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The Alloy of Law

A Mistborn Novel
Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Series: Mistborn, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (359 ratings)

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Fresh from the success of The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson, best known for completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time®, takes a break to return to the world of the best-selling Mistborn series.

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 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 20 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.

©2011 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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Great story, fun to listen to

Another great novel by Brandon Sanderson. Michael Kramer is a vocal pro. Excellent all round!

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Change of Pace

Such a wicked, brutal, and hilarious story. Things havr changed from Era 1, but all the things you loved come back and more. Michael Kramer delivers the story like a seasoned veteran.

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simply amazing

I was worried it would be too much like the last series but I was happily proven wrong. It is completely different and phenomenal in it own unique way.

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Continuing

An apt and entertaining continuation of the Mistborn books. Makes me want to read them again! New mythology with believable situations and characters. The magic is both logical and credible.

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Easy listening

it was an OK book.. I'm a huge Sanderson fan but this doesn't live up to the mistborn series... in my opinion...

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Building on the first trilogy

The Mistborn series never fails to entertain, and Kramer's reading is well done as always.

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as ways

As always, another fantastic world by Brandon Sanderson.
I have always found Michael Kramer's voice to be the perfect fit for these novels.
highly recommend this whole series starting with Mistborn

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fantastic

It was so good when it finished i was shocked because time jusr flew by. IF i had to say anything negative about this, it would be that it was too short and i wished it was longer haha!

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Disappointed

I am a big fan of Sandersons. This is by far my least favourite book, and I won’t be continuing the second trilogy. It was just boring.

I am also sad about the narration by Michael Kramer. I was not a fan of his inflection, or the rhythm of his speech. It was hard to stay engrossed in the story because of how distracting it was.

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Amazing followup.

Loved it. A great follow up to the story and world that was set up in books 1 - 3.

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  • Robin
  • 2011-12-14

Shorter, but very entertaining

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He pulled that off really well. Transporting his action and 'magic' rich Mistborn material to a western-steampunk-SherlockHolmes future of the same world? I definitely didn't expect that but was very well entertained (and amused). Good listen! - On a side note: very interesting how Sanderson develops the storylines containing religious ideas of the characters. Like a little bonus: nice to have a fun philosophical idea to ponder when not listening to the book :)

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  • Timecow
  • 2011-11-11

Pleased, yet wanting more...

I too was not sure about the more "modern setting of this new series, but I ended up being surprised at how well it worked. I truly enjoyed the characters, the story, and the new world. Or would it be the older world? Depends on how you look at it I guess, but it is the same world as the original series, just 300 years after the end of the last book. I thought the bits and pieces of the original story were tied in cleverly and not overdone. There was also some good humor in the dialogue between two of the main characters, and of course, that dialogue was brilliantly performed yet again by Michael Kramer. Overall, I loved it and am looking forward to the next one. However... It was way too short. I know that any book you really get into can seem short simply because you don't want it to end, and while that is true for this book, this one really IS too short. I was so excited it was out I just bought it straight away, but when I went to download it I honestly though something had gone wrong and I was missing the other two parts! I can see why a big new release like this was only one credit, but even so I felt like I should have a bit more book for my buck. I hope this is a one time occurrence and the rest of the series will be back up to size. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed what was there, and will just keep fingers crossed for the next one.

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  • Lore
  • 2012-04-13

More Mistborn goodness.

I typically don't like books tacked on to a great series that are far in the future (or prequels in the past) but in this case I really enjoyed the book. I do agree with the many others who comment that this book isn't long enough, but I really can't say that I feel cheated. The main story is interesting and complete even if there is a bigger picture that can be further explored in future books. This actually makes me happy as it likely means there should be more Mistborn novels in the future. :)

Wax and Wayne are excellent characters and their interactions are very entertaining. Despite my initial scepticism about the more modern setting, it combines with Allomancy and Feruchemy just fine. Sanderson creates a world that is a plausible result of the events in the original trilogy and it all ties together nicely.

As usual Michael Kramer does an excellent job on the narration.

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  • David Danielson
  • 2011-11-10

Awesome

Great story! Can't wait to get the sequel!!! Love everything from Sanderson. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Phytoplankton
  • 2019-07-23

One Dimensional

4 hours in and still can't get into it. I loved the Mistborn Trilogy, but one of the things I liked about it was the detail in the story and the dimensionality of the characters. This book is lacking both. This storyline is using the old and overly used trope of an old "war hero" type losing his first love and, accidentally finding a new one despite giving up on happiness, with a much younger woman half his age. It's tiresome. The only redeeming factors are the remnants of the original trilogy left in the world.

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  • Tony
  • 2013-01-16

Felt like something was missing.

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I haven't listened to other books by Brandon Sanderson, but I've read most, including the Mistborn trilogy. I felt that this book really lacked something, it wasn't as gripping as the trilogy. I wouldn't say it was bad, but it felt somehow slower. I did enjoy some of the references towards characters and events in the earlier books, and I felt towards the end they left room for future development. The narration by Michael Kramer was enjoyable, and I think he helped bring some life to it. All in all, if you haven't read the original Mistborn trilogy, you'll want to dive into those first before taking this one on.

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  • Randolph
  • 2012-11-19

Good, not great

Very intriguing premise. Unfortunately the story, especially the ending, was not up to the level of the original trilogy. Worth reading if you liked the first three.

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  • bswest5
  • 2011-11-22

Fantastic if short... until the end....

This was a great book. I was worried about the transition of time but the story felt fresh, the alchemy was fantastic. The characters were all excellent, pure Sanderson, and I loved the little hints at the only characters from the original trilogy.

Until the end... it came way to fast. I've read that this isn't the start of Sanderson's next Mistborn trilogy, and this was supposed to be just a side story... so how could he possibly end it like he did? So little was fully concluded, so much left up in the air... it felt unfofilled.

Can't recommend this higher, but be warned about the aburpt ending

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  • Dana
  • 2011-11-10

Excellent Book :)

I finished the Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson yesterday. Obviously it's set in the Mistborn universe, but it was kinda like a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Gunslinger. It's an exceptional book book and much better than the last two Mistborn books he released (I haven't decided if it's better than the Final Empire yet). I really hope he does a few follow-up books and Soon (tm).

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  • D. Bryant
  • 2011-11-11

AoL Sequel: Wanted Dead or Alive

Yes there are quite a few loose ends (with even more added in the last moments) considering this isn't mentioned as a series. I'd guess its intended to be the prologue for the next Mistborn trilogy but who knows. Beyond that this is what I have to say of the story. This isn't a western, just think of it as Mistborn with a bounty hunter as the main character with guns and trains in the mix. The provided summary explains as much as can be.

There are only three protagonists in this book compared to the many major and minor of Final Empire (400 less pages will do that.) Wax, his sidekick and a girl who I'll avoid names to keep spoilers out. Wax reminds me of Elend (but less classy and twenty years older). He's interesting, your basic lawman with a past but like Elend spends too much time thinking to be an effective main character but he is. This causes the build up to be sluggish and passively sluggish at that but interesting to see how the world has changed.

His sidekick like Kelsier in the first series is more interesting and I enjoyed every scene he was in. He's also one of the new allomancers, with the ability to slow down time outside a bubble he makes and uses it in a very fun and unique way. If there is a sequel I hope to see more of him.

Lastly there's the girl. She's educated, good with a rifle and around when it counts but like some other female protagonists of sanderson's, sort of just falls into line and most attempts to be remarkable are foiled. What doesn't make sense is that Sanderson does good female characters (in my knowledge and opinion) and there are at least two in this book that are interesting and entertaining. They just aren't first choice as the main heroine sometimes but he is improving in character building.

The magic however is better than ever. As I believe Sanderson said, its not what you can do with magic that's interesting, its what you can't. With no actual mistborn in this novel, there is no one to be the living disaster known as VIn . No devastating force on one side or another (but Wax comes close in top shape). It matters much more here how you use your powers than just how much of them or fuel you have.

The narration is what I expected being a mistborn and wheel of time listener, enjoyable and clear. So as long as there's a another book coming at some point (though I'm tiring of in the air endings) I can easily give this book a four out of five.

(PS- Kill all hopes of having any Kandra or Koloss in this book. The Koloss are mentioned but never explained and the Kandra are never hinted at.)

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