The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel Hardcover – Nov 8 2011
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“ [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 on the Mistborn series and Brandon Sanderson
“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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
This was a great story - a real good addition to the universe - hard to go wrong with a Sanderson novel.
This series has more violence in it than the Mistborn trilogy did. Mostly because there are guns in this series.
Still, it was exciting and the character development is top-notch.
Most recent customer reviews
If you loved the Mistborn Trilogy, you'll love this book.
I wanted more and Sanderson delivered it.
Good book, just not as many pages long as any of the other Mistborn novels. I enjoyed all of it and found it hard to put down, but got to the end and thought "is this it?"Published 5 months ago by Keith Peck
Looking forward to more in the Mistborn series. Keep them coming.Published 6 months ago by Heather H
Very slow read. Gave up may try again in a few months. Ready it during Son's karate and not holding my interest.Published 6 months ago by Vince Russo
Hard to follow the fighting scenes otherwise pretty interesting book to read. Not as good as the trilogy though but curious to learn more about the evolution of these concepts into... Read morePublished 10 months ago by mayssoun
First three books of the Mistborn trilogy were better. This one felt like it was rushed. I was looking for epic battles.Published 21 months ago by MrSoloDev