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Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first few chapters. Check out the announcement post for more information.

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson is the eagerly awaited sequel to The Alloy of Law and the perfect opportunity for me to use Just Hatched for the OTHER purpose I’ve always intended it: letting me gush about books a ways before their publication date so that you know ASAP how good they are :D. You don’t need to worry about spoilers for The Alloy of Law, since I want to push both books on you while you have time to catch up!

Want to see my full thoughts? My full review of Shadows of Self is here.

Note: I received an advanced copy of Shadows of Self from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson {Just Hatched}

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #5)
Published by Tor Books on Oct. 6th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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 conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.

Shadows of Self will give fans of The Alloy of Law everything they’ve been hoping for and, this being a Brandon Sanderson book, more, much more.

5 Stars

How is the writing style?

So I honestly had a hard time connecting with Sanderson’s writing in The Alloy of Law and am freaking thrilled that either my brain has settled in or he’s improved his portrayal of these characters because I’m loving it!!! Shadows of Self jumps between Wax, Wayne and Marasi’s perspectives depending on who is doing something interesting at the time, but it’s all third-person limited past so the writing flows smoothly. The best part though is reading the different thoughts of the characters though because Wayne is constantly “trading” items he fancies for whatever he has on him and justifying it to himself, Wax is in a period of growth and figuring out who he wants to be, and Marasi just wants everyone to respect her as a constable.

General tone of the beginning

Shadows of Self opens with a bang, literally, with a lot of bodies and a bloody mystery for the gang to solve. There is also a bit of tying back to Alloy of Law with references to what happened previously, but not many reminders, so I find myself struggling. I do recommend re-reading Alloy of Law if you are that kind of reader so that you can jump right in.

Setting, genre, etc?

Shocker, Shadows of Self is epic adult fantasy! Though it is strange steampunk/western-punk fantasy since it is fantasy world during the Industrial Revolution with the Wild West and constables and such. It’s awesome all right?!?!


  1. My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
  2. Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
  3. Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

5 STARS! I feel a bit bad dropping everything to read Shadows of Self since it doesn’t come out for a while, but seriously, how can I resist?? And this is one of those moments where I remind myself that this is a hobby and I should do what I enjoy, which is reading Shadows of Self! So go go go pre-order, request the excerpt from NetGalley, grab a copy of Alloy of Law to read/re-read, don’t miss out!

Have I convinced you to check out Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self yet? ;D

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I found the mistborn trilogy disappointing after The Way of Kings so I didn’t go on with The Alloy of Law but you might have talked me into trying it sometime. The setting sounds fun and unique and I’d like to see how the world evolves.
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    • Yeah, it is definitely an earlier work of his and he’s clearly grown as a writer. Alloy of Law doesn’t do a great job of living up to WoK, but Shadows of Self really do, sooooo, not sure what to recommend ha


  1. […] “Shadows of Self will give fans of The Alloy of Law everything they’ve been hoping for and, this being a Brandon Sanderson book, more, much more.” — Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings […]

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