Review: The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
The Alloy of Law thrusts the reader into a world that would be indistinguishable from the Scardriel of Mistborn’s tyranny and medieval dictatorship by the Lord Rulers and his minions. 300 years after the events of The Hero of Ages the last book in the first trilogy, the present Scardriel oozes the wild west ambiance. Even newspapers have made it to Scadriel, with a broadsheet being featured among the chapters.
Waxillium Ladrian, a man of a noble house who left the bustling city of Elendel to become a law keeper or a constable in the Roughs, finds himself back in the city and among people he has despised since childhood after his uncle and sister's tragic death. Wax returns to Elendel to manage his house’s affairs and quickly finds that trouble is waiting for him with open arms. This comes in the form of any typical west world as a robbery actually a string of train robberies and kidnapping of women from noble houses. Rather than focusing on keeping his estate’s staff and assets in order, Wax dives headfirst into the web of crime, aided by his old friend Wayne and his new friend/will-they-won’t-they partner, Marasi.
In Alloy, the world of Scardriel feels more focused on the characters. The Alloy of Law tells a sharply honed and mastered story that beckons readers back into a world that has fundamentally changed. The characters are immediately relatable and easy to love Wayne provides the much-needed comic relief in the serious setting of the entire Mistborn series. Brandon Sanderson crafts characters that make the massive changes to the world easy to comprehend because they each have their own distinct place in it.
The one area that Alloy of Law fell short for me is the one-dimensionality of its characters. While each character is distinct and it's easier to connect and love, Wayne as the comedian, Wax as the broken hero who takes the front and center, and so on, I feel that something was very much left out and became very easy to predict how they act and what they would choose. It tampered with any significant character growth.
The Alloy of Law was a brilliant return to the world of Scadriel where the mists reign supreme and Allomantically charged individuals take to the sky in tussled, Mistcloak glory. If you enjoyed Brandon’s breakout trilogy Mistborn you cannot miss Alloy of Law as it brings logical technological advancement to a world of magic. Shadows of Self can't wait to return back to the fun adventures with Wax and Wayne.
“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.”