Mistborn (series)

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Mistborn is a fantasy series by Brandon Sanderson. It is a major part of the cosmere sequence and is set mostly on the Shardworld Scadrial.

It is most well known as the trilogy of Mistborn: The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages, but there have been additional installments. Brandon originally planned a "trilogy of trilogies" but this has been expanded into a number of series over various eras in the history of Scadrial.

Era 1: First Mistborn Trilogy[edit]

The first Mistborn trilogy chronicles the efforts of a secret group of Allomancers who attempt to overthrow a dystopian empire and establish themselves in a world covered by ash.

Year Book Order Length Notes Refs
2006 Mistborn: The Final Empire #1 Novel
2007 The Well of Ascension #2 Novel
2008 The Hero of Ages #3 Novel
2011 The Eleventh Metal #0.5 Short Story Released in the core rule book of the Mistborn Adventure Game, later in Arcanum Unbounded
2016 Mistborn: Secret History #3.5 Novella Occurs concurrently with events from the end of Mistborn: The Final Empire to the end of The Hero of Ages. Should ideally be read after The Bands of Mourning.

Era 2: Wax and Wayne Series[edit]

Set about 300 years after Era 1, the Wax and Wayne series is about the exploits of Waxillium Ladrian, a "wild-west Deputy" forced to move into the big city, and starts investigating kidnappings and robberies.

Year Book Order Length Notes Refs
2011 The Alloy of Law #1 Novel
2015 Shadows of Self #2 Novel [1] [2] [3]
2016 The Bands of Mourning #3 Novel [1] [4] [3]
~2021 The Lost Metal #4 Novel Not Released [5]
2014 Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania N/A Short Story Released in the Alloy of Law supplement of the Mistborn Adventure Game, later in Arcanum Unbounded [6]

The Alloy of Law was initially conceived as one of several short stories Brandon wanted to set between the first and second main trilogies that eventually grew into a full novel, and then a series.[7] The Wax and Wayne series is a single four book series, however The Alloy of Law stands more-or-less alone while the rest are plotted together like a trilogy.[8]

Brandon has also said that he may do some more stories before the second trilogy, set in a 1940's society.[8]

Era 3: Second Mistborn Trilogy[edit]

The second trilogy will be set in the early computer age with 1980s technology. The main character is planned as a Terris woman who is a computer programmer and Nicroburst; her brother is also planned to be a character.[9][10] Peter has described her as a "brown Terris geek girl", though he does point out that this could change by the time the series is actually being written.[11]

The Southern Scadrians will be well known by the rest of Scadrial in this era.[12]

Brandon had initially planned for the trilogy to feature an Allomancer SWAT team, but is now leaning more towards a spy thriller.[13] It will probably be released in the 2020s, after Stormlight 5 and the Elantris sequels.[14]

Era 4: Third Mistborn Trilogy[edit]

The third trilogy is going to be a space-opera with Allomancy-powered faster-than-light technology.[15] Hoid will be a main character in this trilogy.[16] The Sleepless, or Dysian Aimians, will also have a major role in this trilogy.[17]

There may be two more currently untitled cosmere series written before this trilogy.[8]

Other media[edit]

Cover Gallery[edit]


  • MISTBORN: THE HERO OF AGES (Tor, Fall 2008)
  • Audio rights (entire series) to Macmillan Audio
  • Bulgarian rights (entire series) to Bard.
  • Chinese rights (traditional; entire series) to Fantasy Foundation
  • Chinese rights (simplified; entire series) to Shanghai Wanyu
  • Czech rights (entire series) to Talpress
  • French rights (entire series) to Calmann-Levy
  • German rights (entire series) to Heyne
  • Greek rights (entire series) to Fantastikos Kosmos
  • Hebrew rights (#1-2) to Opus Press
  • Hungarian rights (#1-3) to DeltaVision
  • Italian rights (#1-3) to Fanucci
  • Indonesian rights (#1-3) to Mizan Publishing
  • Japanese rights (entire series) to Hayakawa
  • Polish rights (entire series) to Mag
  • Russian rights (#1-2) to EKSMO
  • Russian rights (#1-3) to Azbooka-Atticus
  • Serbian rights (#1-3) to Laguna
  • Spanish rights (entire series) to Ediciones B
  • Turkish rights (#1-3) to Arkadas
  • UK rights (entire series) to Orion/Gollancz
  • Film rights for MISTBORN to Chris Geary and Paloppa Pictures LLC[18]


  • THE HERO OF AGES — #21 on NY Times hardcover list
  • THE WELL OF ASCENSION — Finalist for Romantic Times Award, Best Epic Fantasy
  • THE HERO OF AGES — Winner of the Romantic Times Award, Best Epic Fantasy
  • THE HERO OF AGES — Finalist for the inaugural David Gemmell Award
  • All three Mistborn Trilogy books are SF Book Club selections
  • THE HERO OF AGES — selected as an Indie Next List Notable for Dec. 2008[18]


  1. a b Tor Shadows of Self and Bands of Mourning announcement - Dec 18th, 2014Cite:
  2. Shadows of Self cover reveal - Feb 23rd, 2015Cite:
  3. a b "Calamity is Done" blog post
    Brandon's website - May 29th, 2015Cite:
  4. Bands of Mourning cover reveal - Apr 9th, 2015Cite:
  5. State of the Sanderson 2018
    Brandon's website - 2018-12-18Cite: State of the Sanderson/2018#
  6. Allomancer Jak release announcement
    Brandon's website - Oct 21, 2014Cite:
  7. Two More Mistborn Novels
    Brandon's website - Oct 29th, 2013Cite:
  8. a b c State of the Sanderson 2014
    Brandon's website - 2014-12-18Cite: State of the Sanderson/2014#
  9. JordanCon 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-04-23#
  10. /r/fantasy AMA 2011
    Arcanum - 2011-08-31#
  11. Peter commenting on the next trilogy.
    — Twitter - Aug 19th, 2015Cite: Twitter/BrandSanderson/634012031415271424#
  12. Firefight San Francisco signing
    Arcanum - 2015-01-17#
  13. Stormlight Three Update #4
    Arcanum - 2016-10-04#
  14. State of the Sanderson 2014
    Arcanum - 2014-12-18#
  15. /r/fantasy AMA 2011
    Arcanum - 2011-08-31#
  16. #SandersonChat Twitter Q&A with
    Arcanum - 2016-02-04#
  17. Leipzig Book Fair
    Arcanum - 2017-03-24#
  18. a b Brandon's Awful Agent page
    — Awful Agent #
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