Title: The Alloy of Law
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Review: I have never had the pleasure of returning to a universe in quite the same way as Brandon Sanderson has managed in his book, ‘The Alloy of Law’, another Mistborn novel set some three-hundred years after the events of the series that made Sanderson a household name in fantasy, and one of the great powers to be reckoned with.
There are no all-powerful un-killable good guys or villains this time around, but the challenges are just as tough, and the cause just as necessary.
Waxillium Ladrian is a House Lord, a Twinborn who can Push with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. He’s our hero, our main protagonist, though Sanderson does allow us to ride awhile with a couple of other characters who are equally intriguing and fascinating.
While the book starts out a little contrived, in a manner I think could have been done a bit better, you cannot argue with the accomplishment that this stand-alone novel has wrought. The characters are enthralling, leaving me wanting more and more. And that’s a problem, considering how short this novel is; just over 300-pages.
One of the greatest aspects of Sanderson’s writing is his world building, in particular, his design of new magic systems. Returning to the world of Scadrial and its magics are easily the most brilliantly designed and created I’ve ever had the chance to read.
This book is really a wonderful continuation of the storyline that Sanderson started in the original Mistborn trilogy. Even though there are horseless-carriages and trains wandering around, and electricity lighting up the ballrooms, much is as it was. There is never a time when you feel as if this process has been forced; or that it is at all out of place: which makes the enjoyment of reading this book even greater, because the world has been allowed to grow; to expand and continue, rather than just existing in a bubble never to be returned too.
There are obviously links to old-west stories, with cowboys and their guns, but only in a very tangential sort of way. In reality, this book is a Mistborn book; it has created its own genre, without making me think of anything else: I simply think of what came before it, and yes, I’ve already pulled ‘The Final Empire’ out to reread.
Whether or not you’ve had the chance to read Sanderson’s original Mistborn trilogy, I think you should pick this up. You don’t need to have read the previous three books to understand this one, nor do you need to have read them to enjoy The Alloy of Law. This book stands on its own, and is a wonderful read that kept me reading well into the early hours of the morning. If you’ve read the series, then you’ll love this; if you haven’t, then I can almost guarantee you that you’ll want to after having read this.
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