Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)” as Want to Read:
Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book* *Different edition

Shadows of Self

(Mistborn #5)

by
4.30  ·  Rating details ·  72,000 ratings  ·  4,171 reviews
Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious
...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Tor Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Shadows of Self, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
McSteve I think you're confusing "Darker" and "Adult". I worry that you're not letting yourself enjoy some really cool books, simply because you associate two…moreI think you're confusing "Darker" and "Adult". I worry that you're not letting yourself enjoy some really cool books, simply because you associate two things that aren't inherently linked. If you need to read edgy books to feel mature, then you're going to miss a lot of neat stuff.

However, the books do get darker, and Bands of Mourning in particular is several shades closer to the feel of the original trilogy. If you push through, I think you'll find yourself enjoying them more and more as you progress.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.30  · 
Rating details
 ·  72,000 ratings  ·  4,171 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)
❄️Nani❄️
4.75

JUST HOLD THE FUCK UP. THAT ENDING! H... HOW!
Leave it to Sanderson to come out of the left field and soccer punch you right in the brain! That's right, you COULD get soccer punched in the brain. It's a risk one has to take when picking up his book.

Honestly, I'm very hesitant to say anything so as not to run the risk of spoiling too much as his renown lies in his unexpected plot twists and intriguing-as-hell narrative turns.
But what I CAN say is that the narrative begins and ends with a bang,
...more
Lindsey Rey
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy, 2015
Sanderson is the very embodiment of magic, great writing, and amazing adventures. PERFECTION.
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
These new mistborn books are essentially crime-thrillers set in the same world a few hundred years later. They work so well. We have all the world building we’re used to, and the glorious action, but we also have the tension and mystery created by hunting down an unknown assailant, an unknown foe. The result is more of Sanderson’s excellence with a very cool twist.

Explosive plot

Sanderson’s writing is concise and quick. Wax’s story is easy to become engaged in. He begins by following a series
...more
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Ya'll, my reviews for Mistborn are getting repetitive but in case you didn't already know I love this series with every chamber of my blackened heart.

This new series feels like a love letter to fans who adored the original trilogy.

There's so much here to love. These books are purely additive to the original, they're existence only enhances your experience as a reader and a fan.

I just can't even wrap my head around the idea that someone can have all of this magnificence
...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
It's no secret I think Brandon Sanderson can do no wrong... Except for Steelheart but we don't talk about Steelheart...

With that said I'm REALLY not a fan of Westerns so I've been a bit worried about the second series in the Mistborn universe.

I do like the friendship and banter between the main characters. I still love the magic system and universe (it was great to see more of it in book 2!). The murder-mystery vibe is nice... but it's still a Western lol

Will continue the series because it's
...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Super fast re-read with some friends at Buddies Books and Baubles before Bands of Mourning.

Knowing the ending made certain parts of this book just heartbreaking. I love that almost every BS book I reread I enjoy just as much if not more the second time through. All the original Mistborn nostalgia was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!

4.5 Faceless Immortal Stars
The Fan Girl Part of My Review
Deal with it he is like my FAVORITE fantasy author….but there will be a real review below this


I am in AWE yet again
...more
Lady Luna. ✨
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Petrik
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars

I mentioned before in my Alloy of Law review that any Mistborn fans should definitely continue with Mistborn era 1.5 despite the fact it doesn't have the epic fantasy strength and grand scope like before. Well, I stand by my words and I continue to encourage you more to read them, especially after reading Shadows of Self, you'll realize even more just how damn great Sanderson is.

As its sequel, Shadows of Self improved A LOT upon the foundation laid down by Alloy of Law, whether it's
...more
Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
Wow, this was underwhelming... SAID NO ONE EVER!

Wtf was that Sanderson? Did I hurt you in your past life or something? Why are you doing this to me?

If Wayne died at the end thinking about his favorite hat, I'm gonna cry like a mofo! I need someone to love me like he loves his hats
...more
Celeste
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Full(ish) review now posted!

Be forewarned. This is less of a review and more of a gush session over Sanderson’s craftsmanship in building the world of Scadrial in the Mistborn books.

I read Alloy of Law last year and, while I liked it, I didn’t feel driven to continue reading about the exploits of Wax and Wayne. I had no idea what I was missing. While I really enjoyed The Alloy of Law the second time I read it, Shadows of Self by far surpassed it. This is a book I feel is on par with the rest of
...more
Sanaa
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
[4.5 Stars] My emotions! I'll try to write a more coherent review when, "Ahhhhhh I loved it aahhhhhhh," isn't the only thing I can think of.
Kimi
“I ain’t drunk,” Wayne said, sniffling. “I’m investigatin’ alternative states of sobriety.”


Sanderson has done it again. If you haven't read Mistborn yet, what are you doing with your life?

The Sanderson Avalanche
So If you're not familiar with Brandon Sanderson, there's this thing he does with pretty much all of his books called the 'Sanderson Avalanche' It usually starts at some point during the last 100 pages and it will blow your brains off.

Plot twist after plot twist after plot twist. And
...more
Gavin
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was every bit as good as The Alloy of Law. The whole Mistborn series really is fantastic reading!

Wax, Wayne, and Marasi are back on the case of another mystery. This time they need to stop an assassin from killing the governor of Elendel. To complicate matters they also have to stop the civil unrest in Elendel from boiling over into a full blown riot.

The story was a ton of fun. The Wild West setting is still proving highly entertaining and the story was highly addictive and engaging. It
...more
Hasham Rasool
'Shadows of Self' genres are fantasy, sci-fi, crime and mystery.

I really like 'The Alloy of Law' and 'Shadows of Self' but I think 'Shadows of Self' is a lot better than 'The Alloy of Law'.

I really like MeLaan.
Liam Degnan
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Me.

All day.

Every day.

Every time I read this book.

No matter how many times I read it.



I am not even lying when I say that the ending to this book touches me in my very soul.

It might be one of the slowest Mistborn books, but HOLY CRAP it's so good. And also completely necessary to truly appreciate the characters and the story to come.

I tend to not really leave reviews for Sanderson books. Sorry. It's not even worth wasting my time leaving a detailed review. Just please read these books if
...more
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
A quick re-read before the release of The Bands of Mourning... 26 Jan 2016 update - just as good as the first time. No. No, it was better this time.

Wow. That was hectic. Another great story by a master of fantasy. The second book in this series is just as good if not better than the first.

You don’t need to think about this too much. This was written by Brandon Sanderson. Buy it. Read it. Bask in the glow.

The future of the city of Elendel is balancing on a knife’s edge. Someone or something is
...more
Markus
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, cosmere, 2016
"The days of heroes has passed. The stories of people breaking out of history belong to another world. We have reached an era of modernism, both louder and more silent at the same time."

"The days of heroes has passed. The stories of people breaking out of history belong to another world. We have reached an era of modernism, both louder and more silent at the same time.
An author like Sanderson doesn't write bad books, and I have enjoyed everything I've read by him. But I feel like every single
...more
✨ A ✨
That ending left me shocked and sobbing at the same.
description

Pre-Read Rambles
These books are criminally thin. Like... is my copy missing another 600 pages or something?? Because this feels too light.
____
My reviews for:

Era One

0.5 (short story): The Eleventh Metal
Book 1: The Final Empire
Book 2: The Well of Ascension
Book 3: The Hero of Ages
...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Originally reviewed at The Speculative Herald

A lot of the books that I’m excited for in 2015 are actually releasing quite late this year, so as we sauntered into fall and said good bye to summer, I was getting ready to say hello to a couple of my most anticipated titles. Shadows of Self was most definitely near the top of that list. I’m a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, and I absolutely loved The Alloy of Law – probably more than all three books of the original Mistborn trilogy put together, so
...more
Kaitlin
Totally almost forgot to review this but better late than never so here goes!

I was very excited about the release of this book (although no where near as excited as I will be for Calamity or Stormlight #3) as I hadn't had any fresh Sanderson for a while and with this being the return to the Mistborn world I was hoping for a good story. This is certainly a likeable story, but for me I kind of hoped for a little more from Sanderson, and whilst I appreciate that this is a new 'era' of Mistborn, I
...more
Fares
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5
But honestly, it's a 5 stars!

Sweet potatoes and carrots sticks!
Why did it take me this long to read this?! I mean on one hand, I’m glad bc I lost my faith in some of the Cosmere books and this restored it, but on the other hand… Actually you know what there is no other hand, I’m glad I took this long to read it.

I wanna say that there are some things I didn’t like and others that fell short to me. I predicted most things here, and Sanderson said that he wrote most of it before Wheel of Time
...more
Warda
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5]
I'm dead. That avalanche ending has worn me out to the fullest. I'm emotionally exhausted to the point I feel dead inside.

RTC. Or not.
Mario
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
No, freedom was not lack of responsibilities—it was being able to do what was right, without having to worry if it was also wrong.




(view spoiler)


Now that I've gotten that out of my system, let's get on with the review (well I'm gonna call this review, even though I have no idea in what it will turn out to be).

This book. This damn book. After I've finished Alloy of Law I had very high expectation for this book, and now I can safely say that it exceeded every single
...more
Caitlin
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brandon Sanderson is an evil genius. He likes to rip my heart out over and over again in his books and it's basically torture. However, I keep coming back for more.

Brandon's books have never let me down and every single time I am completely blown away by how incredible and twisted they are.

This book was definitely a step up from the last one and we got to hear about all of the characters from the original Mistborn trilogy which was so good! The return of two of those characters was amazing and
...more
Bea
THAT LAST LINE MADE ME SO EMOTIONAL
may ❀
nostalgia? check
humour? present
bromance? always
ending? pain
emotional stability? unfound
hotel? trivago

^is that meme still a thing?? well it is now

that last line made me want to cry, oh my heart wax, honey i'm so sorry brandon sanderson thought it was okay to do that to you

well that book #1 for my high fantasy month

4.5 stars
...more
TS Chan
Jan 2016: Audiobook reread before release of Bands of Mourning.

Yep, still 4.5 stars rating after reread (rounded up because Sanderson-DUH!); only because it didn't feel as epic as the initial Mistborn trilogy. This is a very personal story that we have here in Shadows of Self (I guess that's kind of alluded to in the very title of the book), particularly for Wax. It started with a Prologue which is seemingly out of the left field but really fun, and as you progress towards the end you try to
...more
JAIME
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The entire world
HOOOOOOOOOW?! Sanderson, you've bloody ruined me again! Oh, Harmony! Come at me Bands of Mourning!

RTC - as soon as I review

1. The Hero of Ages (view spoiler)
2. The Alloy of Law
3. ALL THE OTHER BOOKS I SAY I WILL REVIEW.
Mike
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
Ah, it always feel good to slip back into the Cosmere. Be it with a novella, a reread of a past book, or a shiny new book. While Elantris was my first Sanderson book, Mistborn was the first I fell in love with, so this series will always have a special place in by book heart (which is much more literate than my regular heart). And even though we have left Vin and Elend and Kelsier and so many other beloved characters behind the more modern world we find ourselves in now is just as grand and ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)
  • The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)
  • The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)
  • Before They Are Hanged (The First Law, #2)
  • The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time, #5)
  • The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
  • The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Burning White (Lightbringer, #5)
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
  • The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)
  • Last Argument of Kings (The First Law, #3)
  • Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time, #6)
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
  • The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)
See similar books…
127,818 followers
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
...more

Other books in the series

Mistborn (7 books)
  • The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
  • The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)
  • The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)
  • The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)
  • The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)
  • The Lost Metal (Mistborn, #7)
“She had a way of pouring everything of herself into what she did. When she fought, she was the blade. When she loved, she was the kiss. In that regard, she was far more … human than any I have known.” 65 likes
“The law is not something holy, son. It’s just a reflection of the ideals of those lucky enough to be in charge.” 48 likes
More quotes…