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The Bands of Mourning

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling author returns to the world of Mistborn with the follow-up to Shadows of Self. With The Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self, Brandon Sanderson surprised his audience with a New York Times best-selling spin-off of his Mistborn books, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America. Now, with The Bands of Mourning, Sanderson continues the story.

The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.

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Ramps Up

At first I was getting bored but boy does this book ramp up big time!

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Can't wait for the next one!!!

I listen to 3 of these audible books in a row. Great series but I wish the original characters would come back to life!!! I so miss them. Thanks Brandon for writing an interesting series which is imaginative and great characters. And keep Michael Kramer as your narrator- he is the BEST!!!

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Great way to end the series

This book wraps us the series perfectly. I could not ask for anything better. #Audible1

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  • tim
  • 2018-09-14

Quick and Easy

I really enjoyed this next book in the series, it was quick and easy to read. I look forward to the next adventure.- #Audible1

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Love this Author

#Audible1 I am adding a written review in order to get into a draw, but still an excellent book.

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  • J
  • 2017-12-13

not the stongest in the series

I've loved the series and previous 5 books. but this one felt as though it had been writing in a hurry or while distracted. Characters did not seem consistent and sometimes feel like they were just walking archetypes with boring predictable dialogue. on the whole I thought the story could have been good and the broad stores great. hence why I feel it was written while distracted. That being said I suspect I will read the next in the series.

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enjoyable to the end

it's rare and impressive that this is the 5th and still as captive as the first one

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  • Don Gilbert
  • corona, ca United States
  • 2016-01-28

Wax and Wayne are Back!!!

This is the sixth book in the “Mistborn,” series and third with Wax and his side kick Wayne. It is still set in the early industrial city of Ladrian, three hundred years after the end of the first trilogy. The same magic systems of Allomancy and Feruchemy are still prevalent and through the story we learn more about the forbidden art of “Hemalurgy.
I believe this is a great addition to the Mistborn series, the story flows with more of the action that was prevalent in the first three books. Sanderson fills in some gaps that had been left from the other story lines and I really like the development of Steris and Marasi. We also learn more about the southern lands that had only been briefly mentioned before. I thought this was the end of the double trilogy but Sanderson leaves the door open for more adventures for Wax and Wayne; yes please..
About the narrator; Michael Kramer has always given a fantastic performance, this series would not have the same dynamic impact without him.

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  • Carrie
  • 2016-01-27

NOT disapointed!

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With Sanderson's words and Kramer's voice, I fell comfortably back into the Cosmere, with this book. Several times I found myself being drawn back into the first 3 Mistborn books, with more than one "AHH" and "AHA!" moments. A lot of secrets, holes, and loose ends seem to start to pull together in this, the next to last, book. My re-acquaintance with the characters was spontaneous and by the end of the book, my knowledge of the world Sanderson is building is several layers stronger. From beginning to end, my presumptions and predictions were proven wrong, with a twist here or a lurch there. I simply could not stop listening to this book. By the last couple of chapters, I was literally listening with a clenched fist, at my chest, and by the end, I was left with my mouth hanging open. My anticipation for the next Mistborn novel is almost too much to bear. Brandon Sanderson will be the death of me.

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  • S. Fisher
  • 2017-10-26

Interesting Bubblegum

Cowboys gone superhero/supervillain in an alternate world. . This fits well in fantasy fiction that crosses over the young adult/adult line. It was an easy read, with some interesting philosophies that were palatable and not too intense.

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  • Lore
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 2016-03-06

The investigation continues as the stakes escalate

Each book of the Mistborn Era 2 series continues to peel back the onion and escalate the stakes of the story to a whole new level. Wax finds himself once again helping the kandra as he heads south to look for the Bands of Mourning, which are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler himself. It is rumored that the bands grant anyone who wears them the powers of the Lord Ruler himself. Uncle Edwarn and The Set are also after the bands so the race is on to find them - if they do exist.

Wax only agrees to get involved because he suspects that his sister is being held captive by The Set and he makes it his priority to rescue her and to bring his uncle to justice. Wayne, Steris, Marasi, and MeLaan are all back for more and in this novel Steris' character really starts to come into her own. She finally starts to embrace the chaos of Wax's lifestyle and her compulsive organizational skills turn out to be a real asset

This book continues to do a good job of adding the technological advances of a more modern world on top of the existing magical systems of Allomancy, Feruchamy, and Hemalurgy. I had my doubts about it when it started but Sanderson masterfully makes it work and Michael Kramer continues to deliver excellent narration.

The series does not end here and seems to be building towards a battle of the gods in the final book of Era 2, The Lost Metal.

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  • Hlambase
  • 2016-01-27

Amazing book !

Like all Brandon Sanderson books, Bands of Mourning is really really well written and extremely entertaining. All the favorites, are back with all the action, mystery and mishaps. I have read loads of books by this particular author and I have to say that in my opinion, Steris is one of the most interesting, quirky and clever characters he has written. I had quite a few lol moments reading her antics. Enjoy you won't be disappointed.

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  • Brian Gordon
  • San Francisco
  • 2018-04-03

This series is getting tiresome

I don't know, I suppose this installment of the otherwise-great Mistborn series is fine, but I'm getting tired of Wax and Wayne. This series started with all of the wide-open possibilities of the original Mistborn trilogy and proceeded to take away all of the actual Mistborn and make it a Western for some reason. With aliens.

The characters are predictable and one-dimensional and getting fairly annoying three books deep in the trilogy. Multiple times in this book I completely stopped rooting for the good guys when they did something unnecessarily stupid and got into trouble. Sanderson is just making them do stupid things to artificially increase the danger and tension. It doesn't help that the villains don't make any sense; they seem to be just generically evil with no particular motivation.

By the last 2 hours I was wishing for it to end, and only finished it out of a feeling of duty to the series. I've read or listened to all of the rest of the Cosmere books except Elantris and I don't see why people like this one so much.

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  • Think about this
  • IL, United States
  • 2016-03-13

Mistborn continues, much to my glee

This is the third installment of Mistborn Era 2, glad to hear there is another "The Lost Metal" being written in this new Era. Have grown to like these characters, as I did with the first Mistborn. Steris, has to be the most evolving of them all, as I didn't like her at all two books ago. Wax is on a mission to stop Suit and free his captive sister. He enlists his companions, Wayne, Marasi, and Mielon, but Steris shows she can also be valuable to the cause.
A strange discovery brings about a whole new set of problems for the lawmen, as the Suit's band of outlaws seem to be one step ahead of everyone else in discovering new technology, but they plan to use it to rule the world. This new technology will have a dire consequence for mankind though, when it's secrets are figured out.

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  • Cameron Ruppe
  • 2016-01-28

Best One of the Three!

Where does The Bands of Mourning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love to read and listen to any Brandon Sanderson book, but this one was done in about 24 hours. I always enjoy the Story by Brandon and the Narration by Michael Kramer. There are so many things that come full circle in this book, and a few more questions that get you excited for the next installment. If you haven't read Brandon Sanderson yet, you don't know what you are missing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wayne, as always. He is funny and a phenomenal sidekick.

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, Michael is one of my favorite Narrators.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but I am not going to give away any spoilers.

Any additional comments?

Brandon Sanderson is the Bomb!

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  • Jake Hartwell
  • 2016-01-28

Brandon Sanderson is a Master!

Brandon Sanderson is truly one of the most gifted authors alive today. He has provided me countless hours of entertainment. I was very excited about The Bands of Mourning... and rightfully so. It was fantastic... great concepts, action, humor and overall writing. Occasionally I did feel like he was trying a little too hard to make Wayne kooky, but he still did get some laughs out of me. He has a very interesting outlook on life.

Overall and as expected, this was a great listen. I'm anxious to hear about the next time period of Mistborn.

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  • Chad
  • 2016-01-27

Action! Comedy! Fun! Sanderson At His Best!

There is so much to love in this book! I was hooked from the beginning and was up all night!

What stands out above all for myself, is the characters Wayne and Steris. They are so weird, and unique, and their characters are brought to life so well in this book! Their quirky banter had me in stitches! From the beginning, I found myself identifying with all the characters and cheering them on as they evolve and grow!

Sanderson has always had amazing magic systems and world building, but this book brings his characterization to new heights.

If you liked the first two, you will LOVE this one. Go get it now! If you are new to the series, read from the beginning!

Michael Kramer, you had me laughing so hard, great job!

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