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5.0 out of 5 stars Allomancy in the Old West (but don't be scared if you don't like Westerns), November 8, 2011
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This review is from: The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel (Hardcover)
UPDATE 8/01/12: Brandon Sanderson posted a blog entry today, mostly about the final Wheel of Time book, but he also had something to say about The Alloy of Law. YES, there will be a sequel. So for all the people that didn't like the unfinished ending - there WILL be more! Yay!

Wax is a lawman livin in the Roughs where most folks think law optional. Its a rough place, but for the last 20 years its the place Wax called home. But when his uncle dies, he is called back to the city of Elendel to become the head of the nobel house of Ladrian. But once a lawman, always a lawman, and when a string of robberies are committed by a crew dubbed 'The Vanishers', Wax can't help but start investigating. And once he starts he finds himself pulled in entirely.

Picture a Mistborn Western and you'll get The Alloy of Law. I'm not at all interested in Westerns, but I LOVED Mistborn, so there was no doubt in my mind that I HAD to read this book. The beginning was a little slow and the setting quite like that of the Old West. But as soon as the story moves to the city, things start getting exciting and more Mistborn like. There are several references to characters and events from the original series, though you might not recognize them at first considering you are hearing about them from characters who are living three hundred years after the end of the original trilogy. Things get changed over the years and three hundred years is a long time. I thought it was really cool how that was woven in. Keep an eye out for Spook's weird speech patten at one point (I laughed when I understood what it meant when it called it High Imperial).

The characters were really interesting. Wax is in his forties, with twenty years of lawkeepen behind him, so he isn't like most hot headed youngsters you read about in fantasy. Wayne is just an amusing character, with lots of emphasis on character. Marasi is a smart, brave girl who constantly spouted off statistics about crime, which was really interesting. I really liked all three of them and enjoyed reading about them.

You don't really need to have read the original trilogy to enjoy this book. It stands all on its own, which is pretty neat. In the Acknowledgments at the front of the book, Brandon Sanderson says that he originally envisioned Mistborn as three trilogies - one in the past, present, and future. He clearly states that The Alloy of Law is not one of those trilogies, but a side project that grew up on its own. So I am now really looking forward to even MORE Mistborn!
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2011, 2:58:21 PM PST
Troy Puyear says:
"Wax and Wayne?" Funny.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012, 7:30:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2012, 7:30:21 AM PDT
Lol, that was exactly my thoughts when i read it. Either way, I think I will take on this book. Good review and I think it changed my mind to definitely read it... That and I'm getting tired of the first law series by Joe Ambercrombie.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2015, 5:04:31 AM PDT
Kenneth Peel says:
Ha! How could I have missed that? I did notice the two minor characters towards the end, named Push and Pull...
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