The Bands of Mourning

June 23, 2016

Mistborn #6. Author: Brandon Sanderson.


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. (Good reads summary.)

My Thoughts:

Having realized that Sanderson switched genres on purpose, I’ve been enjoying this cycle rather more. Also, I realized suddenly that Steris has sneakily had a lot of character development – she’s become much more awesome, without changing her personality at all.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Man changes in the room with his betrothed, but she turns her back. [In searching three taverns] No luck, though her backside did get three separate comments, so there was that. Some innuendo in speech (i.e. Wayne trying to make people uncomfortable again). Man finds engaged woman studying a book of anatomy with detailed descriptions of human reproduction – it turns out she’s worried about her upcoming marriage. Character finds young man and woman kissing in a train car, both with shirts off. A type of shapeshifter wanders into her companion’s room wearing “nothing more than a tight pair of shorts and a cloth wrapped around her chest” and asks their opinion on what size of breasts she should have tomorrow. Some kissing.

Language: 30 d***, 18 hell, 5 derogatory terms.

Violence: Character’s arm is torn by steel nail shot at him. Character hit by metal bar in chest. One character uses alomancy to essentially shoot another in the skull. Gun fight, man killed, no details. (Multiple gun fights, actually.) A fist fight. Character is stabbed through chest with a sword. Man breaks multiple bones in falling, then heals them.


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