Friday, November 4, 2011

Review- The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

 The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)
The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

Author-Brandon Sanderson
320 pages
Publisher – Tor
Date – November 8, 2011


From Goodreads:

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.
Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.
One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn, who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

My thoughts:

Sanderson's Mistborn series is one of my all time favorite fantasy series. This newest addition to what I thought was a complete series was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't crazy about the Western/Steampunk setting of The Alloy of Law but I certainly enjoyed the incredible magic system and the wonderful way Sanderson creates such authentic characters and a story that is non-stop enjoyment. There were of course several surprising twists and turns that kept this short read exciting all the way to the end. While Alloy of Law undeniably cannot compare with the depth and intricate world building of his earlier books in this series or many of his other works, it is still an entertaining story and a must read for any fan of Brandon Sanderson.

It's not necessary to read the first three books to enjoy The Alloy of Law, this is almost an entirely new creation that builds upon the world and magic system created in the previous books but with wholly new and original characters and premise. This just solidifies why Brandon Sanderson is one of my absolute favorite authors. I would recommend The Alloy of Law to any fans of high fantasy, steampunk, westerns, unique magic systems, and of course the Mistborn series.

Rating – 4



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TheReadingPenguin said...

I'm definitely intrigued by the Misborn series. I'm still not fully committed to any steampunk series right now, but I'd love to find one that works for me.

The Happy Booker said...

I definitely wouldn't describe the Mistborn series as Steampunk, I would call it High Fantasy. Alloy of Law however does have a more Steampunk feel but it is set 300 years after the last Mistborn novel but still in the same world. I hope you do get a chance to try that series, it really is wonderful. Sanderson creates such intricate worlds with unique and complex magic systems, and also creates characters that are three dimensional and engaging. Vin from the Mistborn series is one of my all time favorite heroines.

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