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The Alloy of Law (Mistborn - Alloy Era #1)

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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
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Aaron Toponce I really liked this book. Fantastically so, actually. I was skeptical that a western could work as a fantasy, but Brandon nailed it, IMO. And "Shadows…moreI really liked this book. Fantastically so, actually. I was skeptical that a western could work as a fantasy, but Brandon nailed it, IMO. And "Shadows of Self", the actual first book in the Wax and Wayne era, was a continuation to it, and absolutely fantastic.

For me, the first three had a very Dark Ages feel, with deep political and philosophical undertones. It was "dark" and "heavy"; a very depressing read. Alloy of Law contrasts that, in that it is very "light" and "fun".

IMO, it's better than the original trilogy, and Shadows of Self is even better.(less)
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Apr 20, 2012 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

Another day, another great Sanderson book.

“Some mistakes, though, you can’t fix by being sorry. Can’t fix them, no matter what you do.”

I haven't written a review in a while because life has just been crazy lately, but this book definitely deserves a proper review.

Let's start at the very beginning. Somehow, Brandon Sanderson was able to rip my heart out and burn it just with the freaking prologue. How is that even possible? The only other author who managed to do that was Colleen Hoover wit
Apr 20, 2012 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
Jul 12, 2014 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
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Full review now posted!

What do you get when you combine one of the most prolific fantasy authors of our time with an old school Spaghetti Western? This book right here. With Alloy of Law, Sanderson built on the amazing world he created in the original Mistborn trilogy and gave us more of the fantastic system, but in a new era with new technology advances and the problems that come with progress. We see how the religion of that land grew and changed based on the events of the first trilogy, and h
Hasham Rasool
I feel great to come back reading 'Mistborn'.

'The Alloy of Law' genres are fantasy and sci-fi.

This book has mixtured of era: western and modern times combined.

Compares to the first book of 'Mistborn'. 'The Final Empire' was heavier. 'The Alloy of Law' is light hearted.

'The Alloy of Law' introduced the characters and allowed us to get know those characters. This book focus on Wax, Wayne and Marasi.

Wax and Wayne are very hilarious!

My favourite characters are Waxillium
Ladrian and Wayne. I really li
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

"Wayne, you can't make bets with people when they aren't there."


You guys, I cannot express how much I adore the Mistborn novels. The series is written so well, with characters that I love.

This was such a clever and seamless transition into a new Mistborn era. As we have seen, adding to an already golden series doesn't always work out for the best. I'm looking at you J.K. Rowling.

Wax and Wayne ar
Review is up!

I admit one of the reasons I delayed reading this was because it was liken to the Western period and I am not a fan of that genre (don't read it, don't watch it), but I should have know that if anyone could make me like it, it would be Sanderson. This book takes place 300 hundred years after the original Mistborn Trilogy and is more light-hearted than its predecessor. That is not to say that the story is not of the same quality, quite the contrary. Wax returns home after 20 years in
I know people get very excited about the pretty covers but does anyone else, like me, care more about the title?

Just listen to these & tell me they don't promise awesomeness!

1) The Final Empire

2) The Well of Ascension

3) The Hero of Ages

4) The Alloy of Law

5) Shadows of Self

6) The Bands of Mourning (This has got to be my most favorite one!)

7) The Lost Metal (IS THIS WHAT I THINK IT IS?!)
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-physical
4.5/5 Stars

I'll be honest, I was really skeptical to start the spin-off series at first as I think very highly of the original Mistborn trilogy and I'm quite sure the spin-off won't be able to top it in terms of quality and its epic story. It left me wondering will it be worth it to invest more of my time in this spinoff series?

Now, after reading The Alloy of Law, I can say it's true that it doesn't top the original trilogy in terms of quality and epic scope. However, is it worth it to invest y
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
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Sep 03, 2013 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
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
Feb 10, 2015 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 21, 2012 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
Kelly's ( Next Best Read )
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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
Sep 23, 2015 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

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 .... ;)
“That hat looks ridiculous.”
“Fortunately, I can change hats,” Wayne said, “while you, sir, are stuck with that face.”

4.5 stars!
I've got to be honest, I was quite sceptical whether this was going to live up to my expectations bc it's a spin-off series to one of my all-time favorite trilogies and so nearly impossible to exceed. But after finishing this book I can gladly say that this, despite some minor flaws, provided a successful predecessor. I fell in love with the characters the moment I
Oct 16, 2014 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
Liam Degnan
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Lovers, Brandon Sanderson Fans, Steampunk and Western Fans.
**WARNING: This is less of a review, and more of a rant about how much I love Sanderson and his books**

I read this about two years ago, when I wasn't really as active on Goodreads. I loved it then, and I honestly loved it even more reading through the book a second time.

Let me be clear: I am a EXTREMELY biased when it comes to Brandon Sanderson. I have read almost everything he has ever written, and loved all of it (Except for the final Reckoners book.... Admittedly, that was an unfortunate d
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
Jan 19, 2012 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
Paige  Bookdragon
Oct 09, 2015 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
Scott  Hitchcock

It was good to be back in this world after recently reading Secret History book 3.5. I liked the story and characters but the book was much shorter than the ones in era one and didn't have the depth of different story lines. A few reveals at the end were interesting especially after reading Secret History and having an idea of where they will lead.
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.
Mark Halse
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that I'm officially burnt out on MISTBORN books after this installment but that's not to say this book was bad. In fact, I think this may be my favorite out of the books in this series that I've recently read. I'm just overdosed on alomancy right now and will be taking a break on this reread.

This was a fast read and on my first read I perceived this as a fault. Now I see the benefit of a lighter and more action packed book. The original series is heavy. It's not casual. From start to fin
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Mistborn - Alloy Era (4 books)
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“That hat looks ridiculous.”
“Fortunately, I can change hats,” Wayne said, “while you, sir, are stuck with that face.”
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