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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (4 reviews)

Andrea F.,    18  
Brandon Sanderson  
The Alloy of Law
Tor    2011

          Set three hundred years after the Hero of the Ages the world of the Mistborn series now resembles Victorian England and the Wild West with a hint of steampunk thrown in for good measure. Waxillium Ladrian, the first law keeper in the Roughs, is forced back to the city when his uncle dies and the responsibility of the Noble House of Ladrian is placed upon his shoulders. He longs to use his Allomantic and Feruchemical powers to push metal and to change his weight to fight against the evil he sees around him as he did in the Roughs but he's in the city now. He must leave the law to the constables and anyhow, everyone knows the city is safer than the Roughs. Right? But when another law keeper turns rogue and begins kidnapping young women Wax quickly realizes that the city may be more dangerous than the Roughs could ever be. I was apprehensive reading this book that I would not be able to understand it since I had only read the first Mistborn book in the trilogy. However there were several explanations throughout the book explaining how the world worked that I believe someone completely unfamiliar with Mistborn could understand and enjoy it. An added bonus is that it's a lighthearted book in comparison to the seriousness of the Mistborn series, making it very fun with detailed action sequences that avoided tediousness and humor provided by the wise cracking sidekick. The same high quality of world building and character development that readers have come to expect from Brandon Sanderson even though the world had already been built in a previous series. 9 1/2 out of 10 on the Brandon Sanderson scale, 10/10 on everyone else's scale.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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anthony,    16 
Brandon Sanderson
The Alloy of Law
 Tor    2011
          I completely loved the first 3 mistborn, as it was the first epic fantasy I had read. This book takes place 300 years after the original trilogy. The main character is Waxillum Ladrian who has the power to use both allomancy and feruchemy. He was a vigilanty in the slums of the world but after the death of his uncle he has to save his noble house from losing all of its money. Shortly after he investigates "the Vanishers who are stealing metals from nobles. I like this book better than the original three because the introduction of guns, because allomancers can use metals to their advantage and guns increase that advantage. 

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Hope P.,15
Brandon Sanderson
The Alloy of Law
Tor 2011

Set three hundred years after Mistborn, the Alloy of Law revisits the world of Scadrial. On the edge of progress, railways and electricity are new inventions and the first steel framed skyscrapers are being built. But despite this, Allomancy and Feruchemy, the strange inherited abilities that played crucial roles in the first three books, still exist and are as needed as ever. It is in this world that Waxillium Ladrian, lawman from the Roughs and a rare Twinborn, must hang up his guns and take his place as head of his noble House in the heart of the city Elendel. Bored with his sudden switch from rounding up outlaws and protecting innocents to attending balls and trying to save his House from financial ruin, Wax starts to investigate a string of clever thefts and kidnappings, unaware he has just uncovered something more dangerous than he has ever faced. With fast-paced action, humorous dialogue, plot twists and engaging characters, fans of Brandon Sanderson will not be disappointed with his latest novel.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Nate G.,    17   
Brandon Sanderson  
The Alloy of Law       
2011

        This book is well written, but i never finished it. I found it hard to follow because I never read any of the first books in the series. This is vary well written though.       

1 comment:

  1. November is so, so far away. Can't wait to read this one.

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