Friday, December 28, 2012

The Alloy of Law, by Brandon Sanderson

The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel, by Brandon Sanderson

I thoroughly enjoyed the first three Mistborn novels and was excited to find The Alloy of Law set in the same universe. This one takes place three hundred years after the first collection; the laws of allomancy haven't changed, but science and technology have continued to march on and as a result we get to visit a very different world. The traditional fantasy setting of swords and sandals has evolved into one that more closely resembles a Victorian Old West. Sanderson does a great job of presenting his unique magic system in a different society than the first trilogy; seeing how the same rules apply to a different world was fascinating. The heroes aren't perfect and the villains aren't pure evil; coupled with the steampunk-like environment this was a book I couldn't put down.

First Sentence:
Wax crept along the ragged fence in a crouch, his boots scraping the dry ground.

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