The Alloy of Law

11605507The Alloy of Law
Mistborn #4
by Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy
Ebook, 265 Pages
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now this book was a LOT of fun to read. It was not one of Sanderson’s 600+ page epic tomes, but a fun revisitation to the Mystworld.

This was really a western at heart. I remember reading Louis Lamour when a young teen and how it appealed to me. Thankfully, Sanderson doesn’t write the same ultra-cliches that Lamour did, but that spirit was there.

The untamed gunslinger/magicuser comes back to supposed civilization and ends up having to clean up messes worse than he ever found out in the Wild, Wild West.

And it was a lot of fun to see allomancy used differently. Sanderson has given some good thought to the practical application and while I didn’t really care about the particulars, it was good to know that the internal physics of the world hadn’t been thrown jambalaya like into the plot pot.

Alcatraz versus the Shattered Lens

Alcatraz versus the Shattered Lens
Alcatraz Versus #4
Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy
3 Stars
DTB, 292 Pages

the Librarians are invading the remainder of the free lands, Alcatraz’s dad runs off to find a way to give everybody Smedry powers and Alcatraz ends up in the middle of a battle. Not nearly as funny and smart alecky as the previous books. Either I’m used to it, or Sanderson is forcing it. Wraps things up in such a way that this could be the last book [even though events are not wrapped up] but leaves openings for another [probably if publishers will give it a go].

Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones

Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones
Alcatraz Versus #2
Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy YA
3 Stars
322 pages, paperbook

Alcatraz is on his way to a safe place when he gets a call from his Grandfather, who is at the Library of Alexandria. The stronghold of the Librarians. His dad has entered and his Grandfather is going in after him. So Alcatraz, along with some new relatives, take a detour to rescue everyone.

Interesting. Not as funny as the first one, but it might be because I was expecting it.

Warbreaker

Warbreaker
Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy
4 Stars
588 Pages

an interesting stand-alone story. People can give their “breath” [life essence] to another person and it enhances certain aspects of perception.

The overall story deals with a kingdom split in the past that are now being manipulated to go to war by a third country. Deals with people who were present at the first split 300 years ago and how they are either trying to make up for what they did or running away from it.

My first thought was how much like Mistborn it was, but it was different enough that it didn’t feel like a copy. There was a lot of humor and I just laughed out loud several times.

I would like to see Sanderson explore this world or the Elantris world more. But given his involvement in the finishing up of The Wheel of Time series, that is doubtful. This was a worthwhile read.

Hero of Ages

Hero of Ages
Mistborn #3
Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy
4 stars
572 pages

the conclusion to the Mistborn trilogy.

The power Vin released was Ruin. It was a force opposed by Preservation. Preservation made humans with some ruin so as to get an edge on Ruin. Ruin was trying to destroy the world, period. Preservation gave up its sentience to imprison Ruin. Vin freed Ruin in Well of Ascension but joined the mists and took on Preservations power. Fought with, and joined with, Ruin. Sazed took both those powers and became The Hero of Ages, basically a god watching over the world. Vin is no more and Elend dies to, so no loose ends. The story ends with Sazed fixing the world and keeping it safe for the remnant of humanity saved by the Lord Ruler’s foresight.

Definitely didn’t take the direction I thought it would, but it was good none the less. Hope Sanderson does a good job on Memories of Light, the final Wheel of Time book.

The Well of Ascension

The Well of Ascension
Mistborn #2
Brandon Sanderson
Epic Fantasy
4 stars
578 pages

Everything I thought I knew from Final Empire is turned on its head!

Vin and Elend get married, Luthadel is sacked, but Vin realizes she has powers unlike any other Mistborn. Goes to the Well of Ascension to destroy the Deepness, only to set free some being that has been manipulating the Terris religion for that very purpose. The Hero of Ages is a deception wrought by this being.

Looking forward to the next volume.