behind Ghostbloods. In The Stormlight Archive, this was not revealed until the end of Rhythm of War. Speaking of spoilers, if you're reading The Lost Metal in an ebook format like I did, I think it would be wise to skip reading the table of content. It doesn't take a genius to predict a major event in The Lost Metal from the table of content.

2. Which books should I read before reading The Lost Metal? This is a trickier question than it sounds. Cosmere is now interconnected so deeply, and sooner or later, you will miss plenty of connections or get spoiled if you decide to skip an installment or two. Some call this a chore; I call it a charm. But just in case, I will put a spoiler tag here on which books I think you should read to enhance your enjoyment of The Lost Metal. It goes without saying that you should read every book in Mistborn Saga first, and this includes Mistborn: Secret History. These are a MUST before reading The Lost Metal. But I think you should also read . Once again, these are NOT mandatory. Reading every book in The Mistborn Saga should suffice, but personally, I would have been lost or confused in plenty of sections in The Lost Metal if I didn't read the books I mentioned before reading The Lost Metal.

3. Was The Lost Metal worth the six years wait? Absolutely yes.

Similar to the publication time gap between The Bands of Mourning and The Lost Metal, the story in The Lost Metal begins six years after the end of The Bands of Mourning. The hunt for the shadowy organization, the Set, continues once more. And after Wax discovers and confirmed a new type of bomb that can unleash an unprecedented level of destruction is in the Set's possession, he realizes he must once more take on the role of Harmony’s Sword, together with Wayne, Marasi, and Steris. Especially after hearing Harmony's immortal agent inform that Harmony's power is somehow blocked in Bilming. As I mentioned earlier in this review, one of the conflicts of The Lost Metal involves offworlders beyond Scadrial, both protagonists and antagonists. And as a Mistborn and Cosmere fan, I will say this: I loved reading the non-stop race against time in The Lost Metal. The Lost Metal is filled with an engaging plot, empathizing characterizations, and ambitious world-building. The themes of politics, justice, responsibility, forgiveness, individualism, science, love, friendship and redemption were written and compounded magnificently. No page in The Lost Metal felt redundant to me, especially if you are caught up with all the books in Cosmere, and everything eventually reached an incredibly satisfying conclusion.

It was a time of ashfalls and tyrants in The Hero of Ages. Drowned by the cloud of darkness, the power of an evil god, and surrounded by charred bodies, a new myth, legend, and group of heroes were forged. And the characters and story in the first trilogy became the foundational lore for the entire Mistborn: Wax and Wayne. Willingly or not, the events in The Lost Metal will traject the main characters of the second era of Mistborn Saga toward a similar path. They're guaranteed to become legends in the third era of Mistborn Saga, which, if all goes according to plan, will have its first installment might begin in the year 2025 or 2026.

I always appreciate when an author succeeds at making every book, including the final installment, in their series imbued with substantial character development. Sanderson's quality of writing has improved so much since The Bands of Mourning, and I think this is reflected most in the character's development and world-building. Believe me, this is saying a LOT considering that I have always loved Sanderson's storytelling style. I just reread the entire Mistborn Saga up to The Lost Metal, and it's easy to notice the steady increase in storytelling skills. I guess this shouldn't come as a surprise. The Lost Metal aside, in the past six years, Sanderson also wrote Oathbringer, Dawnshard, Rhythm of War, Skyward, Starsight, Cytonic, three Skyward Flight novellas, and four secret novels project. And I'm pretty sure there is more. If someone told me back then, after I finished the first Mistborn Trilogy, that I would love the main characters in Mistborn: Wax and Wayne as much as the main characters in the first Mistborn Trilogy, I would've immediately dismissed the notion. But The Lost Metal certainly proved me wrong.

Wax, Wayne, Marasi, and Steris (starting from The Bands of Mourning) are the core characters of Mistborn: Wax and Wayne. But even then, it is easy to say that Wax has received the most spotlight and development throughout the series up to The Lost Metal. Steris did not become one of my favorite heroines of all time until The Bands of Mourning. There isn't much more room for Wax and Steris to develop as characters and a couple, but I'm gratified to read about their relationship development. The slow-burn romance building and realization of how much they grew to care about each other were well-written throughout the series. And I think it is safe to say I've come to love Wax and Steris as much as I love the relationship between Vin and Elend, even if it's for different reasons. Wax and Steris have the most mature relationship out of all of Sanderson's couples in the Cosmere. The way they complement and support each other while acknowledging each other's strengths and weaknesses were inspiring. And even if there weren't too many scenes in The Lost Metal to showcase this, every interaction and fond thought they had effectively displayed it.

But of course, the series wouldn't be titled Mistborn: Wax and Wayne without the duo and bromance of... well, Wax and Wayne. Wax and Wayne have often been one of my favorite duos of all time in fantasy, and The Lost Metal has highly cemented their position in my rank. The sense of trust and understanding Wax and Wayne have toward one another and how they constantly lift each other up when their partner is down were palpable, heartwarming, and entertaining in equal measure. I'm confident readers will be satisfied with the end of their journey, like I did. And speaking of Wayne... Wayne is one of the two characters that developed the most in The Lost Metal. It was unbelievable. Look, I liked Wayne. As I said, I've continuously loved the Wax and Wayne duo. But Wayne has always been... Wayne. Yes, we saw him hide his pain and regret behind his jokes and happy-go-lucky attitude in the previous books. However, we finally really see the maximum depth and complexity of his character and personality in The Lost Metal. Now that we're at the end of the series, I have to say that if I have to choose, I will have to say I love Wayne more than Wax as an individual.

“You are whatever you want to be, Wayne. You’re the wind. You’re the stars. You are all endless things.”

There is one more main character that developed the most in The Lost Metal other than Wayne: Marasi Colms. Marasi, to me, felt like an integral character overshadowed by the presence of the other characters in the previous books. Sure she has some moments in the spotlight, but relatively, they were repeatedly too short to remember. When I reread Mistborn: Wax and Wayne, I forgot most of her actions and roles in the series. Fortunately, this situation has been fixed thoroughly in The Lost Metal. The new duo of Marasi and Wayne was so good, and I can't go into details on this. But Marasi, together with other characters from other worlds and series, played an irreplaceable role in the plot of The Lost Metal. And I had a blast every moment of reading her POV chapters here. I have no doubt Cosmere fans will feel the same as I did.

Alright, let's talk a bit about Worldhopper characters. If you're a Cosmere fan like me, it's hard to imagine the possibility of the Worldhopper characters and their magic's existence in this book not becoming one of the highlights for you. It unquestionably was for me. Again, no spoilers on their identity, but there were at least eight Worldhopper characters from other worlds (mostly Sel) and series in this book. Most of these appearances and scenes are texts you should RAFO for yourself. I will, however, mention I am in awe of every scene involving two dominant Worldhoppers in The Lost Metal: Moonlight and TwinSoul. Moonlight (No, I will not tell you her identity) is one of my favorite characters in the entire Cosmere. Assuming that I'm not wrong, though. To see her appearing in The Lost Metal, exhibiting her magic system and playing a role in the story, made my heart soar with glee and excitement. I did not expect it at all, and it was a truly welcome surprise. And then there is TwinSoul, who I believe to be a completely new character in the Cosmere. Sanderson mentioned in the author's note at the beginning of the book:

"I would like to extend a special thanks to my good friends Kalyani and Rahul, longtime beta readers, who have been encouraging me for years to look into Indian mythology and lore for inspiration for fantasy storytelling. They provided excellent consultation in this book on a certain character who the three of us worked on together to try to expand the Cosmere a little bit in this direction."

And this is where TwinSoul comes in. You heard that right. Indian lore and mythology now have a place in the Cosmere, and the results of this inclusion that I witnessed here were bloody outstanding and memorable. Seriously, Moonlight and TwinSoul, for lack of better words, were so damn cool and awesome. Simple as that.

I don't think it is far-fetched to call The Lost Metal the Cosmere volume equivalent of MCU Avengers: Infinity War. Remember, this is the final book in the second era Mistborn Saga. That fact, plus the high quantity of Cosmere crossovers and magic systems in The Lost Metal, summoned one of the best Sanderlanche so far. From my perspective, almost the entirety of the second half of The Lost Metal counts as the Sanderlanche portion. It was more or less 200 pages of action scenes with brief respites. Terrible forces are moving in the Cosmere, and the stakes of the imminent devastation the characters need to prevent were the most dangerous and epic in scope out of all the books in Mistborn: Wax and Wayne. It has been two years since I read Rhythm of War, and I have missed my time of reading a new pulse-pounding Sanderlanche sequence full of carnage, peril, explosions, and emotions. As scenes dissolve into crystal-clear vivid imagery, I was once again reminded why I never fail to think of Sanderson as one of the best authors in crafting memorably superlative climax sequences in epic fantasy.

Magic systems from other series and massive Cosmere implications aside, The Lost Metal successfully made me more eager for the future of Mistborn Saga. Scadrial continues to be one of my favorite worlds in fantasy. I may not love it as much as Roshar, but it is still one of my cherished worlds in the genre, and it is undoubtedly one of the most special ones for me. With the arrival of new metals, the evolution and combination of allomancy, feruchemy, and hemalurgy ceaselessly keep the magic system, actions, and world-building in Scardrial mesmerizing. Also, one of my favorite factors of reading Sanderson's book is the function of advancing technologies and science in his world. But this was never done at the expense of forgetting the core history of each respective world in Cosmere. In Mistborn: Wax and Wayne, Sanderson constantly relates to the events of the first Mistborn trilogy while at the same time showing how technologies and science believably transform the world of Scadrial. Based on what I've read here, it is more possible than not that the next era of Mistborn Saga will be more superb, intricate, and mind-blowing.

Let's end this review, shall we? The Lost Metal is a spectacular and explosive ending to Mistborn: Wax and Wayne series. It is a half Mistborn half Cosmere crossovers novel. Though a finale is relatively rare in his career, with The Hero of Ages and The Lost Metal, Sanderson proved how great he is at writing a concluding volume in the Cosmere. And this quantity won't stay this way for long. We will have the conclusion to Skyward series next year and then the conclusion to The Stormlight Archive Part 1 the year after. I feel blessed to partake in this decades-long Cosmere adventure. And without a doubt, The Lost Metal is my second favorite Mistborn installment in the entire Mistborn Saga, up there with Mistborn: The Final Empire, just slightly below The Hero of Ages which I'm completely biased on. Thank you so much, Brandon Sanderson, for producing another exceptional novel and concluding book in The Mistborn Saga and The Cosmere. I am equally rewarded and brimming with questions and theories. I am looking forward to reading the third era of the saga whenever it's ready. Until then, to all of you reading this review. If there is one message from the book and series we should remember, I think it is this: be kind.

“You’re meant to be helping people.”

Series Review:

The Alloy of Law: 4.5/5 stars
Shadows of Self: 4.5/5 stars
The Bands of Mourning: 5/5 stars
The Lost Metal: 5/5 stars

Mistborn: Wax and Wayne: 19/20 stars

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Oh no Brandon...what are you doing?!?!

This is a very frustrating review to have to write. I'm a BIG Brandon Sanderson fan - with many of my all time favorite books being written by him, I consider him one of my top 5 favorite authors of all time. And while I haven't been in love with the Mistborn: Era 2 books thus far, they have all been passable. This one however, for me, was absolutely atrocious from beginning to end.

First, I absolutely loathe Wayne - who is a main character that is featured on a large number of pages here. His entire character is written to be funny, and with humor being as subjective as it is, for me personally his humor fails to hit the mark. The "funny" Sanderson characters tend to follow a similar arc where they are more silly than outright funny, but Wayne is almost like a caricature of that with how over the top he is. A younger me would have been a bigger fan of his, but the type of humor I enjoy has changed over time and sadly that no longer appeals to me.

I'm frustrated with the overall structure of this book. Most Sanderson books follow a similar arc where they are decently written from a writing style perspective, but end up being absolutely wonderful due to the wonderful worldbuilding, magic systems, and most importantly - his expert usage of twists. There was no twist in this book, and the book massively suffered as a result.

What we were left with was a rather mediocre thriller book, and if that is what I wanted to read I would just go pick up a Tom Clancy book and read something great. But Sanderson isn't an amazing thriller writer, and it really showed here.

The main villain has inexplicably switched to a new person after 3 books to a brand new villain in the 4th book. It feels shoehorned in, and has a severe lack of character development and felt very rushed. That is never a good strategy to use as an author, and weakens the overall plot of the entire series by making it feel extremely disjointed.

The beginning of this book contained a huge number of info dumps, something that is not normally a Sanderson style, and ends up feeling very strange and out of place. I could understand it a bit more in the first book of a series, but we are in the 4th and final book and the time for that has come and gone a long time ago.

My main problem with this book however is the extreme usage of Cosmere references. And I am left feeling like the Cosmere as a whole is suffering as a result. Every other page feels "cosmere" this, and "investiture" that, and what went from a very mellow sprinkling in previous Cosmere books turned into the central feature of this book. I get why many people, if not most, will love this aspect of the book - but what made me love the Stormlight books was the subtle nature to the Cosmere references. It felt like a secret you were being let in on, and that most readers just didn't catch onto - it has some mystery to it and left you wanting more. Now it's over the top and feels like a very poor direction for the Cosmere books to go. I'm not even sure previous book said the word Cosmere more than once or twice, but it's used many dozens of times and feels out of place.

There is a huge amount of deus ex amchina now implemented due to the extreme Cosmere tie ins, and it cheapens the thrill here when characters can come in and solve problems using powers that are only relevant in other books on other words. It ends up not really feeling like a mistborn book.

If you read "Mistborn: Secret History" you will know that a certain character is heavily featured here, and I absolutely hated that reveal. It cheapened the fate of this character and felt like it was being way too cute. That character now is featured, and I hate the direction that this took. Not only that, but the reveal of this character in Mistborn: Era 2 was a huge cliffhanger in the 3rd book, with so many questions left lingering that just simply do not get solved here.

Ultimately, with Mistborn Era 1 we had an absolutely amazing ending that tied up the series in a beautiful way - and with Era 2 it ended up feeling like it didn't need to be written. This entire Era could have just been a wiki blurb, or at most a novella, and it would have served its purpose. The ending of Era 2 leaves with pretty much zero plot development and ends up just being a prelude for Era 3.

If you are one of the MANY people who absolutely loved this book, I'm jealous of you and am happy you found enjoyment. But for me personally, I'm left with huge doubts over the future of Mistborn, and major concerns of the future of all Cosmere books.
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262 reviews84 followers
March 22, 2023
Wonderful reread via GraphicAudio! 2022: I am not ok. All the freaking stars ⭐️ (and planets and suns) in our universe and the cosmere combined. This novel has been better than I ever dreamed, with even more cosmere crossovers than I dared hope for. As Brandon said, “The gloves are off” – the cosmere is no longer only the background. That said, I’m not sure if I would recommend reading this before knowing your cosmereStormlight, Elantris, Warbreaker, Emperor‘s Soul, you name it. It even helps to have read the unpublished non-canon Aether of Night .

I would love to hear how people fared who don’t know their cosmere yet, though somehow I doubt The Lost Metal will hook newbies the way it hooks a cosmere veteran. I loved it so much I read through the night. And that’s not just because of the cosmere implications which enthralled me but also because of our beloved characters.

All our viewpoint characters were figuring out their identity. Is Wax a lawman from the Roughs? Harmony’s sword? A father? A politician? Can he find a balance? What is Marasi’s purpose? Is being a policewoman enough for her? Can Steris turn her perceived flaw of obsessive planning into a strength – reminiscent of the talents in Alcatraz? And finally, Wayne. Can he leave his past of killing a man in his youth and the pain that has caused (him) behind?

Of all those journeys our characters embark on, Wayne’s was my favorite. For whatever reason, it spoke to me the most and touched me most deeply. The prologue already prepares you for an even more vulnerable side of Wayne
than previously shown; the one that has been abandoned – through death or by choice; the one that needs to put himself not in another person‘s shoes but their hats in order to live a different personality to escape his own pain and feelings of worthlessness.

“I’m good at pretendin‘ to be things I ain‘t, you know? I eventually put together how to feign bein‘ a person who was worth somethin‘. It’s a good lie. Still manage to believe it. . . . Mosta the time.“

We also get to understand why he is drawn to MeLaan so much: “I didn’t think I‘d ever meet someone who understood what it was like to have to be another person most of the time.”

And then there is his funny side, his humorous take on life, which serves as comic relief, that has you cracking a smile.

“I know her,” Marasi said. “She’s a woman of … ill repute.”
“What?” Wayne said. “Who’s been saying that? Jammi has a great reputation. Of all the whores on the block, she gives the best –“
“I don’t need to hear the next part. Thank you.”

As much as Sanderson’s characters often are his greatest magic, here, he also balances the mind-blowing cosmere revelations with character arcs and with amazing action scenes. You’d think he’d run out of ways to make allomantic/feruchemical fights interesting, but somehow he manages to find new ways that have you on the edge of your seat.

What’s more, Sanderson has become an even better writer, which I didn’t think possible. Occasionally, there is also a more poetic touch to his prose which I found truly beautiful.

[Wayne’s mother tells him,] “You are whatever you want to be, Wayne. You’re the wind.. You’re the stars. You are all endless things.”

All in all, expectations are a bitch. But here it turns out, you are right to have them. I know I couldn’t have loved this more (except maybe if we’d seen more of Hoid); I will embark on a re-read via audiobook right away.

Anna, BranSanStan.

Some random thoughts:

1: I want a Soonie pup called Tenny. Please, merch department, make it happen.

2: I felt like Wayne‘s speech addressing the guards/watchmen at the end was a nod to Brandon’s favorite author Terry Pratchett‘s and his city watch. Made me smile.

3: Telsin and her reasoning, which boils down to her being an antagonist with an understandable motive, reminds me of Taravangian - minus the hunger for power. Sanderson is so good at creating relatable “villains.”

4: I wonder if the food heists are an homage to Dan Wells and their podcast?

5: At the end of chapter 30, Wayne remarks he had “[a] man‘s whole life“ - as reflected in this man‘s apartment - to figure out who that person was. Is it too far-fetched to think this quotation is an allusion to Malcalm X‘s “A man‘s whole life can be changed by one book“? Probably.


October 3, 2022: The weekly release of a couple of chapters is TORTURE! Sweet, exquisite torture, but torture nonetheless. I just can’t help myself. 🙈

September 19, 2022: I honestly can't decide if I should read the chapters Tor is releasing each Monday starting today until the book's release in November or if I can wait until the entire novel is out. What is everyone else doing?? I just re-read the first two chapters that are already out with the prologue - which had me tearing up. I'm not sure I can wait till 11/15!

"City folk, particularly politicians, were intimidated by small arms. They preferred to kill people with more modern weapons, like poverty and despair."

Here is the link if you want to start reading as well:

February 8, 2022: Sanderson reading the first chapters has just been uploaded!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSMVG... Funny and amazing! 💕

December 6, 2021: YES!!! We have a release date for the conclusion of Wax and Wayne: November 15, 2022! I can’t wait!
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283 reviews506 followers
January 9, 2023
It’s a good day to get punched.

"This is the tale of Blatant Barm, the Unwashed Bandit. Baddest, meanest, stinkiest bandit."

How do I make a spoiler-free review of this while holding back everything I feel right now? It would be a daunting task for every reader of The Lost Metal, especially if you’d fallen in love with these amazing characters…

"Wait. Who is Trell and who is Autonomy and who is that on the steps?"

The 5-star rating says a lot but it doesn’t say it all. For one thing, though I gave both five stars, The Lost Metal easily replaced The Bands of Mourning as the best entry of Era 2, and possibly the best of the entire Mistborn series. While Hero of the Ages had a more complex and thrilling plot, I had come to love the characters of the new era a lot more. They all shared a perfect combination of habitability, believability and complexity.

”I’m a bastion of useful information, I am.”

Just to make the review complete, I’ll repeat this line once more, but without much elaboration to keep the review concise: this is world building, character development, magical systems, mystery and adventure at their best, while also nicely complemented by humor and suspense. Once you’ve read The Lost Metal, it would not be surprising to find most other books lacking in at least one of these elements.

Kim: "What do you add to the team?"
Wayne: ”Comic relief. Maybe a little whimsy. Improvisation. Vision.”
Kim: ”You have a broad imagination, then?”
Wayne: ”There are broads in my imagination almost all the time.”

It may have not been that clear going from one entry to the next, but looking all the way back at The Final Empire, Sanderson’s character development has come a long way. True, it was amazing even at that first Mistborn book, but he kept outdoing himself with each book, setting new standards for what is accepted as perfect.

”It’s hard to know what you want. We never have all the information. We merely have to do what we can with what we have.”

Making an ending realistic always comes with the conundrum of dishing out a balanced amount of happiness and disappointment. Though I wanted to say I hated the way few things ended, it would not have left such a profound impact had it been handled differently. I’ll stop at saying that the author gave us a beautiful ending.

”It was hard to tell with Wayne. At times he seemed deeply insightful. He inevitably ruined that.

As I mentioned before, this was a tough review to write… It was a shocking ending, which took me quite a bit of time to recover and get my thoughts in order. So, I’m keeping this review as a work in progress, and hoping to give it a much better revision during a future re-read.

"You are whatever you want to be, Wayne. You’re the wind. You’re the stars. You are all endless things."

And so ends what had been a remarkable Era 2… It is obviously heartbreaking, having to say goodbye to all these wonderful characters, but the prospect of anticipating an even better era 3 makes up for it, at least a little.

Farewell, my friend. You incredible rusting man. Thank you.

With that, he stretched into another palace, into another time. He stretched into the wind. And also into the stars. And all endless things.

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May 27, 2022
I don't know about you, but I traveled into the future and got myself this lovely set from Brandon Sanderson.

Mistborn: Era Two set.

Update as of 12/6/2021: Told ya… the official cover placeholder color matches with my copy.

Update as of 05/27/2022: Now that the original and official beast is out, here I am coming clean: https://www.kernelscorner.com/2022/05...
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322 reviews43 followers
November 25, 2022
I am.
I am flabbergasted that I am giving a Mistborn Era2 book only ⭐⭐⭐, but here we are.

I think it boils down to the INCREASED focus on Cosmere connections and worldbuilding we get in this book.
(I would recommend reading at least Mistborn: Secret History, Emperor's Soul, and Words of Radiance before getting to this novel.)
It's a whole lot of our page time being Wasted on info dumps that I feel like could have been taken out (along with the characters giving them) and produced a more focused and entertaining novel.
If I wanted to learn about Shard/worldhopper/magic systems in depth, I would go read the extensive wiki.

Here is my full video review: https://youtu.be/LDICzLzYnz4

I want to take a moment here to reflect on my relationship with recent Sanderson releases. I haven't loved them (I'm thinking of Rhythm of War, Starsight, and Lost Metal) as much as his older novels. Either my taste or his style has been shifting, and I think it's some of both.
For all of those novels, my complaint is the same: too much worldbuilding, not enough character work. (We can't even blame the enlarging of the Cosmere, because Starsight doesn't get that excuse.) It's just that worldbuilding details don't excite or entertain me when divorced from the angst of the characters.
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287 reviews1,143 followers
November 21, 2022
Que librito te mandaste Sanderson 🙂🙂🙂

Finalmente... El metal perdido TANTO TIEMPO ESPERANDO ESTE LIBRO y por fin pude acceder a él. Que locura.

Con el metal perdido damos cierre a la segunda era de nacidos de la bruma, era que adoré por sus personajes, su comedia y su ambientación. Voy a extrañar muchísimo esta etapa del Cosmere.

El libro de principio a fin estuvo lleno de acción, escenas emotivas y todos los personajes tuvieron su momento para destacar. Sin duda el mejor de la segunda era.
A nivel Cosmere este libro es un antes y un después, ya no tenemos referencias sutiles sobre los otros planetas sino que ahora pasan a ser la trama principal. Y eso era completamente necesario. La cantidad de información que sostiene nuevas teorías es inmensa. Y por eso considero necesario haberse leído todo el cosmere antes de entrar al metal perdido. Aparecen demasiados guiños a otras historias, algunos con más presencia que otros. Y se nota que el libro está pensando para leerse AL FINAL de lo que tenemos publicado hasta la fecha.
(Puede contener Spoilers del final del ritmo de la guerra)

Voy a extrañar demasiado a estos personajes, Wax, Wayne, Marasi y Steris me llenaron de alegría, gracias. ❤️✨ Los amo 🥺
Me emocioné

Yo leyendo el metal perdido: 🙈🙂😫🥰😎🤯☺️🥺😝
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208 reviews788 followers
February 13, 2023
And just like that, it’s over. With The Lost Metal, Era 2 of Mistborn has come to an end.

An ending well deserved for Wax and Wayne.

The Lost Metal picks up six years after the events in The Bands of Mourning. Wax, no longer a lawman, is busy being a senator in the city of Elendel, and Wayne is now a member of the constabulary and partner to Detective Marasi Colms. Times have clearly changed for the two men, but when an evil god sets her sights on their home planet of Scadrial, Wax and Wayne have no choice but to return to doing what they do best – kicking major @ss, Mistborn-style.

Brandon Sanderson’s finale is a non-stop adrenaline rush that most Mistborn fans will appreciate. But even more than this, the story itself is a testimony to the true meaning of friendship and selfless heroism. And for maybe the first time ever, Sanderson is finally delving into the deeper mysteries of the Cosmere universe and connecting characters and plot elements between his various worlds. The bigger picture is now a tad bit clearer.

This book is all that I wanted it to be and all that I was afraid it would be. I thickened my skin, steeled my heart before reading it, and still, it wasn’t enough. I wasn’t prepared for Wax and Wayne’s ending. Sanderson broke me once again.

And while I find it bittersweet to say goodbye to my beloved duo, I just learned I have much to look forward to: Sanderson has announced a third era of Mistborn.

So I'll see you next time.
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1,974 reviews850 followers
December 7, 2022
17 días me ha costado acabarlo, por Dios!!

5/10 y gracias. No he empatizado ni con la historia ni con los personajes. No me apetecía coger el libro. Me parece que Sanderson estira el chicle a la vez que lo retuerce con complejidades para hacerlo encajar con su macro universo del Cosmere, el cual creo que pierde virtudes con cada novela.

En su día el sistema de magia de Sanderson era “quid pro quo”. Cada acción mágica debía tener una contrapartida para el ejecutor de dicha acción mágica. Ahora aparecen personajes/dioses que no tienen esos límites. Las putas investiduras/metales logran cosas sin contrapartidas. Lo siento como una traición al Sanderson original.

Y mira que yo era fiel alabador del autor, pero el de El ritmo de la guerra no lo acabé. El último que leí de su chica piloto (ya ni recuerdo el nombre. ¿Spensa o algo así?) me pareció malo. Y este no le suspendo creo que por nostalgia de mi recuerdo de los buenos momentos iniciales.

En resumen, que no se si el culpable soy yo, o eres tú Sr Sanderson o qué pero tras haber leído hasta hoy todo lo que has publicado creo que ha llegado el momento de nuestro divorcio autor-lector.

Nada es eterno.
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377 reviews165 followers
November 15, 2022
Ah, those sample chapters. Allowing me to finish the book so quickly 🤣

This is the final book of Mistborn Era 2, or the 7th Mistborn book so far. As such, there's a lot I can't say due to spoilers - but this was a mostly satisfying conclusion to the Wax & Wayne era, with plenty of tidbits to get people excited for further Cosmere as well as specifically Mistborn Era 3.

What I can say about TLM is that it's my favorite of the Era 2 books, and my third favorite overall after HoA and TFE. There are a lot of excellent scenes in this book, for all types of fans - Era 1 fans, Era 2 fans, Cosmere enthusiasts. Some of the character moments in this book are very touching or cool, although I felt like Sanderson tried too hard to make people speak their life lessons into dialogue a bit too blatantly.

The action was also really entertaining, and this is something that hasn't worked for me in Era 2 as well. The plot of this one is probably my second favorite after Shadows of Self, I was consistently engaged.

Regarding Cosmere Easter eggs...there are loads! I don't think you *need* to have read anything other than Mistborn, but it's definitely the most Cosmere forward book so far. Some of the things in this book had me SO STOKED and I can't wait to talk about them.

Where I think this book will really decide how it lands is on how you feel about Wayne. Wayne is a very conflicting character to me that I don't feel like Sando handles as well as he could balancing the humor and tragedy inherent in him. This is a very Wayne heavy book even from the beginning (Wayne childhood prologue) and some of the best moments are Wayne moments, and my least favorite, groan worthy parts are also Wayne moments. I think all of the main cast of this subseries get a satisfying arc, Wayne included, but the balance of juvenile humor was tilted a bit too far for me ultimately.

Era 1 fans get some *amazing* scenes, though. If you love the original trilogy and have delayed/found Era 2 lacking, I really think you should try to get to this one and you'll be rewarded.

This will be really rewarding to reread, and I left TLM sad to see these characters go.

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3,228 reviews2,059 followers
November 18, 2022
An excellent finale to this section of the Mistborn series. Waxillium, Wayne and Steris are all in top form aided by Detective Marsi Colms.

The book starts with a bang and then it is action all the way. The gods are very busy. Autonomy is stirring up Wax's sister to evil doings, and Harmony is less useful than usual. When things get really serious Wax is called upon to save the world, although in the end I think Wayne is the biggest hero. There are many nods to the Cosmere and even a character or two dropping by.

The story becomes a race against time, and this ensures that it is hard to put the book down although the humour helps alleviate any stress. Wayne frequently reminded me of those Terry Pratchett characters who always land on their feet and his scenes with his 'accountants' were smart and funny. A series of epilogues make sure we all know what happened to everyone and all is well with the world.

I was pleased to see that more books are proposed in the series but moving forward to the computer age. I am looking forward to that!
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156 reviews2,407 followers
November 22, 2022
Is this Sanderson’s best writing to date?

The short answer to that question is.. no. But that is not to say that this isn’t a good conclusion. Actually, I really enjoyed this book, but oh boy, there is so much to say. This will be 100% percent spoiler free.

I’ve had quite a rocky relationship with Mistborn Era 2. I read the first two books, Alloy of Law and Shadow of Self, earlier this year and didn’t particularly enjoy them that much. I didn’t think they were terrible, but I didn’t feel very invested, so I took a break from this series. Wait three months, and I am in the mood to give this Era 2 a fair second chance. I started from Alloy of Law again, read that one, and then instantly picked up Shadow of Self and Bands of Mourning, and this time around, I actually really enjoyed it. My expectations were set appropriately when I picked up this series for the second time, and it was like a new reading experience. I started caring for the characters, the plot, the writing style and overall, it was a great reading experience. Not as good as Mistborn Era 1 or anything like that, but nonetheless, worth reading.

So, having gone on this back-and-forth journey with Mistborn Era 2, what did I think about The Lost Metal? This was a fascinating read because I am not caught up with all the books in the cosmere. I have read almost everything in the Cosmere except books 2 to 4 in the Stormlight Archive and Arcanum Unbounded.

Let’s answer the big question. Is this a Cosmere filled book? Are we finally seeing Sanderson starting to pull stuff and worlds together? The answer to that is...YES. I won’t go into specifics, but there are some pretty major cosmere tie-ins, especially in the latter half of this book. Other worlds are mentioned, and more stuff like that, so if you are a HUGE Cosmere fanatic, you will probably love this book. The Lost Metal is an important book for the cosmere. No doubt about it.

And that leads to the other question. Do you have to have read all the cosmere books to enjoy The Lost Metal? The answer to that is...no. While there are many cosmere references, they are not the most important thing about this book. Moreover, you are not supposed to understand all of these references. It is clear that Sanderson is setting up Mistborn Era 3 by hinting at different things

But let’s go a bit more into detail. Let’s talk about why I think this is an excellent book and why I don’t think this is Sanderson’s best work to date.

Firstly, why is it good? Let’s start with the characters.

Sanderson delivers some incredibly satisfying conclusions to these characters’ arcs. This cast of characters you’ve followed on this big journey are coming to the end of this massive conflict, and I think that Sanderson delivers on giving readers a satisfying conclusion to their journey. The characters’ growth, arcs and conclusions are satisfying, which is excellent news.

Secondly, the pacing is spot on. You constantly move between the different POVs, and the short chapters make this feel like a very quick read, But this is actually the longest Mistborn Era 2 book at 500 pages. The plot thickens and has many turns and twists, and the action is almost non-stop.

Thirdly, if you are a cosmere fanatic, you will appreciate this book because there are so many references and tie-ins happening in this book. Fans will make theories and try their best to guess what this book means for the cosmere world going forward, which is always fun.

Fourthly, a bit of different praise, but the epilogue of this book is amazing. Every chapter in this book is, on average, less than ten pages, but the epilogue is 35 pages and split into shorter chapters. After the main event in this book, we get to see the aftermath and how the events in this book have impacted various characters across a period of 2 years! Sanderson brilliantly wraps up some of these characters’ arcs and also sets up a lot of things for Mistborn Era 3 and potentially even Mistborn Era 4.

Fifthly, this book has a phenomenal Sanderson Avalanche or Sanderlanche, as some people call it. Everything comes together at the end, and the last act is filled with incredible character moments, twists and turns, and lots of action. I read the last 120 pages in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what would happen.

Sixth and lastly, this book wraps up Era 2 really nicely. While reading this series, the first three books might feel a bit episodic. However, this book shows that all the books in this series are incredibly important. Things that happen in Alloy of Law are essential for how the events in The Lost Metal unfold, and I appreciate that.

However, this is not Sanderson’s best work-to-date, and I would even say that this is not even the best Mistborn Era 2 book to date, albeit it is good. So let’s talk about what held this book back from being a 5 out of 5 stars read for me.

The Lost Metal is an excellent book for fans of the cosmere and people that love Mistborn Era 2, but it is not perfect, and here is why. Almost all of Sanderson’s previous series have evident beginnings and ends, and it is usually a very self-contained story. In this one, you have a satisfying conclusion to the main characters’ arcs, but this last book does not feel like a proper, proper conclusion if that makes sense. Sanderson sets up some things that will be important for later series, and to be able to make that happen, Sanderson has to introduce a sub-plot that didn’t feel 100% as it belonged in this book. Some readers might not agree with this point here, but I didn’t feel like the plot was as tight as Shadow of Self and Bands of Mourning.

In conclusion, The Lost Metal has lots of great character moments, excellent pacing and an overall satisfying conclusion. The plot just didn’t feel as tightknit as some of Sanderson’s other books, but overall, I had a wonderful time reading this book.

Thank you to Gollancz for a physical copy in exchange for an honest review!

4 / 5 stars
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651 reviews48 followers
June 7, 2023
“What’s harder, love?” she asked. “Doing what’s right or doing what’s wrong?”
“Doing what’s right.”
“So who gets stronger?” Ma asked. “The fellow what does the easy thing, or what does the hard thing?”

“The Lost Metal” is the fourth and final book in the Mistborn: Wax and Wayne series, best known as Era 2 of the Mistborn Saga. This was a blockbuster. This book was a sanderlanche from beginning to end with surprises left and right and what an ending.

Six years have passed since the events of “The Bands of Mourning” and Waxillium Ladrian has laid down his coat and gun to take up the pen. Now Senator, he spends most of his time fighting off laws that threaten war between Elendel and the Outer cities as well as trying to prevent another war between the Basin and the Malwish in the South. Steris, now Lady Ladrian, uses her expertise in organisation to manage the household and find evidence and clues to aid the prevention of war.

Marasi and Wayne have been partners for the past six years. As Steris and Wax deal with the politics, the two of them have been hunting down any leads to the activities of the Set. The people kidnapped in the first book have never been found and now stockpiles of weapons have been found that threaten to add fire to the tensions between Elendel and the Outer cities.

When Wax discovers a potential nuclear disaster in the making, he must once more take up the mantle of Harmony’s sword to fight the battles He can’t. Steris is left as the head of House Ladrian and must overcome her perceived ‘weaknesses’ and aid Elendel in its time of need. Marasi, who feels that she could be doing more, is recruited by a team of offworlders who know more but share less of what they understand of the god Trell, to aid in the protection of Scadrial. And while we’ve seen the characters develop: Wax and Marasi in the first three and Steris in the last book, this was the book dedicated to Wayne’s development.

He sat staring at the door for a long time. He wasn’t wearing a hat, which meant he had to just be himself. The true him, the one that knew this pain. They’d ridden together on many a dusty path. This pain had been his invisible friend since childhood. The pain of knowing what he really was. The pain of being worthless.

Wayne is not having a good time. He really isn’t and it was hard to read. Wayne has always been the comic relief. The one to ease the tension with a crude joke or something outrageously ridiculous. The one to mask his pain with a laugh. So reading him being depressed and forced to feel the pain he’s hidden for so long, made me tear up. He’s been my favourite character from the series, him and Steris, and reading him in pain had me in pain. He has people who love him surrounding him but he’s so used to hiding it away, he never brings it up and with the possible end of his city, there’s too much going on. Luckily, he has his family by his side.

The relationships of this series are some of the best. A certain scene…
“You can’t convict me on a hunch,” Wayne said, folding his arms. “I know my rights. Marasi’s always quoting them to people once we finish beating them up. I get a trial by my peers, I do.”

“Yes,” Steris said, “but where would we find so many slugs on short notice?”

Wayne spun toward her, then—after just a brief pause—grinned widely. Those two were getting along better these days, which Wax enjoyed seeing.

...had me so happy. These people have grown together so much. Wax and Steris as a couple, Marasi and Steris as sisters, Marasi and Wayne as partners, Wax and Marasi as friends, Wax and Wayne as brotherly best friends and now even Steris and Wayne get along. It just makes me so emotional. I love them all so much and I was so sad to be done with their story when I closed the book.

Like I said, this was a Sanderlanche from beginning to end. The events literally take place in a day and it was the most exhausting day they’ve ever had. Also, forget Bands of Mourning, this is the most Cosmere aware book. This was an epic crossover with characters we’ve met from other books and worlds hopping in to save the fate of the planet. The number of times I gasped in surprise when I realised which character was being introduced. Epic. Epic from beginning to end. And some characters, especially one I can't say because spoilers,, are sus as hell, not Harmony though. I am a Harmony apologist through and through and I stand by Him lying to a certain character. Also, if you've finished the book, do you ever think about this?

The Mistborn Saga is one of my favourite worlds and while I’m sad to be leaving another group behind, I’m excited to move to the next era. I’ve learned so much from this series. About love, about faith, about trust, about discovering one's self. I’m getting so emotional writing this but as Mama Wayne said:

“You’re like the lawman then.”
“Anyone can be,” she said, blowing out the lantern.
“Even me?”
“Especially you.” She kissed him on the forehead. “You are whatever you want to be, Wayne. You’re the wind. You’re the stars. You are all endless things.”
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1,712 reviews404 followers
August 2, 2022
Intriguing. There's a lot of set up to get going really quickly, along with enough reminders of what's happened for those of us who haven't reread "Bands of Mourning​"​​ recently. It's only the very beginning of the book, and we're already greeted by our familiar heroes and their interactions, detective work, social investigation and pressures, and explosive action, just as I've come to expect and enjoy from Sanderson, especially in this series.

A couple specific developments in the last book are looking to develop greatly in this one, and I'm chomping at the bit to see how Wax and the gang resolve their searches and goals, while also being excited to see how Sanderson incorporates discoveries in this entry into both the world of Scadriel and into the Cosmere at large. I will defintely be looking to buy "The Lost Metal" on release without a moment's hesitation thanks to my trust in Sanderson as an author and thanks to how things are looking to set up and play out in a way that I'm sure will throw me for a loop.

Thank you to Macmillan/Tor-Forge for the Extended Excerpt in exchange for a review.
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700 reviews868 followers
November 18, 2022
That was rusting incredible! It's been 14 years since Hero of Ages that Sanderson had given us a series conclusion and he has once again stuck the landing for another Mistborn conclusion. And I think he did even better this time.

The Lost Metal was pretty much the perfect finale. The last few books provided the much needed foundation of the worldbuilding especially around the progression of the magic system, and developing characters that we know and loved so much, and the basis of the overarching story for Mistborn Era 2. Armed with this strong foundation, this finale was a high-stakes, fast-paced story that pointed our main characters towards the primary threat almost right from the get-go. I was a bit surprised and delighted that we also got some answers pretty early in the book, and typical of Sanderson, continued to get more which were craftily scattered throughout the narrative keeping me absolutely riveted. However, despite the pace and the revelations, and the amount of incredible action scenes, we still got plenty of character moments which continue to develop our characters even more. The ending was a beautifully bittersweet one, and one which will keep me thinking about it for days and weeks to come.

Then we have the Cosmere stuff. Holy moly, when Sanderson said this will be the most Cosmere-aware book to date, he wasn't kidding and I was loving it to bits. As he said in his release party, the gloves are finally off. There's no holding him back now and it's only going to get even more exciting and fun from now on. Can someone without knowledge of the Cosmere still enjoy this book? I believe so as the characters are amazing in their own right, and the action scenes are classic Sanderson - freaking cool and cinematic. But you'll miss out on the extra layer of excitement and the fun of discovery and connecting the bigger picture.

The Lost Metal is not a big book by Sanderson's standards. That he managed to pack so much in this and yet keep it so well-balanced clearly shows the vast improvement in his writing skills since the first Mistborn trilogy and Hero of Ages. The best example of this I think was in the Prologue. A perfectly executed scene and PoV chapter that will hit you right in the gut with just one sentence right at the very end, it made me understand that one single character (okay, it's Wayne) even better without having to spend an inordinate amount of time in his head. It also magnifies the moments you spend in Wayne's head in his following PoV chapters throughout the book. As for the rest of the characters, rest assured that they were in no way sidelined and everyone was given their moment to shine and grow into their role in the overall story. The more I think about it, the more I think that this could be Sanderson's finest character work to date.

I might rewrite this review as I'm just regurgitating my (spoiler-free) thoughts. But safe to say, there's a reason Sanderson is my favourite author of all-time, and he's staying at that top spot.
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874 reviews1,762 followers
June 7, 2023
A lot happened and so many threads were thrown around to join this world to Cosmere. Wax and Wayne were never favourites but am happy that it's over (hope so).
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438 reviews635 followers
Want to read
November 15, 2022

That's just cruel.

And now 2 years later I am so out of the book scene that I ALMOST missed this coming out!!!

Much excited.

Thank you Brandon Sanderson for always releasing books in November. Happy birthday to me.
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98 reviews35 followers
December 12, 2022

My most anticipated read of the year was on its way to becoming my most disappointing.

The Mistborn series is one of my favourites. The Final Empire is still one of the best Fantasy books I've read to date. After being blown away by the original trilogy, I was super excited to get to 2nd Era.
Are they as good as 1st Era? In my opinion, no. Not that they aren't great, but I very much like philosophical themes in books I read, and, even though 2nd Era has its moments, it is not as heavy or thought provoking. Which is fine, because I don't think it was trying to be that. They are light and fun books with great character interactions. Never really hitting that five star mark for me, but they have consistently been enjoyable reads.
Then the epilogue in Bands of Mourning happened.
So, naturally, I was unbelievably excited for TLM. It seemed to be a big book in the Cosmere.

So why was it almost disappointing? A couple reasons.

For starters, it was slow. I don't mean The Godfather slow, I mean it felt like nothing happened for the first 150 pages. Like, they established what was happening, then there was just a bunch of info-dumps and meaningless character interactions. A lot of things that were explained, that I already knew, and we went over them multiple times. Not something I have ever noticed in a Brandon Sanderson book.
After that, it picked up a little. But at the same time, I found Marasi's POV to bore me. I actually don't like her as a character. In my opinion she is one of, if not, Brandons worst MC. For some reason, she irritates me at times, and is pretty bland. So anytime she was in the story, I always felt like I'd rather be reading about Wax, Wayne or Steris. That might be a me problem honestly, but she was featured a lot in this book.

Usually, Wayne is amazing. He is super funny, but in this book, a lot of his humour was very juvenile and childish, even for him. They sounded like something my little cousin would say, and that made it cringe-y sometimes. Still was funny, but not as much as in previous books.
Steris is awesome, she is probably my favourite female Sanderson character. She's so unique and unlike anything character I've read before.
Wax is cool, if a bit boring. I don't not like him but he certainly isn't a favourite.

So I'm halfway through the book, thinking "Oh man, this so disappointing."

Until the last 150 pages, which is arguably one of the greatest Sanderlanches I've ever read.

I read almost all of it in one siting, I couldn't rip the book away, and every time I did, I just wanted to go right back. The stakes were so high, some of the highest they have ever been in the Mistborn series, and I didn't notice the gravity of the situation until that last 20%. The way Brandon wrote it was incredible, absolutely amazing. Seriously. I'm tempted to just read it again, even though he did something (if you know, you know) that I'm still salty about, but he handled it superbly, to the point where I was kind of happy.

But another disappointment I had was the Cosmere references. I thought they'd be better, honestly. Besides that certain group of people, the others felt pretty pedestrian. I guess that might be what Brandon wanted to do, but I don't know.
And that thing about Secret History didn't really make much a of a big difference in this book. It was a bit of a let down, honestly, how little we saw of that character. I though he would be a bigger plot line.

So now, I can't say I'm too disappointed. There were some things that I didn't love, but do think this is a worthy addition to both Mistborn and the Cosmere. Definitely a must-read for any Cosmere fans, because big things happen in the Epilogue (or, rather, are going to lead to big things).


Okay, I wanna hear everyones opinion; who is Moonlight?
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517 reviews288 followers
November 21, 2022
"No puedes seguir desenterrando el cadáver de quien eras antes. No puedes seguir cargando con él de un lado a otro. Déjalo enterrado. Plantéate quién eres, no a quién dejaste atrás"

Más de 10 años después de la publicación de "Aleación de ley" nos llega el esperado cierre de la Segunda Era de Mistborn, ese que pone punto y final a las aventuras de Wax, Wayne y Marasi. Manteniendo el tan característico tono humorístico de la saga y la extraordinaria química entre sus personajes, Sanderson pone fin a una trama a la vez que nos deja entrever el comienzo de algo muchísimo mayor.
Este libro no es solo un cierre, es una promesa. Una declaración de intenciones de lo que Sanderson planea hacer con el Cosmere, de cómo todas las tramas individuales de las distintas sagas terminarán desembocando en algo mucho más enorme y ambicioso. Y vaya si lo hace bien.

"El metal perdido" tiene el mismo ritmo frenético que sus predecesores, con momentos cargados de acción y tensión, equilibrados con otros tiernos y entrañables entre sus personajes, aderezado todo ello con una cantidad ingente de referencias a otros libros pertenecientes al Cosmere. El desarrollo de los personajes sigue siendo tan magistral como lo fue hasta el momento, con arcos que te dejan el corazón en un puño, otros que te dan descanso y alivio y otros que te hacen soltar alguna lagrimilla traicionera. Porque sí, el humor sigue estando muy presente, pero eso no quiere decir que no lo vayáis a pasar mal, os lo aseguro.

En cuanto a la pregunta del millón... ¿Es necesario leerse otros libros del Cosmere antes que este? La respuesta corta es SÍ. Todo esto por supuesto es mi opinión en base a mi experiencia, pero creo que se trata de una novela que se disfruta muchísimo más si ya estás bastante versado en el Cosmere. Directamente dejaría esta novela para el final, después de leer todo lo demás. Ya no solo por las numerosas referencias, sino que directamente creo que roza el spoiler con alguna de las demás historias. Se nombran también ciertos temas que ya se han explicado y desarrollado en otras novelas, lo que puede dejar un poco confuso y desubicado al lector si no ha escuchado antes hablar de ellos. Y no solo eso, sino que además la propia trama principal es bastante crossover y no se limita solo a Scadrial.
Mi recomendación sin duda es dejar si no toda la segunda era, al menos este último libro para el final. Ahora bien... Si solo queréis leer Mistborn... ¿Se puede entender "El metal perdido" sin haber leído lo demás? En términos generales, sí. La historia de estos personajes queda MUY bien cerrada y creo que puede ser un final muy satisfactorio a pesar de tener esos momentos de confusión y esa sensación de "me está faltando información aquí". Es más, si algo tengo que destacar, porque me ha gustado mucho, es que me parece que sitúa muy bien a todos los personajes al final de la historia con varios epílogos, para que no te quede ninguna duda ni ningún frente abierto.
Aún así, si tenéis pensado leeros todo el Cosmere... Mi consejo es que no tengáis prisa y disfrutéis de las cosas en orden para sacarle el máximo provecho.

Ha sido una lectura intensa, llena de emociones y momentos que me han hecho saltar de la silla. He reído, llorado y disfrutado enormemente de esta historia, y guardaré a sus personajes siempre en mi corazón. Nos despedimos de esta Era, pero sabiendo que algo incluso más potente está por llegar.
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264 reviews
November 28, 2022
Downgraded to a 3 after reflecting on it.


I really liked the start, but my gosh does this book drag in places. Felt like it needed about 100-150 pages shaving off. The humour didn’t work for me at all. It’s quite childish humour, and given that that’s not the target market, thought it was a bit bizarre. There’s quite a lot of exposition in this book too. This took me out of the story multiple times and made the reading experience tiring.

The things that saved it for me were the start and how quickly the world felt familiar. I also really enjoyed the two main female characters.

A mixed bag but I’m glad I read it. I’m also happy that it’s over.

Full review to come on my channel.
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318 reviews473 followers
November 29, 2022
I’d give it a million stars if I could! An INCREDIBLE conclusion!

“Tonight Waxillium embraced that duty. He became destruction incarnate. For to worship Harmony was not only to worship Preservation—it was also to worship Ruin, with all that implied.”

Here we are folks, my journey through the Cosmere has finally led me to the epic conclusion of Mistborn era two and my gosh does this book end with a Cosmere rippling bang. The Lost Metal is beyond an incredible journey that will lead you through mind-blowing discoveries, thrilling action scenes, humour and heartbreaking heartache.

It goes without saying but it bears repeating, you need to have read Mistborn era one to fully appreciate era two, but now I also need to urge you all to read Mistborn: Secret History because certain parts of The Lost Metal will not make sense unless you have. There are many other connections to Cosmere books too, and whilst it is helpful to have read Stormlight Archives, Elantris and other novellas found within Arcanum Unbounded, it is not vital. Please note this review may contain spoilers for Mistborn era one, the first three books of era two, it will contain spoilers for Mistborn: Secret History and mild spoilers for the other Cosmere books. It is too hard to write this review without mentioning characters or magic systems from other worlds.

The Lost Metal is the book where we finally get some answers. From the kidnappings of Allomancers in The Alloy of Law, the secrets of the Set and their true intentions, Harmony’s indecisiveness, Telsin’s treachery and the wider threat to Scadriel from unknown forces, all is skilfully brought together and revealed. Though as Sanderson repeatedly states, “there’s always another secret.”

Since The Alloy of Law, the city of Elendel has been plagued by the criminal organisation known as, the Set. With the major leaders of this organisation being Wax’s uncle Edwarn and his sister Telsin, Waxillium has spent years trying to bring them down. Yet in the aftermath of finding the Bands of Mourning, Wax has now retired from being a notorious lawman and becomes a senate, swapping reining in criminals to reining in politicians instead, perhaps a job no easier and just as deadly. The Set will not go unchecked though as when Detective Marasi and her partner Wayne uncover suspicious weapons in the City of Bilming, they are once more hot on the tracks of the Set’s whereabouts. However, events escalate when Wax accidentally discovers a new type of bomb, one that could cause an immense amount of death and he fears the Set may already be planning to use it. To make matters even more dire, the God Trell is preparing for an invasion, his strings are pulled by a higher force within the Cosmere and Harmony, the God of Scadriel, is blinded to the events unfolding. He once again calls upon Wax to be his Sword, and our Dawnshot knows he is the last hope left, for if he fails the world will fall to ruin.

“In the Roughs you depended on your gun, your instincts, and your ability to ask the right questions. Here he had to depend on others to do the right thing. And so far there had been no greater test of his faith in humanity-serial killers included--than working with politicians.”

Our narrative picks up six years afterThe Bands of Mourning, and that passage of time is immediately felt. The lives of our characters have greatly progressed both in a professional and personal manner. Marasi is a well respected detective, no longer sidelined or mocked, Steris’ preparation and planning becomes ever more vital especially when dealing with politicians, she finally begins to see her worth, Wax buries the demons from his past and feels contentment in his life, and Wayne… Well Wayne remains himself but with an added layer of depth. Each character now has more responsibility and people they care for, making the stakes of their mission to stop the Set and the invasion ever more higher. It is clear the time for insecurities and second guessing has passed, these characters must now become the heroes Scadriel needs and put their skills into action one last time.

Speaking of action, this is perhaps the most action packed instalment in the Mistborn saga. I found Sanderson did a superb job of exploring the Metallic Arts even further and showing how the advancement of the magic system, particularly in the use of Hemalurgy, was both fascinating and frightful. In fact I loved how balanced this novel was, from characters facing the perils before them head on, to the politics, to laugh-out-loud humour, and to the breathtaking action sequences, this is a novel which never has a dull moment. Sanderson is a master of building powerfully charged characters, ones which fully embrace his intricate magic systems, yet they are never so powerful that they cannot be challenged, or even killed, and this time around Wax and Wayne meet their match in combat, quite literally. This created many exciting and quite amusing scenes throughout which of course I revelled in. We also see returning characters from Mistborn era one, which added an extra slice of delight. However, what this novel really excels at are the connections made throughout the Cosmere.

Here is where my review becomes Cosmere spoilery so be warned.

If you have read Mistborn Secret History then you will know that Kelsier is not quite dead, and if you have read Oathbringer you will know of the organisation called the Ghostbloods, and if you have read Rhythm of War then you will know the leader of the Ghostbloods is revealed as Kelsier himself! With this in mind, Sanderson’s introduction of two key characters, Moonlight and TwinSoul, we finally see agents of the Ghostbloods come into play. Honestly, their introduction was epic, previously we had only seen the Ghostbloods in short glimpses here and there but in this novel they play a significant role. Seeing Moonlight and TwinSoul reveal their powers and knowing they came from other worlds, ones we have seen before and one new, elevated the narrative tenfold, and I feel most readers will agree. The absolute astonishing beauty of The Lost Metal is that Sanderson merges together different magic systems, not just that of Allomancy and Feruchemy. Different powers are used for different tasks in truly inventive and surprising ways, it is simply jaw-dropping. I feel going further Worldhoppers such as the Ghostbloods will no longer be lurking in the background, they are going to be central to events throughout the Cosmere, not just on Scadriel, the planet they are sworn to protect. Though whether they are a force for good remains to be seen, together they hold a vast array of powers and are certainly not to be underestimated.

"You ever feel," Wayne said, "like you wish life was like the stories?"
"What do you mean?" Hoid asked.
“There's always a good ending in those stories. The ones my ma used to tell ... they meant something. People, they were worth something."
"I think we live stories every day," Hoid replied. "Ones that we will remember, and tell, and shape like clay to be what we need them to be."

The Cosmere is truly a genius concept, it is a labyrinth which I love cruising through and I find so much joy in seeing how the world's interconnect in a multitude of ways. There is no doubt Sanderson is a master storyteller, his vision reaches far and beyond and each time he leaves his readers mind-blown.

When I finished The Lost Metal a friend asked if I felt it was a satisfying conclusion, and I had to think. I was left with a few questions, more secrets I wanted revealing, but then that’s with all of Sanderson’s novels, I am always left wanting more which is no bad thing. Yet my answer would be, yes, overall this is a satisfying conclusion to Mistborn era two, one that is worthy of the highest of praise. I particularly loved the multiple epilogues, they gave us a glimpse into how the lives of each character fared and brought a sense of closure. This is a conclusion of epic proportions, a worthy farewell to these characters who have meant so much to us all, but we are also left with a slim hope that we will see them again, perhaps somewhere within the Cosmere.

ARC Provided by Jenna at Gollancz in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the copy!

The Lost Metal is out now!
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92 reviews29 followers
November 29, 2022
کلی غرغر دارم که بکنم🚶🏻‍♀️این چه پایانی بود؟ نه جدا سندرسون این چه کاری بود کردی؟ ارا اول به اون خوبی تمام شد همه راضی و خوشحال اخه این یعنی چی؟ الان با غم تموم شدن کتاب چیکار کنم؟الان با این حس که از هارمونی متنفرم چیکار کنم؟😒
اه غرغرام تمام نمیشم پس میرم سراغ ریویوم🚶🏻‍♀️

هیجان این کتاب خیلی خوب بود. مسائل ناتمام جلدای قبلی مشخص شدن و قطعات پازل کنار هم قرار گرفتن. بیشتر فوکوس این جلد روی شخصیت وین بود و باعث میشد بیشتر از قبل دوست داشتنی و بامزه بنظر بیاد(و در کمال تعجب حتی یکم هم بافکر و باهوش😅)
ماراسی هم به نسبت جلدا قبلی بیشتر دوست داشتم بنظرم پخته تر و عاقلتر شده بود و یاد گرفته بود که چجوری از هوشش استفاده کنه.
راجب وکس نمیتونم خیلی نظری بدم چون شخصیتش همون قهرمان همیشگی بود که توی جا و مکان درست حضور داشت(گرچه لامصب یه جاهایی خیلییییی باحال قهرمان بازی در میاورد😅)
وقتی ارا اول تمام شد حرف ناتمامی باقی نموند جوری که همش مونده بودم که خوب ارا دوم چجوری میخواد پیش بره هیچ مشکلی که باقی نمونده ولی تو ارا دوم اینجوری نبود مخصوصا اپیلوک چهارم و حرفای بین هارمونی و اون یکی کاراکتر(حوصله ندارم هشدار اسپویل بزنم😂) کاملا خواننده مشغول نگه میداره که بخواد به محض امدن ارا سوم بره بره سراغش.
و چون با وجود پایان ارا دوم هیشکی هنوز برا من کلسیر نشده پس ریویوم با دوتا از جملات معروفش تمام میکنم🥰
I am hope 💞
When you remember me, please remember that, remember to smile
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1,012 reviews1,333 followers
November 22, 2022
The Final Empire ★★★★ 1/2
The Well of Ascension ★★★★★
The Hero of Ages ★★★★ 1/4
The Alloy of Law ★★★★ 1/4
Shadows of Self ★★★ 1/2
The Bands of Mourning ★★★★
The Lost Metal ★★★★ 1/2

That's definitely how you end an Era!!
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36 reviews2 followers
December 13, 2022
Sanderson, you son of a gun, you did it again. I loved it. I loved it and I hate that it’s over.
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