The Alloy of Law is introducing us to the Alloy Era, which is the companion series to Mistborn.
Review doesn’t really contain any spoilers for the previous books and none for this one.
300 years after the world changing events from the Hero of Ages we are back in Scadrial. In the meanwhile a lot has changed. Guns became a thing, electric lightning and railroads improved lives and even the first skyscrapers are reaching for the sky.
In the middle of it is Waxillium Ladrian, a Twinborn who has powers of Allomany and Feruchemy. He is the descendant of one of the noble houses in the capital Elendel. After living in the Roughs for 20 years he is called to come back to the city and take on his position as the head of house Ladrian. For this he has to give up his previous life of going after criminals.
Or doesn’t he? Life isn’t that elegant as it seems behind the curtains of the Elendel noble houses.
Mistborn is one of my all-time favorite series, so I was very excited to see what magic Sanderson will do with the companion series.
What I didn’t liked.
I knew that it would be quite different to before, I enjoyed the story and the characters, but it lacked in action for me. Especially in comparison to the first Mistborn era.
In size this book was only a fraction of the other ones. This follows that there couldn’t be that much content of course. Since it’s the first book in the companion series there had to be some new world building and character introductions first.
It feels that that was mainly what the book was there for. As a bridge for the following books, which isn’t necessarily bad.
I haven’t read any other of Sanderson’s books yet and maybe I feel spoiled from the Mistborn series in regards to plot, but The Alloy of Law didn’t felt that original plot-wise and it was predictable for the most part. It wasn’t really something we didn’t have already read in other fantasy books. That left me a tiny bit disappointed.
What I liked.
It’s fabulous how we get to read how a fantasy world evolved after hundred of years and how the feeling of the original Mistborn world got transferred to the new era!
Especially the aspect of the noble houses reminded me so much of The Finale Empire (book one), where this was a big part of.
Not only the world building evolved, but also the old magic of Allomancy and Feruchemy. You don’t really think that a fantasy world could be built out even more, because it is already so complex, but Sanderson made it happen. It has a feeling like the 19th century mixed with Mistborn, very interesting.
Also I enjoyed how the elements (of now history) from the Hero of Ages are imbedded in the religious beliefs.
As always, the character creations are great.
There are three main characters: Wax, Wayne and Marasi.
Wax has a good heart and a criminal mind, that helps him to do the job the police doesn’t do and chase the “bad boys”. Wayne is the funny cavalier, but can aim a gun like no other.
Wax and Wayne know each other for a long time and “worked” together in the Roughs.
Marasi is a criminal student and is fangirling on meeting the two, she has heard of them because they have a reputation and are quite famous in the criminal underground. Marasi read all about them in criminal files.
I loved that Marasi has brains! And that she isn’t just some silly girl that tracks along.
I’m looking forward to see how the relationships between the characters are evolving throughout the series.
OMG a character we already know quite well made an appearance! I’m sure that this will get explored further … and I can’t wait!
It didn’t quite lived up to my expectations but it opened a lot of room for new story lines and I’m very excited to see how the story is continuing.
Star Rating: 3,5
Favorite Characters: Wax, Wayne, Marasi
Favorite Quote:“Wayne: You wanna know why I really came to find you?
Wayne: I thought of you happy in a comfy bed, resting and relaxing, spending the rest of your life sipping tea and reading papers while people bring you food and maids rub your toes and stuff.
Wayne: And I just couldn’t leave you to a fate like that…I’m too good a friend to let a mate of mine die in such a terrible situation.
Wayne: No. Boring.”