Book Review: The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson


The Alloy of Law is an epic fantasy, 325 pages. First published in 2011.

 The three hundred years since the events of Mistborn have shaped Scadrial. Ever taller towers race for the clouds, railways as well as canals criss-cross the land. But this is still a land of magic.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest may be part of history – or religion – but even as science reaches new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy still have a role in this reborn world. In the Roughs, the wilds beyond the cities, magic is a crucial tool for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice. One such is Waxillium Ladrian.

After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. He must 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 open plains.

Brandon Sanderson brings readers back into the world of Mistborn with a magical tale set in a Wile West-esque era. The story grips you tight from the beginning and doesn’t let go, propelling readers from Wax’s days in the Roughs to his feeble attempts at fitting in with a society he despises.

As a huge fan of the Mistborn trilogy, I was eager to jump into this story and I wasn’t disappointed. Sanderson keeps the magic of the original trilogy while embracing a newer world – mixing the old with the new in an artful way that allows readers unfamiliar with the original trilogy to jump in and enjoy.

There were a few very good twists in this story that I didn’t see coming and had me glued to the pages. I couldn’t put the book down. With Wax trailing the mysterious Vanishers – train robbing bandits – with the help of his old friend, Wayne, and a university student, Lady Marasi, while trying to rescue his fiancé-to-be, Wax’s ‘miscreant’ past from the Roughs doesn’t seem to be leaving him any time soon.

A thrilling tale from start to finish.


Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

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