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TOP 500 REVIEWERon February 21, 2012
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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on September 16, 2013
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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on February 19, 2013
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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on April 14, 2014
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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on June 24, 2015
I really enjoyed this book. The interactions between the two protagonists is lively and keeps you entertained. Plot is clear and easy to follow. I didn't commit to a purchase until I was sure follow up novels were on the way. Bought it as soon as this was confirmed and have already reread it twice. Pre-ordered the next two in this trilogy as well.
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on November 22, 2015
Love the story and the writing remains as crisp as ever. The lead characters and the villains all fantastic. The tie-ins to the original survivor crew and the deities they had become although few, were superbly delivered. Good read if you have read all his previous works.
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on February 29, 2016
More good stuff from Sanderson.
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.
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on March 6, 2012
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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on March 22, 2016
If you loved the Mistborn Trilogy, you'll love this book.

I wanted more and Sanderson delivered it.
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on January 17, 2016
Looking forward to more in the Mistborn series. Keep them coming.
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