The Alloy of Law (Mistborn Series #4)

The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson To say that I didn't put this down once after I started reading it would not be an exaggeration. Oh man, I don't even know where to begin. Brandon Sanderson is easily my favourite author, easily. The Mistborn trilogy is my favourite trilogy of books. So, I was ecstatic when I heard that he was releasing another Mistborn book, even though it was set far into the future of Scadrial. What made it even better? Steampunk. Brandon Sanderson wrote a steampunk Mistborn novel. If that's not the greatest thing ever, I don't know what is. It's not necessary to have read Mistborn before reading this, but it would help. There are a lot of references to the past characters, especially as they've worked their ways into the religions of the world. I have a lot of feelings about that. Every time they referenced the Survivor or the Ascendant Warrior... I just... have a lot of feelings about those characters. So, I mean, it would help to know who they're talking about, but it's not necessary. There's enough description about how Allomancy and Feruchemy works to be able to follow this book. Though, it doesn't go as in depth, because it's really assuming that you kind of have at least a basic understanding of the magic system.The characters in this book are the best. I adore Wax. He's a little bit like Kelsier (and I have a lot of Kelsier feelings...). He's a bit solemn, but put him next to his friend Wayne and he's pretty hilarious. He's a Twinborn, someone who can do both Allomancy and Feruchemy. In this case he can Push with steel and control weight with iron. It was really cool seeing how Sanderson used just a few of the elements, or combined them in certain ways to get different combinations. In Mistborn, we really only saw Mistborn, the few that could use all of the elements. In this book, there are no Mistborn, but we do see different Allomancers and people with unique combinations of Allomancy and Feruchemy. The plot follows Wax as he leaves his rough life as a lawkeeper in the Roughs and begrudgingly goes to the city to take up his duties as the lord of his house. As you can guess, he only can keep his guns down for so long before a string of robberies and kidnappings catches his involvement. Usually, i'm not one for guns blazing almost Western-type stories. This was amazing, though. I loved how Sanderson combined Allomancy with the guns. The different kinds of bullets, the different guns that they used, it was all ridiculously ingenious. Wax and his best friend, Wayne make the most perfect pair ever. Wayne is definitely the comic relief in the book and he is hilarious. I've always been able to really appreciate Sanderson's methods of injecting humour into his books. A lot of times fantasy can get so dry and Sanderson's ability to have truly hilarious moments in his books is just fantastic. This particular book employs Wayne and Wax's relationship and they are truly hilarious together. I love them. Wayne's constant search for his lucky hat and the man who stole it was one of my favourite parts. The book has a lot of similarities to the past Mistborn books, and one of those similarities are Wax and Marasi's relationship. It was not unlike Vin and Kelsier's relationship, and rather ran it's course in a similar way. I adored them together. I also adored Marasi. I've loved all of Sanderson's female characters thus far and Marasi is no exception. A younger character in the story, Marasi is technically a law student who has idolised Wax and Wayne ever since first hearing about their adventures in the Roughs. Everything about this book was just spot on. The beautiful thing about it was that it just felt so real. Even though it was in a setting that was more Steampunk and realistic, it was still a fantasy. Even so, everything was so real and genuine and the story was just brilliant. The pacing was fantastic. Of course, everything built up to the famous 'Sanderson Avalanche' in which he just enjoys making everything look as hopeless as he possibly can. It was all so brilliant though.It was also refreshing from some of the overdone steampunk books that are out right now. It had just enough elements to make it distinctly what it was, but it wasn't over the top. It was just amazing and reminded me, once again, why Sanderson is my favourite author. It stands on it's own, true, but the ending hinted that there is plenty of room for Sanderson to add on to Wax and Wayne and Marasi's story. I really hope that he does, because I would love to have more stories about the Twinborn, gunslinging lawkeeper.