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The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
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Mar 09, 12

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Read from December 09 to 10, 2011

What can I say, Brandon Sanderson seems to be biologically incapable of writing a less than stellar book. Alloy of Law is an excellent addition to the Mistborn universe.

The Alloy of Law embraces a new aesthetic, the later 19th century train age. Guns and gunslingers abound and Sanderson does a fantastic job integrating the existing Mistborn magic system into a more modern age. Obviously this installment takes place well after the events of the previous trilogy, but there are a lot of nice references to the old characters in the new religions and landmarks. Sanderson also expanded the magic system a bit (new metals) and introduced Twinborns, those people born with both allomantic and feruchemical abilities (with some interesting tactics that go along with them).

Compared to the previous trilogy this is a very fast paced book, but still does an excellent time fleshing out the main characters and developing some great chemistry. The characters (even the ones we see only briefly) are very memorable and really bring this new world to life. I really liked the repartee between Wax and Wayne (nice pun Sanderson :-P), it gave the impression of a long and close relationship that the reader can get into and root for.

Anyone who liked the original Mistborn series or his other stories will love this one as well. You don't necessarily need to have read the original series to enjoy this one, but it helps.
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