Secret History

, #7

Published July 9, 2019 by gollancz uk.

ISBN:
978-1-4732-2504-6
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4 stars (71 reviews)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, "Mistborn: Secret History" is a companion story to the original Mistborn trilogy. Building upon the characterization, events, and worldbuilding of the original trilogy, this novella offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the fate of a certain reader-favorite character. Ten years in the making, "Mistborn: Secret History" might answer a few of your questions.

2 editions

reviewed Secret History by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, #7)

Definitely read this if you have some time to spare

4 stars

Content warning Spoilers for certain parts of the book

A must-read for fans of the original Mistborn trilogy and Sanderson's Cosmere

4 stars

I had completely missed this when it came out. No full review since nearly everything is a spoiler. But if you enjoyed the original Mistborn trilogy and are interested in learning more about the Cosmere, you should check this one out.

Review of 'Secret History' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I'm very happy to return to the world of Mistborn, especially that of the first era. That said, this book largely fills in details between events that you already knew, or had guessed at. Even in the author notes, Sanderson acknowledges that this book could have read like a set of footnotes. For me, it allows us to reconnect with loved characters while trudging along a narrative that is just okay... There are tantalizing hints behind the further secrets of Mistborn, writing out that which could be analyzed from the Wax and Wayne novels.

But who am I kidding - if you're thinking about reading Mistborn 3.5, there's no way to keep you from reading it. I personally think the spoilers are sufficient that you should wait until you've finished Bands of Mourning (Mistborn 6).

I spent most of the Wax and Wayne trilogy not believing in Kelsier's survival, and …

Review of 'Secret History' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Time to Read: 2 hours 45 minutes

Rating: 9/10

I loved this story. I could go on about how fascinating all the little worldbuilding details that connect to other cosmere stuff is, along with how strong Kelsier's characterization is during every second of this novella (such as him immediately punching god after death), how little connections to the amazing mistborn trilogy such as Lord Ruler's perfect characterization as he goes into the Beyond after a millennia of fighting, or how this whole story was foreshadowed in the original Mistborn trilogy. But there are 2 main reasons I loved this so much.

1. The wider Cosmere implications/explanations. I loved seeing explicit explanations of what exactly is going on with the different Gods and planets throughout the Cosmere with the 16 people that ascended after killing God.

2. Kelsier saying goodbye to Vin got me hella emotional. I didn't cry but I …

Review of 'Secret History' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Un court roman que l'on peut présenter comme un "compagnon" de la trilogie Mistborn que j'ai lue juste avant. Le récit s'intéresse à un personnage central du premier roman mais que l'on avait perdu de vue - à juste titre - dans les deux suivants. Nous assistons alors aux coulisses des événements relatés dans les deux derniers romans de la trilogie. C'est pas mal fait, même si j'ai trouvé que ça manquait un peu de rythme. Plaisant, mais pas franchement indispensable à mon avis.

Review of 'Secret History' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

2022 Mistborn Re-read:

They sat there together. Two friends at the edge of the world, at the end and start of time.

This little novella packs a punch and is not only integral to the Mistborn story but the Cosmere as a whole.

2018 Mistborn Re-read: This story is bigger and more significant than I remembered.

Worth the time to read and learn more about the Cosmere.

Original read
"The Shards," Khriss said, drawing Kelsier's attention, "are not God, but they are pieces of God. Ruin, Preservation, Autonomy, Cultivation, Devotion...There are sixteen of them."

It meant age, and he had a sudden impression of a strange symbol made from four dots and some lines that curved, like ripples in a river.


I, incorrectly, have been avoiding reading Sanderson's novellas. I thought the novellas would be one off stories where there was no connection to anything and, in the …

Review of 'Secret History' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Writing-wise, not Brandon's best, but this story is awesome. So many odd, tiny gaps from the original trilogy make sense now. And I definitely want to go over that series again. Plus, it was just so great to follow Kelsier again. I love him, even when he's being an ass, which is most of the time. But, my brain also hurts, because a lot of the story hinges on events and time lines from the trilogy, so if you're not up on those, maybe read them first.

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