Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: Mistborn: Secret History

Mistborn: Secret History
by Brandon Sanderson  (Mistborn #3.5)
Published January 26th 2016 by Dragonsteel

Mistborn: Secret History is a companion story to the original Mistborn trilogy.

As such, it contains HUGE SPOILERS for the books Mistborn (The Final Empire), The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages. It also contains very minor spoilers for the book The Bands of Mourning.

Mistborn: Secret History builds upon the characterization, events, and worldbuilding of the original trilogy. Reading it without that background will be a confusing process at best.

In short, this isn’t the place to start your journey into Mistborn. (Though if you have read the trilogy—but it has been a while—you should be just fine, so long as you remember the characters and the general plot of the books.)

Saying anything more here risks revealing too much. Even knowledge of this story’s existence is, in a way, a spoiler.

There’s always another secret.
Mistborn: Secret History. It's right there in the title: this is a SECRET history.  That being said, there is very little that can be discussed here, plot-wise because everything is a MASSIVE spoiler for The Mistborn Series. The blurb says that this novella contains major spoilers for the original Mistborn trilogy and only minor spoilers for the Wax and Wayne series, but like many other readers, I disagree.  This book contains MAJOR spoilers for all of the Mistborn books. DO.NOT.READ.this book unless you are fully caught up, up to The Bands of Mourning, otherwise that ending will not have the effect that it should. Which is: blowing your mindhole.

Moving on to what we can actually discuss here.  Secret History is the novella that Mistborn fans have been waiting for. The one they deserve.  This book changed everything for me.  I feel like I understand my beloved series on a whole other level now.  Sanderson has given us background for the entire series, complete with the logic that was behind certain key twists that might not have sat well with some readers.  Every single detail of this story has been transformed. My understanding for the series has deepened and been fully transformed.  I have this intense craving to reread the entire series all over again just to be able to fully revel in what I'd missed the first time around.

With a simple 149 page novella, Sanderson has broadened the scope of his entire universe tenfold. Lord Ruler knows, I've raved about the man's writing skills time and time again but now? Even I'm left speechless!  Yes, this novella is a MUST READ for fans of the Mistborn Series. You can not continue to exist without having this book in your life. I was completely swept away from the first page and remained riveted through the very end. The feels though!! I was not prepared for so many feels to assault me and leave me broken and crying in a heap.  Secret History is all that and more!

There is always another secret. And with Secret History, Brandon Sanderson has outdone himself in that respect. If you survive reading this, I'll be here to hug it out afterwards.Very rarely do novellas earn a 5-star rating for me but this one did just that. And then some. My first 5-star read of 2016!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

22 comments:

  1. Why haven't I read this series yet Micheline?! WHY!!!! I actually haven't read anything by Brandon Sanderson and that clearly is unacceptable. Must try him soon, starting with these books:)

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    1. I don't know Jenny!! But I hope you'll get a chance to fix that soon ;) I'd love to hear your thoughts on Sanderson!

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  2. Double high five for a novella that blows you away, changes everything about a favourite series -all in under 150 pages!! Now THAT's talent :D

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    1. *high five* I agree, I was surprised by how blown away I was and THAT is saying something!

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  3. I so need to read this series! You are quickly becoming my go to for must read fantasy and I love it! Great review!

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    1. YAS! A higher compliment could not be had :D I hope you check it out soon Teresa and that you love it as much as I do!!

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  4. I like stuff like this, where an author puts something out that expands on a world or books and adds more. Obviously not having read Sanderson I wouldn't start here, but it does look intriguing and somehow I've got to fit some Sanderson writing into my life! Maybe he can take GRRM's place as my fantasy go-to as those books don't seem to be coming any time soon!

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    1. Yeah it was brilliant all around! I hope you get to Sanderson soon Greg, as a GRRM fan, I'd love to know what you'd make of Sanderson! And then I'd have to read GRRM to balance things out XD

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  5. 150 pages is actually a good sized novella - I always wonder about novellas and whether I should read them, but this one definitely sounds worthwhile!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It is, but it read SO effortlessly, it seemed to fly by in no time! Yeah this one is 100% a MUST for fans of the Mistborn series!

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  6. Oh you've hooked me now. I wasn't originally going to pick this up, but now..."This book changed everything for me." Wow, that's one powerful statement that just can't be ignored! Now I'm curious what's in here that made it all click for you! I usually skip novellas, and I admit when I saw this book I totally thought it would be a "side" thing. But okay, now I think I'll really have to grab this!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. OMG Mogsy YOU MUST READ THIS!! Novellas can be tricky, some are must reads but others just aren't. This one is absolutely required for fans of the series. You WILL be blown away. I can't wait to talk to you about it!! XD

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  7. Well, I haven't read these series so I couldn't read much of your review. I like the premise though! I love books that really give you more to a series.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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    1. I kept it spoiler free Lauren, so no worries there! Same here^^ Thanks for stopping by :)

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  8. Ohh I want to read! I've been meaning to read Mistborn and I even borrowed the book from the library, unfortunately, I had to return it unread... :(

    Def requesting this again!

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    1. Gah! YES YOU MUST! I hope you love it as much as I do :D

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  9. That is so awesome that a novella packed such a punch! The thing that I dislike about novellas that are part of a beloved series is that I usually end up wanting more and wishing they were full length novels instead, lol!

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    1. I know what you mean...this one was absolute perfection though and it tied into the sequel series so the want for more can and will be met LOL!

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  10. Wow. I didn't even know this existed! Great review. I've only read the first Mistborn, and I kind of want to re-read it before reading the rest of the series and now this novella. So much to read! I agree with you that Sanderson is a master. I love everything I read by him.

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    1. It's a very new release Nori^^ Thank you :) A reread would probably be a good idea but even though they're thick, they're pretty quick reads. Soooo worth it too! I hope you get a chance to catch up soon :D Sanderson is the best!

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  11. Yay that you finished reading it & enjoyed it Micheline! =D I agree, it definitely changes/enhances your perspective on events in the series to date--and definitely left me wanting to re-read the first trilogy! Alas, so many books, so little time xD lol

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    1. Enjoyed it is too mild! I was BLOWN AWAY LOL! It changed everything for me and now I want to reread the original trilogy SO BAD...but you're right: not enough time! LOL!

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