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The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel
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on March 26, 2014
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A good read...hopefully will develop the storyline further to allow for the plot to play out. Specifically liked Ironeyes at the end
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on March 24, 2014
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The advent of digital publishing has brought a tremendous rise in available books, including many which are rather poorly written. Fortunately there are authors like Brandon Sanderson to reaffirm a reader's faith in the storyteller's art!
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on March 22, 2014
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I loved this book. It's not necessary to read the first Mistborn trilogy to understand this book (I read this before reading the trilogy), but it adds depth. Sanderson does a good job of explaining the world to new readers without bogging down the narrative with explanations that will bore those familiar with Mistborn. Alloy is faster paced than the first trilogy, much shorter, and perhaps doesn't feel quite as "epic," which I know annoys some people, but I don't feel it's really necessary. The problems faced by the characters in Alloy are not as big (yet) as those faced by the characters in the original trilogy, so of course it's not going to feel as epic, and it has no need to. That allows it to be a bit lighter and funnier. Rest-assured the characters are every bit as interesting as those in the first trilogy. The narrative is very vivid and cinematic This is the first book in a new trilogy, so the ending doesn't tie everything up, but according to his website, Sanderson is working on the sequel.
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on March 22, 2014
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The story is presented as a continuation of the Mistborn environment, but it did not really come across as being part of the story. There were some things that were still being held in common, but it is obvious that a lot of the "knowledge" had been lost over time and that this story is now picking up the pieces of a forgotten history. With that in mind, I wish that Sanderson had done a little more background explanation of what the current imposed limitations were -- at least up front. I was a bit confused and bored for the first several chapters as I tried to piece together what was going on and how did this relate to the original series. Once I realized that there was only a passing connection, then the story got to be a little more interesting to me. Overall it wasn't as good as the original series, but it was still an enjoyable read.
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on March 21, 2014
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Guaranteed enjoyment iń this one. Amusingly enough a fourth volume in a trilogy. The author is great at creating new worlds with many different kinds of societies.
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on March 20, 2014
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Brandon Sanderson's "The Alloy of Law" is an entertaining extension of his "Mistborn" series. It takes place about 300 years after the end of the previous book and, except for the magic system and a few "historical" references (and a few other bits and pieces), could almost be read without having read the previous three books in the series. The tone of the book is much lighter or livelier than those previous books so if you found those books too slow for your liking, you might give this one a try. Along with the change in tone, the change in venue is also interesting. The story is now set in something resembling a steam-era Western (the common reference here seems to be "The Wild, Wild West" TV series). Several reviews here criticize that, but the Western flavor is mild and the technology of that era makes for an interesting combination with the magic system. Given that Sanderson's writing is just as good as it always is here, I'm pleased to rate the book at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5.

The novels currently in Sanderson's "Mistborn" series are:

1, 2, and 3. Mistborn Trilogy
4. The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel
5. "Shadows of Shelf" (coming in late 2014, early 2015)
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on March 19, 2014
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While I absolutely loved the Mistborn Trilogy, this book was barely average. The scale of the Mistborn Trilogy was epic, while this story is basically about thwarting the train heists of a one-dimensional bad guy. Give this one a pass.
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on March 19, 2014
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....a good read if you like Sanderson......not his best, but still good. The Mistborn trilogy was better.....I loved it....should be made into a movie !!!!
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on March 18, 2014
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Good story addition to the most borne trilogy. Unsure as to whether it will continue into the second trilogy in the story or if it was just a side story in the next trilogy. Definitely a good read though
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on March 15, 2014
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the founders meet the EARP'S...a fantasy shoot em'up. Well written should be the start of a new wonderful complex series, looking ft to more.
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