The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson – Review #10

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

A continuation of the Mistborn trilogy but 300 years later. The whole idea behind this new series is so original that I was so excited to start reading it. From the beginning of his first trilogy I was interested, the magic system, the world building, the plot, the characters, everything is just so interesting in these worlds that could never just ignore the fact that there was another book series in the world so I took the first step and went out to read them. As I said, this series takes place 300 years after the original trilogy so the characters are different but the world is the “same”. I highly recommend that you read the first trilogy before you start this or things in the book will not make sense to you. The story revolves around an allomancer named Waxillium. He is a lawkeeper who functions as a sort of bounty hunter or free lance police officer in this universe. The first chapter of this book is probably the most intense and story filling. I was surprised and read until my eyes could not keep open.

Sanderson brings new ideas to this old world and keeps the reader reading. Even possible new readers can get stuff out of this book, anyone interested in stories set in a magical world with an interesting magic system will like this, or even people who like a sort of historical fantasy, the whole world is built with the most complex history I have never seen the like of which before.

The Alloy of Law brings the world of Mistborn to a more real life connection, the idea that magical fantasy worlds can advance into a future age where things like electricity and cars rule is so amazing.

The plot itself is intriguing as well. We follow the Lord Waxillium in his adventures as a Lord and lawkeeper and the complex political affairs in both. Things such as his background is lawkeeping making him seem to be a miscreant in the nobilities eyes and his Lordly status making him seem a puff to the criminal minds of the Roughs where he keeps the law.

Characters who join the story keep it entertaining as well, Wayne, Waxillium, and Marasi mainly, how they work together, the dynamic obviously present between Wayne an Waxillium is exmpowering and hysterical. The relationship between Marasi and Waxillium is also delicate with the occasional awkwardness. The story doesn’t revolve around the plot, but the characters, without one, the story would not be able to continue. The way these people were written makes them seem real, there are conversations where I genuinely thought that’s how people communicate. Some authors gloss over conversation for more important things, but making your characters seem more human is a major feat that Sanderson should be praised for.

This book was great and I can’t wait to read the other two in the series that is still growing with a book expected to release next year. I would rate it at 4.5/5 only because the ending seemed a bit odd, but I feel like I’ll grow to understand it more as I read the series.

-Zachary

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