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The Alloy of Law

(Mistborn: The Alloy Era #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  115,691 ratings  ·  6,911 reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

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 the homes of the wealthy, and the first
Mass Market Paperback, 392 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Tor Books (first published November 8th 2011)
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Aaron Okuyo 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
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

I was warned this wasn't the best one in this new series but I'm just happy to be back in this universe. I'm looking forward to seeing where things go now technology is advancing!
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

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 wi
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 your time in

I buddy read this with Warda, who shares my love and adoration for Mistborn & BS.

SO GOOD to be back into this world again. And as a huge fan of the Mistborn trilogy, I knew going in that this would in no way match the original series in terms of… well, epic-ness (for lack of better terms) however, I was still certain that it’d not disappoint. It is, after all, Mistborn #2! It was yet another damn fine work by the one and only.

If you're a fan of the original trilogy, you will undoubt
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
Dana Ilie
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Surprising !
Sanderson never ceases to amaze me ....
He managed to continue a series considered complete in a unique way.
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosmere, 2015, fantasy
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
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
3.5 stars - this was a solid start to this new series and I’m excited to be back in this world. I enjoyed the nods to the original trilogy but also how different this felt.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
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
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Alloy of Law

Not as good as the original trilogy but its still worth every second of your time !!

may ❀
i've really been putting off the second era of mistborn bc i heard so much about how it lacked compares to the first era.........and while that has SOME truth to it, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN
“That hat looks ridiculous.”
“Fortunately, I can change hats,” Wayne said, “while you, sir, are stuck with that face.”

don't really have much to say on the book bc SO MUCH HAPPENS but this takes place wayyy after era 1, where all the characters we love and adore are known as myths and legends. our current main char
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
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?!)
Iryna *Book and Sword*
4.5/5 stars (rounded up)

“It's all right Wayne," Waxillium said softly. "I've made a promise. I told Lord Harms I'd return Steris to him. And I will. That is that."
"Then I will remain and help," Marasi said. "That is that."
"And I could really use some food," Wayne added. "Fat is fat.”

This quote right here is the most accurate description of the 3 main characters in The Alloy of Law.

Also, this book right here is the prime example of how to write a second generation series that doesn't suck, but q
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
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, are we in any doubt that Sanderson is THE main man, THE author of epic and original fantasy?!

I swear, he's close to being a god. I cannot fathom how he writes books like this. Where does he get his ideas?

This glorious story is set 300 years after the events of The Hero of Ages. The transition to this world was just smooth and epic, with some of the lands and Houses being named after the characters in the Mistborn Trilogy. Safe to say I squealed numerous times and felt the need to cry as
Definitely my favourite in the series so far! This was such an intense book I loved every minute of it.

Set 300 years after The Final Empire (books 1-3) (view spoiler), the series is about how the world is still adapting to the changes and how some groups are still trying to cause chaos.

The world building is phenomenal, it's nothing like your typical fantasy since it's set I guess if the industrial revolution started in the year 300? Different date,
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, own-read, favorites
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
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A whole lot of unanswered questions!
Again another cringey romance, which now I come to expect in Sanderson books.
But my goodness I missed allomancy 😭😭😭 Someone make this series into a tv show already! I promise you it'd be so cool even if you mess everything else somehow.

Staying true to myself and being a total mess of a reading buddy!
Buddy read with The Lord Ruler has nothing on her
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sanderson does the unimaginable in Mistborn: The Alloy Era: he improves a ‘near-perfect’ formula of Mistborn and the fantastic world of ‘Allomancy’, and creates a story that is dynamic, full of surprises, with memorable characters and hilarious dialogue!

I never thought I’d say this, but I think I enjoyed Mistborn: The Alloy Era even more than the original trilogy!! Ok, don’t hate on me alright? Yes, I absolutely loved the original Mistborn trilogy! There will never be characters as special as
Deborah Obida
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult
When I found out about this book I was a bit skeptical cause I was scared this won't live up to the original trilogy. I was right but that don't mean that this is not a great book.This book is incredible, a whole new cast and it happened centuries after The Hero of Ages, Trains,guns and electricity, all this mixed with allomancy and feruchemy which is widely known. I never thought I'll appreciate gun fighting book but Mr Sanderson did an amazing job and I love it.

Some mentions about my babies

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
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
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Mistborn: The 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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