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Brandon Sanderson , Michael Kramer
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Nov. 8 2011 Mistborn (Book 4)

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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Praise for THE ALLOY OF LAW:

“Kramer is the type of reader who is skillful enough to read a story without making his character voicing sound forced. He provides enough differences in character speech patterns and accents to help you easily follow the story.” – SFF Audio

“Sanderson’s blend of rapid-fire action, vivid characterization, and snappy, bantering dialogue makes for a great audio experience. Reader Michael Kramer has an incredibly impressive vocal range, from the natural baritone in which he narrates to the alto he uses for women. Macmillan is also to be commended for including with the audio a PDF of a facsimile broadsheet that appears in the print version of the books and which would not have translated easily into audio. Be smart and don’t miss this one.” – Locus

“Michael Kramer performs a terrific frontiersman – laconic and drawling…This is a Western, at least in spirit, set within a fantasy world with an innovative magic system that’s fun to figure out.” – AudioFile Magazine

Praise for the Mistborn series and Brandon Sanderson:

“ [The Hero of Ages] brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax…. Sanderson’s saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith, and responsibility.”
--Publishers Weekly

“ Sanderson is an evil genius. There is simply no other way to describe what he’s managed to pull off in this transcendent final volume of his Mistborn trilogy.”
--RT Book Reviews (Gold Medal, Top Pick!) on The Hero of Ages

“ It’s rare for a fiction writer to have much understanding of how leadership works and how love really takes root in the human heart. Sanderson is astonishingly wise.”
--Orson Scott Card

 

About the Author

BRANDON SANDERSON grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. In addition to completing Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time®, he is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, The Alloy of Law, The Way of Kings, Rithmatist, and Steelheart. He won the 2013 Hugo Award for “The Emperor’s Soul,” a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris.

 


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jessica Strider TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great stand-alone by Sanderson Dec 10 2012
By Gen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
In his forward, Sanderson explains that he's always been irked by fantasy books that span multiple generations yet never show an advancement of civilzation and technology. He wondered what would happen to the magic he created in his Mistborn Trilogy (a must-read for any fan of the genre).

Our story takes place long after the ending of Hero of Ages. Society has advanced to the point of what we would consider "The Old West." Alchemy has gone through a small bit of evolution, but is still mostly the same, and Feruchemy has become commonplace.

The description of the book given on Amazon is fairly spot on, so I won't give anything away.

If you're a fan of Sanderson, this book is probably already on your wish list. If you've never read him, I suggest buying this, along with the first three Mistborn novels; You won't be disappointed. Sanderson continually amazes me with his ability to create completely new, and intriguing worlds that are unlike anything else seen in the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Mistworld universe April 14 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love this author - always a good read.

This was a great story - a real good addition to the universe - hard to go wrong with a Sanderson novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisngly good Sept. 16 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure what to expect with the massive jump forward in time and technology since the Mistborn trilogy took place, but it turned out to be a fantastic idea. I loved the characters and story involving a mix of technology and fantasy.
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