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The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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“Sanderson continues to show that he is one of the best authors in the genre.” ―Library Journal, starred review, on The Alloy of Law
“Part Sherlock Holmes, Part X-Men...full of close shaves, shootouts, and witty banter.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Alloy of Law
“Rife 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 BookReviews 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
Praise for the Mistborn series and Brandon Sanderson
"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 BookReviews (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
“Sanderson is crafting an extremely well-thought out saga with Mistborn, one that looks to stand above the pack of his literary peers. The magic system is perfectly detailed, the world, though not completely revealed, has a great sense of natural logic to it, and the characters are a reflection of both.” ―SFFWorld on Mistborn
“Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters.” ―Booklist on Mistborn
“Enjoyable, adventurous read.” ―Locus on Mistborn--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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.
Michael Kramer has narrated over 100 audiobooks for many bestselling authors. He read all of Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time fantasy-adventure series as well as Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive series. He received AudioFile magazine's Earphones Award for the Kent Family series by John Jakes and for Alan Fulsom's The Day After Tomorrow. Known for his "spot-on character portraits and accents, and his resonant, well-tempered voice" (AudioFile), his work includes recording books for the Library of Congress's Talking Books program for the blind and physically handicapped.
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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.
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!)
It is not the epic fantasy that the Mistborn trilogy was, and is more of a mystery tale with fantasy elements in it. I like the way that there are no more mistborn, leaving only mistings, as well as ferrings, the ferruchemical equivalent who also only have a single ability of the ferruchemical heritage. It also introduces the concept of Twinborns, who have one allomantic ability and one ferruchemical ability, such as the two protagonists, Waxillian Ladrian and his friend Wayne.
If the book has one flaw (aside from not being as large as the previous books), it is that there are too many metal analogies. Any person that shows more than one character trait is described as some form of alloy, with Rust and Ruin being the new curse words. Some people have mentioned that the ending felt rushed, but I did not find this to be the case, perhaps because I already new that there are sequels approaching, with the first coming out in about five weeks.
All in all though, an excellent, if short, book, and I eagerly await Shadows of Self.
INCREDIBLY MINOR SPOILER AHEAD
The newspaper clippings are used to shed some light on the general way the world works without forcing in a load of exposition, although the moment I saw one mention Ironeyes or Faceless Immortals sightings I new that this was done as foreshadowing for the next trilogy. Sanderson has already confirmed that Demoux is alive and in the Stormlight Archives, and I wonder how many of the original crew are still around.