Shadows of Self - Brandon Sanderson

Having become a huge Brandon Sanderson fan in recent months, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next Mistborn book, Shadows of Self. Picking up where the previous book left off, we find Waxillium Ladrian drawn into yet another mystery in the city of Elendel, this time bringing in more mythology established in the original Mistborn trilogy. When Governor Innate’s brother is found murdered in his own home, along with all his criminally-minded party guests, there are no obvious leads to indicate how these murders were carried out….

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Having loved a few of Sanderson’s novels now, I was keen to expand my fantasy library with Warbreaker. In his usual stellar fashion, Sanderson depicts a new fantasy world with its own rules regarding magic and its uses. As many fantasy novels do, this one begins with two warring nations and the tentative peace treaty between them, with one of the big problems being magic. The royal family of Idris are firmly against the use of breath, whereby someone can collect other people’s breaths to increase their own strength and…

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

I love reading anything by Brandon Sanderson, so when Steelheart popped up on NetGalley I knew I had to have it right away. The book begins in the past, with a flashback to our protagonist, David, and his father visiting a bank on a seemingly ordinary day. Their lives have changed in the wake of Calamity, an event which transformed a select few humans into Epics – beings with extraordinary powers. These powerful men and women are now running the city of Newcago, with one in particular claiming the ultimate…

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

After downloading and enjoying the first book in the Midnight, Texas series, I knew I had to get straight onto NetGalley and acquire the next instalment, Day Shift by Charlaine Harris. This time around, the residents of the sleepy Dallas town of Midnight find their lives disturbed by the renovation of an old hotel. The hotel has been in disrepair for years, but now a property company has decided to renovate it and make it open to the public once more. This poses a great risk to the privacy of…

Midnight Crossroad

Surprisingly, I have never read anything by Charlaine Harris before, so I was keen to read the first in her new series, Midnight Crossroad. The series is about the sleepy little town of Midnight, Texas, the kind of place where you might stop to refuel, but not really pay any attention to. There is little passing trade, and the residents all seem to have their own reasons for moving in to such a place. As such, the first chapter takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the town, introducing us…

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

A tale of corruption and lost cities, Elantris by Brandon Sanderson was his first fantasy novel, and sets the precedent that everything that has followed. The book begins with Arelon’s Crown Prince, Raoden, having woken up and discovered that he has been marked by the Shaod. The Shaod is a mysterious disease that can afflict anyone in the city, causing them to come out in black blotches and to lose their hair. As a result, all those infected with the Shaod are thrown into the city of Elantris, a city…

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson UK cover

Set three-hundred years after the Mistborn trilogy, The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson visits the reshaped empire of Scadrial, which has been changed by the dawn of technology, with railways and skyscrapers clouding the landscape. Amidst the town of Elendel, the magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy remain prevalent, although magic such as Kelsier, Vin and Elend’s is long since consigned to the history books. However, there are those who are twinborn, possessing one element of both Allomancy and Feruchemy, such as our protagonist, Waxillium Ladrian, who can both increase…


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