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

Too short!

Where does The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its good, but it doesn't quite come up to the Mistborn Trilogy. It is different and a shorter story but still exciting with the use of allomancy still the main feature. It also doesn't deal with some of the unanswered questions that occur from reading Hero of Ages and now reading this.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Wayne. Likeable, funny rogue.


What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His accents are amazing. Brings the characters to life with amusing accents.


Any additional comments?

A good book and an exciting read. It has left the way for a second book as lots of loose ends to tie up yet! I am looking forward to the next instalment!

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- BM

Book Details

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