I haven't listened to other books by Brandon Sanderson, but I've read most, including the Mistborn trilogy. I felt that this book really lacked something, it wasn't as gripping as the trilogy. I wouldn't say it was bad, but it felt somehow slower. I did enjoy some of the references towards characters and events in the earlier books, and I felt towards the end they left room for future development. The narration by Michael Kramer was enjoyable, and I think he helped bring some life to it. All in all, if you haven't read the original Mistborn trilogy, you'll want to dive into those first before taking this one on.
No...Ultimately I was disappointed in this novel.
Brandon seems to pull his punches and holds back for some reason. This is likely my own bias but I want something more akin to Robert Jordan...when you fall things break, when shot you bleed and characters die (even the ones we care for) in the best of books. The best descriptions of conflict and confrontation have tangible stakes for those involved (the first of the book) and for much of this book this seems absent. He needs a dose of reality / grit in this book which is missing. The beginning had me hooked and I was prepared for an incredible story...it never arrived. I won't spoil the book and perhaps sequels will explain things in greater detail but the way this story begins and it's ending don't seem to match. There should be some connection and a strong one. The book started on I thought I was in for a ride with twists and turns. The plot plows down a predictable and straight decent into boredom with a few memorable moments.
Kramer does a great job with what he has to work with in this novel. I loved his voice in The Way of Kings and it cheapens the experience to have him narrate this novel in comparison.
My first encounter with Brandon was through the books he completed for Robert Jordan which are fantastic. The Way of Kings is perhaps one of the most incredible epic fantasy books I have ever read. The mistborn series was fair at best and this book in no exception. I keep reading / listening to his books with the expectation of something along the lines of TWoK or WoT books and I have been deeply disappointed so far. It is almost as though these are written by a more immature Sanderson or written without thought. He (Sanderson) seems to write these books walking on egg shells for a teen audience rather than adults. His attempts at romance are juvenile and unconvincing and he should just leave these parts out of this book (and others) altogether. The characters are fun but their actions make very little sense and the motivations are absent. This is particularly true for the villains in the story. The book rambles on and toward the end I was only listening to see how the confrontations would turn out.
Very intriguing premise. Unfortunately the story, especially the ending, was not up to the level of the original trilogy. Worth reading if you liked the first three.
This is a wonderful addition to the Mistborn books - so different and yet so similar. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!!
Michael Kramer is always fantastic - this is no exception. He is always able to capture the character of each person so completely - very enjoyable!
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CAN NOT WAIT TILL THE NEXT BOOK IN THE INSTALLMENT. IT WAS A GOOD BOOK AND WORTH IT.
Vintage Sci-fi Western
What I liked best about this story were the interactions between the protagonist and secondary characters. It felt like I was listening to an old western radio serial. There were so many simple motivations for each character, and yet each person was as complicated and textured as they come.
Wayne was my favorite. He ties with another, but I don't want to give anything away.
YES. A thousand times yes.
Michael Kramer's range and polish as a reader are insurmountable as always, but I really feel like all of Brandon Sanderson's authorial tools and tricks were put to good use in this book. Sanderson ended up weaving a jewel of tale, just waiting to be extracted from the wreckage of it's predecessors.
When I say "wreckage", I don't mean bad writing. Moreso I mean the state of mind the Mistborn trilogy left me in. As the title of this review hints, the trilogy broke my heart. Everything about it; the ending, the plot points leading up to the end and the tragedy that deeply marred that series' universe throughout the telling left me feeling like I'd almost been taken advantage of. I enjoyed the protagonist, the support cast, and the villains, as well as the multifaceted motivations of each, but I couldn't help feeling that Sanderson was going after a certain idealism, and he used his characters as fodder for that ideal–fodder in the most literal sense. It always seemed like tragedy was looming around each corner, and more than likely, it was. The series was immersive if not excruciating, to say the least.
The Alloy of Law is just as immersive, but it has a more prosperous feel–like turn of the century westerns. There seem to be slight enhancements made to the systems and rules of the Mistborn universe in this story. But where as those books felt like dreaded dirges with occasional bright spots, This book reads like a box office smash of an action movie. It is robust and I feel it's a story both young and old readers will enjoy. But to make the surreal, over-the-top and humorous things that happen within this story palatable and believable, it's a good idea to read the Mistborn Trilogy.
I honestly can't wait for the next installment of this series and I hope you'll all enjoy it as much as I did. I was listening to this in the car and I almost wanted to go on a 10 hour road trip to finish it up.
Hopefully the beginning of a great new sub-set of Mistborn novels..please please please let us get a whole new trilogy (or more) based on this great premise
Think victorian steampunk Sherlock with a cowboy shooter. The start drags a little but the action starts soon enough. The main charater has an interesting mix of powers which he uses to his full advantage and making a few epic fight scenes that wouldn't be out of place in a movie. The sidekick is entertaining and makes me laugh everytime he's present.
This book made me like the ending of the original 3 better. I like the idea of this world and I like the author's style. Michael Kramer is great I just wish he had done all Brandon Sanderson's books. It is an easy listen and I highly recommend it if you liked the first 3 mistborn books. You would probably be better off listening to the beginning of the series first. This books stands alone pretty well but there is so much detail in the first three about the world that might make this book a richer experience.
I've seen a lot of people complain that this was not as long as one of Sandersons mistborn books, but the thing to keep in mind there is those books were damned long. This book has a more feel and length of a Terry Pratchett book and in my opinion that is a good thing. I am rather eagerly awaiting his next one of these books. He has a real world to work with here.