The Alloy of Law

a Mistborn novel (Mistborn)

332 pages

English language

Published April 17, 2011

ISBN:
9780765330420
OCLC Number:
707969381

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4 stars (19 reviews)

"Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is 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 hisAllomancy 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 …

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Ever wanted western fantasy?

5 stars

The original Mistborn trilogy has a traditional fantasy setting, maybe as late as Victorian, but this one is a bit more modern than that. Alloy of Law is set a couple hundred years later when they've discovered things like electricity and trains. Sort of a western vibe, though most of the story takes place in the city. This was actually only supposed to be a one-off story to showcase how things have progressed on Scadrial, the Mistborn planet, but people loved reading it, and Sanderson loved writing it, so this accidentally became the first in a series of four books.

Review of 'The Alloy of Law' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Another fine addition to the Mistborn universe.

Good characters and lots (and lots) of action. The world building is mostly set already from the prior Mistborn books, though it takes it in a new direction and hints at things to come. [a:Brandon Sanderson|38550|Brandon Sanderson|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1201547425p2/38550.jpg] is planning 2 additional trilogies in the Mistborn universe and this novel feels like a stepping stone between the first and second trilogy.

You won't get the deep sense of satisfaction from the original trilogy: there isn't a lot of new world building, the list of characters is small and only a few develop meaningfully, and the plot, while fast-paced, ends with a few things unfinished. It left me wondering if the next trilogy will be set a few years from this event or will be decades later and incorporate what the 'bad guys' were trying to accomplish. I'm hoping for the later.



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