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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic audiobook 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...
Published on Feb. 21 2012 by Jessica Strider

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3.0 out of 5 stars First three books were better
First three books of the Mistborn trilogy were better. This one felt like it was rushed. I was looking for epic battles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic audiobook with individualized character voices!, Feb. 21 2012
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Jessica Strider (Toronto, Canada) - See all my reviews
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great stand-alone by Sanderson, Dec 10 2012
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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
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, Feb. 19 2013
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Great Update version for the series. Would make a good TV movie/series. Quite enjoyable read, moves along without being disjointed. Series basics fit in quite well for this time period.
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3.0 out of 5 stars First three books were better, Oct. 20 2014
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First three books of the Mistborn trilogy were better. This one felt like it was rushed. I was looking for epic battles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!, March 6 2012
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This review is from: The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel (Hardcover)
On his blog he calls it a "filler" but what a fantastic group of characters! He takes such a simple premise and turns it into a masterful story complete with amazing powers and interesting uses and combinations of their abilities that make a unique team. Woven into all of it is the ethical level of the group and their decision to maintain their integrity. Don't miss this one!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Follow-up in Mistborn Universe, April 2 2013
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Alloy of Law takes place ~300 years after the Mistborn trilogy. You don't necessarily need to read the Mistborn trilogy prior to this, but I highly recommend it. Readers who have some background on this world will enjoy it even more (plus - in my view the Mistborn trilogy is far superior in depth, etc).

This book is significantly lighter than the Mistborn trilogy and makes for a fun read. Magic has shifted since the trilogy and there are now "Twinborn" the result of the cross-breeding between Allomancy and Feruchemy genetics. There are no longer any Mistborn (those with the ability to burn all 16 metals). Technology has evolved significantly since the Mistborn trilogy.

Wax is a twinborn who has worked as a law enforcer in the "Roughs" for the past 20 years. The death of his uncle forces him to return to Elendal to become the head of their nobel house. Wax tries to give up his "miscreant" ways and rebuild his house's reputation, but a string of robberies and kidnappings put him right in the middle of things (where he belongs). Along with his sidekick Wayne, Wax must solve the mystery of the "Vanishers" and save the kidnapped women. Unlike Sanderson's other work, things in this novel are relatively straightforward and (relatively) there is no real character angst.

My favorite thing about this novel was the characters. The book is fast paced, but the plot is not groundbreaking and it doesn't feel like a stand-alone novel. From the ending, it looks like there will be a sequel. To me, the setting was more urban fantasy than fantasy (which I am not sure is good or bad... it just is)

Rating: 3.5 stars (-0.5 star for lack of plot depth, -1 star for not being a stand-alone)

Fans of the Mistborn trilogy may not enjoy this follow-up as it lacks the sophistication and depth of its predecessor. Still it is a fun, lighthearted read. If you have not read the Mistborn trilogy, read that first (unless you like to keep things light).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would make a great summer blockbuster, June 20 2012
This review is from: The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel (Hardcover)
Apparently this started off as a short story and grew into a novel. The plan was to give readers a taste of the Mistborn world in between the first and second Mistborn series. Given these roots, I can forgive most of the shortcomings (hence the 4 stars) as they really only standout as shortcomings when compared to Sanderson's other books, particularly the Mistborn trilogy which this follows (and Mr. Sanderson's excellent first installment in his new epic series, The Way of Kings).

The positives:
Pacing is excellent: It's almost a non-stop page-turner.
The action scenes are, for the most part, masterfully crafted and vividly depicted.
The way the author has managed to transform and adapt his original Mistborn world and magic system into an evolved, (mostly) post-industrial revolution era Western shows great competence and creativity as a world-building architect and shows promise for future Mistborn books.

The Negatives:
Compared to the other above-mentioned works, characters are fairly two-dimensional. Absolutely no character development occurs with any of the main characters over the course of the novel (with a couple of possible minor exceptions).
Very little depth and detail of the world in which this is set.
Plot is fairly predictable and is simplistic or at least formulaic. (I had the identity of the "behind-the-scenes" villain figured out way before the reveal at the end). There are practically no twists and turns and the only tension basically comes from the action scenes wherein the protagonists face insurmountable combat odds.
Some of the repartee/banter between protagonists that serve as comic relief get a little repetitive and stale.

That said, it is still a very fun romp through an alternate post-industrial revolution/Western reality. And well worth the mere hours it takes to devour this book. The fact that this book remains so compelling despite the somewhat weaker plot and lack of character depth speaks volumes of how capable the author is at pacing a fast, fun novel.

So while it doesn't stand up to the high expectations garnered from the author's other excellent works (particularly the first Mistborn books) it still makes for hugely fun summer reading. For fans of the Mistborn series, this is certainly a treat. This is the kind of book movie executives should be after on which to base summer blockbusters. It would make for a refreshing change of pace from the recycled comic book or trashy vampire/werewolf story lines that, for some reason, persist in popularity.
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