The Alloy of Law being Mistborn steampunk has always given me a little bit of trepidation. I really liked the first trilogy but I was concerned that the steampunk era wouldn’t work for me. Amazingly, the steampunk era worked for me and added a dimension in the world that caused me to enjoy the story. The use of guns gave me pause because how would the use of firearms effect coin pushers? Sanderson just made it work and the action was top notch. My issue though was that there was a little too much action. I love me some exciting scenes but they have to be broken up with emotional, story building, and character-based scenes to really have me care about the characters. As much as I liked Wax, Wayne, and Marasi, I have barely scratched the surface of their characters.
I felt that the world-building in the original Mistborn is what made the trilogy special. I was a bit disappointed that this was a more self-contained book that didn’t move the Mistborn mythos forward much. I think that is Sanderson’s schtick in this second quartet, hold back answers that connect the two series. I don’t think that mystery is as strong as the mystery in the first trilogy but I’m still going to read on to find out.
I liked this book and it was entertaining but I’m hoping the following books will bring it up a notch in terms of quality. I want more crazy reveals, more characters, larger stakes, and moving the Mistborn universe to a whole new level. I am optimistic that the author can establish a series as good as the original series but it is going to be difficult to do so.
11/15 Possible Score
Plot – 2(OK)
Characters – 2(OK)
World Building – 2(OK)
Writing Style – 3(Good)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 2(OK)