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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not stealing when you give something back, mate, November 9, 2011
This review is from: The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel (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. Wayne is a fantastic supporting character who literally had me laughing with his sharp witticisms and seeing, or reading, him in action was a treat in itself. Two other characters make a brief appearances, but that is all the tease I will give. You will just have to read the book yourself to find out more; it would not hurt to read the Mistborn trilogy either (and why shouldn't you? It is a fantastic read!).

When the story was over, I really wanted more. This originally started out as a standalone novel and is literally half the length of his typical works, but Sanderson left it wide open so that he can easily revisit this setting. Because of its short length and lack of depth that his other Mistborn novels contained, I gave it a four. If it were truly standalone with no loose ends, perhaps it would've been slightly more satisfying. This is a book of mystery that is but a piece of a larger picture, similar to The Final Empire, but much more open. In typical Sanderson fashion, the story is easy to read, will have you hooked and is hands down far more satisfying than much else out there. Sanderson goes to great lengths so that his plots are not convoluted and characters do not behave or act without a lick of sense just to progress the plot. My biggest problem with this book is that it was not longer. Another great read and I look forward to revisiting Wax, Wayne and Marasi in the future.
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