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The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  49,595 ratings  ·  3,370 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson returns to the exciting world of the Mistborn in The Alloy of Law.

In the three hundred years since the events of the Mistborn trilogy, science and technology have marched on. Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads, electric lighting, and even the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Mass Market Paperback, 392 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 1st 2011)
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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
Gunner McGrath
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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
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
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
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
Sep 05, 2012 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
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
Eric Allen
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

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
Epic Buddy read with Robin & Alexa

Rust and Ruin! I loved this book!

Oh Wax, you're slowly working your way into my heart! Can't forget about Elend, can't forget about ELEND!!

I was so wary of reading this book, missing all of my characters from the last three, and thinking how I will get on without them. Well, Meet Lord Waxillium Ladrian, Sixteenth High Lord of House Ladrian, residing in the Fourth Octant of Elendel City. *heart explodes & dies*. He's the only heir to his uncle's estate an
As if I'd give a Sanderson book anything but 5 stars.

Franco  Santos
Y... se suma otro gran libro de Sandy a mi lista de leídos.
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Harmonic Stars The Brandon Sanderson Buddy Read and Epic Adventure continues with Athena and Alexa. I had so much fun reading this with these girls.

This is a fan’s book for sure. I loved every minute of it and all the references that wouldn’t have seemed important if you had not read the Mistborn trilogy first. It is 300 years since the rebirth and I have to say that some of my favorite things in the book are how the culture and religions of this time evolved around the characters that I lov
Kevin Xu
I had high expectations for this book because it wss by Brandon Sanderson, but it was very disappointing. I found that this book should have been good because of how good The Mistborn Trilogy was one of my favorite trilogies of all times, but I guess streampunk just don't work with me. This book has too much of traditional streampunk elements that makes me feel that there is always going to have a mystery with a murder. I wish I never bought this book.
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
Executive Summary: A fun, but predictable story. Mr. Sanderson does a great job of adding a new layer of complexity to the excellent magic system from the original Mistborn series that should appeal to anyone who enjoys well defined magical systems. A few minor complaints, but overall very enjoyable.

Audio book: Micheal Kramer is an excellent narrator. This is the first time I've listened to him, and I hope it won't be the last. I actually met him briefly at a signing for A Memory of Light and go
Set centuries after the Mistborn trilogy ends, this book follows a retired lawman, Wax. After a devastating blow in the Roughs pursuing a criminal, he returns to Elendel and assumes his rightful role as a Lord, but becomes involved in an investigation of a series of robberies and kidnappings, and is joined by one of his former partners, Wayne. To help rescue the finances of his house, Wax is prepared to marry the rule-driven Steris, when she is kidnapped. Joined by her liberated and university e ...more
Tamo gde Mistborn srece Wild Wild West i Sherlock Holmes-sa :)
This isn't what I was expecting. It is very different from the Mistborn trilogy. Almost as though another author is writing in the same world. Where Mistborn is epic fantasy with large world changing events The Alloy of Law is a smaller urban fantasy or more accurately a steampunk book. A smaller cast of characters and events.
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
This book was just so much fun! It is a follow up to the brilliant Mistborn Trilogy but set some 300 years later in more civilised times. Allomancy still thrives but now people fight with guns instead of swords and aluminium bullets are the ultimate threat. Our new lead character, Lord Waxiillium Ladrian is just wonderful and his off sider, Wayne, provides all the necessary comic relief to keep the story moving along. This is an excellent introduction into what I hope will be a great new series.
Mar 26, 2015 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Penny
Shelves: fantasy, thriller
If you read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set, then you may want to continue on with this one, too. The story is set many years later, to a time when the characters in the Mistborn Trilogy are legendary heroes. The same magical properties of certain metals apply. A different type of story begins--it seems like this is probably going to be the first book in a new series, as there are some loose threads left dangling.

The story is almost like a Western; a lawman hero in the rural areas
Roberta Jayne
You know you've found another favourite author when barely a month passes and you find yourself longing to read another one of their books. Awh I missed Sanderson. His books are unbelievably easy to read because they are so real and so expertly thought out, and The Alloy of Law was no exception.

However, Sanderson is not one to shy away from huge, epic, 700 page fantasy books so why is The Alloy of Law so slim?! I could've kept on reading this story for weeks and weeks, I didn't want it to end! I
Think Mistborn lite... With a Wild Wild West twist.. Lots of guns.. And some mystery strangely reminiscent of Scooby-Doo thrown in for good measure.. And what do you get? The Alloy of Law. And you know what? Despite not being a fan of Westerns, and not being a fan of guns (I prefer good old fashioned swords), I still ended up really liking this! I was a little hesitant at first, it took me some time to get into the story, but once I was in the swing of things I was all about it. It's definitely ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, I'd read the Mistborn trilogy a few years ago, it's still one of my favourite, and this one is set centuries after the first books. I couldn't see how it could be anywhere near as good without the old characters and setting. However, Wax and Wayne are fantastic and I'm hooked! Wayne is hilarious, I love the little items he always leaves behind when he 'steals' something, makes me chuckle every time. Wax is the sensible one, the planner, and together t ...more
Xime García
: Me encantó, en serio.


Sanderson, you did it this time.

Ligera, concisa, nada de relleno, con ciertos momentos tiernos y otros muy (MUY) graciosos, drama y relax, todo resumido en menos de 400 páginas.


Se nota que el tiempo hace mella en la forma de escribir de un escritor y es algo que le sucede a todos, incluso a aquellos que son lo mejor de lo mejor. Sanderson mantiene las mismas estructuras básicas de su anterior trilogía PERO NO REPITE!! PUE
At the present I haven't put a star rating on this and I'm lurching between a 2 and a 3. That said, it did keep me up reading an hour past my bed time (which doesn't sound too long unless I add that I'd only had 2 hours sleep in the past 24 at that point).

So now in convinent list format....

What I liked:

An evolved fantasy world. Things change damnit.

Banter. There's some good talkin' in here.

Fast pace, good fix of action

Introduction - had a nice feel to it

Mysteries - I've recently got myself add
The Mistborn trilogy was the first experience I had with Brandon Sanderson, and I loved it. I loved the world, the magic system, the characters, the concept, everything. Loved it.

Now, revisiting the world after 300 in-story years and about 3 real-life years, during which time I read The Way of Kings (fantastic) and Elantris (pretty good), I find myself having something like mixed feelings about Alloy.

First, a little about the world itself. I was surprised how much I missed this system of magic
Mike (the Paladin)
I feel like I should create another shelf for this..."Urban Fantasy, sort of".

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.
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