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The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4)

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Centuries after the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity - railroads, electric street lights, and skyscrapers. Waxillium Ladrian can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After 20 years in the dusty Roughs, in the city of Elendel, the new head of a noble house may need to keep his guns.
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Chester Henderson Definitely, I'm currently halfway through. I was skeptical at first as without giving away spoilers it moves further on in time from the trilogy and…moreDefinitely, I'm currently halfway through. I was skeptical at first as without giving away spoilers it moves further on in time from the trilogy and the original characters have been left behind. It takes on a much heavier 'fantasy western/ steam punk' feel. Thoroughly enjoying it, much like I did with Joe Abercrombie's trilogy and subsequent novels.

Completely agree with Aaron's responce, its much lighter and the characters are very addictive(less)
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Apr 20, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, after reading something by Sanderson, I find myself irritated at how good he is.

So let's take it as a given that the book has all the essential ingredients: character, plot, dialogue, mystery, and action. All of these things are there, some of them merely great, most of them included to exceptional degree.

What truly impresses me though, is that Sanderson has done something extraordinarily unique with this book. Something that just isn't done in fantasy.

First, Sanderson wrote the Mi
Chris McGrath
Brandon Sanderson commented on this review via reddit! See below.

This review originally appeared on my book blog.

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
Oct 28, 2012 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
I mean...Sanderson is just amazing. He writes so well, his characters are SO well-drawn, you simply can't stop reading. There's a feeling of completeness in his plotting that makes you feel completely taken care of. The worldbuilding is stunning and vibrant and's just, kind of ridiculous.

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
Bookdragon Sean
Sanderson is the most original fantasy writer of his generation. Not only has he written a complex and intricate trilogy (the original mistborn novels) but he has also somehow rebooted it with a time gap of three hundred years without losing any of the original edge. It’s kind of weird really. I don’t think many writers could have achieved this quite as well. Sanderson’s world is fully visualised and explained, the world building is phenomenal. And to retain this is a new semi-nineteenth century ...more
Oct 20, 2015 Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015, cosmere
This isn’t Mistborn.

This is a fantasy retelling of The Lone Ranger meets The Dark Knight Rises. With guns and gangsters. And magic.

Lord Waxillium Ladrian returns from his life as a lawman in the rural Roughs. Coming back to Elendel to assume the mantle of head of his house after his uncle’s untimely death, he engages in the social life of the urban nobility. Until Wayne appears, and all changes…

”I think it's one of his personal failings. I try to help him out by being damn near perfect, but so f
Hasham Rasool
"The three hundred years since the events of Mistborn have shaped Scadrial. Ever taller towers race for the clouds, railways as well as canals criss-cross the land. But this is still a land of magic.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook and the rest may be part of history - or religion - but even as science reaches new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy still have a role in this reborn world. In the Roughs the wilds beyond the cities, magic is a crucial tool for the brave men and wo
Robin (Bridge Four)
Re-read before Shadows of Self is release with some Sanderson buffs in the Sanctum of Fantasy

I'd forgotten so much. Wax, Wayne and Marasi together are hilarious. Definitely more light hearted than the first trilogy in the Mistborn world. I even think I found a few clues I missed the first time. Now I'm totally ready for the Shadows of Self release Oct 6

Original Review Jun 2014

4.5 Harmonic Stars The Brandon Sanderson Buddy Read and Epic Adventure continues with Athena and Alexa. I had so much f
Fair warning: I am a massive Sanderson fangirl. This is a fair approximation of my behavior whenever I read one of his books:

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
Oct 09, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own, own-read
The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.

First I want to mention, that damn ENDING (if you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about). It hit me right in the feels.

Boy, is it good to be back in this world again. I've read the original Mistborn trilogy about 6 months ago, and it easily became my favorite series. So, of course, my expectations were quite high going into this book. And I've got to say, I enjoyed re
Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.”

3.5 stars

This book was such a fun ride!

Brandon Sanderson has become a comfort writer to me. Whenever I find myself in a reading slump or I am in that mood where I don't feel like reading anything on my TBR, I can always count on Sanderson to produce something that I will greatly enjoy.

The Alloy of Law is a continuation/spin-off series of the Mistborn trilogy and takes place
Jan 05, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: steampunk fans
I'm probably one of the only reviewers that hasn't read the rest of the Mistborn series, but I hereby claim Alloy stands just fine on its own. It's a fun, fast read with engaging dialogue. I finished Alloy after coming off a shadowy* low, and what a relief. Sanderson can write with skill, and even a supposedly 'toss-off' book like this is enjoyable. Fabulous job of showing, not telling, as well as avoiding the notorious fantasy/sci-fi info-dump.

The setting is vaguely steampunk, although the tech
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Rust and Ruin...this Book was Freaking Wicked. I can't even understand how Sanderson is able to outdo himself with each new book. I love Everything about this future forward, western style, take of the Mistborn empire. Wax and Wayne relationship is to die for ( #Friendship Goals ). Their banter and the way they have each other backs is totally Bromance worthy ; ) I'm very eager to see how there friendship continue to grow in Shadows of Self.

Marisa character I liked also. I guessed from the get

Re-read in preparation for Shadows of Self.

I remember liking some aspects of this book even more than the original Mistborn trilogy. And it was a binge read of all 4 books and my very first Sanderson. Curios to see what I'll make of it now.

This^ also was more than two years ago and I remember almost nothing so it should be fun I think .... ;)
Holy shitsticks, this was fun.

I'm sure Brandon Sanderson won't be the last person to play around with evolving his/her fantasy world into some imagined future, but he was the first to do it, and that's really something. This book actually happened sort of by accident. He was always planning on taking the world of the Mistborn trilogy (called Scadrial) and moving it forward to do two more trilogies, one set in a 1980s equivalent world, and a space opera where Allomancy (magic) exists side by sid
Feb 20, 2016 Maxwell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2014
First Read: October 16-25, 2014
Second Read: February 17-20, 2016

Updated Review:
Somehow I didn't remember anything about this book, so reading it for the second time was really fun. It's a very light-hearted and silly Mistborn book; much less dense and plot-heavy compared to the first trilogy. But I'm really excited to dive into Shadows of Self now! I did lower my rating from 4 to 3 stars after a re-read because overall it's fun and worthwhile, but nothing incredibly special. Though, of course, I
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon
Jan 16, 2016 Paige *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Mistborn Trilogy
Recommended to Paige by: Mario

Dang it, Brandon Sanderson did it again. The Alloy of Law is the fourth book in the Mistborn series and the first book to Wax and Wayne's Adventure in Scadrial. (Well, no. That's not exactly the name of the series, but it feels like it.)

Let me quote what Markus said on his review

This is a fantasy retelling of The Lone Ranger meets The Dark Knight Rises. With guns and gangsters. And magic.

Three hundred years after the events in the Hero of Ages, Scandrial is now like a love child of Victorian
Sep 30, 2015 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another fantastic instalment in the Mistborn series. It was a bit shorter in length and a bit lighter in tone than the original trilogy, but no less awesome!

The Alloy of Law is set 300 years after the events in The Hero of Ages and follows the story of Waxillium Ladrian. Wax is a Twinborn, a person who can use both Allomancy and Feruchemy. For the last 20 years he has used his abilities to police the Roughs as a Lawman. Now he has to return to Elendel, the capital city, to take up his
Pfffft. As if I'd give a Sanderson book anything but 5 stars.


Re-read - Sept 2015 before Shadows of Self and look at that above ^^ RTC?! I'm a total liar.
Sep 05, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mistborn readers, those who want to get into Mistborn

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
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Oct 04, 2015 Eon ♒Windrunner♒ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I remember having liked this book the first time around, but that it did disappoint me slightly. I wasn’t sure why, but having now reread it, I can say that it is better than I remembered and another excellent entry into the Mistborn series of trilogies.

The problem I experienced the first time around, was that I was expecting another The Final Empire. That book blew me away the first time I read it. I had never read anything so imaginative or epic up to that point and it set the standard for me
Feb 05, 2016 Maxi✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2015
*4.5 stars*

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Wayne is my favorite

(sorry but this one doesn't even need a review)

*4.5 stars*
Feb 04, 2016 Alexa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
As you can read in the blurb The Alloy of Law is set on Scadrial, the same world as Mistborn. Sanderson took his world and evolved it 300 years into the future so it's no longer a late medieval society but an industrial revolution one. And that is absolutely brilliant.

A lot of people call this steampunk but I think that tag is a disservice. This is not an alternative timeline of earth stuck in a Victorian setting, and it lacks the retro-futuristic machinery that characterizes the genre. (There i
I'll write a review eventually but this was really cool! It was great to see how the world has expanded/developed, but I wish it was a bit longer and there was more of the world. I liked the characters, especially Wax and Wayne's bromance. There were some fun moments and I loved every little connection/mention to the original trilogy. (view spoiler) I struggled to put the book down at times and the action was awesome, but there was also a lot of "erm reall ...more
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David Sven
Oi! You! Yeah you, mate. Can you point me in the right direction? I’m off to the city of Elendel. I’m looking for my old partner Wax. Me and him are Lawmen out here in the Roughs. Well, I still am. Wax left six months ago. Girl trouble you know. Messed him up a bit. But he’s still the best Lawman to ever have slapped on a six gun and graced the wild fringes of the Roughs. Apart from me off course. I say graced because he always acted a bit Lordly you know. Probably on account of him being an act ...more
Eric Allen
Dec 22, 2011 Eric Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Alloy of Law
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
May 18, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't disappointed, the action, the characters, everything was just amazing. I loved every bit of this book but I wished that it was a little longer. Wayne is hilarious and Waxillium is an amazing protagonist. Maris is charming in her own way. This occurs 300 years after the Mistborn Trilogy. I highly recommend this if you read the Mistborn Trilogy, it is just as fast-paced and interesting. The action scenes were very well written and I could picture it so well. If you haven't read the Mistb ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Manju rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, 2016
I had read The Hero of Ages back in 2013 and did not pick this book because there was still no news of when book# 5 would be out. I become very impatient when I have to wait for sequels, and there are so many books to be read that I can easily wait for the authors to complete their series. So when Bands of Mourning was released last month, it was time for me to go back to one of my favorite fantasy world.

This story takes place after the events of The Hero of Ages and I was surprised to find gun
I am just so impressed with Brandon Sanderson, I am yet to read a book of his that I don't like !

I really loved this book I thought it was a great follow up from the last three books which would have to be probably my three favourite books ever. This book is set in the same world as the first three but in a more modern era, I have noticed in most fantasy books technology stays the same even after 100 of years I think it was smart of Brandon Sanderson to make it modern with electricity, guns, car
Sep 23, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this and far more than The Mistborn trilogy. I think this is much more the Real Brandon Sanderson. He is a bit wacky, he has a sense of humour; the Alcatraz series shows that. I am still glad I read the Mistborn series, and at the time I enjoyed it well enough. It was so interesting to see how allomancy has evolved three hundred years later. I also loved the almost western vibe to this. But really it's the humour that makes this book for me. Wayne is hilarious!
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