The Alloy of Law

Continuing the theme of Brandon Sanderson books I’ve listened to recently, the new Mistborn book has finally come out.  The Alloy of Law, while often listed as the forth book in the Mistborn series, is more accurately described as the beginning of a new series taking place in the same universe.  About three centuries have past since the end of the original Mistborn trilogy, and all but the blatantly immortal characters are long dead, and the couple that are still hanging around only make momentary cameo appearances at best.

I was slightly apprehensive about this book.  The Mistborn trilogy was so well tightly buttoned up in the third book that I wasn’t sure I even wanted more.  The trilogy just got more epic with each book, and I didn’t see how another novel could continue that trend.  Knowing that, and given what I knew from the description on the cover, I was left with the impression that this book wasn’t going to compare well to the original trilogy.  However, comparing this book to the original trilogy does it a disservice.  That story has been told; it’s history; it’s over; move on.

The Alloy of Law is an extremely fun book, with lovable and engaging characters.  I think having spent some time writing Matrim Cauthon in the Wheel of Time series gave Brandon Sanderson more confidence to be funny.  This is not the epic story of the original books, but it doesn’t need to be.  On its own, this book was more fun and enjoyable than any of the other books in the series, even if the other books had grander stories.  Don’t come to this book expecting the next great steampunk epic.  Come to this book expecting to have a great time.


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