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The Bands of Mourning

(The Mistborn Saga #6)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  89,148 ratings  ·  4,973 reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the firs
Hardcover, 447 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Tor Books
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Nikki This series is different from the original trilogy, for sure. It has more of a "western" vibe. But it still has all the charms of the original trilogy…moreThis series is different from the original trilogy, for sure. It has more of a "western" vibe. But it still has all the charms of the original trilogy -- great characters, same magic system (but it's evolving!), fantastic worldbuilding, and great plots (though more crime-fighting-ish and less of the high-fantasy world-saving variety).

I wanted to correct an earlier answer, though: The Alloy of Law isn't (technically) part of the Alloy-era trilogy. AoL starts the Alloy-era arc, but the official trilogy is Shadows of Self, The Bands of Mourning (Jan 2016), and The Lost Metal (2017). There are two more Mistborn trilogies to come after this one: one set in a time similar to the 1980s, and a far-future 'space opera'-type trilogy (with travel between planets). :)(less)

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Sean Barrs
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did I just fall in love with an organisation freak named Steris?


Seriously though, her character really shines through in this book. Before she just seemed a bit dull, and perhaps even ordinary, but this clearly isn’t the case. She is an exceptional woman, one who is clearly overlooked and dramatically undervalued by all that meet her. Behind her stoic appearance and general aura of nonchalance is a woman who is slightly obsessive to a fault; however, she is also fiercely loyal to her friends an
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My overall view of this Read:
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Me while reading this book:
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Everytime Wax and Steris shared a Moment, I was like:
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And just in case you unsure if I like this Read.
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Robin (Bridge Four)
4.75 Investiture Filled Stars

Buddy read with my friends at Buddies Books & Baubles the discussion is still ongoing but I had to know all the things.

Spoiler Free Review Section:
There is always another secret

How many times have we read those very words throughout the Mistborn saga and been shown yet again that there IS definitely always another secret. Brandon Sanderson has proved that once again in Bands of Mourning. I know who this is about now and I am OMG excited

First he surprised
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
So here we are. Here we are.

I just don't know how much more praise I can shower on Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series before people start questioning whether or not I'm in a cult...


This book was my favorite of the second era Mistborn series. The characters go through some wonderful developments, and I'm fascinated by this mix of Fantasy elements with a Western setting.

I feel like Bands of Mourning works particularly well because by this point we are already very well acquainted with the magi
Lady Luna. ✨

“He’s the man who takes the bullet so nobody else has to.”


HOW FUCKING DARE THIS BOOK BE SO BLOODY AMAZING! Seriously.. That ending holy fucking shit. This book has left me breathless... like wow! So different to anything I've read by Sanderson but it was incredible and is my favourite of all six Mistborn books! This book felt different from the first page, it was so fucking exciting and I knew straight away it was building up to a massive ending.. I'm gobsmac
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I do not know how to review these books. This book. This spin-off series. It's not that I have been rendered speechless. It's just slightly difficult, mainly when it comes to the plot. So, I'll try to break it down into sections. It will be more of a series review, rather than focusing on The Bands of Mourning alone.

This I will say went slightly over my head, especially as the books progressed. Each time I thought I had a grasp of it, a different point connecting t
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

Out of all the 3 books available so far in Wax & Wayne stories, this is definitely the best one. While reading the last 30% of this book, I seriously wondered how the hell does Sanderson keeps on coming with all these new ideas? I mean seriously, genius is an understatement at this point.
In Bands of Mourning, he showed the potential future for Mistborn franchise and believe me, it will be huge and after reading this one, I'm full with confidence all of them will maintain their great q
Deborah Obida
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy
I seriously have no idea why I'm not giving this 5 stars, I love everything about this book, but I still feel like its missing something. This is my favourite in the Alloy era, lots of twists and turns, amazing locations and lots of lovable new characters that I can't wait to read more about them in the final book. I still love the original characters, Wax,Wayne, Marasi, Steris and MeLaan, non of them annoyed me which is a rarity in a series. They made lots of amazing decisions that got them out ...more
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Seriously people, if you're on the hedge about whether to start this series or not — GET 👏 TO👏 IT 👏.

“I’ve been a lot of people, Ladrian. Seen through a lot of eyes. There’s always another perspective, if you look hard enough.”

What are the Bands of Mourning? Rumoured to be metal minds of legend, said to grant the beholder incredible power. Most people don't believe The Bands made it through the Catacendre and that their existence is only a myth.

Wax was of the same thought until a Kandra res
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
[5 Stars] I absolutely loved this. It may be one of my favorite Sanderson novels yet. I literally do not have the words to express just how much I adored this book. I'm in desperate need of the last book in this series now, but hey I think Stormlight #3 might be enough to tide me over until then! ...more
1000......that is the number of times I whispered 'HOLY SHIT!' to myself while listening to this.

PS: Michael Kramer rules.
Hasham Rasool
Oh wow! There are lots of characters in this book. 'The Bands of Mourning' is the best book in second trilogy of 'Mistborn'.

I really like Steris in this book.

My goodness! I don't know what to say. I love this book. Alhamdulillah.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I’m not sure I can write a review of this book that does it any kind of justice. I try to write reviews that actually contain some kind of cohesive thoughts about the book, but I’m afraid all I can do is gush right now. Bands of Mourning was absolutely fantastic from beginning to end. I enjoyed myself immensely, and am so looking forward to any and all Mistborn stories Sanderson puts out in the future. Or any stories in the Cosmere, honestly. I just really love Sanderson, okay?!

There was so much
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“If you had to shoot a man, society had already failed.”

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 ★★★★

I was a bit disappointed by The Shadows of Self and did not know what to expect with this one. Fortunately, this entry got things back on track and I am loving this second series once again.

I don’t have much to say about the book, but th
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosmere, fantasy, 2016
Let's see...

2 stars for most of the book, which was so boring I wanted to put it down, and way too bad to actually be written by Brandon Sanderson.

4 stars for the rest of the book, which was the best part of the Second era of Mistborn by far.

5 stars for Steris. In a world of disappointing characters hardly even comparable to the legends from the time of the Final Empire, this girl stands out as a shining beacon of perfection.

5 stars for the epilogue. I saw it coming about three books ago, and it
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own, own-read

Firstly I should say that this review will contain some spoilers but I will put that spoiler sign (or whatever it's called) every time I spoil something

HOLY SHIT THIS BOOK WAS GOOD!!!! Previous two books were amazing and they blew me away, but this book blew me away on a completely new level. I've said this many times (and I'll probably say it many times in the future) I don't know how Sanderson does it. How is his writing so perfect?! And even when I think that I've gotten used to his
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
Um whut did I just read?

Break things with style

Indeed this series does just that! It completely shatters all expectations for what kind of story a book can tell. Such wonderful activity with just enough clues mixed in for dolts like me to think I might see where it could go before it feints in so many directions at once while blowing your mind with continued expansions & new information. I just don't have the imagination to think up but do have the appetite to lap up with relish.
Thank you S
TS Chan
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you, a master of sequels, action scenes and "the last 20%". Mr Sanderson, please take a bow!

Talk about taking it to the next level! The only sequel of Sanderson's which fell short for me was The Well of Ascension; this one however suffers no such disinclination. Bands of Mourning relived some of the epicness of the initial trilogy while still maintaining the tone of a detective story coupled with a grand adventure more suited to this era. And in the vein o
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6), Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn: The Bands of Mourning is a high fantasy novel written by American author Brandon Sanderson.

In a flashback, Waxillium is spending a year in the Terris Village while he is a teenager. Unlike his sister Telsin, he struggles to adapt to their ways, and when he discovers and kills a Terris murderer whom the Terris failed to apprehend, he decides to depart the village.

Years later, Wax has mostly emotionally recovered from Lessie's death
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 star

The entire book was a whole lot of fun! And the last 6 or 7 chapters were amazing.
Again something I have been saying for this entire series.
Something were predictable but the fun is there! And not only that but a whole range of emotion from tears of laughter to sadness, it is a ride, a fun one, and I hate that people compare this to the first era series, to me they are just different and each one succeeds to be amazing in its own way.
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Personal rating: 4.25
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed, epics
What is better than the concluding book of a Mistborn trilogy? Discovering at the end it is really the third book in a quadrilogy!

OK, bad jokes aside, this was another phenomenal addition to the Cosmere pantheon of stories. Not hat anyone should be surprised by this, this is Bandon Sanderson we are talking about here writing in arguably his most popular series. Calling that a home field advantage is like saying the humans had a home field advantage against the martians in The War of the Worlds.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

2016 is another big year for Brandon Sanderson with a whole slew of new book releases and re-issues coming out, and he’s kicking it all off in late January with The Bands of Mourning. This is the sixth Mistborn novel and third volume of Waxillium Ladrian’s saga following on the heels of Shadows of Self, and according to Sanderson one is an intentional counterpoint to the other, which explains why there were only a few mont
I began the first trilogy knowing nothing and then being blown away. I started the second trilogy going, "Huh?", but eventually warming to the interesting characters and setting. After all, the magic system still rocked and turning the series into a western wasn't *that* far out of the realms of possibility.

I wasn't blown away by book 4. I thought book 5 was a good deal better, enjoying the dialog between Wax and Wayne more and more and thoroughly enjoying the thread of lost love and evil gods (
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars review to come after I finish reading the Chinese translation!

Review for the Chinese translation:
Paige  Bookdragon

Spoiler free review because I'm not entirely heartless.

You know how hard it is to write a review for a book that you love. I know some of you has experienced this so I’m sorry in advance because this review would be an incoherent rambling of a lunatic.

330 years after that “shit that went down” on the Hero of Ages, Scadrial ( formerly known as the Land of Abundant Ashes) is now teeming with electricity and technology. Technically, just imagine the love child of Victorian Era and Wild Wild West wi
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Dammit! Why didn't I have more willpower?! I know a lot of Sanderson fans are waiting for this trilogy to be finished before they would even start. I smugly jumped in , deep in my early gratification, thoroughly enjoying the books. BUT NOW IM SORRY! Because there is soooo long to go for the next one!

This was brilliant and also making me very excited about the third era of trilogies that there will eventually be. I am of course not going to be including spoilers but I will say that I felt very di
♛ may
okay, so what am i supposed to do with my life now?

i love wax and wayne and maraci and steris (she grew SO MUCH in this book 😭🤧🥰) and melaan, and the adventures and the laughs and i just love them all so much

also THAT ENDING, freaking wrecked me. brandy sandy, you really have to stop doing this

This review will be split into several parts, organized by spoiler level. If you do not meet at least a given level of spoilers, do not read that section. I'm really very serious about this.

For the Sanderson-uninitiated:
If you read fantasy, or talk to people about fantasy, or have followed me for a while, you've heard of this guy. Bands of Mourning does all the things Sanderson is famous for: it has fast-paced action, carefully applied rules of magic, expansive worldbuilding, and engaging chara
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This third instalment in the second era Mistborn series proved to be the best yet! It was fast paced and stuffed full of action, mystery, humor, romance, cool magic, and shock developments. Sanderson once again succeeded in keeping me fully engaged and entertained for the duration of the story.

All our favourite characters were back. This time on a quest to seek out the bands of mourning, the legendary metalminds of the Lord Ruler, and they are not the only ones hunting the prize as the nefariou
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