I finally moved on to the second Mistborn trilogy and was the first book ever fun!
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Taking place centuries after the first Mistborn trilogy, The
Alloy of Law is set in a time period similar to the old west with guns
and trains. I'm not a fan of straight up westerns, but add in a fantasy
twist and it works for me, just like Firefly worked for me as a space
opera western. I used to watch the TV show The Wild Wild West, well I
watched the reruns anyway, and in some ways this book reminded me of
that show. It was just a whole lot of fun with the right amount of humor
thrown in. Wax and Wayne were great as buddies. I loved that they
always had each other's backs, and I liked them almost as much as the
great Riyria duo Royce and Hadrian.
Wax is a refreshingly older
character in his 40s who has been a lawman out in the Roughs. After a
tragic death that he blames himself for, he decides that part of his
life is over, and when some robberies and kidnappings start taking place
he repeatedly tells himself he is not going to get involved. Wax has
reluctantly come home to the city to finally take over his family estate
after the death of his uncle but the estate is left almost penniless so
Wax decides to marry into a family with money.
In comes Steris,
who has plenty of money but needs social standing so she agrees to
marry Wax and produces a contract that is absolutely ridiculous and
funny at the same time. Hopefully Steris will learn to relax as she is
incredibly uptight. There isn't a lot of her in this book, but enough
that I'm interested in reading more about her in later installments.
there is her "cousin" Marasi. I loved Marasi. She is smart,
resourceful, and is an excellent shot with a rifle. She honestly would
be the perfect match for Wax, I'm kind of shipping these two at this
point even though Wax intends to marry Steris. I can't wait to see what
develops with these relationships in the next two books.
laugh out loud funny at times. He worked out in the Roughs with Wax. He
is a master of disguise and he can imitate any accent. He also has this
funny habit of "trading" things. Instead of outright stealing from
people, he will take something and leave something else in its place,
and I couldn't help but laugh at some of the trades. He also is obsessed
with hats, one in particular in this book.
Sanderson has created
a world and characters in this second era Mistborn trilogy that I like
even better than the first. Although I loved The Final Empire, and loved
a lot of things about The Well of Ascension, the first trilogy bored me
at times and I felt some of the characters became a little stale,
especially in the third book which I only rated 3 stars. This book is
very different in tone, with the first trilogy being on the epic scale
and feel, and this one being lighter and more fun. That makes it
actually kind of hard to compare the two. Although I know a lot of
people will disagree with me, I personally prefer Sanderson when he is
lighter and more fun.
I enjoyed the references to the old
characters from the first trilogy and I found the religions that have
cropped up interesting. There were a couple of surprises thrown in this
book that I didn't see coming. That was one of the best epilogues I've read in a while and it has left me really eager to read more.
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