Published by Gollancz on November 10th 2011
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Centuries after the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity – railroads, electric street lights, and skyscrapers. Waxillium Ladrian can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After 20 years in the dusty Roughs, in the city of Elendel, the new head of a noble house may need to keep his guns.
“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.”
This book was such a fun ride!
Brandon Sanderson has become a comfort writer to me. Whenever I find myself in a reading slump or I am in that mood where I don’t feel like reading anything on my TBR, I can always count on Sanderson to produce something that I will greatly enjoy.
The Alloy of Law is a continuation/spin-off series of the Mistborn trilogy and takes place in the same world. Although it is set hundreds of years in the future and follows different characters, you still need to read Mistborn before diving into this one.
The story follows Lord Waxilium Ladrian who returns to the city of Elendel after having lived for years as a lawman out in the Roughs. Due to his uncle’s death he is forced to assume the position of the head of his house and engage in social activities with the nobility, which also includes marriage to a wealthy nobleman’s daughter. He believes that he will live out his life in comfort, but there are strange robberies going on and it seems that Wax, together with his partner Wayne, are the only ones able to take on the task of figuring out who is behind the heists and why.
The best thing about this book was the characterization. The characters were so quirky and fun and their banter was absolutely hilarious. The witty dialogue between Wax and Wayne made me laugh out loud several times and made this whole book a lot more light-hearted than I am used to from Sanderson.
“That hat looks ridiculous.”
“Fortunately, I can change hats,” Wayne said, “while you, sir, are stuck with that face.”
We also have Marasi who, if I’m being honest, was a bit forgettable, but I still appreciated her role in the story and that she was a strong character despite being physically weaker than Wax or Wayne.
Before commenting on the actual plot I would just like to note how clever Sanderson was with the concept of this book. To take a world of his own creation, the original Mistborn world, and move it into the future where it is radically changing through technology and a sort of industrial revolution is exceptionally clever. I have never seen this done before and think the author did a fantastic job with the idea.
The actual plot of the story, though engaging, was nothing ground-breaking. The action scenes were as phenomenal as always, but the mystery was considerably less intricate than in his other works. The novel started out with a bang (the prologue was fabulous) but it never quite reached that point of intrigue and shock again. I found the conclusion to be slightly disappointing and I wasn’t particularly impressed with the plot twist; but maybe that’s also because I just expected too much going into it. Still, I found this book to be highly enjoyable and am very excited to see how it continues.
This is the sixth novel I have read by Sanderson and I still find myself awed by his intense and witty characters and worldbuilding abilities. I have said it before and I will say it again: Sanderson is great. This book may not be as good as Mistborn, but if you enjoyed the original trilogy you absolutely must pick it up.