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The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
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Mar 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, mistborn, cosmere
Read from January 31 to February 08, 2012 , read count: 1

Sanderson returns to the world of Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set with a much shorter entry -- this one following some couple hundred years after The Hero of Ages. The old characters remain real to the world but have begun to fade into myth and legend, in a world containing a wild-west-style frontier and a steampunkish urban center. Against this backdrop, a frontier lawman returns to the city, and to the estate he fled years ago, when his father died. He returns to do his duty for the family line and estate, chafing within his social constraints. But he's quickly pulled into investigation of lawbreaking just as he'd done in the frontier, and things get complicated. And there's lots of fun to be had considering the interactions of guns and bullets with allomancy and feruchemy (and how optimal strategy changes in relation to those possible uses, as a second-order effect).

This isn't a book like the original trilogy, which did much worldbuilding, character building, and plot development. This is a bit of a thriller, whodunit, cops-and-robbers sort of book, not written in the same serious sense as the initial trilogy. It's more a quick, jaunty exercise in fun. In that vein, while thus far in reviews I've tended to list a few pros and cons of each book, I'm not going to offer them here. This book's trying to be fun; it's not trying to always get it "right" in some literary sense.

It may be worth reading if you liked the original Mistborn books. It's different enough that it's not quite possible to recommend it unreservedly to readers of them. But it's probably a fair bet. And because it's not aiming for the same lofty heights as most of Sanderson's fare, it's a quicker, easier read, too.

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