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Reading: The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson

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Published On: February 1, 2024
The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson

I didn’t waste time picking up the last book in the Mistborn Era 2. The Lost Metal is a better book than the previous book The Bands of Mourning. The universe finally expanded and got connected with Cosmere’s overarching plot. The stakes got bigger but not necessarily better.

I liked Wax’s character development here. It went well. The Ghostbloods make a return here with Kelsier of all people. I loved learning about that side of the plot.

I’ve noticed I didn’t enjoy the street-level side of things in this series. Whenever the plot shifts to the Cosmere side of things I miraculously gain interest in this series. Otherwise, it’s just a forgettable book series.

Amazon Blurb of The Lost Metal

Return to #1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn world of Scadrial as its second era, which began with The Alloy of Law, comes to its earth-shattering conclusion in The Lost Metal.

For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set—with his late uncle and his sister among their leaders—since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms and her partner, Wayne, find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead. Conflict between the capital, Elendel, and the Outer Cities only favors the Set, and their tendrils now reach to the Elendel Senate—whose corruption Wax and his wife, Steris, have sought to expose—and Bilming is even more entangled.

After Wax discovers a new type of explosive that can unleash unprecedented destruction and realizes that the Set must already have it, an immortal kandra serving Scadrial's god, Harmony, reveals that Bilming has fallen under the influence of another god: Trell, worshipped by the Set. And Trell isn't the only factor at play from the larger Cosmere—Marasi is recruited by offworlders with strange abilities who claim their goal is to protect Scadrial . . . at any cost.

Wax must choose whether to set aside his rocky relationship with God and once again become the Sword that Harmony has groomed him to be. If no one steps forward to be the hero Scadrial needs, the planet and its millions of people will come to a sudden and calamitous ruin.

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4 comments on “Reading: The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson”

  1. The trap of Cosmere novels is discovering the overarching inter-series plot and focusing on it rather than the books themselves. It's really fun and exciting, but letting it become all you're looking for in the books can ruin (heh) the experience.

  2. This series is not the typical Brandon novel. Which throws people off a little bit expecting a certain type of scenery society and technology.

    But to say it's forgettable that's ridiculous, it's one of my favorite series. And the lost metal is the best of the 4. Some of the coolest combat to visualize.

    1. Era 2 just didn't work for me. I like side characters more than the main characters. I just don't care about the main characters enough to love this series. I loved era 1 so much. this one was a disappointment.