Review: Shadows of Self

“Wax moved over, gun out, and glanced around the corner into the kitchen. It was just large enough for one person to lie down in. He knew this because of the bloody corpse stretched out on the floor…” ~ Brandon Sanderson, Shadows of Self

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
436 pages
Published by Tor, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Re-readability: I will probably re-read this one, along with all of the other Cosmere books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Pete
Spoiler-free review

This is a sequel in a very traditional sense—more of the same, but not in a bad way.

Shadows of Self returns to Wax, Wayne, and Marasi as they struggle to keep a corrupt city from collapsing on itself. There are mysteries, interrogations, and plenty of magic. It’s a blast. But it also gives us a deeper look at the three protagonists and sets the tone for the rest of the series.

Sanderson pulls off a clever plot revelation that deepens an already intriguing character toward the end of this book, and it really made the story for me. I have always felt that his characters are the strongest point of his writing, and the Wax and Wayne books are a great example of this. Characters that appear to be comical action heroes and up being much deeper—and it’s this surprise that makes the Wax and Wayne books so good.

The plot seemed to stagnate briefly around the two-thirds mark, but the fantastic climax tied things together and more than made up for  the pacing issue.

Overall, Shadows of Self was a notch better than Alloy of Law, but it’s hard to pick a favorite between the two.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Website Built with

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: