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.
“Wayne’s a little attached to that hat,” Waxillium said. “He thinks it’s lucky.”
Wayne: “It is lucky. I ain’t never died while wearing that hat.”
Marasi frowned. “I … I’m not sure I know how to respond.”
Wax: “That’s a common reaction to Wayne.”
First and foremost, this book was just good fun. So much fun. It was a very, very easy read, it flowed very well. Compared to the first era trilogy, The Alloy of Law is very basic. The plot doesn’t sprawl out into an amazing tapestry. There is mostly just a guy trying to do his best to solve a crime, keep his House solvent, and get back his soon to be fiance. All while trying to keep Wayne in check. This was very fast paced, with most of the book taking course over an estimated 4 days. The scope and scale of the original trilogy just isn’t there for me yet.
The world, however, is super changed. People can have allomancy and feruchemy now. That is amazing. However, there are no Mistborns. The people in the first era are now revered in a religious sense. They have electricity and trains and guns. Interesting things are going on with the world. Things I can’t quite figure out yet. I’m not supposed to know them yet. The weaving between the two is going to be seriously fun to unravel.
Wax is awesome – a good guy at heart, who is actually extremely confident in himself and those he has decided to trust, and is really quite competent. Wayne is so sigh but so fun. He is that dumbass you just can’t hate, and you love to have him around because he is so fun, but sometimes you need a break from him. Those are the only two characters. There is the “soon-to-be fiancee” that is very blah, no one seems to care about her, even her. There is the “cousin of the soon-to-be fiancee that is tailor made for Wax” that just annoys me. I hate this almost “love-triangle” shit going on.
Still though, this was a very fun book. It just did not have the scope of the original trilogy. It has two amazing characters I’m so glad I met. I’m looking forward to more.