The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4)
Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and...more
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The original Mistborn trilogy was a masterwork of fantasy, artfully combining a cool magic system, detailed and lush worldbuilding, and a plot and characters that were incredibly enthralling, weaving them together so perfectly that every piece depended completely on every other piece.
Sanderson has spoken and written about his goal for the world he created: three trilogies, spanning m...more
The setting is vaguely steampunk, although the tech...more
Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES! list.
I loves me a good series! But I'm terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last - so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I've got on the go.
When I first heard that Sanderson had written th...more
I can now officially state that Brandon Sanderson is my favourite living fantasy author. There is something he adds to his work that causes me to love it. The fact that he creates great novels regularly, with that essence that I admire and with powerful storytelling is a gift.
I had bestowed upon his work a rare five star rating for all his novels before reading this one. And I was a little anxious and wary that perhaps this would only be a four star novel, or maybe even a three star (forbid that...more
Completely out of the blue, I was hit over the head by the fact that BRANDON SANDERSON IS COMING OUT WITH A NEW MISTBORN BOOK!
As BRANDON SANDERSON is one of my favorite authors of all times, I think I have every right to make a bit of a fool of myself yelling about this.
I love the idea of a modernized world, and learning about more of the metals.
I. Can't. Wait.
First of all, let me set you straight...more
This is a followup in the world of Mistborn, but you DONT need to read the first three to understand what's going on (you should read them though, because it is icing on the cake as far as details.) Thi...more
I enjoyed every moment I spent reading. It's not genre changing. It's not brilliant. It's even somewhat predictable. But it's fun. A quick action packed book that reads be...more
I loved Brandon Sanderson’s MISTBORN series, so I was excited to learn that he was publishing another novel set in the MISTBORN world. The Alloy of Law takes place a few hundred years after the events in the original trilogy. By this time, society is in the midst of an industrial revolution and is expanding into uncivilized frontier lands, making The Alloy of Law, I suppose, a Western Steampunk or Weird West tale.
A minority of citizens still inherit Alloma...more
I think this is my first ever 5 Star rating. Words are insufficient when trying to describe how much I enjoyed almost every aspect of this book. The characters felt like old friends to me; the kind of friends you trust enough to just hang out with and and be yourself. Wayne is probably one of my all time favourite characters. Hilarious! The interplay between Wayne and Wax made me laugh many times throughout the read. Marasi is a sweetheart...more
When armed robbers begin stealing valuable commodities during train transport, and kidnapping women during heists at high-class social gatherings, the nobel's of Elendel become nervous. Unfortunately, the local constables are...more
This is I believe going to be an interesting book not only to read but to check reviews on and see "who likes which" best. I read the first of The Mistborn series a while back. I liked it well enough, and ended giving it 4 stars. That's a great rating from me. It was a good read and I thought that at some point I'd move on and complete the series. I didn't however run right out and snap them up.
This book I liked more....more
A Mistborn Novel
By Brandon Sanderson
A review by Eric Allen
I have to admit that after reading the overly long and generally pointless pile of crap that Patrick Rothfuss served us with Wise Man’s Fear and the literary abortion Terry Goodkind tried to pass off as The Omen Machine I was suffering from a near fatal case of lowered expectations coming around to the next book of the year that I was eagerly awaiting. My faith in the ability of writers to tell a good story, nay, in humani...more
Solid 4 stars imo. Good action, fun characters, interesting enough story, with PLENTY left to discover come books (2, 3, 4,...? who knows?).
So having read the entire Mistborn tilogy (don't read the spoiler if you haven't), I have to admit I loved Sand...more
I babble at people who have no idea what I'm talking about, I trip over my own feet and nearly down the stairs, I fling my arms around as if they are not attached to my body and can actually be thrown; I am loud and exuberant and wholly consumed by excitement and while I'm sure the extremely out-of-character nature of this behavior terrifies some people around me no end, I...more
Returning to the Mistborn world was like coming home again. You probably shouldn't read this book if you are not already familiar with that world. I recommend reading all three of the original Mistborn trilogy before picking up this one. Sanderson didn't waste any time giving readers a tutorial on his magic system. Instead, he...more
As always, Sanderson's system of magic is unique, rules-based, and fascinating. And, personally, makes me wish I was one of those lucky enough to be Twinborn or a Mistling.
I think you could read this entry in the series first, an...more
Fresh from the success of The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson, best known for completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time®, takes a break to return to the world of the bestselling Mistborn series.Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now 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, an...more
with some hesitation I decided to jump straight into Alloy of Law.
Like the first set of mistborn books Sanderson's story telling is superb, and the story evolves and unfolds up to the last page when you still keep on finding new things and other angles which you haven't thought about or to quote Kelseir - "There...more
The book started off slow, but once the side-kick character shows up, it really takes off. The protagonist and his side-kick are quite a pair together and I found myself laughing out loud several times.
I felt like this book was a Sherlock Holmes type story in a Wild West setting with a little alomancy tossed in. But alomancy has declined in this se...more
The Alloy of Law takes place three hundred years after the Mistborn trilogy, and the beloved cast of characters we once knew are now remembered only in legend. With industrialism on the rise, trains chugging across the country, and electric lights twinkling to life in the cities, the world itself has apparently progressed in leaps and bounds (or allomantically...more
There are no more Mistborn - th...more
I loved the first three books. Very much so.
So I was like: "Why should I read a filler book, just because I have a slight Allomacy addiction?!"
But, unlike 'Infernal Devices' (which caused me to fall out of love with the whole Mortal Engines world a bit) which is only set a few decades after the first books, 300 years (give or take) did nothing to take away from the world Sanderson is able to create.
New alloys, new religions, new technology, new characters (with enough...more
Alloy of Law is an apt name for this novel - which was originally intended as a short story - not only because of the strong emotions between characters and the law, but also because of their personal laws (Wayne and his "trading" comes most vividly into my mind).
The character quirks are quite entertaining and very laughable at times, but where this novel excels less at is the plot. It is still rather interesting and enjoyable by anyone's standards; and yet it doesn't quite have the same s...more
This book was a treat. It's not that the previous novels in the Mistborn series weren't pretty good because they really were, and Sanderson is one of my favorite authors these days. His world building is second to none and he has a very good grasp of plot and timing.
The idea I had gotten however before reading The Alloy of Law is that where the author's technique was excellent his characters left... something to be desired - a chemistry and flow in the dialogue that's hard to p...more
This book felt more like a wild west tale with a hint of fantasy intermingled with it rather than the next book in the world of Scadrial. After reading his note at the beginning of the book in...more
The story is set in the same Mistborn universe, except a few hundred years in the future. They've evolved to basically some sort of industrial age time, around the turn of the century in comparison for us. Guns are now invented, we have cars, trains, and elec...more
I had read the previous Mistborn books, though, so I thought I'd give it a shot.
I actually enjoyed this book better than the first three!
It takes place in the same world- but 300 years in the future. Much has changed. There are technological advances, and the events of the past have become the stuff of legend and folklore (and religion).
The protagonist, Waximillian,...more
Sanderson married on July 7, 2006 and is a member of the LDS church. Sanderson's writing is noteworthy for its epic fantasy tone, unique settings,...more
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Wayne: I thought of you happy in a comfy bed, resting and relaxing, spending the rest of your life sipping tea and reading papers while people bring you food and maids rub your toes and stuff.
Wayne: And I just couldn't leave you to a fate like that...I'm too good a friend to let a mate of mine die in such a terrible situation.
Wayne: No. Boring.”