Mistborn: Secret HistoryMistborn: 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.
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.
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