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

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book One of the Mistborn Trilogy) by Brandon Sanderson – Review #9

Brandon Sanderson is a phenomenal writer. He has such a distinct pattern of writing that I have just grown to love. I devoured this book and it’s sequels in days and I loved it.

This book follows the street born Vin who is apart of a world much larger than she originally thinks it is; a world full of trust and confidence, and friends. She lives as a street skaa thief working with gangs to steal and kill. The nobility and The Lord Ruler keep a firm grip over the lives of those who live in the city of Luthadel and the massive empire it is the capital of. The Immortal Emperor makes slaves of the skaa race and allows only a certain few, born into privilege to live lives of respect and lavishness. Soon into the story we meet people to give faith to, men who work to fight against the tyrannical rule of The Lord Ruler. Kelsier is this groups head, as a full Mistborn he keeps the group safe from the eyes of the Emperor and his murderous Inquisitors and obligators. He leads the group through many different schemes and every once in a while a rebellion to try to destroy the reigning government of the world for the last 1,000 years, ya know the norm. The book follows these characters through the rough life of slaves and thieves who live in a world where they are looked upon as lesser beings, it holds much deeper meanings in the text and is a lovable book.

The characters of this book are truly my favorite thing about the trilogy, the lives they live, the struggles, the anxiety, the doubt, the hope, everything about these characters will make me miss them so much once I finish the series. This first book holds so much about them, it explains so much, yet so little. We learn to love Vin and her oddities while also seeing her grow as a woman and learn to trust those around her.

Something else about this book, and author kind of, is it ending so interesting, this first book I mean, not the series. If you read this book alone without reading the other two I think you could be content with the ending given, because I definitely was. Sanderson has an odd way of writing these things, this is the kind of writing he does, he writes books that could go out as single best selling novels, but leaves enough mystery in the end where he could do so much more which is what he did here. From what else I have read from him–Elantris– he writes like this all the time, leaving Elantris very similarly to how he left the first Mistborn book, with some loose ends and things to pull together with a sequel(which he is planning to make for Elantris). The plot this book follows is complex and one of the most interesting I think I have ever read. This book is really one of the best books I have ever read, it is still behind The Name of the Wind and A Game of Thrones, but not by much.

I feel like his writing has not lived up to my expectations though with the next two books in the series, I know the reviews given to those two are all positive, but I don’t think they will ever top the first book in the series. I may be wrong, I still have yet to finish the final book(only 200 pages from the end) but I don’t know if he will be able to make me love The Hero of Ages more than The Final Empire. Don’t get me wrong those books are amazing too, I just wanted more from the book that I learned to love so much. If I were to reread the series, I might just reread the first book.

I would rate this book 5/5 stars, if I could do more I would. The other books are 5 stars as well (so far) but at the moment they don’t exceed that (you should still read them though, they’re good enough to not want to miss out on what happens).

-Zachary