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Publisher's Summary

From number one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical martial-arts action. 

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. 

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson:

  • The Cosmere
  • The Stormlight Archive
  • The Way of Kings
  • Words of Radiance
  • Edgedancer (Novella)
  • Oathbringer 

The Mistborn trilogy:

  • Mistborn: The Final Empire
  • The Well of Ascension
  • The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series:

  • Alloy of Law
  • Shadows of Self
  • Bands of Mourning
  • Collection
  • Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels:

  • Elantris
  • Warbreaker

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series:

  • Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
  • The Scrivener's Bones
  • The Knights of Crystallia
  • The Shattered Lens
  • The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series:

  • The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson:

  • The Reckoners
  • Steelheart
  • Firefight
  • Calamity
©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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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 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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The Mistborn series is one of my favorites!

The Mistborn series is one of my absolute favorites! I really like the narrator and his performance. I listen to alot of audiobooks and alot of different audio book performers, and I think that this guy is the best match for this series.

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My favourite of the series so far.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one because it was quite a change from the previous three books. It has fresh characters that are likeable and fun. The setting is captivating and cool. The story was hard to put down. Loved this one.

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the speaker makes everything sound like a question

He sounds drawl and also finished every sentence like a question. I know other people liked him but Im honestly so annoyed by it. It's make me physically uncomfortable.

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Pleasantly surprised!

I love basically all of Sanderson's work but just expected this wouldn't be able to live up to the first Mistborn series, cause nothing can be quite like that tale. BUT this was such a pleasantly awesome surprise! I love this different spin on the same world, a new age and cunning crime adventure. Excited for the next two!! Don't believe the reviews that say this book is boring. I was caught up in it from the get go.

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characters were great. plot not as much

I liked the new set of characters but I found this story to be not as good as the first series. I hope it gets better.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • squally
  • 2019-06-04

no where close to mist born, I was disappointed.

this story was just ok, the most born series was so much better, not enough actual story too much fighting, most born had better relationship s and was so much more attractive to me , it really made me want to jump in the story, this one wasn't as descriptive of the actual landscape and charactors, too much enphasis on fighting

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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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