Herlock's Reviews > The Alloy of Law
by Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads Author)
Even though the underlying mythology is an extension of the original trilogy, with additional metal powers (you will know what that means if you have read the Mistborn trilogy), and the characters from the Mistborn trilogy revered as gods or treated as devils. But most of this book can still be read as a standalone novel, as a Western about a "magical" sheriff, his wisecracking deputy and a powerful gunslinger adversary.
Waiting for the next book, and I really hope it gets here quickly, what with Wheel of Time and Stormlight Archive competing for Sanderson's time.
A few notes for anyone reading this:
- Although the two metallic powers are well explained, and new metals and alloys introduced in this book, to get the full background of mythology involved, a reading of Mistborn trilogy will be very useful.
(view spoiler)[- Loved that Sazed's efforts in preserving the religions succeeded so well, and how the different religions are portrayed in the book.
- The notes in "Appendix" are more than just trivia, if Mistborn trilogy is any indication. (hide spoiler)]
||0.0%||"Loved the original Mistborn trilogy, and the twists Sanderson put in it. Can't wait to start reading this."|
||85.0%||"If we have Epic Fantasy and Urban Fantasy, can we call this Western Fantasy? I mean, this has a gruff and honest Lawman, his wisecracking Sidekick, a Damsel in Distress and a Worthy Adversary. Not to mention, guns and train robberies. (A spoiler alert for those who haven't read Mistborn trilogy:) Given how Sanderson can teach GRRM how to play with his characters, I am afraid to read ahead now."|