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The Alloy of Law (Mistborn Series #4)

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19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

brilliant story line

In the last few decades a steel based technology boom has come to Scadrial. The new Steel Age has led to railroads traversing the surface, electric lights on streets and skyscrapers. At the same time, the ancient magical system of Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy r...
In the last few decades a steel based technology boom has come to Scadrial. The new Steel Age has led to railroads traversing the surface, electric lights on streets and skyscrapers. At the same time, the ancient magical system of Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy remains potent though more so in the perilous Roughs than in the urban centers.

For twenty years Waxillium Ladrian has enforced the law in the Rough using his Twinborn skill of deploying Allomancy to Pull metal and employing Feruchemy to change his weight. However, his time in the Rough is over as he must return home to the modern city of Elendel to replace his recently deceased uncle as Lord Ladrian. However, he learns upon coming home that a ruthless gang of thieves the Vanishers are abducting women and stealing cargo from the railcars. His sense of justice and honor has Wax, along with his friend depraved Wayne and genius Marasi, on a mission to rescue the kidnapped and to end the Vanishers reign of robberies.

The Alloy of Law is a stand alone urban fantasy that occurs in the lands of the Mistborn Trilogy, but in the future three centuries after the heroes of the previous tales are alive only as legends. The brilliant story line can be read without the perusing the trilogy though those who do so will miss out on a fabulous magical fantasy series. The key to this strong action adventure is the emerging competition between magic and technology except when a rare practitioner combines them. Wax and his two compatriots add amusing banter to a brisk High Noon in Mistborn guns and sorcery thriller.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on October 6, 2011

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

YaWN

Loved the original trilogy. This seems forced. The endless exvhanges between Wax and Wayne point to massive releases of author ego. Inuendo is fun and charming unless fed in massive amounts. Large koloss are growing on energy expended hoping this would be an engag...
Loved the original trilogy. This seems forced. The endless exvhanges between Wax and Wayne point to massive releases of author ego. Inuendo is fun and charming unless fed in massive amounts. Large koloss are growing on energy expended hoping this would be an engaging story.

posted by 10388293 on January 5, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Still love Sanderson.

    I am a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson's books and the original trilogy was outstanding! As interesting as it was to see this world move on and follow someone else, this book really felt forced. The writing is still wonderful and the book was enjoyable, but why was it even written? The trilogy ended beautifully and this just feels like an uneeded sequel. Still a good short read, but this is the only book by Sanderson that I have felt dissapointment of.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    It was a good book. A quick read & you don't have to read th

    It was a good book. A quick read & you don't have to read the prior series as it can stand alone. My biggest problem was that I got the "free" prequel & then paid 12 bucks to get the last few chapters & the book was only 279pgs so I felt cheated. For 12 bucks I was expecting a 500ish pg book. While it did have a few twists & turns it wasn't as good as the majority of his other books are.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Not Sanderson's best novel but it is a fun and quick read. The

    Not Sanderson's best novel but it is a fun and quick read.
    The plot is acceptable and the characters are somewhat interesting, but seem borrowed from other Sanderson novels. The action sequences in this novel get a little tired and comic.
    What makes this book worth reading is that Sanderson is a good storyteller but the original Mistborn novels where significantly better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

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    Just wasn't for me. Did I enjoy this book: It was everything I

    Just wasn't for me.

    Did I enjoy this book: It was everything I loved about the Mistborn Trilogy, but set, unfortunately, in some sort of post-Vin-and-Elend Wild West.  I like Wax and his crew, but I’m not really a fan of gun fights, train robberies, or the classic “Bad Guy Kidnapping Girls for Use in His Evil Scheme” bit.  I suppose it’s an interesting Metallurgic version of the Old West, but it just wasn’t for me.




    I’m contemplating the pros and cons of continuing the series.




    Would I recommend it: Actually, yes.  Especially if you’ve read the Mistborn Trilogy, would you pretty please read this one and get back to me?  I can’t possibly be the only one who loved the first three books and didn’t really care for this one, can I?




    As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    An OK read

    Not anywhere as interesting or deep as the Mistborn series. The book had a bit of a caper feel to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Definitley a good read, but it does not live up to the original Mistborn trilogy.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    not sanderson's best mistborn

    the alloy of law was a decent read, yet i think it could've been alot better. i would recommend this book as a "fill in" if you're waiting for another book to be released.

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