The Alloy of Law is Kindle As always after reading something by Sanderson I find myself irritated at how good he is So let s take it as a given that the book has all the essential ingredient
The Alloy of Law is Kindle As always, after reading something by Sanderson, I find myself irritated at how good he is. So let's take it as a given that the book has all the essential ingredients: character, plot, dialogue, mystery, and action. All of these things are there, some of them merely great, most of them included to exceptional degree. What truly impresses me though, is that Sanderson has done something extraordinarily unique with this book. Something that just isn't done in fantasy. First, Sanderson wrote the Mistborn trilogy, an amazingly good fantasy trilogy set it in a unique, carefully-constructed world with a well defined magic system. Then he moved that world forward 300 years. He evolved it away from the low-industrial/dark-ages culture into a much more modern setting. This simply isn't done. You see, here's the way things work: 1. You either write secondary world fantasy which is pretty medievally, or Renaissance-y, or occationally dark-ages-ish. Maybe you go crazy and make it kinda Asian. Or you make it bronze age. That's rare though. Pretty fringe. 2. Your other option is to set something in THIS world. Most of the time when you do this, the setting is modern, which gets you urban fantasy. If you're not quite so modern, you get steampunk. If you go back further than that, it's alternate history. But again, that's kinda rare. These are the rules. They're not written down anywhere, but generally speaking, that's how things work. This is just the way things are done. But Sanderson has done something different here. Two somethings, actually. 1. He evolved his world through time, changing the society significantly while staying true to the world he established in the earlier Mistborn books. (Yeah yeah. There have been a few other authors that have done this. Frank Herbert, for example. But it's so rare as to be practically unique. And in my opinion Sanderson has done it better than Herbert did for the simple fact that I want to read Sanderson's future books in this world, while I just couldn't make it through the second Dune sequel.)2. Sanderson has written urban fantasy THAT ISN'T SET IN THIS WORLD. Call it what you want, urban fantasy, qua-western, steampunk, whatever. That's what he did. I read this book and found myself thinking, "What? You can do that? How come nobody's done this before?"This is what happens with all truly clever innovation. Once someone does it, it seems obvious. It seems like anyone could do it. But everyone didn't do it. Sanderson did. That's a very special sort of clever. What's my point? My point is that this book is good, and you should give it a try. My other point is that this book does something different, and pulls it off very smoothly, so you should give it a try. My last point is that Sanderson has now been added to a very short list of authors. Specifically, the list authors whom I wish to kill so that I might eat their livers and thereby gain their power. So yeah. My hat's off to you, Brandon. Watch your back. . 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 scienceThree 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 dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.. Good Book The Alloy of Law Brandon Sanderson commented on this review via reddit! See below.This review originally appeared on my book blog.The original Mistborn trilogy was a masterwork of fantasy, artfully combining a cool magic system, detailed and lush worldbuilding, and a plot and characters that were incredibly enthralling, weaving them together so perfectly that every piece depended completely on every other piece. Sanderson has spoken and written about his goal for the world he created: three trilogies, spanning many centuries on the same world. Sometime in the future we will see an "urban fantasy" trilogy and finally a "science fiction" trilogy, all based on the same magic system and, if The Alloy of Law is any indication, religions and mythologies derived directly from the first series.But the author decided to give us a treat in the meantime, something that initially started out as a short story but due to an epic writing style, even "short" turns out to mean 300+ pages. And so we have this novel, in a setting similar to the American Old West, with the most notable difference of gunslingers with magical powers. Overall, this is a very fun action/mystery novel for anyone looking for something unique or genre-bending. The tone is a bit lighter than Sanderson's other work, so while crime and death and moral questions abound, it is still not quite so dark and serious as it could have been. I am certainly glad, though, that these ethical issues were not left out, as they are one of my favorite aspects of his writing. There are some great twists and turns, exciting gunfights enhanced by abilities to push and pull metal, manipulate time, and heal quickly, to name a few. Because it's a short novel, however, there is a distinct lack of Sanderson's trademark world building; the reader is largely left to imagine a vague western setting. It's also not nearly the intricately planned masterpiece his other novels tend to be, so expectations should be set appropriately for a more straightforward novel where the author is simply having some fun in his fictional playground.Some have claimed that this book stands on its own, and that one needn't read the original trilogy in order to enjoy it. That may be so, but I suspect that anyone who does will have a distinct sense of being left a little bit out of the loop. Many of the original characters are referenced in passing as parts of various religions, and so without that prior knowledge of the world's history, such a reader would be at a disadvantage. There are also a couple of more important passages that cannot be fully appreciated without knowing those characters. For those of us who loved the first trilogy, they point to an exciting potential aspect of the future trilogies, and make me very excited for the next Mistborn book, whenever that may arrive. In the end, the last couple chapters are the most meaningful, both to the story and to the world itself, so I would recommend that this not be the book that introduces you to the Mistborn series, as the best parts of the climax and resolution would go right over your head, and the trilogy novels are each superior to this one. Those books are the main courses; The Alloy of Law is just a delicious snack meant to hold you over until the next big feast.--Mr. Sanderson's gracious comment:This is a really solid review of the book, Gunner. Thank you. You basically captured what I feel is the spirit of the book. One of my primary worries with this is that readers will expect too much. It's meant to be fun and enjoyable, but the shorter length and smaller scope means that it's not going to have the depth of the original trilogy or of TWoK.I kind of look at this like I view some of the great sf television series out there. Many, like DS9, had beautiful, long-running arcs with enormous scope. But occasionally, they'd stop to do a stand-alone episode that was just meant to be fun. That's what Alloy of Law is.
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