Have You Read “The Lost Metal”? (My Thoughts)

This weekend I finished the epic final book in the second Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, The Lost Metal, and I loved it.

If you’re not familiar with Mistborn, it’s a series that Sanderson created with the idea that he would revisit the same world over 3 distinct periods of time. The original trilogy takes place in a Victorian-period analog, the second trilogy (the one concluded by The Lost Metal) happens a few hundred years later in a booming 1920s analogy, and I’m guessing the final trilogy will jump forward into the future.

I absolutely love the progression of this world, particularly seeing how magic exponentially impacts civilization. The Legend of Korra did this in a similar way, adding to the world of Avatar. The Mistborn world is also connected to the greater “cosmere” that Sanderson has created over many other novels.

If this intrigues you, please stop reading and check out the books (starting with the first trilogy), as I’m delving into spoilers below.

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I don’t think I’ve highlighted as many passages I have in any Mistborn book as I have in The Lost Metal. In particular, I love how Wax helped Wayne reconcile who Wayne was with who Wayne now is. It was truly touching, and it struck home with me, especially given Wayne’s sacrifice at the end.

The big twist about where all the missing people were was both devastating and fascinating. I’ve seen a few other books do something similar, but from the perspective of the people underground, not those who find them.

I also enjoyed seeing other types of people from across the cosmere show up throughout the book, and not just for cameos. I need to watch a video about to help remind me about which of those types of people we’ve already met in other books vs those who were newly introduced.

Overall, I thought it was a highly entertaining and satisfying conclusion to the series, and I look forward to the final trilogy (and all those surprise book that Sanderson Kickstarted–they should start arriving in 2023, right?). What was your favorite moment or connection int The Lost Metal?

4 thoughts on “Have You Read “The Lost Metal”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. For me it was when Wayne finally realized he was a good person. Mental health is a serious issue and seeing him strugle with it through the series to finally come to terms with who he was at the end really was powerful.

    I really enjoyed watching his his journey and loved how they wrapped of era 2

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  2. I thought it was interesting how much the Cosmere was on screen and out front. There was an explicit display of different magics, including one we’ve never seen before in published works. Most of the other books in the Cosmere have had hints about the Cosmere, and if you’re paying attention, you can know what’s going on. So to have it be right out there, and to give us a new perspective on the Ghostbloods that is in stark contrast to the view we get in Stormlight, was really fun. It was neat seeing a character that I loved from one of my favorite short stories (Emperor’s Soul).

    What’s really interesting to me is that you get some clues as to what might happen in the 5th Stormlight book. The second Era on Scadrial takes place chronologically after the first era of Stormlight. So the events in the Lost Metal are after Stormlight 5. So it seems that transporting stormlight wasn’t really feasible, but that Kelsier discovered the Dor instead, which is transportable. And we learn that they can’t really get to Roshar, so something happens preventing them from accessing Roshar.

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