Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book Notes: "Alloy of Law", by Brandon Sanderson

"Alloy of Law", by Brandon Sanderson, is set in the same universe as his Mistborn books, which I read and enjoyed - mostly.  The world-building of Mistborn is stupendous, the plot is compelling, the theology (because all fantasy books have theology) is . . . ugh.  Which didn't really matter till the end. But, still. It was a letdown, to say the least. Not being a dualist, not being a fan of men becoming gods, it just didn't work for me.

Happily, "Alloy of Law" is set in the same fascinating world without hardly any of the troubling theology.

"Alloy of Law" takes place a long time after the events of the first Mistborn trilogy. It's a Western, sort of.  And a heist. sort of.

And it manages that great Sanderson trick: ending with a "I-never-saw-that-coming-but-of-course!" awesome moment that makes the whole plot make sense.  (I love it when Sanderson pulls that off.)

"Alloy of Law" is about Waxillium Ladrian, a some-time lawman who has recently become a lord, and has found life in the city not quite to his liking. But his new elevated existence suddenly becomes less boring when a fellow lawman turns out to be a villain, terrorizing the city Wax now claims as his home.  And who best to stop a former lawman but a fellow lawman?

If you like Westerns and you like fantasy, you'll love this adventurous tale. I myself found it an excellent addition to my vacation reading, and I'm looking forward to reading the forthcoming sequel.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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