|Now, youll have to understand that I havent
actually read the original Mistborn trilogy, though Im certainly encouraged
to do so by this novel. The original trilogy was essentially medieval high fantasy, but
Sanderson has rolled the clock for The Alloy of Law.
three hundred years later, and technology has advanced in the way it usually doesnt
in fantasy novels. However, this book is not your typical Victorian Steampunk novel,
having a much more Wild West feel. There are lots of guns, there are lawkeepers, and there
are train robberies. There is also the "magic" of Mistborn, which if you
havent read the other books, has more a flavour of psionics, maybe even superpowers.
Is this another case of science fiction in fantasy dress? Im not sure.
As for the book itself, theres plenty of action, some of it spectacular
theres even a running battle on top of a train
The heroes are complex enough
to be both interesting and memorable, and the primary villains motives are sensible
and insane at the same time. As for the villain behind the villain
that really would
be telling. Definitely worth reading.