Welcome back to the Mistborn Monday event, we have already had a look at books 1, 2 and 3. This week we review The Alloy of Law, a pivotal piece to the series, or alternatively, a great stand alone. The magic and world are freshly introduced, there is no loss or confusion for new readers, while the characters are all original to the series. As promised from Brandon Sanderson, this is a look at the same elements of a magic world, changing the era in which is featured.
The time period of the first trilogy had a medieval feel, on the brink of advancing, yet held back by the Lord Ruler. 300 years after his passing, technology has flourished quickly. The inclusion of the printing press, train lines, and pistols, etc., Alloy of Law is in a western/ industrial revolution age. Not only that, but the story has a mystery storyline, including train heists and super powered action. Which is a major draw for established Mistborn fans, getting a peek at the amazing magic system, in a time with much more metal available and guns to shoot.
The magic itself has taken on a natural evolution. Despite the fact their has been no full Mistborn since the end of Hero of Ages. The land has changed, the cities have grown and everything has evolved around the mistings. Alloy of Law introduces the concept of Twinborns. Combining a mistings power of allomancy with feruchemy. Rare people of heritage from both backgrounds will have an ability from both magic systems. Creating some great and original powers and characters, including our main protagonists.
One of the best parts of this novel are the characters. Specifically, the heroes, Waxillium and Wayne. Sharing a fragile Sherlock and Watson relationship, with a humorous rapport. Wayne is not your typical character, and less of a sidekick and can be more of a nuisance to his friend. The quirks and quips of the misunderstood Wayne are entertaining the whole way through, chapters featuring him are highlights of the novel. Wax is a competent and proactive hero. Dealing with his past, Wax’s intelligence and abilities drive the story forward. All the side characters add their own elements, the book is full of original players.
Described as a Sherlock meets X-Men, Alloy of Law delivers on action. The use of the Mistborn magic system during train heists and gun fights make this book unique. A read that is different from any fantasy, mystery, or western, the combination allows the action to have a different look, that is pure entertainment. As is typical with Mr. Sanderson, it is all explained clearly and straight forward, which allows us to sink into this world flawlessly.
Originally conceptualized as an experiment, not meant for publication, Alloy of Law is a great installment to the Mistborn series. The characters and pieces of this novel were too good to put away, demanding of the author to create an unplanned trilogy to follow up. Easily a 4/5, this book is worth reading even if you have not read the rest of the series. Though I do recommend reading everything in order as there are elements that cross over and this book would spoil certain points in the first trilogy. A great read that is a fun, light hearted step away from the usual massively in-depth cosmere, also a surprisingly shorter book in the Sanderson library.
Thanks booknerds, next Mistborn Monday we revisit these great characters in the first book of the next trilogy.