Shadows of Self

"Shadows of Self" by Brandon Sanderson is the second book in the Wax and Wayne series, set in the Mistborn universe. This steampunk-infused fantasy explores political intrigue and moral dilemmas in the city of Elendel, featuring lawman Wax and his partner Wayne.
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“Shadows of Self” is the second installment in the Wax and Wayne series, which itself is a subseries of Brandon Sanderson’s acclaimed Mistborn universe. Set several centuries after the original Mistborn trilogy, the book blends traditional fantasy elements with a steampunk aesthetic. Readers find themselves in the bustling city of Elendel, where lawman Waxillium “Wax” Ladrian and his witty partner Wayne navigate a complex landscape of politics and power dynamics, all while using their unique Allomantic and Feruchemical abilities. These Twinborn powers contribute to the book’s complex magic system, tying it closely to the broader Cosmere universe. The story is also a testament to Sanderson’s ability to evolve his world-building, infusing the traditional Mistborn setting with technological advancements and social complexities. The book delves deep into the psychological facets of its characters and presents moral quandaries, largely facilitated by the overseeing god-like entity, Harmony. It’s a must-read for fans of the series and provides a nuanced look into the evolution of a world post-revolution, touching upon issues like class struggle, governance, and the nature of divinity.