Monday, August 4, 2014

The Alloy of Law


Today’s post is on The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. It is 383 pages long and is published by TOR. This is a stand-alone novel set in the Mistborn world. The cover has two of the main characters looking serious and steampunky. There is no sex or sexuality, some language and lots of violence in this novel. Teens and adults would enjoy this novel best because of the very complex and serious plot. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the back of the book- In the three hundred years since the events of the Mistborn trilogy, science and technology have marched on. Scadrial is on the verge of modernity, with railroads, electric lighting, and even the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.
Yet even with these advances, the 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 those attempting to establish order and justice.
One is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to becomes lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax must now put away his guns and assume the duties incumbent upon the head of a noble house- 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.
Review- I loved Mistborn and everything else that I have read from Sanderson. I am so glad that this book is no different. I think that this novel is a stand-alone but I hope not. Sanderson does so much. He resolves some of the plot questions but the overarching problems are still there. The characters are good and believable. The plot is fast paced and when the main villain is revealed it is surprising. Wax, Wayne, and Marasi have their backs against the wall with no help and no options. How the world has changed since Hero of Ages is really neat. There are multiple religions, the way that people deal with those born with Allomancy or Feruchemy, and just all kinds of little touches. I really hope that Sanderson comes back to finish this story. He leaves so much unfinished. What is really going on in the background? Is Wax really going to go through with the contract with Steris? I want to know more about the gods that are now present in Scadrial and so much more. I highly recommend this book and everything by Sanderson.
I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for this review and I was given this book as a gift by a personal friend.