The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel : Mistborn

  • by Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • Series: Mistborn
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series and his skill at marshalling epic storylines and dramatic action, plus his ability to create vivid characters, made him a natural choice to complete Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time sequence. But with Mistborn, his standalone fantasies, and his new series, The Stormlight Archive, Sanderson has shown his bountiful talents in his own fiction.
Now he returns to the series that made his name with a new story set years after the events of Hero of Ages.
In a world recovering only slowly from evil, a world where allomancers wield immense power through their ability to unleash the magic bound up in common metals, someone who can burn metals that no-one has burned before can tip the balance....
Sanderson has the knack of giving the epic fantasy reader exactly what they want. This ability has thrown him to the forefront of the genre and the dramatic story within The Alloy of Law shows off this skill to its very best.

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Such fun!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a massive Sanderson fan - both Stormlight archive and Mistborn trilogy rank amongst my best ever fantasy reads.

The Alloy of Law is an add-on to the Mistborn trilogy, and I think it might be difficult to fully understand/appreciate if you've not first read the Mistborn series (the Mistborn characters are considered "legend" in this book - although "Iron Eyes" does crop up)

Warning, though - don't expect a book with the same depth or intensity as the epic trilogy. This book is SO much lighter, and a bit swash-buckling-wild-west in its feel (the Wax-Wayne relationship and dialogue is reminiscent of a good Mel Gibson - Danny Glover moment) . I had a good few laugh-out-louds (something that didn't happen in Mistborn) and as with all previous Sanderson stories, I couldn't put this down (or switch it off). It retains its fantasy & magic with the Allomancy and Ferochemy, and is still true to the Mistborn trilogy on this front.

Like other reviewers, my only criticism is its length - it's not long enough. It's no shorter than most regular novels out there, it's just that one wants more!!!! Sanderson usually provides an epic that runs through around 30hours of listening (at least) - well this is only about 10 hours.....so by contrast one feels a little short-changed.

This book finishes with loads of loose ends - thereby leaving the way open for another instalment??? (Ever hopeful!). Wax is a delicious lead character, and I can't help but think this story would translate well to the big screen - but who would play Wax?

Michael Kramer's narration is first rate -as always.

Highly recommended! Enjoy!


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- Robyn

Best Mistborn Book Yet


Mistborn is back – and it is better than ever

Story – 5/5

A bit lighter than the original trilogy – and I actually prefer it. The pace is a lot faster, and the world has been re-developed by making it hundreds of years later. This has a more western feel to it, with guns being used, and the Mistborn powers have also been re-established in a refreshingly new way.

You can tell that Sanderson puts a lot of thought and planning into each of his novels, as there are never any loose ends or unnecessary scenes.

There is plenty of action, comedy and mystery throughout, and you are left at the end wanting more. Luckily this is the start of a 2nd trilogy – and it has revitalised my love for Mistborn.


Performance – 4.5/5

Michael Kramer is a superb narrator, and one of the very best out there. I would be happy to purchase audiobooks based on his performance alone. Do not be put off by his Southern American accent.

Each character has a subtly distinctive voice, and he portrays all of the emotions and atmospheres masterfully throughout.

If you enjoyed his narration in the original trilogy, you will not be disappointed; he is consistently excellent in all of the audiobooks I have listened to him in.

Overall – 5/5


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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2011
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Ltd