Apr 24, 2015

The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)

The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the Mistborn Trilogy, so I was looking forward to reading this but was disappointed. Really Sanderson interrupted writing The Stormlight Archive to write this??????? Huge disappointment. Most of my favorite characters from the trilogy are gone with no explanation as to what happened to them.

Three hundred years have gone by since Sazed took the power from Ruin and Preservation and remade the world. Sazed is still around and is now known as Harmony. Harmony is all about maintaining balance but will offer his aid to Wax when asked. Marsh is known as Ironeyes and is still around he will offer more direct aid to Wax than Harmony does. Waxillium Ladrian is obviously a descendent of Breeze and Allrianne. And this is hilariously funny Spook's street slang became known as High Imperial. Spook is also referred to as Lord Mistborn, and seems to have been the last Mistborn. More puzzling is the fact that Koloss and Kandra still exist.

Wax has returned from the Roughs to Elendel upon the "death" of his Uncle to assume the role of Head of the House of Ladrian. House Ladrian is broke and Wax needs to marry an heiress. Lord Harms offers his legitimate daughter Steris and Wax considers making the match (I really hope he doesn't marry Steris her half sister Marasi would be a much better match for him). His friend Wayne comes to town and tries to entice him into helping with the investigation into a gang of thieves known as The Vanishers. At first Wax hesitates to become involved as he feels he must put his duties to his house first but when a wedding party he is attending is attacked and a retired lawman shot in front of his eyes Wax joins Wayne in trying to stop the miscreants. Most of the thieves are killed in the confrontation but their leader escapes with Steris as hostage.

Wax identifies the leader as a former lawman Miles, who has unlimited healing ability. Wax, Wayne and Marasi work together to track him down and bring him to justice. A badly injured Wax realizes the Suite bankrolling The Vanishers is his Uncle Lord Edwarn Ladrian. He confronts Edwarn but is unable to capture or kill him in his injured state. Wax's sister Telsin and the other women Miles took hostage for Edwarn's breeding program are still in Edwarn's clutches although they were able to rescue Steris.

After Miles' execution Ironeyes approaches Marasi and gives her information to deliver to Wax that will help him bring Edwarn to justice.

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