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The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) – Brandon Sanderson

The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) – Brandon SandersonTitle: The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson
Publishing Info: November 8, 2011 by Macmillan
Source: Amazon
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: November 10, 2014
Related Posts: Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1), The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2), The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), Legion (Legion #1) & Legion: Skin Deep (Legion #2), , The Emperor's Soul, The Eleventh Metal (Mistborn #0.5), , Firstborn, Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5), The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6), Calamity (The Reckoners #3), , Perfect State, Mistborn: Secret History (Mistborn #3.5), Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, Elantris, The Rithmatist (Rithmatist #1), Warbreaker (Warbreaker #1), The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1), Snapshot, Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2), Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5), Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3)

    Centuries after the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity - railroads, electric street lights, and skyscrapers. Waxillium Ladrian can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After 20 years in the dusty Roughs, in the city of Elendel, the new head of a noble house may need to keep his guns. 

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Of course immediately after inhaling the first three books in the Mistborn series (grouped together as a trilogy since THE ALLOY OF LAW takes place three hundred years after THE HERO OF AGES and is really more of a spin-off), I had to start the next book in this series. I grew obsessed, craving for more, and couldn’t get Sanderson books off my mind. This was actually the shortest book of the series so far (at only 300+ pages versus the usual 500-700 (depending on what version you’re reading)) and yet it took me the longest to read. Part of it was that I started reading it before my wedding so for a good two and a half weeks after I started, I really read nothing at all. Another reason is that I was really pining more for the original characters and plot than the spin-off but nevertheless, I enjoyed THE ALLOY OF LAW very much!

Right away, THE ALLOY OF LAW has its definite differences. The feel is immediately much different with AOL taking place 300 years later and Sanderson creating a “Wild West with Allomancy” setting. I was a bit hesitant at first since I was so used to the absence of modern technology in this series and the reader stumbles upon a much more advanced Scadrial, following the descendants of some of the original characters. The other immediate difference is the absence of Mistborns and the notable introduction of “Twinborns” — people who possess both Allomantic and Feruchemical abilities. It actually created some very interesting ideas and possibilities and I loved how they played into the plot! I actually can’t wait to find out more about the history of Twinborns and how that came to be because Sanderson’s history and world building and backstories are always quite amazing!

I love the bromance between Wax and Wayne (although Wayne might be a more invested in this bromance than Waxillium… but I have hope for them to grow tighter once again!) and all of the difference that these two alone make in the tone of the book. Wayne is a bit more… wild. He’s got some wacky tendencies and the dynamic between Wayne and Wax had me cracking up. He definitely brought a much lighter sense to the book and a lot more comedic moments!

As usual, all of Sanderson’s characters are flawless. An unlikely duo (well, now that Waxillium has himself stuck up in the higher class), a damsel, a whip-smart female counterpart, and an indestructible villain. The combinations are just wonderful and as always, the characters keep the story moving and bring a few extra bonus ideas to the plot as well. Everything flowed so well in THE ALLOY OF LAW and it was really fun to watch this story unfold!

I’d say ultimately, I was hoping there would be more allusions to the original cast of characters in the first three books (what can I say? I’m greedy), but I have a VERY STRONG FEELING that we’ll be seeing a lot more of that as this collection of stories progresses! I’m also excited to see how this new trilogy connects and then even sets up for another collection of stories (I mean, Sanderson-permitting, of course. I’ve heard rumors.) because Brandon Sanderson seems to be a master at connecting things I didn’t even know were connected!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Waxillium // Character Obsessions: Marriage, being proper, TRULY doing what’s right.
I liked Wax a lot (also squeeee love his descendants!) and his character was quite interesting. He’s in a weird spot given that he’s the last in the bloodline and has to take over the “proper” duties of his household after spending so much time making a name for himself in the Roughs. It’s just really interesting to see how all of his history has shaped him as a person and exactly how that plays into the story.
Marasi // Character Obsessions: Staying quiet, thinking, silent planning.
Poor Marasi. She definitely got thrown under the bus in this book. I don’t want to tell you TOO much about her because I really liked discovering that for myself but I really, really ended up loving her character and what she had to offer. I totally didn’t expect that either so as usual, bravo to Sanderson. I tip my cap.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Western themes. I don’t think I have EVER read a book with a western theme. I mean, if you know I have please correct me! It’s just something I really haven’t been interested in — no particular issues, but it’s not a setting that grabs me (with the exception of Back to the Future Part III, of course) so it was interesting to see that as the setting for THE ALLOY OF LAW, and of course to surprise me on how much I enjoyed it!
Left Me Wanting More: References to the original trilogy. I’m greedy. I just binge read the first three books and I WANT MORE. I was hoping for a biiiiit more that referenced the original characters and plot (now this time period’s history) BUT I also think those last 300 years are going to play a big part in books two and three, right? *nudge*

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Buy it!

Loved Mistborn? It’s safe to say you’ll enjoy this one too! I just KNOW it’s leading places so you’re also going to want to read this and get heavily invested in it too.

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          THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA           THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) – Brandon Sanderson

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) – Brandon SandersonTitle: The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Publishing Info: October 14, 2008 by Macmillan
Source: Amazon, Audible
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: October 16, 2014
Related Posts: Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1), The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2), The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4), Legion (Legion #1) & Legion: Skin Deep (Legion #2), , The Emperor's Soul, The Eleventh Metal (Mistborn #0.5), , Firstborn, Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5), The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6), Calamity (The Reckoners #3), , Perfect State, Mistborn: Secret History (Mistborn #3.5), Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, Elantris, The Rithmatist (Rithmatist #1), Warbreaker (Warbreaker #1), The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1), Snapshot, Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2), Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5), Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3)

    Who is the Hero of Ages?
    To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness---the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists---is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.
    Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can’t even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans!
    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave readers rubbing their eyes in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

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** No spoilers for THE HERO OF AGES but there are DEFINITE spoilers if you haven’t read MISTBORN or THE WELL OF ASCENSION yet so readers beware! ** 

If there was one piece of important advice from Nikki while reading this series (and really, all of her advice was important and very true), it was that don’t think you know what’s going on in this series because Brandon Sanderson will flip everything upside down. This sounds devastating and I’m not gonna lie… at times it was. But it was also SO incredibly amazing to see what happened with this series. Try as I might, I never could have guessed the turns this book or series would take and how it would end and I’M SO GLAD because any time I hear that something astounding is coming, I always wonder and try to think what it could possibly be so I always say KUDOS to an author when they come up with something that never even entered my brain as a possibility.

Okay, that being said, let’s get into the nitty gritty. I actually immediately started THE HERO OF AGES after I finished THE WELL OF ASCENSION because I could not put this series down. I’ve only recently been getting into adult fantasy and if you’re a fantasy fan in general, I urge you to read this series! The characters are wonderful, the plot is thrilling, and the story is just utterly addicting. My mind was totally blown at the end of THE WELL OF ASCENSION and I was instantly fist-pumping upon beginning THE HERO OF AGES. Okay, so putting my feelings for this book into words isn’t the most eloquent review I’ve ever written because all I can think of to say is: Everything is so awesome. Feelings for the characters multiplied, answers to series-long questions are revealed, characters in mortal peril, the finale of the trilogy approaching — whew. It’s enough to induce panic and joy all at the same time.

I think the most exciting thing about this book was not only all of the answers to some HUGE questions (Who is the Hero of Ages? What happened at the Well of Ascension? What’s up with the atium? HOW WILL THE SERIES END?) but also all the answers I DIDN’T know I needed. I absolutely love when things pop up from the very beginning of the first book and turn out to be SUPER IMPORTANT and you just didn’t even realize the significance.

Honestly, the plotting and world building are just amazing. I’m constantly impressed by the magic system (well systemS!) and how each one continues to reveal some secrets as the series progresses as well as different takes on similar magic systems (how Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy all tie into each other and yet are all very different). THE WORLD BUILDING, THOUGH. Honestly, the readers learn SO much more about literal world building and how everything ended up the way it is (the mists, the ashmounts, the Well of Ascension… everything) and the answers just killed me in the best way.

The characters continued to grow on me and I wish I could have followed them through endless books and series. There IS a sort of spin-off series that takes place 300 years after the events of this trilogy and I honestly hunted for mentions of this time frame and these characters like a hawk trying to hold on to pieces of them. I just fell in love with absolutely everything.

So my final apologies for complete incoherence (and constant updates) about the Mistborn trilogy, but really, this is a series I will recommend for life. I’m already wondering when I’ll start re-reads but that’s also quite the re-read! I am SO happy that I read these books and that I had a fan-base to flail and laugh and cry with as I read.

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“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Spook // Character Obsessions: Tin, Allomantic powers, spying, Vin & Elend, being important,
God, I love Spook. Pretty much up until this book, he’s always been in the background and the poor guy… Really feels left out and unimportant. In THE HERO OF AGES, he plays a very prominent role and actually shapes a lot of the end of the book. I absolutely love what we come to learn about him, how we see him grown, and what he contributes to the series.
Sazed // Character Obsessions: Tindwyl, answers, facts.
I also really felt for Sazed. He went through some hard times at the end of THE WELL OF ASCENSION and sort of like Spook, felt a bit lost. He felt like he lost his purpose in life so he dedicated all of his time searching for the one true religion and what he finds out in the end is so amazing. I love how much he grounds the characters and the wonderful feelings of warmth he adds to this series. Definitely one of my favorite characters.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Adult fantasy. I was just starting to get really into YA fantasy and thanks to books like The Lies of Locke Lamora and A Game of Thrones, I’m starting to find books that totally hit the sweet spot of fantasy and adult, with a little bit of younger characters mixed in to satisfy that YA craving as well. (They’re mostly adult but they do have crossover appeal to readers of YA, I think.) The Mistborn trilogy totally fits in here as well and it was just SO amazing on all accounts.
Left Me Wanting More: Of all of these characters. I didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters or this world. Yes, THE ALLOY OF LAW (which I’ve already read) continues in this same world BUT I did miss the original cast. I just loved this world so much and everything that happened in it! I could honesty have read this series for years.

Addiction Rating
BUY IT!

I am so in love with the MISTBORN trilogy. This is one I will forever recommend (and maybe push a little TOO hard)!

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The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) – Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) – Brandon SandersonTitle: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson
Publishing Info: August 1, 2007 by Macmillan
Source: Amazon, Audible
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: October 9, 2014
Related Posts: Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1), The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4), Legion (Legion #1) & Legion: Skin Deep (Legion #2), , The Emperor's Soul, The Eleventh Metal (Mistborn #0.5), , Firstborn, Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5), The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6), Calamity (The Reckoners #3), , Perfect State, Mistborn: Secret History (Mistborn #3.5), Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, Elantris, The Rithmatist (Rithmatist #1), Warbreaker (Warbreaker #1), The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1), Snapshot, Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2), Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5), Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3)

The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy. More worryingly still the mists have become unpredictable since the Lord Ruler died and a strange vaprous entity is stalking Vin. As the siege of Luthadel intensifies the ancient legend of the Well of Ascension offers the only glimmer of hope. But no-one knows where it is or what it can do...

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** No spoilers for THE WELL OF ASCENSION but there are DEFINITE spoilers if you haven’t read MISTBORN yet so readers beware! ** 

Since starting and finishing MISTBORN, I pretty much immediately knew I needed to dive into the rest of the series. I actually ended up waiting maybe a month between books but honestly, that’s less time than I usually spend between books in a series! (And let’s not gloss over the fact that I immediately read the last book in the trilogy and the first book in the companion series (technically #4 in the overall series but set 300 years in the future) because I just couldn’t. stop. reading.)

THE WELL OF ASCENSION was riveting. With this sequel taking place a year after the ending of MISTBORN, it’s an understatement to say that these characters have already gone through a lot by the time the story line picks up with them again at the beginning of THE WELL OF ASCENSION. The defeat of the Lord Ruler has changed everyone and everything. People’s hearts have been lifted and smashed all at the same time. Kelsier’s mission is still playing out according to plan, but that also doesn’t mean that everything is peaches and cream.  Oh, no. Vin and Elend quickly learn that there are more dangers lurking around the corner and with both of these main characters in the spotlight, the stakes are MUCH higher (which obviously caused me even MORE heart palpitations after everything that happened in MISTBORN).

I really loved how everything just kept developing in this book. The characters I already had grown to love grew even more complex, both in a sense of self along and the increasing complexity of their own roles within Luthadel and beyond. I already knew a lot about Vin but THE WELL OF ASCENSION reveals more of her background, her motives, and her passion. I loved watching her grow from the scared girl we first met in MISTBORN to this confident warrior and passionate partner who is finally learning how to trust. I think the biggest character development that I noticed was in Elend. Yes, I loved him in MISTBORN but he becomes much more of a focus and main character in THE WELL OF ASCENSION, getting more intricately involved in the plot of the entire series as well as forming stronger relationships with the other characters. I loved seeing more of him in this book.
The secondary characters were also incredible. From seeing more of Kelsier’s crew to getting to know new characters like Zane, Tindwyl, and Allrianne — the development of every character and how they fit into the plot is just amazing. Each one really enhances the scene that they’re in and they all bring something extremely important to the story line.

In true Sanderson fashion (I mean, from what I know of these two books…), I went from excited to suspicious to curious to horrified to amazed. (Then back to horrified.) The ending of these books… I mean, honestly. Each time, I’m absolutely floored, but undoubtedly impressed! I absolutely loved THE WELL OF ASCENSION (no matter how much it played with my emotions) and immediately had to read the last book in the trilogy, THE HERO OF AGES to see how it all wrapped up. These books made me an instant Sanderson fan and I just inhaled the series!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Vin // Character Obsessions: Allomancy, the Watcher, spies, Elend, the Hero of Ages.
Vin grew to be one of my all-time favorite heroines in this book. She reminded me a lot of my other favorite fantasy heroines (Celaena Sardothien, Kestrel) and yet she was very much a character of her own (obviously, since these books came out before Throne of Glass and The Winner’s Curse, etc). I love watching her grow from a scared teen into a confident young woman. Her Allomantic powers make the journey that much more fun too!
Elend // Character Obsessions: Books, government, Vin, doing what is “right”.
I really cherished getting to know more about Elend in this book and I’m so happy that he got his own viewpoint. (In fact, if memory serves me correctly, the book even started out with him.) Elend is just a genuinely GOOD person and even though he can’t fill the hole of Kelsier in Vin’s life — and really he shouldn’t since they were very different roles in her life — he tries his hardest to be the best person he can be for her… and for his nation. He really always tries to do the right thing and he’s incredibly selfless. I love what he brings to these books.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Allomancy. I’m still incredibly impressed with the magic system that is Allomancy (and Feruchemy AND hemalurgy) and I love this combination of powers that Sanderson invented. It’s not like anything I’ve read before (though I’m still working on getting deeper into the whole fantasy genre) and I love that no matter what elements he adds to the book, I never really feel confused on what each metal does. The way he incorporates everything is really impressive and well narrated too.
Left Me Wanting More: Explanation at the end. I can’t say that I was really missing much of anything in this book because it was so amazing, but I did have to read a couple things a couple times at the end because it was all so “omg” that I needed a second read to comprehend. That may be partially just me because as a person who’s still somewhat new(ish) to fantasy, my mind has a harder time grasping the larger “omg” moments that involve magic systems and the history behind them (no spoilers. I mean, obviously the book ends with something big! That’s where the book leads). The ONLY thing I wished was that either there was a tiny bit more explanation of what was happening… or maybe that my brain was able to comprehend more haha!

Addiction Rating
BUY IT!

I loved MISTBORN, but this book made me obsessed. I immediately started THE HERO OF AGES afterwards because I didn’t want to put this series down! I cannot recommend it enough!

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