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The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 2012
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“Sanderson continues to show that he is one of the best authors in the genre.” ―Library Journal, starred review
“Part Sherlock Holmes, Part X-Men, this exciting stand-alone adventure is full of close shaves, shootouts, and witty banter.” ―Publishers Weekly
“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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If that wasn’t enough for me to be happy Sanderson made sure that I had an entertaining and exciting story filled with mystery and great characters. This is a lighter book than the original Mistborn series and I enjoyed laughing with Wax, Marasi and Wayne.
Waxillium has been out in the roughs acting as a lawman for years but is called back to Elendel after tragedy strikes and he is the only heir to his uncle’s house. He isn’t taking to the Lords life well and still itches to be a part of the action. Added to that is he needs to find someone to marry but his rough and tumble past is making that difficult. He does have one prospect but she is a little on the dry side compared to his sneakily snarky one.
-- “Lord Ladrian,” Steris said as they began eating, “I suggest that we begin compiling a list of conversational topics we can employ when in the company of others. The topics should not touch on politics or religion yet should be memorable and give us opportunities to appear charming. Do you know any particularly witty sayings or stories that can be our starting point?”
“I once shot the tail off a dog by mistake,” Waxillium said idly. “It’s kind of a funny story.”
“Shooting dogs is hardly appropriate dinner conversation,” Steris said.
“I know. Particularly since I was aiming for its balls.”
When railcars full of aluminum start to be stolen directly off the tracks vanishing into the Mists Wax is intrigued and egged on by Wayne a long-time friend from the roughs to join in the investigation. I freaking loved Wayne!!! You want a book with a great bromance this is it. The friendship that he and Wax has is phenomenal and hilarious.
-- “You wanna know why I really came to find you?” Wayne asked.
“ I thought of you happy in a comfy bed, resting and relaxing, spending the rest of your life sipping tea and reading papers while people bring you food and maids rub your toes and stuff.”
“ And I just couldn't leave you to a fate like that...I'm too good a friend to let a mate of mine die in such a terrible situation.”
They have known each other for so long and I totally ate up the dialogue between them and the quirkiness that was Wayne. He has an interesting way of looking at the world and he was never boring. Sanderson easily creates some of the best side characters I’ve ever read. Wayne steals the show, he is a hoot and a half and his philosophies on life just crack me up.
-- “So,” Marasi said, “you traded a dead man’s scarf for another dead man’s gun. But…the gun itself belonged to someone dead, so by the same logic—”
“Don’t try,” Waxillium said. “Logic doesn’t work on Wayne.”
“I bought a ward against it off a traveling fortune-teller,” Wayne explained. “It lets me add two ’n’ two and get a pickle.”
AND NOW ONTO MY FAVORITE CHARACTER – I like Wayne but I’m team Marasi she is my girl!!! I know that Steris is the potential marriage partner for Wax but I love Marasi so I ship them together so hard. She and I are having a hoemance that is the female equivalent of a bromance isn’t it? She is like Hermione Granger all grown up meets Nancy Drew in my mind and I love it. Marasi was so full life and questions and so excited to get in on the action even though she is a little terrified of all of the things going on around her. She has a little hero worship going on for Wax as she has read all about his exploits in the roughs but even as she is getting to know the man Wax really is she takes it all in with this wonder and excitement that I love adored. Plus she seems to be able to hold her own with the boys too.
-- "He’s fine,” Wayne said, holding the door open for them. “I got quite near my entire rusted back blown off earlier, if you’ll kindly recall, and I didn’t hear nearly an ounce of the sympathy you’re showin’ him”
“That’s different,” Marasi said, walking part him.
“What? Why? ‘Cuz I can heal?”
“No,” she said, “because – even after knowing you only a short time – I’m fairly certain that on one level or another, you deserve to get blown up every now and again.”
I cross my fingers and hope that there is more in store in the future for Waxillium and Marasi, I think they could make a formidable couple solving crimes together.
The Story - I don’t think Sanderson is capable of writing a bad story at this points. There were clues along the way to let you try and figure it out on your own but the mystery is still so good that I didn’t guess most of it. Plus there is still the wonderful immersement into different combinations of magic and mysticism. I’m always amazed with the sheer amount of information that can be packed into one of these novels and not in a tell you kind of way. Sanderson always shows you how things work and it is always entertaining in the process.
I can’t wait to read more of these characters. I almost loved this more than the original Mistborn series but I wouldn’t have loved it nearly as much if I didn’t have that foundation already. Such a great addition to the Mistborn world.
The story is told (mainly) from the viewpoint of Waxillium "Wax" Ladrian, a former frontier lawman who's also a "twinborn," with the allomantic ability to push metals and the feruchemic ability to alter his mass. Having returned home after inheriting his uncle's estate and business, Wax is unable to put aside his lawman past as he finds himself embroiled in the schemes of an unknown instigator, whose plans threaten not only Wax, but the lives around him.
Witty dialogue, shootouts, and a decent mystery: the Alloy of Law is a fun, albeit short (for Sanderson), romp.
I had finished reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series over a year ago and loved them. I had a lot of books on my queue to read and wasn't in a hurry to get to this book. I wish I had.
The Alloy of Law is a really good story continuing the Mistborn world but much further in the future. I really did like this aspect becuase in many fantasy worlds, nothing changes for thousands of years and no progress in technology is made. Not so in this book. Advancing from a "midieval" time period to a wild west time was a nice progression as a reader and felt real in that we too progress. By doing this, I didn't feel like Brandon was trying to re-live or re-write his Mistborn novels but to create something entirely new in his wonderfully created world.
While not on the epic scale of Mistborn, the characters and story were well written and well thought out. I really enjoyed the characters and the story line in general. Like in real life, some choices made aren't always what we would like the characters to do, but rather what they really feel needs to be done. This really had a true feeling to it and didn't leave you with that "fairytale" feeling.
The ending of this book did leave plenty of room for a continuation, and I for one really hope Brandon does decide to continue writting more in this story.