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Review: The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson

Summary from Goodreads:

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.

One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will.

After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs. 


I absolutely loved the first three books of the Mistborn series when I read them a few years ago. However, I struggled to connect with the new part of the series, which feels very much like a Fantasy mixed with a Western. I am uncertain if I will be reading more Sanderson Fantasy titles after I finish up this one.

The novel changes POV between a few characters, Wax, our main character, Wayne, his friend, and one other companion. I struggled to emotionally connect with our new set of characters and it made the novel drag for me. I would have liked more focus on characters instead of the plot/action. I did almost put it down a few times but I did enjoy the ending.

I did not connect and was not very interested in the main plot. It reminded me of a Western and that is not a genre that I enjoying reading. I still love the world and the magic system that Sanderson crafted.

I am hoping that I connect more with the remaining books within the series. I still recommend checking this one out if you enjoyed the first part of the series.


3.5 Stars Out of the 5 Stars.


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