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The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel [Kindle Edition]

Brandon Sanderson
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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 the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history--or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.

One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn, who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.



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Praise for the Mistborn series and Brandon Sanderson:

“ [The Hero of Ages] brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax…. Sanderson’s saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith, and responsibility.”
--Publishers Weekly

“ Sanderson is an evil genius. There is simply no other way to describe what he’s managed to pull off in this transcendent final volume of his Mistborn trilogy.”
--RT Book Reviews (Gold Medal, Top Pick!) on The Hero of Ages

“ It’s rare for a fiction writer to have much understanding of how leadership works and how love really takes root in the human heart. Sanderson is astonishingly wise.”
--Orson Scott Card

Review

Praise for the Mistborn series and Brandon Sanderson:

“ [The Hero of Ages] brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax…. Sanderson’s saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith, and responsibility.”
--Publishers Weekly

“ Sanderson is an evil genius. There is simply no other way to describe what he’s managed to pull off in this transcendent final volume of his Mistborn trilogy.”
--RT Book Reviews (Gold Medal, Top Pick!) on The Hero of Ages

“ It’s rare for a fiction writer to have much understanding of how leadership works and how love really takes root in the human heart. Sanderson is astonishingly wise.”
--Orson Scott Card


Product Details

  • File Size: 3204 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765330423
  • Publisher: Tor Books (November 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00540QR7Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have read most of Brandon Sanderson's novels, including his Wheel Of Time additions. I am a big fan of his, and the genre in general, and read almost excessively. After having read the original Mistborn trilogy, I was very excited to hear this one announced. I only recently got to this book on my list, and having completed it in a single day I come away with mixed feelings.

Pros: It is a Sanderson book, and he seems to be turning into quite the masterful fantasy storyteller. He manages to come up with great new magic systems for each of his books, while also developing excellent characters and believable worlds. He manages to make you care about what is happening. This book is no exception. The characters read as real people, with distinct personalities, habits and mannerisms that charm or annoy you, weaknesses and strengths you can appreciate, et cetera. He manages to make you love or hate characters wthout making them absolutely good or evil. Specific to this book, you find that even the worst beings within have a sense of humanity about them. There is a sense of what makes them tick. Even if you despise the character, they feel human and you can understand their motives. Brandon Sanderson manages to avoid the typical pure evil "no knowing his mind" character for an antagonists. Likewise, the protagonists are never flawless knights in shining armor. They aren't titans who never show weakness of fault. They are people who are trying to do good or to achieve high goals, but do not always make it. This book advances an excellent story that began in the trilogy. I would not recommend this unless you have read the Mitborn trilogy, and I will not get into explaining the world. This book advances the world to an era similar to our late Victorian period.
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124 of 134 people found the following review helpful
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UPDATE 8/01/12: Brandon Sanderson posted a blog entry today, mostly about the final Wheel of Time book, but he also had something to say about The Alloy of Law. YES, there will be a sequel. So for all the people that didn't like the unfinished ending - there WILL be more! Yay!

Wax is a lawman livin in the Roughs where most folks think law optional. Its a rough place, but for the last 20 years its the place Wax called home. But when his uncle dies, he is called back to the city of Elendel to become the head of the nobel house of Ladrian. But once a lawman, always a lawman, and when a string of robberies are committed by a crew dubbed 'The Vanishers', Wax can't help but start investigating. And once he starts he finds himself pulled in entirely.

Picture a Mistborn Western and you'll get The Alloy of Law. I'm not at all interested in Westerns, but I LOVED Mistborn, so there was no doubt in my mind that I HAD to read this book. The beginning was a little slow and the setting quite like that of the Old West. But as soon as the story moves to the city, things start getting exciting and more Mistborn like. There are several references to characters and events from the original series, though you might not recognize them at first considering you are hearing about them from characters who are living three hundred years after the end of the original trilogy. Things get changed over the years and three hundred years is a long time. I thought it was really cool how that was woven in. Keep an eye out for Spook's weird speech patten at one point (I laughed when I understood what it meant when it called it High Imperial).

The characters were really interesting.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not stealing when you give something back, mate November 9, 2011
Format:Hardcover
It has been a while since I have had the pleasure of returning to a Brandon Sanderson book. Having read all of his published works over the span of a few months (excluding his Wheel of Time books), I was having Sanderson withdrawal. Enter The Alloy of Law, a Mistborn book during an industrial revolution period. Considering I have yet to read a Sanderson book that I have not thoroughly enjoyed, I was psyched for this book and having just finished it, my expectations were met and darn it, I want more!

I love the Mistborn universe. It provides a fantastic setting incorporating an enjoyable and unique magic system that is well thought out and given great attention. The original trilogy had a typical fantasy setting, pretty much devoid of any semblance to the present. So when I found out The Alloy of Law was going to have industrial technology and have a Western feel, I did not feel one bit of trepidation. I typically avoid Westerns because I do not like the setting, but this was Brandon Sanderson, my favorite author, the same guy that did not disappoint me with any of his books that I read. If anyone could take an environment that I care little about and make it enjoyable to read, he could. And he did, masterfully I might add. A wonderful blend of imagination and science that further enhances the story and provides an entertaining experience.

Sanderson has a knack for witty and humorous characters (Sanderson's Alcatraz series is full of them). While Waxillium, the main character, more or less fits a typical hero mold, he is a noble and cunning hero that you feel compelled to like and follow. Conflicted, determined and thorough, Wax is good at what he does and it was a fun ride watching him do his thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Western Fantasy
This was an excellent continuation of the Mistborn series. Often the worlds created in fantasy novels are depicted as static - they seem perpetually suspended in the Middle Ages... Read more
Published 3 days ago by M. Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed returning to three world off the alomancers
Enjoyed this follow-up to the mist-born series. Brandon Sanderson weaves an enjoyable story. A recommended read for any fan of his work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I was disappointed a little we will see with the next book
Published 8 days ago by ulyana
5.0 out of 5 stars HMMM...good stuf
Well, it's a Mistborn book, but it's not. It ties back to the former trilogy here and there, but truly creates a whole new storyline. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Aaron L. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
What a great continuance of a great world. Wild west and allomancy work so well together. This is one worth your time.
Published 11 days ago by Matthew Fought
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like the other Mistborn books, but more guns. Like lots of guns instead of no guns.
Published 12 days ago by Dungus
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any Sanderson fan.
I am a Sanderson Fanboy. I can't WAIT for the next book in the series. The Alloy of Law continues 300 years after the original Mistborn trilogy. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars American West meets Steampunk on Mistworld vibe
Has the feel of the Old West mixing with values from preindustrial society. Likable character and hints of old favorites. Looking forward to the next one.
Published 18 days ago by WyoDave
5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming a favorite author
I began with the stormlight archive and then read the mistborn trilogy. At first I didn't think Alloy of Law would be good as it is quite different but I enjoyed the humor and... Read more
Published 19 days ago by HMG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This was a unique twist to the Mistborn series, I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the next book. Read more
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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

January 2015 marks the release of Firefight, the sequel to Steelheart. When only evil people gain super powers and become tyrants, it's up to normal people to hunt them down. There is a free 5-chapter preview ebook of Steelheart here on Amazon that you should check out, with a corresponding sampler audiobook on Audible. My Firefight book tour in the US lasts throughout January.

Recent short releases are Legion: Skin Deep (sequel to Legion), the further investigations of an average man whose many hallucinations are all experts in their own fields, and also my novella Sixth of the Dusk, set in the same universe as Mistborn and Stormlight, revolving around an attack on an island trapper's way of life.

My biggest recent epic fantasy is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be. October 2015 and January 2016 will also see the release of two new Mistborn books, Shadows of Self and Bands of Mourning.

Mistborn and the Stormlight Archive are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at brandonsanderson.com/library -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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Look at all those tags for the kindle version of this book!!
lol Don't Care I just want it and is still Not currently available. Come Amazon get the Kindle finger out. There was a reason I stopped buying books and got a kindle ; ;
Oct 25, 2011 by JJ |  See all 2 posts
Hardcover less expensive?
Amazon is now discounting the hardcover by 66%, which means they're losing money on every copy. Maybe Amazon ordered too many to start with and they're trying to clear warehouse space? That doesn't really make sense to me, since they can just return excess books to the publisher (though I think... Read More
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