The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

Kobo ebook | November 8, 2011

byBrandon Sanderson

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Fresh from the success of The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson, best known for completing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time®, takes a break to return to the world of the bestselling Mistborn series.

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.

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Fresh from the success of The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson, best known for completing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time®, takes a break to return to the world of the bestselling Mistborn series.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...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 8, 2011Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as I'd hoped Unlike the previous Mistborn books, there is almost no character development here. The plot twists aren't great. And the finale (epilogue?), where we learn who the Big Bad is, is just plain dumb: how could anyone be silly enough to go and confront Big Bad alone, with no plan whatsoever? Look, it's a competent enough story. But if you've read the Mistborn trilogy or Elantris and were hoping for similar amazing fare, you're going to be disappointed.
Date published: 2015-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alloy of law A good extension on a good trilogy.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice spinoff Great characters, interesting magic system. Slow to start but hard to put down after the first half.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and Clever A worthy sequel to the Mistborn trilogy. Strong characters, wonderful setting, and a masterful use of description.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unquestionable Ruler of the World A good continuation of the Mistborn series. I hope there will be more. Kind if anticlimactic at the end.
Date published: 2014-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Another awesome book. Fantastic !
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average read I enjoyed it but my least favorites of his books. Still worth reading.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Need the next book Who is the black hooded guy????
Date published: 2013-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Wax & Wayne are worthy successors to Vin and the rest of Kelsier's crew.
Date published: 2013-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic audiobook done with individualized character voices! Pros: fantastic narration with individual voices, good pacing, lots of action and intrigue, highly visual / Cons: characters keep fighting despite serious injuries / Waxillium Ladrian has been called back to the metropolis of Elendel from the Roughs to take over his deceased uncle's business. No longer accustomed to life in the city, after spending so much time as a law keeper in the Roughs, Waxillium tries to subvert his natural tendencies in order to be a good lord. But those intentions fall away when the latest in a spree of robberies and kidnappings hit too close to home. Joined by his former partner Wayne and a clever young woman studying law at the university, Wax is determined to solve this case./ Sanderson has created a fantastic world. The Alloy of Law takes place some 300 years after his Mistborn trilogy, but you don't need to read that in order to enjoy this novel. A cross between fantasy and western - with a little steampunk thrown in - it's helped usher in a new subgenre of fantasy (others that do the same thing would be Gemma Files's A Book of Tongues, Christine Cody's Bloodlands and Mike Resnick's Buntline Special). The mythology is touched on briefly, but the real treat here is the 'magic' of Allomancy and Feruchemy, both ways to manipulate metals. Wax is a twinborn, meaning he can do both forms of magic - using his metal minds he can manipulate his weight and as a coinshot he's able to push on steel. These abilities, combined with a steady hand and sharp wits make him a formidable lawman./ Wayne acts as necessary comedic relief from Wax's melancholy and seriousness. Wayne's abilities are to create a speed bubble in which time flows faster for him (allowing him to dodge bullets and have private conversations in a room full of people) and the ability to heal himself quickly, provided he has health built up (done by being sick for an equivalent amount of time in advance)./ The audiobook narrator, Michael Kramer, does an amazing job. Not only is the narration crisp and clear - properly enunciated and easy to follow - but he does voices too! Each character, when speaking has their own individualized voice. And Wayne, who uses disguises throughout the book, is voiced with various accents. It's absolutely remarkable and made listening to the book such a pleasure./ The book is well paced, with downtime and action all culminating in a great showdown. And so much of the story is easy to visualize. When Wax flies through the mist in his billowing mistcoat, guns blazing... This book would make a fantastic film./ The only real 'complaint' I had, was that Wax managed to keep fighting even when subject to multiple injuries. Given that he has no healing abilities (unlike Wayne) it seemed a bit far fetched that getting shot wouldn't faze him beyond a little bit of pain. But that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book at all./ If you want a different kind of fantasy, like westerns or just good storytelling, pick this one up. It's the first in a series but wraps up nicely so if you don't feel like continuing you don't have to. Though, the fantastic writing and fun characters will probably have you waiting impatiently for book two.
Date published: 2012-02-21