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The Alloy of Law

A Mistborn Novel
Lu par : Michael Kramer
Série : Mistborn, Volume 4
Durée : 10 h et 48 min
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Fresh from the success of The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson, best known for completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time®, takes a break to return to the world of the best-selling Mistborn series.

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now 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 20 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.

Also listen to the Mistborn trilogy.
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  • Robin
  • 14/12/2011

Shorter, but very entertaining

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He pulled that off really well. Transporting his action and 'magic' rich Mistborn material to a western-steampunk-SherlockHolmes future of the same world? I definitely didn't expect that but was very well entertained (and amused). Good listen! - On a side note: very interesting how Sanderson develops the storylines containing religious ideas of the characters. Like a little bonus: nice to have a fun philosophical idea to ponder when not listening to the book :)

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  • Timecow
  • 11/11/2011

Pleased, yet wanting more...

I too was not sure about the more "modern setting of this new series, but I ended up being surprised at how well it worked. I truly enjoyed the characters, the story, and the new world. Or would it be the older world? Depends on how you look at it I guess, but it is the same world as the original series, just 300 years after the end of the last book. I thought the bits and pieces of the original story were tied in cleverly and not overdone. There was also some good humor in the dialogue between two of the main characters, and of course, that dialogue was brilliantly performed yet again by Michael Kramer. Overall, I loved it and am looking forward to the next one. However... It was way too short. I know that any book you really get into can seem short simply because you don't want it to end, and while that is true for this book, this one really IS too short. I was so excited it was out I just bought it straight away, but when I went to download it I honestly though something had gone wrong and I was missing the other two parts! I can see why a big new release like this was only one credit, but even so I felt like I should have a bit more book for my buck. I hope this is a one time occurrence and the rest of the series will be back up to size. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed what was there, and will just keep fingers crossed for the next one.

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  • Lore
  • 13/04/2012

More Mistborn goodness.

I typically don't like books tacked on to a great series that are far in the future (or prequels in the past) but in this case I really enjoyed the book. I do agree with the many others who comment that this book isn't long enough, but I really can't say that I feel cheated. The main story is interesting and complete even if there is a bigger picture that can be further explored in future books. This actually makes me happy as it likely means there should be more Mistborn novels in the future. :)

Wax and Wayne are excellent characters and their interactions are very entertaining. Despite my initial scepticism about the more modern setting, it combines with Allomancy and Feruchemy just fine. Sanderson creates a world that is a plausible result of the events in the original trilogy and it all ties together nicely.

As usual Michael Kramer does an excellent job on the narration.

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  • David Danielson
  • 10/11/2011

Awesome

Great story! Can't wait to get the sequel!!! Love everything from Sanderson. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Tony
  • 16/01/2013

Felt like something was missing.

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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.

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  • Randolph
  • 19/11/2012

Good, not great

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.

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  • bswest5
  • 22/11/2011

Fantastic if short... until the end....

This was a great book. I was worried about the transition of time but the story felt fresh, the alchemy was fantastic. The characters were all excellent, pure Sanderson, and I loved the little hints at the only characters from the original trilogy.

Until the end... it came way to fast. I've read that this isn't the start of Sanderson's next Mistborn trilogy, and this was supposed to be just a side story... so how could he possibly end it like he did? So little was fully concluded, so much left up in the air... it felt unfofilled.

Can't recommend this higher, but be warned about the aburpt ending

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  • Dana
  • 10/11/2011

Excellent Book :)

I finished the Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson yesterday. Obviously it's set in the Mistborn universe, but it was kinda like a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Gunslinger. It's an exceptional book book and much better than the last two Mistborn books he released (I haven't decided if it's better than the Final Empire yet). I really hope he does a few follow-up books and Soon (tm).

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  • D. Bryant
  • 11/11/2011

AoL Sequel: Wanted Dead or Alive

Yes there are quite a few loose ends (with even more added in the last moments) considering this isn't mentioned as a series. I'd guess its intended to be the prologue for the next Mistborn trilogy but who knows. Beyond that this is what I have to say of the story. This isn't a western, just think of it as Mistborn with a bounty hunter as the main character with guns and trains in the mix. The provided summary explains as much as can be.

There are only three protagonists in this book compared to the many major and minor of Final Empire (400 less pages will do that.) Wax, his sidekick and a girl who I'll avoid names to keep spoilers out. Wax reminds me of Elend (but less classy and twenty years older). He's interesting, your basic lawman with a past but like Elend spends too much time thinking to be an effective main character but he is. This causes the build up to be sluggish and passively sluggish at that but interesting to see how the world has changed.

His sidekick like Kelsier in the first series is more interesting and I enjoyed every scene he was in. He's also one of the new allomancers, with the ability to slow down time outside a bubble he makes and uses it in a very fun and unique way. If there is a sequel I hope to see more of him.

Lastly there's the girl. She's educated, good with a rifle and around when it counts but like some other female protagonists of sanderson's, sort of just falls into line and most attempts to be remarkable are foiled. What doesn't make sense is that Sanderson does good female characters (in my knowledge and opinion) and there are at least two in this book that are interesting and entertaining. They just aren't first choice as the main heroine sometimes but he is improving in character building.

The magic however is better than ever. As I believe Sanderson said, its not what you can do with magic that's interesting, its what you can't. With no actual mistborn in this novel, there is no one to be the living disaster known as VIn . No devastating force on one side or another (but Wax comes close in top shape). It matters much more here how you use your powers than just how much of them or fuel you have.

The narration is what I expected being a mistborn and wheel of time listener, enjoyable and clear. So as long as there's a another book coming at some point (though I'm tiring of in the air endings) I can easily give this book a four out of five.

(PS- Kill all hopes of having any Kandra or Koloss in this book. The Koloss are mentioned but never explained and the Kandra are never hinted at.)

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  • Phytoplankton
  • 23/07/2019

One Dimensional

4 hours in and still can't get into it. I loved the Mistborn Trilogy, but one of the things I liked about it was the detail in the story and the dimensionality of the characters. This book is lacking both. This storyline is using the old and overly used trope of an old "war hero" type losing his first love and, accidentally finding a new one despite giving up on happiness, with a much younger woman half his age. It's tiresome. The only redeeming factors are the remnants of the original trilogy left in the world.

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  • Kid Khan
  • 25/10/2012

Steampunk Fantasy

Eine wilde Räuberpistole im durch Steampunk Elemente aufgepeppten Mistborn Universum. Fühlt sich an, als wollte Sanderson ausloten, wie weit man die für Mistborn erfundene Magieschule diversifizieren kann, und beweisen, dass die Ideen rund um die Verwendung von Magie mit Mistborn allein noch nicht wirklich ausgereizt waren. Die Story an sich scheint mir eher nebensächlich zu sein. Versetzt man die Geschichte nach London ins frühe 20.Jahrhundert und nennt die Charaktere, mmh.., sagen wir mal.. zB. Holmes und Watson statt Waxillium und Wayne, bekommt die durchaus vertraute Stimmung ein ziemlich bekanntes Flair. In der Schaffenskette Elantris/Mistborn/Stormlight Archive/Wheel of Time bleibt diese Geschichte leider eine ziemlich unwichtige Fußnote.

Hervorheben muss man aber einen überragenden Michael Kramer, der fast jedem Charakter seine eigene Intonation gibt und die Figur "Wayne", der ständig seine Fähigkeit zur Benutzung von Akzenten verwendet (hat Sanderson das für Kramer geschrieben? Es ist bekannt, dass Sanderson Kramer's Interpretation vom Wheel of Time bewundert), zur absoluten Perfektion vertont und damit zum Leben erweckt. Diese Lesung ist vielleicht das Beste, was ich jemals von Michael Kramer gehört habe und er gehörte auch schon vorher zu meinen Favoriten.

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  • Heidemarie Mahoney
  • 18/10/2012

Spannung Humor interessante Figuren - ohne Längen

nun ist Sanderson ja eigentlich bekannt für seinen voluminösen Erzählstil der dem Hörer schon einiges an Geduld abverlangt, die jedoch durch die Faszination seiner akribisch ausgemalten Welten und Charaktere belohnt wird.
Hier kommt noch spritziger Wortwitz hinzu!
Herrlich!
Man tut sich leichter wenn man schon die Welt von Mistborn kennt, weiss was Allomancy ist und wie die Magie dort funktioniert und das Gesellschaftssystem.
Nach drei Bänden Mistborn (alle sehr gut!) ist dies der knallende Sektkorken! Eine sprudelnde Feier voller Esprit!
Unbedingt anhören!

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 11/02/2017

Anders aber dann doch spannend

Insgesamt ein gutes Hörbuch, auch wenn der Anfang noch nicht gleich packend ist. Man wartet teils vergebens auf mehr Deja vues aus der Mistborn-Trilogie. Je länger man hört, umso mehr zieht einen das Buch dann aber in seinen Bann. Das Ende läd zum Weiterhören ein.