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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 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 original trilogy. Reading it without that background will be a confusing process at best. In short, this isn’t the place to start your journey into Mistborn. (Though if you have read the trilogy—but it has been a while—you should be just fine, so long as you remember the characters and the general plot of the books.) Saying anything more here risks revealing too much. Even knowledge of this story’s existence is, in a way, a spoiler. There’s always another secret.


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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 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 original trilogy. Reading it without that background will be a confusing process at best. In short, this isn’t the place to start your journey into Mistborn. (Though if you have read the trilogy—but it has been a while—you should be just fine, so long as you remember the characters and the general plot of the books.) Saying anything more here risks revealing too much. Even knowledge of this story’s existence is, in a way, a spoiler. There’s always another secret.

30 review for Secret History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    (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 (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 of maximum enjoyment, I highly recommend you to read it only AFTER you finished both Mistborn trilogy and The Bands of Mourning. By doing this, you'll have a better understanding of Sanderson's Cosmere universe, and it would allow you to enjoy this novella further.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sean Barrs

    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 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 things that probably didn’t need to be published. Things like those little novellas he released in between books. They never add much to the series in question. Some of them are okay, but the majority seem to be for the purpose of creating hype and a bit of money. When I saw this, I thought it was pretty much the same thing. So, I didn’t read it for a very long time. Big mistake. Without a doubt, this is one of the best things Brandon Sanderson has written. The mechanisms behind what happened in the original Mistborn trilogy are complex and difficult to grasp at the best of times, but this complicates things even more. And this is, of course, a very good thing. There’s lots of secret magic behind what happens, and this book helps to explain where some of it came from. Its source is both familiar and unfamiliar. It is something readers know well but not in its current form. When reading The Mistborn Trilogy, I was always surprised by a certain character's lack of presence and when they reappeared towards the final moments of the last book, I was surprised to how it actually happened. The answers are in here. Well answers to these questions, but, of course, such things only raise more questions. Now that probably sounded all a bit cryptic, but I don’t want to give any spoilers away! All I really can say is that if you’re a fan of the original trilogy, you simply have to go and read this because it adds so much to the story. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Part of me wishes all this material was in the final two books. It could have worked. They would have been considerably longer, but these chapters would have slotted perfectly into the main narrative. Perhaps Sanderson hadn’t figured it all out yet, perhaps his editor told him no, either way this is so important in understanding the ending of The Mistborn Trilogy. They need to be read alongside each other.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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 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 little extra something the same day he released another book. AMAZING and I am again in awe, Shadows of Self came out in October to be followed by Bands of Mourning in January, this Secret History novella and we get Calamity in February *bows to the master of getting stuff done* *scowls at Patrick Rothfuss and George R R Martin* you guys know why. When should you read this in the series? Even though it says 6.5 if I were starting from scratch I’d read it directly after The Hero of Ages. Do Not under any circumstances read it before that as there are spoilers everywhere. You might spoil a smidge of something in Bands of Mourning but I think it is pretty minor and not a big deal and I would have loved to have this to read directly after The Hero of Ages. Things to *squee* about: there were a lot I’m going to give props to the fans and readers of Mistborn because I came into the series late and there is a huge thing that happens in the Final Empire that everyone I knew who had already read it totally kept under wraps and so I was extremely surprised and while heartbreaking it made the story that much greater. In a Secret History there are so big reveals as to what is going on behind the scenes and it is AMAZING. As preservation is losing his battle to Ruin we get to really see what was going on in a different realm…the cognative realm between the gods. Then we go out kicking and screaming,” ____ said. “You and me, we’re a team.” Preservation seemed to condense, his form pulling itself together, threads reweaving. “A team. Yes. A crew.” “To do the impossible.” “Defy reality,” Preservation whispered. “Everyone always said you were insane.” And then there are some worldhoppers running around….I counted three and even though he was called something else Hoid was one of them. But then there was Khriss who had some very interesting information about God. 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. Well now Sanderson’s official fan page The 17th Shard makes way more sense to me. But still I liked the little bit of time we got with Khriss and the information that she had to impart. But some of my favorite parts were seeing little bits of the original trilogy from a different perspective. I had a few questions sometimes throughout Mistborn 1-3 about what Preservation was doing and why a few scenes happened a certain way, but with this Novella it totally makes more sense. The original trilogy is totally complete with just what is in it but this added a new layer and depth like her is what Sanderson was thinking but he can’t tell you that since it would give too much away. Still it was so great to revisit some of my favorite characters like Vin, Elend, Spook and Sazed even if they are just mostly in the periphery. But don't let that fool you this is a brand new story not just a rehashing of the original. New people, or are they old people. See this is where I wasn’t sure if I’ve seen glimpses of the Ire before or if that is new. They sorta reminded me a little of Shardsmar from The Stormlight Archives but maybe not. Either way it was a cool addition to see them on Skadrial. This opens up so many possibilities and I really can’t wait to see how this plays into some of the upcoming books in the Mistborn World.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Rey

    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!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Omg! Just omg! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    #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 #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 continue on if you have not read The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages! “There’s always another secret.” Okay, so I completely and promptly started to lose my ever loving mind when I realized that this novella was going to star Kelsier in the in-between. Then, seeing his death again, and from his point of view, I was completely rebroken all over again. But seeing this original trilogy take place quickly in Kelsier's perspective was something that I never expected and completely loved. And seeing his interactions with Preservation were something of magic. It also helped explain a lot, like the scene when Elend was stabbed at the well. Oh my God, I have no words for what this amazing new perspective gave me. And how the earthquakes were from Kelsier and Ruin fighting!? Oh my Lord. Who did Brandon Sanderson sell his soul to, to be able to write like this? Seriously, so impressive. And Vin, such a perfect little brave cinnamon roll, who was always too good for this world. Her choosing to go, when Kelsier feels unable to leave, God, I can't. Brandon Sanderson is able to evoke such much pure emotion from me, because of these amazing and realistic characters he creates. “She brought destruction to the destroyer” Seeing, and actually talking about, the Cosmere universe was amazing, too! Brandon Sanderson is such a talented author, and seeing him talk about this elaborate universe that he has created, with his stories that link it all together, made me awestruck. I also loved how we are slowly learning that there are greater problems surrounding this universe, even though we as readers are always just so heavily invested with the story at hand. This was a wonderful addition to this world, and I can't recommend enough! I am so thankful to have read it, and it really made an amazing story even more spectacular! And that epilogue with Spook made me want to run to my bookshelves and pick up The Alloy of Law immediately. (I read this in Brandon Sanderson's Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection!) Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

  7. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Greene

    Holy Hell I missed this story. Literal chills and all the feels.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    16 STARS!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》

    "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 "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 story and characters.* -Kelsier's desperation for survival. -Vin being selfless and brave for her loved once. -Spook seeking for Kel's approval with all his being. "Spook sank down onto the platform, slumping to his knees, then fell forward. Kelsier knelt and held him. "You want to be like me, child? Really like me? Then fight when you are beaten!" -Marsh fighting off the demonic hold on his existence. "You made the wrong one of us your Inquisitor, Ruin," Kell hissed. "You shouldn't have picked the good brother. He always did have a nasty habit of doing what was right instead of what was smart." -Preservation being adorably arrogant. Makes me want to reread HoA just for this puppy right here! The bromance was too pure! TOOO FUCKING PRECIOUS!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lady Luna. ✨

    I can't say anything about this book because it is a secret. I can't say anything about this book because it is a secret.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    “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, “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, then claiming, ‘At least they didn’t burn to death.’ ” The lovely thing about this novella and it's contents, is that Sanderson didn't randomly decide to write it after the fact. He had this planned all along. And this novella fills in all the gaps he deliberately left in the original trilogy. According to other readers (bare in mind I have only read Sanderson's misborn books so far, so I cant speak for the rest) this novella even had some ties to other Cosmere books. Preservation felt every light that went out, felt them and knew them as a person he had loved. If you haven't read the Wax and Wayne Mistborn books yet, do so immediately. They are definitely worth the read and it's clear that Sanderson has only more great stories in this world ahead for us. They sat there together. Two friends at the edge of the world, at the end and start of time. ____ 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 Era Two Book 4: The Alloy of Law Book 5: Shadows of Self Book 6: The Bands of Mourning

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    The guy on the cover can stab me and I will be happy if it is related to Mistborn

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    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 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 unfolding. We see the way they react and the things they learn, and we see so much new stuff that it's hard to recount it all and consider all of the implications it has right off for the Cosmere. I don't want to spoil anything about this for any Sanderson fans, but suffice to say, for me this was excellent and I loved it. I couldn't have imagined the full scope that Sanderson would go to in this to inform you and excite you about the Cosmere Universe, and of course the fact that it was a surprise novella too was great. Basically if you've read and loved the previous 6 Mistborn books then this is a pretty great companion and really hints at a lot more to come. 5*s and highly recommended!

  14. 5 out of 5

    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 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 yourself. That’s the first step toward change.” This book answered lots of questions from the trilogy, and yes there is an afterlife and of course Kelsier refused to move on, instead he stayed to help his friends to make sure that they defeat Ruin. All those times that they got mysterious help and tips it was all Kelsier. This broke my heart, It was sweet that they met in the after life and Kelsier was speechless because he thought he let her down. She embraced him, and he found himself weeping. The daughter he’d never had, the little child of the streets. Though she was still small, she’d outgrown him. And she loved him anyway. He held his daughter close against his own broken soul. “You did it,” he finally whispered. “What nobody else could have done. You gave yourself up.” “Well,” she said, “I had such a good example, you see.”

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kogiopsis

    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 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 Silence in the Forests of Hell, and the Stormlight Archive through Words of Radiance. If you're not inclined to dig into fan theories for explanations, you'll want to have The Emperor's Soul under your belt as well to understand some foundational concepts. So... you can skip Warbreaker and Sixth of the Dusk, but that's basically it. As you might expect, the rest of this is all spoilers. Sorry, folks. That's just how it goes. If you are not 100% up to date on the Cosmere, or if you consider information revealed at signings/other events to be spoilers for future books, the rest of this review is not for you. The first line under the spoiler tag will ruin things, I swear. Don't click it. (view spoiler)[SO KELSIER'S BEEN UP TO SOME SHIT. First things first: feelings on his 'resurrection' in the Cognitive realm. Ehhh? I've seen it said that this is a very Kelsier thing to do, and I agree, but I also kind of wish Sanderson would let a few more characters stay dead. We had three 'oh no they're dead SURPRISE! they're not' moments in Words of Radiance, and while I knew Jasnah wasn't dead from the beginning and had no doubts about Syl, Szeth's return felt a little... rule-breaking. (heh. Because Naln? Anyone else laughing?) If any character besides the Immortal Indomitable Jasnah Kholin was going to come back from the dead, it would be the Survivor of Hathsin. And yet... I don't know. I see it, but I don't actually like it. The Final Empire surprised a lot of people by killing him off, and while Brandon's been hinting to fans that he was hanging around on the Cognitive through Hero of Ages for literally years, the loss of Kelsier as a focal character seemed like a certainty. And don't get me wrong, I enjoyed him in the first book, but not nearly as much as I liked seeing people's expectations of who the hero would be get completely overturned. In the long run, seeing Vin take people by storm is worth more to me than Kelsier being around. And that's another thing - one of the most valid complaints about the original trilogy has to do with the end of The Well of Ascension, wherein Vin takes up the power of Preservation, gives it up, and then saves Elend's life by giving him the last bead of Lerasium - and the outcome of this is that she's doomed the world by freeing Ruin and made Elend a more powerful Mistborn than her. Now, Brandon did a good job showing that finesse and technique are as important if not more so than force, but that still had the effect of letting Elend overshadow Vin in the role that was originally hers and hers alone, and it left a sour taste in many people's mouths. Now, Kelsier's done much the same thing to her, and he gets to live through it while she passes on. Kelsier, who died in Book 1, ends up having more long-term influence than the woman who survived to Book 3 and saved the world. That... doesn't sit quite right with me. The thing about Kel is that he is essentially a selfish character, sometimes to the point of near-villainous acts. (In fact, Sanderson has said that Kelsier and Denth, from Warbreaker, are almost the same - just in different contexts.) Part of why his original 'Plan B' was emotionally resonant was that over the course of the book, we saw him change somewhat - from someone who hated all nobles to the man who saved Elend's life, and from someone whose stated intention was theft to a man who ended up sacrificing himself for the sake of a revolution. In this book, he backtracks. I don't feel like I should need to say this, but apparently there's been argument in the fandom about the end of the book: Hemalurgy is bad, folks. It's an end-negative magic which depends on death... and Kelsier deliberately reintroduced it to Scadrial so that he could regain a physical body. Spook's book about the subject? Pretty clear now that that came from Kelsier. Which means that Edwarn and Telsin's Hemalurgic spikes - which allowed the Set to gain control of a city-destroying weapon and literally killed Wax - are the result of Kelsier's decision. "But he helped the southerners!" you say. "He did it for a good reason!" But... no, he didn't. He didn't know the southerners existed when he hatched his plan. Moreover, he chose Spook - the kid who was very, very traumatized by being spiked and manipulated by Ruin - as his partner in crime. Really, Kel? Really? Vin called him out on this; Vin understood. "How much of what you've done was about love, and how much was about proving something? That you hadn't been betrayed, bested, beaten? Can you answer that, Kelsier?" He met her eyes, and saw the implicit question. How much was about us? it asked. And how much was about you? All that aside - this was a bonanza of new Cosmere information. Physical descriptions of Ati and Leras, to start with, including clothing that struck me as very interesting. Whether Leras's attire has been shaped by his time on Scadrial is up for debate, but it's possible we got a tiny glimpse at the pre-Shattering culture he came from: ...a thin wool coat that went down almost to his feet, and beneath it a shirt that laced closed, with a kind of conical skirt. That was tied with a belt that had a bone-handled knife stuck through a loop. We also got to see Leras's personality and... as it turns out, he's a nerdy historian. A very nerdy historian. Again, it's unclear what here is the original material and what's Shardic influence, especially since we know from the Letter that Ati used to be a good man and he's... very not, here, but it's interesting. Hoid! is... doing Hoidy things, which is to say mucking around in planets and then leaving. It was interesting to see the 'behind the scenes' of his life, for once, and even more so because the way he treated Kelsier was positively vicious. It's good context to have given his statement to Dalinar that he would willingly watch Roshar "crumble and burn" to achieve his goals - and while his actions in the series have largely been helpful to the protagonists, I would not be at all surprised to see him perform a face/heel turn and act against some of them in the future. Whatever Hoid wants, it's got more to do with the whole of the Cosmere than the parts. ...and one last thing: it's been confirmed that Cephandrius is not, in fact, his real name. So there goes that theory, before it even really got off the ground. I mentioned my excitement over Khriss in my Bands of Mourning review, but really - getting to see her 'in the flesh', so to speak, and her interactions with Nazh, explained a great deal about what her goals are. For the moment, she seems to be a scholar of Investiture, researching magic systems and Shards across the worlds. Even her brief appearance here yielded more concrete information than we've had before about Adonalsium and the Shardholders: "Anyway, there was a God. Adonalsium. I don't know if it was a force or a being, though I suspect the latter. Sixteen people, together, killed Adonalsium, ripping it apart and dividing its essence between them, becoming the first who Ascended." "Who were they?" Kelsier said, trying to make sense of this. "A diverse group," she said. "With equally diverse motives. Some wished for the power; others saw killing Adonalsium as the only good option left to them. Together they murdered a deity, and became divine themselves." Obviously, this is to be taken with a grain of salt - some of it is Khriss' speculation, and no historical record in a Sanderson book can be read literally. Still, the concept of Adonalsium being a living being is new, to my knowledge, and I can't help but suspect Sanderson deliberately introduced this idea. It may be a red herring, or it may be a grain of truth. The comment about some of the sixteen seeing killing Adonalsium as the 'only good option' is likely to have more truth to it, and that's rife for speculation. Kelsier's experiences with what is essentially soulcasting emphasized something important about the Cosmere: that the history of an object affects its ability to be soulcast. This is why the famous Stick in Words of Radiance resisted Shallan - having been in the wilderness for its entire existence, there was nothing in its cognitive aspect that could be turned towards combustion. Had the forest around it experienced a wildfire, I would guess Shallan would have been successful. We also saw that cognitive 'units' look different on different planets: mist on Scadrial, spheres on Roshar, both of which are mirrors of Invested substances in the Physical Realm of that planet. This raises some questions about Sel and Nalthis, which don't have consistent physical vessels for power. One of the fascinating things about Ruin is that he's always made a terrible sort of sense. He does here, too: "You realize that if he were in control, nobody would age? Nobody would think or live? If he had his way you'd all be frozen in time, unable to act lest you harm one another." This casts some of Sazed's decisions in an interesting light, since he holds both Ruin and Preservation. He's made the argument to Wax that if he started interfering to preserve life, there's no good place to draw the line - and that the consequences of Preservation can be Ruin. ("Spare a man, live with the ruin he creates.") Threnody is far more important than I'd expected, judging by the fact that the Ire assume that Threnodites are the most likely to attack them. Possibly this means Threnody is close to Scadrial, but even then that suggests that shades can travel away from their home planet via the Cognitive, which is interesting. The Ire themselves intrigue me the most. They're obviously Elantrians; that much was clear from the physical description alone, and the names just made it more clear. However, Elantrians aren't supposed to age, and these ones have and what's more, are known for it, since their organization's name means 'age'. The obvious explanation is that distance from Sel's Investiture weakens the Reod's life-preserving effects, since all Selish magic that we've seen is highly location-dependent (and most Cosmere magics degrade with distance from their Shards anyhow). But what are they up to, trying to take control of a Shard? Is this perhaps an attempt to heal Devotion and/or Dominion and restore Sel's Cognitive Realm? All we know about it is that it's dangerous; it could be that there is no way for the Ire to return home. Or they could have more nefarious purposes. I'm curious about this whole affair, but even more so about Raoden and Galladon's perspectives on it, if they're still around. Names mentioned: Senna, Vax, Fortune. Senna and Vax seem to be people known to Ati and Leras, and likely are relationships that predate their Ascension. They don't have to be Shards, but I wouldn't be too surprised: we don't know Cultivation's name, and there are still 7 unknown Shards out there, any of whom could be Senna or Vax. Fortune sounds more like a Shard power to me; in fact, that's what a Chromium ferring stores. Given that we've seen Connection, lightweaving, and soulcasting across the Cosmere, this could be another universal power type. As with most things which delve heavily into Realmatics and the entire Cosmere universe, this book left me with more questions than answers... but thankfully, Sanderson'll be on tour again in February, so maybe I'll get to change that balance somewhat. (hide spoiler)]

  16. 5 out of 5

    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 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 the Lord Ruler. The book is a lot of fun and fills in some gaps in the first trilogy and some things going into the second.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 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 *** 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 for the Mistborn Original Trilogy... I would not recommend to read it if you have not read the first three books already, or if you have not, but plan on reading them... It would spoil the series for you, so don't do it! "... “Oh, hell,” Kelsier said. “There’s actually a God?” “Yes.” 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.” ..." This was a very poignant and very telling story of the spirit of the original Mistborn Trilogy. It is told from the POV of Kelsier and I would not want to say anything about it, except that it is very much Kelsier and his stubborn refusal to do what is expected of him... Loved visiting with this beloved character once again and was very intrigued and happy by the postscript to this story, promising us more:):):)

  18. 5 out of 5

    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 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 spiritual realm. Kelsier refuses to do so and races to the Well of Ascension at the heart of the Lord Ruler's palace, touching its power and thus anchoring himself to the world. Whilst trapped at the Well, he discovers another entity trapped there: Ruin, the counterpart to Preservation, who intends to destroy the world. When Vin accidentally frees Ruin when she gives up the power at the Well, Kelsier is also released. With the world now under direct threat from Ruin, a dying Preservation tasks Kelsier to find help. Following Preservation's guidance, Kelsier meets two people from different worlds, Khriss and Nazh, who point him to a covert group known as the Ire (Eyree) as his only chance for aid. Despite Ruin's dissuasion, Kelsier travels to the Ire's fortress. He discovers that they are planning to steal Preservation's powers once he dies by using an strange artifact. Kelsier dupes the group by posing as Ruin and steals the artifact for himself. When he returns to his world, Preservation tells him that he cannot pass on his powers to Vin because she has been spiked by Ruin. When Preservation finally dies, Kelsier takes up the power using the stolen artifact. Trying and failing to contact Vin because of Ruin's interference and his inexperience with Preservation's powers, Kelsier decides to instead travels to Urteau and succeeds in freeing Spook from Ruin's influence. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز پنجم ماه مارس سال 2017 میلادی کتاب «زاده مه (مه زاد): تاریخ سری»، اثر «براندون ساندرسون» است زاده مه یک سری رمان خیال‌پردازی حماسی، نوشته ای از نویسنده آمریکایی «براندون ساندرسون» است، که توسط انتشارات «تور فانتزی» منتشر شده‌ است.نخستین کتاب از این سری با عنوان «زاده مه: آخرین امپراطوری» که بیشتر با همان نام کوتاه شده «زاده مه» شناخته می‌شود است، دومین عنوان «زاده مه: چشمه معراج»، و سومین رمان «زاده مه: قهرمان اعصار» نام داشت؛ که به ترتیب در بین سال‌های 2006میلادی تا 2008میلادی منتشر شده‌ اند. کتاب «زاده مه: تاریخ سری» نخستین بار در روز سی ام، از ماه ژانویه در سال 2016 میلادی منتشر شد.این کتاب داستان شخصیت «کلسیر» را از زمان مرگش، در «زاده مه: آخرین امپراطوری» تا رویدادهای پایان‌ بخش سه‌ گانه ی اول سری «زاده مه» در کتاب «زاده مه: قهرمان اعصار» دنبال می‌کند؛ و این سری همچنان ادامه دارد. ا. شربیانی

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vagner Stefanello

    There's always another secret.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kells Next Read

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mr Sanderson never disappoints and this short read is proof of that. For all you Mistborn Fans this book sheds light on what Kelsier did in the background. I really can't say to much because it will spoil it for those who have not read the trilogy as yet ( I hate when people do that ). This was a fantastic read even though it was a bit too short...but I love it and can't wait to know more about Kelsier's journey!!! NB: This book is full of spoilers so you should read the Mistborn trilogy first be Mr Sanderson never disappoints and this short read is proof of that. For all you Mistborn Fans this book sheds light on what Kelsier did in the background. I really can't say to much because it will spoil it for those who have not read the trilogy as yet ( I hate when people do that ). This was a fantastic read even though it was a bit too short...but I love it and can't wait to know more about Kelsier's journey!!! NB: This book is full of spoilers so you should read the Mistborn trilogy first before reading this. Enjoy ♥ ♥ ♥

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melody Sams

    Thrilled to have more of Kelsier!! Hope to see him more in Sanderson’s universe.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    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 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 read this book unless you have read all the Mistborn books. He just reveals a whole bunch of shit up in here that he's been keeping an unbelievably tight lid on for years, and it will ruin the intended flow of the story if you read it before you finish Bands of Mourning. I don't think this book will appeal to everyone, even those who've read all the Mistborn books. First of all, it's way more piecemeal than anything else Sanderson has written, which he's aware of, per the author's notes at the end. So it's not quite a novel both in terms of length (it's not really a novella, too long, but not contemporary novel-length, either) and in terms of content. This story absolutely cannot stand on its own in any way--it's a companion piece. Characters, events, ideas, are all dependent on you knowing and remembering details from his past books (including non-Mistborn Cosmere books like Elantris and his short Cosmere novellas like "Shadows For Silence in the Forests of Hell"). With that said, how cool is this shit? I thought we would have to wait a lot longer to see Sanderson dive into the Cosmere of it all, but he's actually starting to weave all the connections more and more into his books. No spoilers here, but, certain people will be VERY pleased with what transpires at the very end of Bands of Mourning, and continued in this novella. Like I said: game-changer. Pre-review, release day: WHAT THIS?????

  23. 5 out of 5

    ❄️BooksofRadiance❄️

    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! 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

  24. 4 out of 5

    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 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 might have simply made me more aware of questions I already had. (view spoiler)[1. What exactly is the devise the Elantrians had? 2. What is Hoid's alignment? I thought he was kind of cruel in Mistborn: Secret History. Then I re read the whole Hoid-Kelsier scene and realized that he only hurt Kelsier after Kelsier threatened to murder him in a cruel way (slice the tendons on his wrists, slowly crush the life out of him, remove his fingers one by one etc.). All that and more left me a bit puzzled concerning Hoid's real nature / intentions in the Cosmere. 3. What has happened to Marsh? Is he the man with "Iron spikes for eyes", referred to in the Alloy of Law and mentioned in its epilogue as a man Marasi has to confront and who she thinks is "Ironeyes"? 4. How was Spook instrumental in bringing together the new empire after "The Hero of Ages"? 5. How exactly were the Bands of Mourning created? I hope to find answers to some of these questions in "The lost metal". (hide spoiler)] Some thoughts about the characters and events of Mistborn: Secret History, (view spoiler)[so after Kelsier (sort of) died, he went to the cognitive real, punched God in the face, recruited him for his team and gave him the nickname, "Fuzz". Oh, I missed you so much, Kelsier. I loved the conversations between Nazh, Khriss and Kelsier, for they gave some real insights in the Cosmere. The following one was one of my favorite conversations in the whole book: “So . . . my world, and everyone I know,” Kelsier said, “is the creation of a pair of . . . half gods?” “More like fractional gods,” Nazh said. “And ones with no particular qualifications for deityhood, other than being conniving enough to murder the guy who had the job before.” “Oh, hell . . .” Kelsier breathed. “No wonder we’re all so bloody messed up.” “Actually,” Khriss noted, “people are generally like that, no matter who made them. If it’s any consolation, Adonalsium originally created the first humans, therefore your gods had a pattern to use.” “So we’re copies of a flawed original,” Kelsier said. “Not terribly comforting.” He looked upward. “And that thing? It used to be human?” “The power . . . distorts,” Khriss said. “There’s a person in that somewhere, directing it. Or perhaps just riding it at this point.” Finally we got to meet Vin and Elend again, if only for a brief moment, but we had a proper good-bye this time and it was comforting to witness that both seemed content to go beyond the Realm together. (hide spoiler)] If you are interested in the bigger picture and like to pay attention to all the Cosmere stuff in Sanderson's books, this one is a must read. Highly recommended.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lena K.

    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 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 Mistborn 1-3, it contains huge spoilers!! I liked the ending and look forward to reading more about Kelsier’s adventures.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Iryna *Book and Sword*

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.75/5 stars *read as a part of Arcanum Unbounded* I'm not including any real spoilers in this, but just in case I am still going to mark this whole thing as a spoiler, because even the tiniest things can ruin the biggest pictures. Kelsier is the most selflessly selfish character I've ever had the pleasure of reading. He's a walking contradiction. And for better or for worse, he doesn't know how to give up. Ever. Reading this was very bittersweet for me. I read the first Mistborn trilogy almost two 3.75/5 stars *read as a part of Arcanum Unbounded* I'm not including any real spoilers in this, but just in case I am still going to mark this whole thing as a spoiler, because even the tiniest things can ruin the biggest pictures. Kelsier is the most selflessly selfish character I've ever had the pleasure of reading. He's a walking contradiction. And for better or for worse, he doesn't know how to give up. Ever. Reading this was very bittersweet for me. I read the first Mistborn trilogy almost two years ago, so some things are a little hazy. While some other things stayed as sharp and painful as they ever been. I think that if I read this right after finishing all of the currently published Mistborn books, I'd have given this at least 4.5 stars. But as I did not, it wasn't as emotional for me as it would have been. Well, let me rephrase that - some parts were very emotional. While some others just confused me. All of the parts that tied and interacted directly with the first three books of Mistborn were fantastic.Being behind the scenes of characters was such a clever way to introduce readers to more content. While other scenes that took the reader far places, weren't as fulfilling. At least not yet. I assume as cosmere expands further and further - everything will become even more relevant. In the end, I was satisfied with some answers, and needed way more with some others. I especially hoped that this would have answered the question of Marsh being in the 6th book? Unless that was not him, but ... ? There's always another secret, I guess :) My WEBSITE My INSTAGRAM My WORDPRESS BLOG

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    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 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 you're not caught up, please—please—do yourself a favor and avoid this novella at all costs. 2) See #1. 3) See #2. Other than that... prepare to have your mind blown. And have a box of tissues handy for the ending. ...Okay fine maybe that's just me, I'M A CRIER OKAY, leave me alone. ;)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Morfi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I wish I could give this book 1000 stars. First of all, Kelsier. I was so happy to get him back, and to learn there is going to be even more Kelsier in our future. He was my top 1 fav character in the first book and I was so socked when he died. And then in books 2 and 3 people's ideas about him kind of distorted his image to someone more godlike and altruistic, which he is not! And that's what I love about him. That he is so flawed, yet awesome. I am so looking forward to reading the Alloy of L I wish I could give this book 1000 stars. First of all, Kelsier. I was so happy to get him back, and to learn there is going to be even more Kelsier in our future. He was my top 1 fav character in the first book and I was so socked when he died. And then in books 2 and 3 people's ideas about him kind of distorted his image to someone more godlike and altruistic, which he is not! And that's what I love about him. That he is so flawed, yet awesome. I am so looking forward to reading the Alloy of Law now and then the rest of the books until he is finally back (in any form). He truly is the Survivor! Besides Kel's awesomeness this book was brilliant. I love to learn how things work in fantasy worlds and this book gave us more than a glimpse into what is happening begin closed curtains. It made me appreciate the Cosmere even more. It is not my first time reading books that had multiple universes and worlds connecting (my favourite Raymond E. Feist also used this idea in his book), but for some reason Sanderson approach is so unique that it intrigues the scientist in me even though it has nothing to do with science.

  29. 5 out of 5

    José

    Mini-review en español más abajo 5 mind-blowing stars: The title Secret History isn't a coincidence and the fact that the book doesn't have a proper description makes sense. If anyone reveals anything about the plot in their reviews, first they would be assholes, and second, they would spoil one of the finest stories ever written by Sanderson. So, I'll only write this: for the love of the Cosmere, read it AFTER finishing The Bands of Mourning (book 6 of the Mistborn series). I know it's listed as Mini-review en español más abajo 5 mind-blowing stars: The title Secret History isn't a coincidence and the fact that the book doesn't have a proper description makes sense. If anyone reveals anything about the plot in their reviews, first they would be assholes, and second, they would spoil one of the finest stories ever written by Sanderson. So, I'll only write this: for the love of the Cosmere, read it AFTER finishing The Bands of Mourning (book 6 of the Mistborn series). I know it's listed as book 3.5 because it takes place during and after the events of the first Mistborn trilogy; but it will ruin an awesome plot-twist in The Bands of Mourning. It's also a novella that explains some aspects of the Cosmere, which will give you a more detailed insight abput the bigger universe in which Sanderson sets the majority of his books. ---- No hay mucho que se pueda decir de esta historia, el mismo Sanderson dice que la existencia de esta novela corta era un secreto hasta ahora. Decir de qué trata es un spoiler grande como el mismísimo Cosmere, así que voy a ser breve: Léanla después de The Bands of Mourning a menos que quieran arruinarse uno de los mayores (y de los mejores) plot-twists que ha escrito Sanderson hasta el momento, realmente me voló la cabeza cuando lo leí y me parece la mejor forma de disfrutar de la saga Mistborn. También es un libro que empieza a aclarar muchos aspectos del Cosmere que Sanderson deja entrever en otros libros. Por si no lo sabías, los libros de Sanderson se desarrollan en diferentes planetas que forman parte de una misma galaxia... pues bien, este libro da respuestas más concretas acerca del origen del Cosmere; algo que en los demás libros transmite en forma un tanto confusa. También es recomendable (aunque no obligatorio) haber leído otras obras del autor antes, en especial Elantris, El Camino de los Reyes y Palabras Radiantes; más que nada para "agarrar" algunas de las referencias que se hacen a lo largo de esta novella. En fin, siempre llego a la misma conclusión: Sanderson es un genio y no deja de sorprenderme en cada libro.

  30. 5 out of 5

    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 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 imagination. I didn't full on cry but my eyes did get a little misty as my stomach clenched for many parts of this novella which unbelievably packed a bigger punch than anything else I've read from Sando! What that says about me ... I don't know 😊 😈 Sometimes I hate him, but really it is just envy for how he weaves everything together pulling the strings behind the scenes for the most amazing reveals when you figure them out. This clever peek behind the curtain is just as amazing as the full novels & only a fool could think less of anything this guy writes. Heck at this point I'd prob fangirl over a shopping list...it's too late for me - save yourselves! No actually, scratch that - READ HIS BOOKS 📚 Honestly you're just missing out if you don't! As to what actually happens in this novella I can say absolutely nothing without spoiling so much that has come before...suffice to say the wonderful humour I tune in for is present, cunning & clever people plot + plan and the world has expanded yet again with tidbits for how the whole Cosmere might be interconnected. Or maybe I'm reaching, but I hope not! I'd like to think 7.5 books in I can pick up on some masterfully scattered breadcrumbs. Please just do yourself a favour and pick up any of this mans books! Finally, I will say DON'T read this between Eras 1 & 2 of Mistborn, wait until after Bands of Mourning as this will spoil the most wonderful reveals!

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