The Alloy of Law

The Alloy of Law

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"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 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. "--
Published: New York : Tor Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765330420
Branch Call Number: F SAN
Characteristics: 332 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.


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SPPL_János Mar 13, 2018

Sanderson advances his Mistborn setting to the equivalent of the Wild West for a wholly original fantasy tale. The magical system is unique too: some people swallow metal to power a special ability, and some rare "Twinborns" have two abilities that interplay almost like superpowers. This is technically the fourth book in the Mistborn series, when the characters of the first trilogy have faded to legends, but it read fine to me as a standalone. These characters continue in "Shadows of Self" (2015) and "The Bands of Mourning" (2016).

Jul 03, 2017

The 4th book in the Mistborn series takes place hundreds of years after the events in 'Hero of the Ages'. The ashmounts no longer exist thanks to Harmony changing the world to what it had been before the Deepness. The original characters exist as a mix of myth, religion, and ill documented history by this time. While mistings, ferrings and koloss still exist (of sorts), the world has moved into a late industrial level of technology. It's a novel departure for the series.

I enjoyed this book, but it isn't on the same level of the original mistborn trilogy. Alloy of Law, and I suspect the rest of the trilogy, are more fantasy westerns than the type of high fantasy the original books were. The story all but entirely focuses on 3 characters, instead of having a wide cast as the previous books did. The main character was a little too one dimensional for my tastes. The A-typical western hero was devoid of noticeable character flaws. There's nothing wrong with that, but it felt different than the heroes of the previous books. It was still a good read, and I felt satisfied with where the Mistborn stories are going. I definitely wouldn't advise reading this before reading the original trilogy. The story would feel a lot more generic without awareness of the history of the world.

One odd litle thing that kept nagging at me was the supportive reference to 'Broken Windows Theory' by one of the main characters. The book makes reference to a real life, very controversial and somewhat disproven method of criminal enforcement. It seemed to appear as an apropos of nothing, and was just thrown in as if it's a "random useful fact". This novel was written not that long ago, long after the complications and problems with this theory came to light and it was largely abandoned by law enforcement agencies. I couldn't help wondering why the author added it in. That aside, it was an amusing ride.

Apr 08, 2016

This story sort of "grew" on me so by the end I was delighted with the combination of action, intrigue, character development, relationships, humor, and even life philosophy! Recommending it to anyone who likes to actually learn something while enjoying a good read. :-)

Dec 17, 2015

I loved this entire series!. If you want to get into the Mist born book, this is a good start if the others aren't available This is book 4 , the start of the second trilogy. It is short by comparison to the first 3 books, but still none the less amazing to read.

Jan 02, 2015

Exciting book.

I first started reading Sanderson because he continued the Wheel of Time series. This book was the first of his original works that I read and I liked it a lot. Alloy of Law is a fast paced book filled with action and excitement. Perhaps I should have started the Mistborn series as it took me some time to figure out the system of magical powers. Nevertheless, a very well written story with great characters and an action packed storyline. This book introduced me to Sanderson and I'm now reading his other works.


Apr 26, 2014

Several hundred years after the Mistborn trilogy, The Alloy of Law takes place in the same land that its preceeding series did, but with a whole new twist. There are now guns, trains, Twinborn, no Mistborn, and aluminum bullets resistant to Coinshot's manipulations. It had a cowboy feel, with shoot-outs and the ghost-town-like Roughs. Less complex than Sanderon's othe books, The Alloy still boasts some high-action scenes and the same realization that there is much more at play than the obvious problem. The ending was disappointing — I thought that since it was a novel, the ending would be satisfying and conclusive, but it was anything but. My biggest problem was the language — to much swearing (primarily the d-word) — and some vulgar comments by Wayne, one of the main characters. However, I enjoyed journeying back to the world of Allomancers and seeing how they work with more technology. Still a good read, but for mature people.

Mar 14, 2014

I checked the author's name, twice. I couldn't believe that Brandon Sanderson, THE Brandon Sanderson had written this piece of dreck. It reads like a badly written Harlequin Romance. Sci-fi/fantasy chick-lit..... Give it a miss.....this is not BS at his best. Try "The Way of Kings"....much, much better.

Oct 05, 2013

I love how he took a concept we ave already seen and put an evolutionary like twist into it. Brilliant - also on a side note I love what the "Old Imperial" way of speaking is. Truly another great read by Brandon Sanderson!

HanakoGal Jul 18, 2012

This was a great adventure story with some fun magic. It takes place over 300 years after the last Mistborn novel and has a very old west kind of feel. The characters are interesting and I want to see more of them.

Mar 23, 2012

Another in the Mistborn universe. Slower paced than the original series, but still interesting.

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Jun 04, 2014

Cowboys plus martial arts plus epic fantasy. This book has it all.


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