Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

The Alloy of Law Mistborn #4

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Tor

Published: November 2011

ISBN: 978-0-7653-3042-0

FTC FYI: Borrowed from the library

Goodreads Summary: "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

I need to get this off my chest right from the start. I loved this book. I loved everything about it. The time-period, the characters (especially Wax, Wayne, and Marasi), the Allomancy, the setting, just basically everything. This is an amazing book. I admit I have not read the first three of The Mistborn series yet. If I weren't in the throws of Whitney reading, I would be reading them now. I did have to chat with Sheila to make sure I was understanding all of the Allomancy stuff, and I was. This world that Brandon has created is beyond cool. Even just the names of the characters are cool.

Wax is a law keeper, straight from the Roughs. His family has had a tragedy, and he is summoned home. He has also suffered recently, and welcomed the change of society life. If only at an extent. Months pass, and he is visited by Wayne, a side-kick of his from earlier days. Things are happening in Elendel that require Wax's help. With Wayne at his side, and Marasi, a girl fascinated by the lawkeepers. He needs to figure out why events are unfolding the way they are before lives are lost.

5 out 5 stars. There was never a dull moment for me in this book, and the end has a great surprise twist. Brandon Sanderson is the author of MANY great books. Find out more about them here.


  1. Never even heard of this book. Looks like one I need to check out! Thanks :)

  2. I completely agree! I gave this book 5 stars, too. I have read the Mistborn trilogy (lots of twist there, too, believe me). I love how Brandon mixed the feruchemy talent with the allomancy. These would be amazing movies. The fight scenes are incredible, and I'm not really that into fight scenes.