- Series: Mistborn (Book 4)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (October 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765368544
- ISBN-13: 978-0765368546
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,304 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Rive with laugh-out-loud moments, religious and philosophical ponderings, and plenty of crime-fighting action, this book fits nicely in any gun-holster.” ―Booklist on The Alloy of Law
“An engaging and fun romp of a read. The characters really shine.” ―RT Book Reviews on The Alloy of Law
“Sanderson's fresh ideas on the source and employment of magic are both arresting and original.” ―Kirkus Reviews on The Alloy of Law
“[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
“Mistborn utilizes a well thought-out system of magic. It also has a great cast of believable characters, a plausible world, an intriguing political system and, despite being the first book of a trilogy, a very satisfying ending. Highly recommended to anyone hungry for a good read.” ―Robin Hobb
“ 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
About the Author
Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit brandonsanderson.com.
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It's not that I have anything against them, but rather that I am just generally not as interested in small scale mystery or caper plots.
Compared to the epic & catastrophic climax in Hero of Ages, this is just not as exciting nor am I invested in the plight of these characters nearly as much.
I loved everything this book had to offer.
I loved Wax and Wayne.
The fact that Elend and Vin's story didn't really end with the final chapters of The Hero of Ages
Because it didn't end there. It was calm for awhile, but there's always someone who thinks they need to rule. There's always someone who has to be the bad guy. There's always someone who is chosen. There's good and there's evil.
Which side will prevail this time?
Brandon Sanderson delivers the humor in this book. I laughed so much. Wax and Wayne are such likable characters and I can't wait to see where they take us.
Excellent book, good sir. Most excellent.
I went into this book with very high expectations, especially because of my undying love for the Misborn Trilogy. I couldn't wait to get back into this world! And in that respect it did not disappoint. The world is well built and it does stand apart from the original Mistborn world in a fun and ingenious way. With steampunk aspects (which I normally love) and Western flare (which I neither like nor deslike), this world is fully fleshed out without being overwelming.
What was amazing, and by far the best part of the book for me, was the action-packed dynamics of this book. The pace is very fast, without sacrificing character development or plot. The new (yes, new!) allomantic and feruchimical powers were incredible and there are so many interweaving possibilities between the different powers, the old world, the new one, the characters, and argh... So good!
The one thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was Wax, the main character. All the characters were great, had distinct and interesting voices, wondeful personalities, and great overall appeal... Except Wax. There are some interesting developments towards the end, and he isn't bad at all (I was rooting for him the whole time). But it felt like this was a preface to Wax's true story (which I heard is how Brandon Sanderson describes this). The good thing is that I am sure (because of the ending) that he will be further developed in the next book.
It is an absolutely worthwhile read, and if you liked the Mistborn Trilogy you should definetely pick this up. (And if you haven't read the Mistborn Trilogy yet, please do! It's brilliant!)
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson is a delightfully surprising melting pot of genres. For those who have not read Mistborn and are unfamiliar with The Alloy of Law, Sanderson made a bold (and brilliant) move to write an entirely new trilogy following the riveting Mistborn series. Instead of setting it in the immediate aftermath of its conclusion, he chose to create a story several hundred years into the future. The world is drastically different (thanks the climax of the Mistborn series). As much as I enjoyed the Mistborn series, I was that much more enraptured by this book. Sanderson’s wit and ingenuity shined.
The Characters – 5/5
I enjoyed the ensemble cast of the Mistborn series, but I loved the characters in The Alloy of Law. The protagonists are incredibly well-rounded, but perhaps the greatest surprise for me was in the depth of the antagonist. Some may disagree with me on this one, but I felt that Sanderson created one of the better antagonists that I have read in a long time.
The Plot – 4.9/5
Sanderson managed to take the incredibly unique magic system from the previous trilogy and perfect it in The Alloy of Law. He chose to “limit” the characters to at most two Allomantic powers, a brilliant move that created a more even playing field for the battle between opposing forces in the story. In many ways, it made Wax—the primary protagonist—that much more believable. Aside from the magic system, Sanderson brought his usual “A” game to the plot. It stands very much apart from the Mistborn series, but still feels comfortable to fans of the Final Empire.
Since this was not the second epic in Mistborn history, this book was a nice change of pace from the saving the world and fulfilling prophecies stuff, with a refreshing scenario set in a very steampunk age, it's really nice to see a writer giving superpowers to his characters and still understanding how said superpowers work. And not needing to add random weaknesses to be able to raise the tension of the storyline.
Better yet it is very good to read a history where things run in a smart way and keep consistency.
Great job, very good read.
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The reason that I am giving the book The Alloy of Law five stars in because the author, Brandon Sanderson, is very creative and is always reliable for a good book,...Read more