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Another good book in the Mistborn series by Sanderson. Excellent narration by Michael Kramer helps to bring the characters to life (although I felt he had trouble with the half cockney, half Aussie accent of Wayne, but it was entertaining in any case).
Whilst this novel is fundamentally a detective work and not my usual cup of tea, I did enjoy it tremendously. It's some few centuries on from the fall of the Final Empire: we have guns, trains, electricity, horseless carriages (well, I never!!!!) and new fangled machines.
It's all reminiscent of 19th century England or North America as you so desire to envisage. Sanderson provides a great setting and a well thought out plot. The characters aren't as powerful or versatile as the old true Mistborns, but within that constraint there's a lot of intricate and detailed use of the skills they have available which makes for interesting visualisations of how they achieve things. It's different, but still similar enough to what came before to keep it interesting.
There are still some ties to the distant past giving a feeling of familiarity so one is totally disassociated from the original trilogy.
I fervently hope that Sanderson follows this novel up to get on with the unfinished business and tie up the loose ends that the end of the book leaves us at. There is certainly a full novel worth of material to do so.
In short, if you're a fan of Sanderson and this genre, you'll like this book. I highly recommend it.
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Would you listen to The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel again? Why?
Yes, because it's a great novel
What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The second character, Wayne, has a way of impersonating people that relies heavily on accents (and hats). Honestly, simply reading it will not be as great an experience as hearing the narrator bring these rich accents to life. This goes on throughout the whole Mistborn 2nd Era trilogy.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a massive Sanderson fan - both Stormlight archive and Mistborn trilogy rank amongst my best ever fantasy reads.
The Alloy of Law is an add-on to the Mistborn trilogy, and I think it might be difficult to fully understand/appreciate if you've not first read the Mistborn series (the Mistborn characters are considered "legend" in this book - although "Iron Eyes" does crop up)
Warning, though - don't expect a book with the same depth or intensity as the epic trilogy. This book is SO much lighter, and a bit swash-buckling-wild-west in its feel (the Wax-Wayne relationship and dialogue is reminiscent of a good Mel Gibson - Danny Glover moment) . I had a good few laugh-out-louds (something that didn't happen in Mistborn) and as with all previous Sanderson stories, I couldn't put this down (or switch it off). It retains its fantasy & magic with the Allomancy and Ferochemy, and is still true to the Mistborn trilogy on this front.
Like other reviewers, my only criticism is its length - it's not long enough. It's no shorter than most regular novels out there, it's just that one wants more!!!! Sanderson usually provides an epic that runs through around 30hours of listening (at least) - well this is only about 10 hours.....so by contrast one feels a little short-changed.
This book finishes with loads of loose ends - thereby leaving the way open for another instalment??? (Ever hopeful!). Wax is a delicious lead character, and I can't help but think this story would translate well to the big screen - but who would play Wax?
Michael Kramer's narration is first rate -as always.
Highly recommended! Enjoy!
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Where does The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Its good, but it doesn't quite come up to the Mistborn Trilogy. It is different and a shorter story but still exciting with the use of allomancy still the main feature. It also doesn't deal with some of the unanswered questions that occur from reading Hero of Ages and now reading this.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Wayne. Likeable, funny rogue.
What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His accents are amazing. Brings the characters to life with amusing accents.
Any additional comments?
A good book and an exciting read. It has left the way for a second book as lots of loose ends to tie up yet! I am looking forward to the next instalment!
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loved the performance, though some of the material in regards to the love interests was somewhat... regular but I suspect that's a problem with the source material. I enjoyed the western feel to the story i just wish it was longer much like Sandersons other works. I would love to see more of Harmony in the story and a little more history on how we've arrived where are are from the end of the final empire. Still I shall enjoy listening to the orher stories from this series.
Mystery and Allomancy.
Good once i got into the stories direction.
The change of scenery and time had me sad to see the initial Mistborn landscape evolved so far. However the characters are just as strong and quirky.
looking forward to the next novel to see how the story brings its forming paths together.. This is unfinished at the end of this book. leaving me feeling the story has come to a red light just when I'd had a run of greens!