Mistborn 4: The Alloy of Law Book Review

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016


Mistborn: The Alloy of Law is new high fantasy novel is an on going Mistborn series that takes place 300 years after the end of Mistborn original trilogy. The setting of the Wax and Wayne series has more of a Western style of fantasy, it also introduces the concept of Twinborn, into the Mistborn plot line. A Twinborn is someone who is able to use the abilities of both. For example Terris and a Mistborn, this adds more thrill and of course mer adventure towards the Mistborn mythos. I believe this is the exact reason why The Lord Ruler created the breeding program to ensure that Twinborn would not come to be. Wax and Wayne are both have Terris as well as Mistborn within their genetics. How exciting is that!
Still confused? Here is a better explanation through Tor short synopsis of the novel:

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is 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.

This novel is amazing. Brandon Sanderson has a way of creating fantasy worlds that are never set to closely to the world in which we live in yet the parallels of common mundane features seems to bring the world to life. I love the way The Alloy of Law is a western theme which is practically a complete opposite of how the world of Vin, Elend, and Spooks lived. The journey from the original Mistborn to the Wax and Wayne series of the Mistborn novel is just amazing. The way the characters of this modern world created by Harmony, hmmm I wonder who Harmony is? * wiggles eyebrows suggestively* continue to talk about Vin and Elend only brings back the entire epic journey as well as the realization of how stories can change over time.
When the characters of Alloy of Law talk about The Lord Ruler, Vin and Elend let alone The Survivor it honestly feels as if they are talking about an old friend that I know personally. I find it hilarious how Wax personality reminds me so much of Kelsier when he’s actually related to Lord Breeze. Ha! The irony of that! How could such an adventurous personality ever belong to Lord Breezes bloodline the world will never know. I find this novel has a lot more to do with mystery versus action when comparing the series to one another. I love how Wax and Wayne relationship remind me of a steampunk relationship of Sherlock Homles and his partner Watson, if Watson liked to trade and Sherlock held a rougher misfit personality. Don’t let my talk about these guys full you there is a strong female character in this novel that does not take a backseat to Wax nor Wayne!

 I just  love this novel so much that I really believe anyone who enjoyed the first three novels of the Mistborn should really give this novel a good read. If the end of the novel does not captivated your heart to continue reading this series than nothing else will.




About Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

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