Book review: The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson

Today I will be reviewing The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson . I have been wanting to read The Mistborn series for a while now. Ever since I read The Stormlight Archive series first two books. Brandon Sanderson has become one of my favorite author’s after reading those two books. I actually came across this book at a dollar store and had to grab it. I was not sure if I needed to read the first three books or not, this seemed like the start of a different story. Well in any case I had it, so I read it. Looking back I can see where it might have helped to have read the trilogy books first. With the references to them and all, but I thought this book was great without having read those books. Everything is explained and I never felt lost in the greater story. Mr. Sanderson is nothing short of an outstanding writer. His world building and magic systems are the best around. His story telling is truly amazing. Every time I read his books I am totally immersed in the worlds he has created. The characters are awesome, I could totally identify and care for them. I particularly loved the dynamic of the relationship between Wax and Wayne. Two very different men but also the same. The only real complaint I could have was that I did not read this book sooner, and I guess that this book seemed so short. I could have easily read another 1000 page tome like his other books that I have read. This book definitely left me wanting more. Lucky for me that Shadows of Self (Mistborn) #5 is due out October 6, 2015! and The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn) #6 is due out January 26, 2016! Now I need to go back and read The Mistborn Trilogy . Overall this is another fantastic Brandon Sanderson book. You can’t go wrong with anything he writes.

4/5 Stars

This book is out now from Tor books!



About the book:

The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

  • Series: Mistborn (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765330423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330420

Fresh from the success of The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson, best known for completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time®, takes a break to return to the world of the bestselling Mistborn series.

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history–or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.

One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn, who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

About the author:

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave himDragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.


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