I finished The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel on the same day as Beyonders, and of the two, I definitely more impressed with this one.
I’ve been waiting a long time for this book to become available. The waiting list for this book at my library and through OverDrive is ridiculously long.
Fortunately, it’s well worth the wait.
A Brief Look at the Plot
Alloy of Law takes place 300 hundred years after the original Mistborn series. All the original beloved characters are dead, and some are even worshiped in certain religions. Although allomancy (manipulation of metals) plays a key role in the book, it’s a completely new world than the one established in the first few books.
Technology has advanced, moving the book away from classic fantasy and mixing it with historical fiction. Railway lines, electricity, and revolvers are becoming commonplace – making it the perfect setting for a rough-and-tumble cowboy adventure. Only, in this book, the sheriff and his deputy can fly, heal, and speed up time.
Waxillium (Wax) Ladrian is a twinborn, an allomancer who can push on metals and can manipulate how heavy and light he is at will. His best friend, Wayne is also a twinborn, can create speed bubbles, and heal himself. Together, they bring justice to the roughs, or the Mistborn equivalent of the wild west.
Or at least they did, until a family tragedy brings Wax back to his estate where he has to put away his guns and head the noble house. Not long after, Wax is thrown into mysterious train robberies and kidnapping, resulting in an epic adventure. Turns out, the city is more dangerous than the roughs.
Are The Characters Fun?
Brandon Sanderson is a fantastic writer because of his ability to capture characters perfectly.
In both the original Mistborn trilogy and the new Alloy of Law, he has a wide selection of fully-fleshed out characters who feel real. Each person has a slightly different sense of humor, a unique history, and an intriguing personality.
Even the villain has a fascinating outlook on like – he’s not some vague, mysterious powerful force that hovers evilly and laughs to himself. No, the villain is just as human as the rest of them, with strengths and weaknesses that make him a convincing character.
Is It a Good Mistborn Sequel?
Typically writers have a hard time setting books in the same world as a previously established series. But, Brandon Sanderson set the Alloy of Law far enough in the future that he could make the world however he wanted it without infringing on the original story. He based the story on the same principal elements as Mistborn, but he twisted it to become an entirely new story. Additionally, he advances the technology so characters use rifles and revolvers instead of swords, which completely alters how the characters are forced to fight.
In the book, he introduced new metals and new abilities while keeping many of the old ones, so it builds on the original series without completely copying it. It also keeps the best concept of the book fresh, so you never quite know what to expect.
Furthermore, he adds the concept of twinborn rather than mistborn. In the original series, the mistborn had all the allomantic powers and the mistings only had one ability. In the new books, there are twinborn who have one allomantic power and one feruchemical power, and for most people, these two powers are unrelated.
My Experience With the Book
I loved listening to Alloy of Law. The characters, the setting, and the plot are all captivating. I didn’t want to stop!
I think Brandon Sanderson achieved the perfect balance of action, suspense, description, and imagination when he wrote this adventure – so I’m completely jealous of the fact that he only wrote it as a way to clear his head between writing other books.
The only downside (and this is a small one) is the narrator can feel a bit dry at times (if you’re listening to the audio book rather than reading it). He’s not a bad narrator, especially when he’s acting out the individual character voices. But, it does make the story feel slower at times when it should feel fast-paced and adventurous.
If you liked the original series then you’ll definitely like Allow of Law. I highly recommend you read it!
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