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In the spirit of dime westerns or maybe a pilot episode of a show?,
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This review is from: The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel (Kindle Edition)
Ok. First off, reading the Mistborn trilogy is not REQUIRED, but HIGHLY recommended. It is described as a stand-alone book but I think Allomancy is complicated enough on it's own that you really need to read the earlier trilogy to understand what is going on without it causing any confusion. But, that is really not a review, is it? Just take my advise and read the other books first. They are really good too! (BONUS)
I read this book after having just finished the Mistborn series a few days earlier. So, I did enjoy the occasional nod toward the old characters. But, I also then saw the similarities between Kelsier. I even think it was strong enough that Sanderson himself hints at it near the end of the book. But, it really isn't a copy of the old series just rehashed, that would be selling it oh, so short. The characters in this are interesting and likable in their own right. Sanderson has a knack for making his lead characters likable. The main villain in this book was also interesting with a hint of Zane from the past. But, again, maybe a bit took "likable". I like that Sanderson can make the reader and even the protagonist of the book understand the villains view. But, I think there could be more depth if the understanding was darker and scarier and just an understandable bad guy.
Throughout the book, there are a lot of references to newspaper-like articles about the history and exploits of Wax and those like him in the Roughs (Wild West). Another main character even admits to being a fan of them. This really makes me think of the dime westerns and the quick read of the high-adventure. The fake news page in the book even has one in it! But, even with that dime western spirit and Sanderson's gift with writing amazing cinematic action sequences, this book eventually just feels like a pilot episode for some TV show.
It was good. I really liked it. It obviously ended in a way that showed that there was more story to tell. It was not really a cliff-hanger. There was not that type of tension. This book really did have an ending. But, it really just seemed like an episode. I really could see this story continuing. The main characters have room to grow and Sanderson doesn't seem to be in a big hurry for them to change. Maybe he is taking a long-view on this story and not just a normal trilogy idea. I really could see this as a long-term series of short novels. Another series like that (not fantasy) would be the Anna Pigeon series by Navada Barr.
This could go on for awhile...why three big book of 1000-plus pages. Why not ten books at 3-400? Just sayin'...
This book is a good continuation of the Mistborn world. My rating on it is partially based on my love of the original story. But, it is a good alloy in itself: a blend of western dime, cinematic action, tv series-esque, and Sanderson's unique fantasy world magic. I would give the 3.75-4.0 stars on it's own. That might be a bit harsh. I really do think this has a lot of good potential.
If a sequel is published and know I will buy it. How is that for a statement the publisher wants to hear. PS-love the maps, keep them coming. (Read Maphead by Ken Jennings for the significance). :-)