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The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel [Paperback]

Brandon Sanderson
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10 Nov 2011 MISTBORN

The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series and his skill at marshalling epic storylines and dramatic action, his ability to create vivid characters made him a natural choice to complete Robert Jordan's epic wheel of time sequence. But with Mistborn, his standalone fantasies and his new series, The Stormlight Archive, Sanderson has shown his bountiful talents in his own fiction. Now he returns to the series that made his name with a new story set years after the events of Hero of Ages.

In a world recovering only slowly from evil, a world where allomancers wield immense power through their ability to unleash the magic bound up in common metals someone who can burn metals that no-one has burned before can tip the balance...

Sanderson has the knack of giving the epic fantasy reader exactly what they want. This ability has thrown him to the forefront of the genre and the dramatic story within The Alloy of Law shows off this skill to its very best.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (10 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575105828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575105829
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at brandonsanderson.com/library -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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A brand new Mistborn story. The heir to Robert Jordan returns to the world that established his reputation.

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Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson returns to the epic world that built his reputation as a premier fantasist.

The three hundred years since the events of Mistborn have shaped Scadrial. Ever taller towers race for the clouds, railways as well as canals criss-cross the land. But this is still a land of magic.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest may be part of history - or religion - but even as science reaches new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy still have a role in this reborn world. In the Roughs, the wilds beyond the cities, magic is a crucial tool for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice. One such is Waxillium Ladrian.

After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. He must 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 open plains of the Roughs.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, concise and entertaining. 4 Dec 2011
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Three centuries have passed since a young woman named Vin and a band of assorted thieves used the powers of the Mistborn to save the world of Scadrial, dispersing the ash-clouds forever. Vin and her cohorts have become figures of myth or religious awe, but time has moved on. Great skyscrapers are racing for the sky whilst steam and electrical power are becoming more commonplace.

Out in the Roughs, Waxillium Ladrian has spent twenty years trying to bring peace and order to a rough, frontier land. Called home to the city of Elendel by the death of his uncle and forced to inherit his family's estate and business, Waxillium finds trading his six-shooters for cost ledgers to be harder than he'd expected. A spate of kidnappings and disappearance soon tempt him back to a life of law-enforcement, but Wax needs to face his own guilt before he can face down an old enemy.

The Alloy of Law is a (mostly) stand-alone novel set in the same world as Brandon Sanderson's earlier Mistborn Trilogy. Sanderson has previously announced that he plans three trilogies set in this world, one set in a medieval era, one in a contemporary setting and one in a futuristic milieu. The Alloy of Law is a side-story unrelated to these planned future works, though Sanderson layers some hints for the second trilogy into the narrative and also sets up a sequel (or potentially several sequels) for this book in its closing pages.

Written as a side-project to help the author stay fresh whilst bringing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time sequence to its long-awaited conclusion and coming in at barely a third the length of his last novel, The Way of Kings, it'd be easy to dismiss The Alloy of Law as a bit of fluffy filler to tide his publishers over for a year.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 15 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
Being a huge fan of the under-rated Sanderson, I thoroughly enjoyed the Mistborn trilogy and its quirky "magic" system of Allomancy & Feruchemy etc. I was pleasantly surprised to hear he was returning to the Mistborn world, apparently having written this novel to clear his head between other books.

Love the new protagonists and the dialogue had me cracked up so much at one point that I nearly annihilated my Kindle by dropping it in the bath (yes, I read while soaking, sue me!). Only complaints were that things moved a bit too fast, the book was a bit too short and last but not least, for an alleged stand-alone novel, Brandon sure left it wide open, with huge unresolved plotlines spanning a nefarious diabolical scheme, Wax's continuation of his Lawmaker role and, of course, the romantic tension between him and his ingenue sidekick.

I demand more! Take a breather once Jordan's book is done and then get typing Mr Sanderson, please. We the fans demand more Wax, Wayne and Marasi :)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic continuation shame it's so short 12 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
I got this book as soon as it became available after having it preordered since I finished the original trilogy, they were supposed to be my books for my holiday but I read all three the week before I left.

Gladly this book keeps up the tradition of being un-put-downable and is a fantastic addition to the trilogy. The new steampunky setting is refreshing and well established. The main characters are brilliantly written.

However there is only one problem; it's too short at under 300 pages i blew through 75% of the book in a day. I hope this is the start of a new trilogy however Mr Saunderson is very busy so I won't be holding my breath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys and Allomancers 22 Jun 2014
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A new fantasy novel from writer Brandon Sanderson, which returns to the world of his popular 'mistborn' stories. That series started with The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One. This novel stands largely alone from that, but you will still get more out of it if you've read the earlier Mistborn books, so it isn't really a jumping on point.

This book runs for three hundred and twenty five pages. It's divided into twenty chapters, plus a prologue and an epilogue.
There's a map of some of the setting at the start, and a glossary at the back.

This has the first of several great ideas at the start. Most fantasy worlds don't tend to change. But that's not like real worlds, where progress marches on. Thus this story takes place centuries after the end of the mistborn trilogy, and in that time the world has developed. With more technology and weaponry.

There are people living in cities linked by railways. But in the rough lands beyond those, life is a struggle. And a very dangerous one. Only a few people strive to bring law to such places.

One is Waxillium Ladrian. A man of noble birth. When things force him to return to the city, he thinks he's left his law enforcing days behind. But danger and crime and mystery still await. With the help of his somewhat uncouth associate Wayne, and a new friend, can he solve a dangerous mystery?

This thus has magic in a setting that is a mix of the wild west and Victorian style cities. This Is so genuinely original it grabs from the off.

In addition, it has some great characterisation. Waxillium, known to all as Wax, is a very three dimensional and appealing and likeable character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a good read, I thought it the weakest of the Mistborn series but a decent read.
Published 7 days ago by Johnno260
4.0 out of 5 stars A trilogy stops at 3 for a reason.
Well written and well executed but obviously a sequel to the original really good idea. Like most sequels the idea is good but ultimately disappointing as it can't live up to the... Read more
Published 13 days ago by janette
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm very glad it did
This book was a complete surprise when compared to the previous books. Do not expect more of the same. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mr P Trimble
4.0 out of 5 stars Sanderson with a twist
It took me a while to get into this book as the style was so very different - almost like a Western to start off with. Read more
Published 20 days ago by BarbieV
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not quite as gripping and the original Mistborn trilogy but still good
Published 27 days ago by Toby Gleed-Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars 4th book - new story - just as good as the previous three.
No spoilers.

I've just finished this after reading the first three Mistborn books I was a little unsure whether a fourth book would be any good.

It is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mo8ius
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, developement of charaters required.
Is there a book 5. Not enough links to previous books and the evolution to the current story. Nevertheless enjoyed the book immensely.
Published 2 months ago by GRAHAM BOYD
5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable book.
Started reading Brandon Sandersons books last year and I enjoy his well formed alternative realities, character development and storylines in all the books I've read so far. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stevehobfg
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
i thought this book was really enjoyable but does not come close the to mistborn trilogy
if you haven't already read them go read them 1st
Published 2 months ago by reidy
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual time sequence
These novels don't follow the usual pattern of sequels, but I like that. Really innovative ideas, and compelling characters. I would continue to read the series if I could.
Published 2 months ago by Special Needs teacher
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