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Mistborn: Secret History

(Mistborn #3.5)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  27,578 ratings  ·  1,955 reviews
Mistborn: Secret History is a companion story to the original Mistborn trilogy. As such, it contains HUGE SPOILERS for the books Mistborn (The Final Empire), The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages. It also contains very minor spoilers for the book The Bands of Mourning. Mistborn: Secret History builds upon the characterization, events, and worldbuilding of the origina ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published January 10th 2019 by Gollancz (first published January 26th 2016)
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Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mistborn & Cosmere fans
Shelves: favorites
(I read this in Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection)

4.5/5 stars

Just brilliant. No full review from me for this amazing novella, everything about this book can be considered as spoilers for the Mistborn saga. There's always another secret. That's all.

Side note:
This novella is filled with major spoilers for the original Mistborn trilogy and minor spoilers for The Bands of Mourning. Although you can read this novella immediately after you finished the first Mistborn trilogy, for the purpose o
Sean Barrs
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is such an incredibly clever resurrection of storytelling. The Mistborn trilogy is driven by mysterious powers; it's not until the end that we were given the full facts. Or were we? In this Sanderson reveals more of what happened beyond the mists.

Originally, when I picked this up I wasn’t expecting much. In fact, I’ve been putting off reading it ever since it was released. My expectations were low. Brandon Sanderson has written some truly awesome novels, but he also has released a few thing
Robin (Bridge Four)
5 Do the Impossible Stars ✰✰✰✰✰

Super impromptu buddy reading with my fellow Sandersonitus sufferers at Buddies Books & Baubles

THIS IS WHY BRANDON SANDERSON IS A WRITING GENIUS! Again this is the fangirl section skip to the next paragraph for the important stuff. Only BS spends 10 years on a novella to give us some behind the scenes stuff from Mistborn 1-3 AND it all fits like it could have been in the original story. Only he could keep it secret for that long and then surprise his fans with a l
Lindsey Rey
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, novella
INCREDIBLE!!! Sanderson has been writing this since 2004 and it is absolutely amazing. It's the most Cosmere Cosmere book ever and I loved every second!!!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Omg! Just omg!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
#1.) The Final Empire ★★★★★
#2.) The Well of Ascension ★★★
#3.) The Hero of Ages ★★★★

Readalong for the BooktubeSFF Awards which is being hosted by Adriana from Perpetual Pages, Chelsea from TheReadingOutlaw, Samantha from Novels and Nonsense, Connor from Connor O'Brien, Elizabeth from Books and Pieces, Kaitlin from Kitty G, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, Elena from Elena Reads Books, and Thomas from SFF180!

This review will contain major SPOILERS for the original Mistborn trilogy! Please do not con
Daniel Greene
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Hell I missed this story. Literal chills and all the feels.
"He held his daughter close against his own broken soul"

Hero of Ages threw me into a massive slump and this happens to be the only book I've been able to read since. Go figure. Thank you, Anji, for giving me the last push! This was everything i didn't even realize I needed in my life. How do I describe this novella? There are no words. This left me awestruck & speechless. I am an emotional slob at the moment. Miraculous. Simply wondrous!

*It's not fair how emotionally invested
i am in this s
Lady Luna. ✨
I can't say anything about this book because it is a secret.

✨ A ✨
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ✨ A ✨ by: Fares
“Once you step behind the curtain and see the actors as the people they are, it becomes harder to pretend the play is real.”

I really don't want to say what this story was about because it really is best to dive in blindly. Just know that this story is essential.

This novella is set after the original Mistborn trilogy but Sanderson recommends it be read after The Bands of Mourning.

“He tried to save the world.”
“As did I.”
“You tried to rescue a boatful of people from a fire by sinking the boat,
The guy on the cover can stab me and I will be happy if it is related to Mistborn <3


I just can't stop being amazed by Sanderson writing abilities!!
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
With this story Sanderson proves himself, once again, to be a complete master of the Cosmere universe. This is a story which I would strongly not recommend reading unless you want to be majorly spoiled for the main Mistborn series and also get hints at some of the things which happen within the Wax and Wayne series.

In this novella we follow a character that I never really thought I would encounter again and we see their point of view whilst the events of the first three Mistborn books are unfol
Deborah Obida
Spoilers from the original Mistborn trilogy, You need to read those first before reading this.

Need I mention that this is as great as the Trilogy cause it is, The world building, plot and writing is well depicted. Not to mention the whole book is in Kelsier's POV. Yea dead Kelsier who survived death somehow, can't say its a secret.

“I killed you,” the Lord Ruler said. “Twice. Yet you live.”
“Yes. We’re all aware of how strikingly incompetent you are. I’m glad you’re beginning to see it for yo
Alright, I'm gonna say it: you really shouldn't read this book unless you've read most, if not all, of the rest of the Cosmere. I know Sanderson's intentions are that no book be completely dependent on understanding the full universe, but honestly I can't imagine how swamped with new information a reader would be if they came into this only knowing the Mistborn series. At the very least, in addition to Mistborn up through The Bands of Mourning, I recommend having read Elantris, Shadows for Silen ...more
Valliya Rennell
4.25 stars
**This is a spoiler filled review, also be aware of spoilers for all of Mistborn Era 1 and some for Era 2.**

This novella has reduced me to this:

My head is in shambles. I cried through the last fifty-or-so pages. Brando Sando just brought back all my emotions from Hero of Ages and killed me all over again. Except this time, we had a bit more insight as to what was going on in the God-level. Things that stood out in relation to the Mistborn stuff:
- Elend and Vin reuniting for a final ti
Scott  Hitchcock
So I have to confess I didn't read this until well after I read the first trilogy because the name misled me. I figured this was going to be an overview about the magic system and world. I had already read up a lot about it on 17th shard and Coppermind so I figured no big hurry. Reading Arcanum Unbounded it was finally time and this was quite the pleasant shock.

I don't want to give too much away so I'll just say it's about Kelsier and what happened to him from the point he sacrificed himself to
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.75 ***

"... The Shards,” Khriss said, drawing ____’s attention, “are not God, but they are pieces of God. Ruin, Preservation, Autonomy, Cultivation, Devotion . . . There are sixteen of them.”
“Sixteen,” ______ breathed. “There are fourteen more of these things running around?”
“The rest are on other planets.”
“Other . . .” _____ blinked. “Other planets.”
“Ah, see,” Nazh said. “You’ve broken him already, Khriss.” ..."

With “Mistborn: Secret History” we are once again in a pivotal moment
Ahmad Sharabiani
Secret History (Mistborn #3.5), Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn: Secret History is a fantasy novella by American author Brandon Sanderson, written as a companion story to the original trilogy of the Mistborn series. The novella follows the story of Kelsier from the time of his death in Mistborn: The Final Empire and concludes with the events of the last book in the original trilogy, The Hero of Ages.

After being killed by the Lord Ruler, Kelsier meets Preservation as he is about to pass on to the spiri
Vagner Stefanello
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
There's always another secret.
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Melody Sams
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilled to have more of Kelsier!! Hope to see him more in Sanderson’s universe.
Brandon Sanderson is ridiculous. He's all, here's a surprise novella, and no big deal, the entire thing is made up of such game-changing ridiculous nonsense, you won't even think it's real as you're reading it! You know, just been writing it since 2004 and stuff. It only gives you the most information on the Cosmere that has been released yet. It only changes a shit ton of stuff we assumed about the original trilogy and the Wax and Wayne books. NBD.

Make no mistake here. You should absolutely not
I’m feeling so much right now. 😣
All those emotions from the Mistborn books have come rushing back, stirring me up all over again. Ugh!

These characters have monopolised my love like no other from the moment I opened The Final Empire. And this novella only solidified it in every sense.

Can you feel utter satisfaction and melancholy all at once? Damn you, Sanderson!
Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
Mistborn: Secret History has so much information in it, it is astounding.
While also being a novella on its own, it's a behind the scenes for several of the major events in the original trilogy, gives us some more insights in the Cosmere, Shards, Realms, and Adonalsium, and it brought me a bit of much appreciated closure.

Two days after finishing this I am still struggling to digest all of its implications, and while it answered a lot of my questions, it also raised several new ones for me, or m
Lena K.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really liked this one. So much Kelsier! So much Cosmere information! And even a bit of Hoid to spice things up.

“Ideas are never original” Kelsier said. “Only one thing is.”
“And what is that?”
“Style” Kelsier said.
Then he punched Ruin across the face.”

If you’ve read the first Mistborn trilogy, you must read this one too! So much is revealed in this short story, about Scadriel and the Cosmere. We see as the story unfolds ‘behind the scenes’. But definitely don’t read it before finishing Mist
Iryna *Book and Sword*
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The first rule of Mistborn: Secret History is: You do not talk about Mistborn: Secret History.

At least, not in any specific way. To reveal any specifics, even small ones, would be to MAJORLY spoil it. So I'm not gonna do that. But here are three important things to keep in mind:

1) Do not read this novella until you're totally caught up on the Mistborn series through The Bands of Mourning (I know the synopsis says there's just a "minor spoiler" for Bands in M:SH, but I disagree. Strongly). So, if
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
This novella came in and smacked me so hard upside the feels that I'm no longer sure which way is up. I was not prepared for the emotions this would pull from me after the light-hearted Wax & Wayne books.
I feel such ridiculous pride & love for these characters and how, pray tell, can Sando have added even MORE layers to this world?! 🤯

It is not remotely far fetched to say this novella solicited the most emotional reaction from me & I am not typically an emotional person by any stretch of imagina
Veronica Morfi
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“Oh, hell,” Kelsier said. “There’s actually a God?”
Kelsier decked him.
It was a good, clean punch, thrown from the shoulder while he brought his other arm up to block a counter strike.”
“Spook, child. You want to be like me? Really like me? Then fight when you are beaten!” 14 likes
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