The Alloy of Law (Mistborn Series #4)

The Alloy of Law (Mistborn Series #4)

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

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

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.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive

The Way of Kings

Words of Radiance

Edgedancer (Novella)

Oathbringer (forthcoming)

The Mistborn trilogy

Mistborn: The Final Empire

The Well of Ascension

The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series

Alloy of Law

Shadows of Self

Bands of Mourning


Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels



The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians

The Scrivener's Bones

The Knights of Crystallia

The Shattered Lens

The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series

The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners




Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780575105829
Publisher: Gollancz, Victor Limited
Publication date: 11/28/2011
Series: Mistborn Series , #4

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit

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The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 255 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For some reason this book reminds me of Firefly/Serenity. Loved it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Arrat More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book with a lot of excitement and a great western/steam-age feel. If you haven't read the previous books that's all right this book is a fresh start for a new series. Some of the pictures are hard to read on the nook version, which is kind of important for the full feel of the story. Also I wish the book was a little longer, only 200 or so pages.
bookaddictsguide More than 1 year ago
Of course immediately after inhaling the first three books in the Mistborn series (grouped together as a trilogy since The Alloy of Law takes place three hundred years after THE HERO OF AGES and is really more of a spin-off), I had to start the next book in this series. I grew obsessed, craving for more, and couldn’t get Sanderson books off my mind. This was actually the shortest book of the series so far (at only 300+ pages versus the usual 500-700 (depending on what version you’re reading)) and yet it took me the longest to read. Part of it was that I started reading it before my wedding so for a good two and a half weeks after I started, I really read nothing at all. Another reason is that I was really pining more for the original characters and plot than the spin-off but nevertheless, I enjoyed THE ALLOY OF LAW very much! Right away, THE ALLOY OF LAW has its definite differences. The feel is immediately much different with AOL taking place 300 years later and Sanderson creating a “Wild West with Allomancy” setting. I was a bit hesitant at first since I was so used to the absence of modern technology in this series and the reader stumbles upon a much more advanced Scadrial, following the descendants of some of the original characters. The other immediate difference is the absence of Mistborns and the notable introduction of “Twinborns” — people who possess both Allomantic and Feruchemical abilities. It actually created some very interesting ideas and possibilities and I loved how they played into the plot! I actually can’t wait to find out more about the history of Twinborns and how that came to be because Sanderson’s history and world building and backstories are always quite amazing! I love the bromance between Wax and Wayne (although Wayne might be a more invested in this bromance than Waxillium… but I have hope for them to grow tighter once again!) and all of the difference that these two alone make in the tone of the book. Wayne is a bit more… wild. He’s got some wacky tendencies and the dynamic between Wayne and Wax had me cracking up. He definitely brought a much lighter sense to the book and a lot more comedic moments! As usual, all of Sanderson’s characters are flawless. An unlikely duo (well, now that Waxillium has himself stuck up in the higher class), a damsel, a whip-smart female counterpart, and an indestructible villain. The combinations are just wonderful and as always, the characters keep the story moving and bring a few extra bonus ideas to the plot as well. Everything flowed so well in THE ALLOY OF LAW and it was really fun to watch this story unfold! I’d say ultimately, I was hoping there would be more allusions to the original cast of characters in the first three books (what can I say? I’m greedy), but I have a VERY STRONG FEELING that we’ll be seeing a lot more of that as this collection of stories progresses! I’m also excited to see how this new trilogy connects and then even sets up for another collection of stories (I mean, Sanderson-permitting, of course. I’ve heard rumors.) because Brandon Sanderson seems to be a master at connecting things I didn’t even know were connected!
TMils More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for another novel of epic, Mistborn-sized proportions, then you've come to the wrong place. However, this quick read (or at least quick compared to the first three) is a nice, contained story that introduces some cool new powers and concepts that any Mistborn fan will eat up. It has kept me satisfied as I wait for the next trilogy in the Scadrial world...
grc1976 More than 1 year ago
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.
TextReader More than 1 year ago
Takes a justice bound sherlock with powers and matches him with impossible odds- all the time with good humor and character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite parts of the Mistborn trilogy were the well done action sequences, and Alloy of Law did not disappoint on that measure one bit. The evolution of religion in the intervening years between Hero of Ages and this fourth Mistborn book was super interesting for me as well. Can't wait to read another book involving Wax and Wayne(nice character pun there, Mr. Sanderson). Feels complete, yet more to come is exposed in Epilogue. Recommend to any who enjoyed the Mistborn trilogy, and also as a first book in the series to those who may not like fantasy but love steampunk. Will be letting the ten year old read for that reason, and because while there is acknowledgment that men and women interact and love each other, the book is neither too sexy, not too gory.
Mavis1129 More than 1 year ago
You don't have to read the previous books to read this one. There is a character that appears at the end of the book that is from the original trilogy who is supposed to be dead. I'm interested in seeing where that story line goes so I'll probably be reading the next one. Even though I liked this book, I liked the original trilogy more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the preview, starts slow but picks up quickly, as typical with his books. Just push yourself through the first ten minutes, you will be glad you did. Undoubtedly one of the best fantasy fiction writers yet.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mistborn, but in a steam-punky western way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the new books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked the other mist on books... then you will like this one.
ShieldWolfJRS More than 1 year ago
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 - mightythorjrs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice addition to the Mistborn series. Looking forward to the next series.
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redstar More than 1 year ago
Have always enjoyed any and all Sanderson books and this one is no exception. Will be among the first to buy the next one (or two)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think sanderson did a great job mixing his mistborn series with a western setting. It has no where near the plot depth or grittyness of the original trilogy, but instead provides lots of action in a very fun setting. Definatelynot for everyone, but this is my personal favorite mistborn novel to date.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont let the negative reviews bother you this book was awsome