“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.”


Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is 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.

My Experiences

I read HoA (Hero of Ages) believing that this was the last mistborn book. EVER! I was wrong, thankfully. Don’t get confused, Vin and Elend are no longer the main characters. This is the second series in the Mistborn Saga; Brandon likes to refer to it as the Wax and Wayne series. 

ANYWAY, I fell head first into another one of Brandon’s crazy action packed adventures. The secrets are back. The action is back. The love is back. Mistborn is back! 


Wayne: You wanna know why I really came to find you?
Waxilliam: Why?
Wayne: I thought of you happy in a comfy bed, resting and relaxing, spending the rest of your life sipping tea and reading papers while people bring you food and maids rub your toes and stuff.
Waxilliam: And?
Wayne: And I just couldn’t leave you to a fate like that…I’m too good a friend to let a mate of mine die in such a terrible situation.
Waxilliam: Comfortable?
Wayne: No. Boring.”

“So,” Marasi said, “you traded a dead man’s scarf for another dead man’s gun. But…the gun itself belonged to someone dead, so by the same logic—”
“Don’t try,” Waxillium said. “Logic doesn’t work on Wayne.”
“I bought a ward against it off a traveling fortune-teller,” Wayne explained. “It lets me add two ’n’ two and get a pickle.”

“It’s all right Wayne,” Waxillium said softly. “I’ve made a promise. I told Lord Harms I’d return Steris to him. And I will. That is that.”
“Then I will remain and help,” Marasi said. “That is that.”
“And I could really use some food,” Wayne added. “Fat is fat.”

“Well,” Waxillium said. “Perhaps I should begin by asking after your health.”
“Perhaps you should,” Steris replied.
“Er. Yes. How’s your health?”
“So is Waxillium,” Wayne added.
They all turned to him.
“You know,” he said. “He’s wearing a suit, and all. Suitable. Ahem. Is that mahogany?”

“The ways of Wayne are mysterious and incomprehensible.”

“Actually, [Wax] said, we came here because we needed someplace safe to think for a few hours.”
Ranette: “Your mansion isn’t safe?”
Wax: “My butler failed to poison me, then tried to shoot me, then set off an explosive in my study”
Ranette: “Huh…. You need to screen these people better, Wax.”

“Oh, Wax has always been solemn, but when he’s at his best, there’s a smirk underneath.”

“I need something, Wax. A place to look. You always did the thinking.”
“Yes, having a brain helps with that, surprisingly.”

“I really am impressed that you have been shot so often. Really.”
“Getting hit’s not really that impressive,” Wayne noted. “It don’t take much skill to get shot. It’s avoiding the bullets that’s tough.” 

“Once one becomes a man, he can and must make his own decisions. But I do offer warning. Even a good thing can become destructive if taken to excess.” 

“And don’t waste time worshipping Harmony. Doing good was the worship.” 

“Doesn’t matter how good your bullets are if you don’t aim carefully.”

“People today…it seems they are good, or sometimes evil, mostly by inertia, not by choice.”

“You are inexperienced. So was I, once. So is every man. The measure of a person is not how much they have lived. . . It’s in how they make us of what life has shown them.”

“What wasdat, sir? What wazzat sir? What wassat, sir?”
“Wayne, what are you babbling about?” Waxillium asked.
“Practicing my pretzel guy,” Wayne said. “He had a great accent…”
Waxillium glanced at him. “That hat looks ridiculous.”
“Fortunately, I can change hats,” Wayne said in the pretzel-guy accent, “while you, sir, are stuck with that face.”

“Why do they call it research if I’ve only done it this one time?” 

“So, Wax,” Wayne butted in. “Where did you say that bloke was who had my hat?”
“I told you that he got away after I shot him.”
“I was hoping he’d dropped my hat, you know. Getting shot makes people drop stuff.”
Waxillium sighed. “He still had it on when he left, I’m afraid.”
Wayne started cursing.
“Wayne,” Marasi said. “It’s only a hat.”
“Only a hat?” he asked, aghast.
“Wayne’s a little attached to that hat,” Waxillium said. “He thinks it’s lucky.”
“It is lucky. I ain’t never died while wearing that hat.”
Marasi frowned. “I … I’m not sure I know how to respond.”
“That’s a common reaction to Wayne.”

Where to find The Alloy of Law

Indie Bound*


*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.



The AoL sample chapters (Click Here)

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Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson," in {sereneharoon.com}, April 24, 2016, https://www.sereneharoon.com/2016/04/the-alloy-of-law/.

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