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The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
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Aug 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, favorite-covers, steampunk, nook, nook-own
Read 2 times. Last read October 24, 2014 to December 18, 2014.

I was worried this wouldn't live up to the original trilogy, but thankfully having this set 300 years into the future of the world after the trilogy takes place worked fantastically. If this had been set any closer to the original trilogy, I don't think it would have worked out so well, but instead it's like getting to re-learn and meet the world again.

Having the magic systems of Allomancy and Feruchemy mixed with the budding of the Industrial Age worked great. Not only have the systems changed over the generations since, but the modernization of the world has changed them as well. It was pretty neat to see the way the original trilogy characters were incorporated into this more modern world. There are little references to them here and there, since religions have since cropped up following specific heroes. There's some pretty overt fan service in here.

The new characters, unsurprisingly, were all great to get to know. Sanderson really has a knack for writing well fleshed-out characters. There's less POV hopping than he normally writes, but it worked well to have the bulk of this from Wax's POV, and later bring in some other views in order to get to know the other characters better. Since this was quite a bit shorter than his normal books, splitting the narrative up as much as he normally does probably would have messed up the flow, and Wax was a great character to follow.

Only complaint? That this wasn't twice as long as it was. Or three times as long...or, really, I just wanted a lot more, and had an incredibly hard time putting it down. I can't remember whether he's doing a direct sequel to this or not (with the ending, it really feels like he is), but either way I really want to read more about these characters.
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Reading Progress

August 12, 2011 – Shelved
August 12, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
August 12, 2011 – Shelved as: favorite-covers
September 30, 2011 –
page 1
0.38% "There is no way this can be anything other than pure win. Allomancy + steampunk-era = win."
October 1, 2011 – Started Reading
October 2, 2011 –
page 56
21.05% "Bendalloy? A metal that lets them create a timewarp bubble? Awesome!"
October 2, 2011 –
page 138
51.88%
October 3, 2011 – Shelved as: steampunk
October 3, 2011 – Finished Reading
April 5, 2013 – Shelved as: nook
April 5, 2013 – Shelved as: nook-own
October 24, 2014 – Started Reading
October 24, 2014 –
page 1
0.38%
October 27, 2014 –
page 65
24.44%
December 1, 2014 –
page 180
67.67%
December 18, 2014 – Finished Reading

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