Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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


Overall Impression:

Source: Bought

Publication Date: TODAY (Nov. 8th, 2011)

Short Synopsis (Goodreads): 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.


My Review: To start, I hadn't even expected this book. Once the Mistborn trilogy ended (and boy...was I frustrated with that ending!!) I thought that it was el fin. But Brandon Sanderson proves his worth again and come up with another great book!

I actually think that I like allomancy more in a old west setting than in a fantasy world. It's been a few years since I read the original Mistborns, so not all of the reverences were caught by me, but it was still enjoyable and really, there are some great characters here! Wax is pretty charming but Wayne just makes me laugh! 

I was, again, frustrated with the book not going where I wanted it to. Oh sure, most of it gets resolved, but I realized that I was on the last page and didn't understand how it was going to wrap up completely...when it hit me that it won't! This is good, as I love to have long books and Brandon Sanderson does these so well (though this one, comparatively to his other works, really isn't that long. I bought it this afternoon and finished it before bed), but I DON'T WANT TO WAIT! It was hard enough holding my breath for this one and now I'll have to do it again!!! Gah, such is the life of the bookishly obsessed. I know at least, though, I am not alone!

In short, loved the world, loved the characters, loved the plot, love that there will eventually be more in store....but not loving the waiting. Oh well.


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