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The Alloy of Law

por Brandon Sanderson

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Séries: Mistborn Secondo Ciclo (1), Mistborn (4), Cosmere (7)

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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. 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.… (mais)
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In Alloy of Law, Sanderson demonstrates not one, but two things that he's done which I've never seen another author pull off.

For one, he has a massive shared universe in the Cosmere. Each world has its own unique magic system (Sanderson's strength) with just enough relation to the others to hint that they might just be part of a bigger universe.

For two, he's managed to take a fantasy series (Mistborn) and advance the timeline a few hundred years. The magic is still there, but it's grown and changed as the technology of the world has grown and changed. Rather than the semi-traditional fantasy world of Mistborn, Alloy of Law is set in a rough equivalent to Victorian / Wild West. The characters are new (which is always a risk), but the world is the same.

It makes for an interesting story.

Basically, Wax and Wayne are lawmen from the Roughs come back to the city (the former fully intending to retire). There is a series of train robberies and they get drug back into the job of upholding the law--roughs style. It's a mix of fantasy and a western, with a good bit of mystery for good measure.

Updating the magic system a bit, both Wax and Wayne are twinborn: those with both a single Allomantic ability (to burn metals) and a single Feruchemical one (to store attributes). Wax and push off metal and change his weight; Wayne can create a bubble of sped up time and heal himself. Both very useful abilities for lawkeepers. It's interesting to see how the magic system has changed since the original trilogy.

Overall, it's a quick and fun book, with none of the epic scope of the original trilogy. I've read that was intentional, that Alloy of Law is more of a breather before the next trilogy (which will be set in the same time period featuring Wax and Wayne, but will have a wider arcing plot). I look forward to whatever comes next!

Side note: This time around, I listened to Alloy of Law on audiobook. The narrator was fantastic. I particularly like how he handled Wayne's various accents. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Set centuries after the Mistborn trilogy ends, this book follows a retired lawman, Wax. After a devastating blow in the Roughs pursuing a criminal, he returns to Elendel and assumes his rightful role as a Lord, but becomes involved in an investigation of a series of robberies and kidnappings, and is joined by one of his former partners, Wayne. To help rescue the finances of his house, Wax is prepared to marry the rule-driven Steris, when she is kidnapped. Joined by her liberated and university educated cousin Marasi, Wax and Wayne commit to rescue her and stop the crime wave. The action was quite good as was their invincible foe. However, I missed the strong female leadership of Vin (from the trilogy) and found the love story confused, at best. The Western setting and steampunky feel were new, and I liked Wax's morality, Wayne's humor, and the interplay between allomancy and feruchemy. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
If Mistborn is Avatar, then The Allow of Law is Korra. Taking place many years after the events of the first trilogy, Alloy starts a new series more focused on allomancer/pharochemist characters, which opens up an entirely new world of skills not previously explored. Being able to slow down time heal? Yeah, that sounds useful. The story itself is more of a detective story, with some likable characters. I worried it would be too much driven by the period it was set in, but the characters were the main focus. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
Comparing to Mistborn trilogy, it's fun and easy and light, but just as good. There are still some scenes, that are just a little bit too long, describing who-did-what in the fights, but comparing to Mistborn is much quicker read, much more fast-paced.

It's amazing to see how the world of Scadrial developed, you do not get that in many books. Seeing where the world is after the time that had passed since the Final Ascension – especially since is in that time where the first electric lights are being installed, the railroads are developing, the fire guns are getting common, which I love. And of course, there are the plot twists and great characters, that you expect from Sanderson, with this big "oh-my-god" moment just at the end... When you think that he wrote something much lighter and easier and everything, he slaps you in the face with this dark, almost scary revelation, leaving you speechless and wanting to read the next book. ( )
  MargaretGwen | Apr 23, 2021 |
Comparing to Mistborn trilogy, it's fun and easy and light, but just as good. There are still some scenes, that are just a little bit too long, describing who-did-what in the fights, but comparing to Mistborn is much quicker read, much more fast-paced.

It's amazing to see how the world of Scadrial developed, you do not get that in many books. Seeing where the world is after the time that had passed since the Final Ascension – especially since is in that time where the first electric lights are being installed, the railroads are developing, the fire guns are getting common, which I love. And of course, there are the plot twists and great characters, that you expect from Sanderson, with this big "oh-my-god" moment just at the end... When you think that he wrote something much lighter and easier and everything, he slaps you in the face with this dark, almost scary revelation, leaving you speechless and wanting to read the next book. ( )
  MargaretGwen | Apr 23, 2021 |
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Highly recommended for fantasy fans, especially followers of the original trilogy. This fantasy is not a stale visit to a fondly remembered setting. Rather, it offers a fresh view of how a world can grow, building new dimensions into the best of the old. Sanderson continues to show that he is one of the best authors in the genre.
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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. 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.

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