This is a great story set in the Mistborn world that takes all of the qualities of that series and places them in a Industrializing world with guns and trains and electricity. Brandon Sanderson and outdone himself again. The only complaint that I have about this book is the fact that it is so short. I listened to it in less then two days of casual listening and was thirsty for more.
Another thing that I liked about this was that it reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes story, but with a Sanderson twist.
I like, and I want more!
I did not know how Sanderson was going to bring back the Mistborns, but he did it. And he did it in a way that that welcomes new listeners / readers without having to go back to the original series. I strongly suggest the first series, but it is not necessary. This book is well worth the credit. I can’t wait for him to get to the next one in the series. Thank you Mr. Sanderson.
Entertaining, but it is no MistBorn
I enjoy Sanderson's books, and I found this one entertaining as well. There is some genuine humor along with typical narrative that will (unsurprisingly) remind readers of MistBorn. All signatures of Sanderson's writing are present. A magic/power system that is as accurate and dependable as any scifi gadget from 23rd century and there is a twist / innovative way to use the powers to delight the reader. Expect for this case, a reader may be able to guess the surprise use of the power (at least I did, and I was not surprised). I think that scope of the story is relatively smaller compare to the MisBorn series. Regardless, fan of Sanderson will enjoy this book (I know I did) that it is entertaining and very professionally done. Mr Kramer does his usual good work and narration was very well done. There seem to be strong indication of future books in this new series, and I look forward to them.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
Not a bad short story... not what I'm used to from Brandon Sanderson. The book is not bad... just too short. Character development is deep. You care about the characters and the narrator Michael Kramer brings all of them to life in his own inimitable way. All of the voices are original, consistent and enjoyable to listen to. Accustom to the epic offerings from the Mistborn trilogy, however, it was disappointing not having something to really dig your teeth into within this most recent contribution.
We have none of the original characters but the new ones are fascinating and inviting. The landscape is more modern and vividly portrayed though its precise time is ambiguous. The protagonists are very reminiscent of Holmes and Watson and probably deliberately so. Allomancy and Feruchemy are central to the antics of the characters and almost as easy to suspend belief as from within the earlier works. I don't remember there being as much humor in the trilogy. Alloy is fraught with great, clever and intelligent humor. Anytime a book causes me to smile or even laugh, for me, has a lot going for it.
But alas, while the time and environment is new, the characters totally different, their supernatural, comic book like portrayals are not so refreshingly new. If this is all Brandon Sanderson had to write and give us then so be it. Finish the book and the series. Again, I liked the book but mostly because of the way it was narrated. What I didn't care for was receiving something so much less wondrous and extended than what we received in the trilogy. This was not a deep or enthralling offering from a master. It's maybe something that would serve as an introduction to something more grand. But it's still the same old stuff continued from earlier works that were great.
Mr. Sanderson, frankly I feel a little cheated. And, had I not read the trilogy, I would have really been upset because I probably would not have understood a whole lot of what went on in the book. I bought this book based on the calibre of the trilogy and this most recent offering is not that. I think that most of us expect that when an author comes out with something new, it will be better than what went before, or it should. Perhaps you have shot your wad. Maybe you do not care. I hope not. There are so many great works of literature out there that I personally don't have time for light weight contributions.
Bottom line, the narrator made this a very enjoyable book. While it might have bordered on it, I don't think it was a waste of time. However, it was the narrator that kept me engaged and not the content of the book. I read 6 of the total Wheel of Time series and then quit. It just kept being the same thing over and over again. It got old and I quit. Mr. Sanderson, I'll give your next book a shot but if it's not a big improvement over this one, Mistborn will go the way of the Wheel of Time for me.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
Kramer's narration was EXCELLENT (as it was in ALL of the other "Mistborn" books), and again, Sanderson leaves me feeling as if I'm not even worthy to REVIEW his work... The more you think back about the book(s), the more Layers you see to it, and the more you suddenly realize you missed "WHILE listening to it"...
PLEASE let there be another book in this latest (Continuation?) book of the "Mistborn" series! Every book LEAPS ahead of the last in writing skill, and plot twists (while the excellent "Twists" are still being based on the most COMMON of plot subjects!)...
I am especially pleased that Sanderson STICKS TO "Friends and trusted Allies CAN BE 'Trusted', WITHOUT suddenly stabbing you in the back just as a plot twist"... The central message needs to be reinforced again and again, and it needs to be LEARNED: "It's better to trust and risk being betrayed, than to live life trusting NO ONE"
I'll be honest, I thought this one was going to be sub par but it was a great book that left me wanting more. It didn't take away from the Mistborn series like I though it would. It did well standing alone. I would read it again and highly recommend it.
I read perhaps 1 or 2 books a year before Audible. Now I listen to 1 or 2 books a month. I'm mostly listen to sci-fi, fantasy, and classics. I'm a software developer and tabletop game designer.
The mistborn trilogy is one of my all time favorites. I didn't really realize he had planned to continue with the setting. The background of how this book came to be published made me worried, but I wasn't disappointed. The characters are just as interesting and fun as the ones in the original trilogy. The plot, while not as epic as the previous books, was just as engrossing. I also really like the way it ended. I'm happy to know that the author is planning a sequel to this story as well as a new trilogy (in modern times).
Definitely don't read as a stand alone book, but if you've already read original mistborn trilogy, this will remind you how good that was and make you excited for future books.
I loved mistborn, but was unsure how the world would translate into a more modern-ish setting. Sanderson does a great job and I really enjoyed the book dispite my hesitation.
I would say the audio compliments the print
how he incorporated the old west style time period to the pre-modern time
Yes I have! and it was stellar as always.
Oh yea i laughed like mad at the sidekick reminded me alot of Mat from WoT
Look forward to another I hope to come.
I've read most of Brandon Sanderson's books People who enjoyed the Mistborn trilogy will like this book. That being said, someone who hasn't read the Mistborn books will still understand this book. This book is really good for people who like magic and logic at the same time. A lot of fantasy books have magic that has undefined boundaries or limitations. The author combines a magic system that is detailed and works with physics. The author does a good job of not getting too caught up in details so that the story moves along though. This is mystery book set in a western time frame where a lawman tries to track down the ringleaders of gang of robbers and kidnappers.
Yes. He does an okay job in some of the other books I've listened to. I think he did a pretty good job in this book though.
Yes, but I listened to it in 2 or 3
This would be a good book to listen to in a long car ride with a group of people. It's fun, interesting, and you don't have to worry about bad language or sexually explicit content. It is a little violent in some places, but its not gory. Mostly gunfights and such.