Paperback Perils: The Alloy of Law

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Title: The Alloy of Law
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publication Date: 2011
Publishing House: Tor Books

I have really been enjoying the Mistborn. The later part of the series is quite different from the first.

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

The first three books in the Mistborn series are fantasy. Swords and enteral rulers, lords and serfs along with magic and monsters. This forth book in the series may be the same world but the landscape has changed. Allomancy and Feruchemy are still used but this series is no longer a fantasy, its a Western. Guns and Allomancy in play together, this book starts with death and ends with more questions.

Wax is a law man, he went to the Roughs to find himself and found his calling. The members of high society may not approve of his methods but they cannot deny that his methods are effective. I have to admit thought that my favorite character is Wayne, Wax’s one-time criminal and now deputy. For years now the only thing Wayne has stolen are accents. He maybe an odd duck but he understands that people trust those that speak like them. For everything else he makes “trades” and the people of Elendel never know what they are going to find traded for something that was once theirs when Wayne has been near.

Sanderson was creative with this book in that he has places named after the long dead heroes of the past but the names off these places are said casually. They names hold more weight for the readers than the current cast of characters. Places such as Elendel, named after the last emperor, or Vindication, Wax’s special gun named after Vin herself.

I recommend this book for fans of Sanderson, for fans of the Mistborn series, and for fans of a good Western – with a bit of a twist. Happy reading.

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