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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson

This is technically the fourth book in this series.  A review of The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson does not require any spoilers of any of the previous books however, I do suggest you start at the beginning of the series.  It answers questions  on how and why some things happen as well as giving the reader a slight sense of superiority over the characters.  After all, we know what really happened over three hundred years ago!

From plains not unlike those of the mid-western US to city streets that may make a  19th century Londoner feel at home, Allomancers and Feruchemists use their skills and powers much as their ancestors once did.  If one is as fortunate as Mr. Waxillium Ladrian, you get abilities from both abilities.

Brandon Sanderson brings to life a character who is both comfortable and yet unsuited to live in either of the two societies he has called home throughout his life.  Waxillium may understand the hard rules of both the Roughs and the subtleties of the city but, that does not mean he is welcome by the inhabitants of either.  Through this story, we get to see this emerge and take real shape.  Much like most of the characters in this book as well as this series,   Mr. Ladrian is a well defined, well developed character that grows with the story.  Another hallmark to a Brandon Sanderson book is how a seemingly obscure side character can often come from and center and crucial to the plot.  I won't say more than that except that, one should not casually dismiss characters who seem to be part of the scenery.  You may see them again.

The scenery itself is a large part of the narrative.  Much as it was in the previous three novels, the scenes continue to set the mood and scope of the story.  Whether in a cramped train car or an open plain, the author brings in the setting like an extra character.

I've always liked the pacing of Brandon Sanderson's books and this one does not disappoint.  There never seems to be action for action's sake and the more peaceful parts are for more than simple exposition but, are placed well enough to give the readers a moment to catch their breath before moving us through the plot.  To be honest,  one may recognize some tropes but, I think there's enough twist to most of them to keep the readers engaged.

The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson is more than a continuation of the series, it is the series reborn into a new time.  I found it very entertaining and would have no problem recommending it for my 14 yr old to read. That earns it a modest PG13 rating mainly due to violence and some moderate adult conversations.

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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