The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel (The Mistborn Saga #4) (Paperback)

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The Alloy of Law is said by Brandon Sanderson to be an accident, but you would not think so upon reading it. He sought a half step between his more epic novels and this thrilling mystery style novel is a lovely intermission. It beautifully intertwines with the world he has created in what he calls “The Cosmere”. For fans of Sanderson, his intricate world building and how he incorporates powers is the main draw. The Way of Kings and Mistborn, are a part of his Cosmere. This carries on in the new Wax and Wayne series that Alloy of Law kicks off. His popular trilogy, Mistborn becomes the lore for Wax and Wayne because they exist millions of years after Mistborn concludes. You do not need to read Sanderson’s other books to read this one, but I recommend going back to read the “lore” in Mistborn if you have not already.

The fantastical aspects of Sanderson’s writings presents itself as a modernized way of allomancy - which is how characters draw on metals' natural power to give them unique abilities. We get a taste of futuristic use of metals while keeping that nostalgic “lawkeeper in a lawless land” feel.


The story follows Waxilliam (Wax) who was once a rich aristocrat in the city, but went out into the Roughs to help fight crime and live freely as an allomancer (someone who can burn metals). Unfortunate circumstances drive Wax back home to the upper echelon of society where he is wildly uncomfortable…until odd crimes start stringing together in a sinister pattern. He is a detective at heart and can’t help but crack the case.

Sanderson writes smoothly and if you have struggled to get through fight scenes in other books, you will breeze through this with ease. You are there in the fight with Wax and you feel every bullet wiz by your head as it does his.

I recommend Alloy of Law to people who like fantasy books that expertly portrays magic in a practical way. This is not a war epic that Sanderson is known to do, but a simpler, easily digestible heist-detective story.

— Elisabeth Martin Rogers


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Alloy of Law continues the Mistborn series, a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Kelsier and Vin have passed into the realm of history and myth, and the world of Scadrial is on the verge of modernity. In the frontier lands known as the Roughs, the old magics are a crucial tool for those who 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, tragedy has driven Wax back to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties of the head of a noble house. But when a gang of Allomancers turn to train robbery and kidnapping, Wax will soon learn that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (novella)
Dawnshard (novella)
Rhythm of War

The Mistborn Saga
The Original Trilogy
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Wax and Wayne
The Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
The Bands of Mourning
The Lost Metal

Other Cosmere novels
Tress of the Emerald Sea
Yumi and the Nightmare Painter
The Sunlit Man

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent
Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians (with Janci Patterson)

Other novels
The Rithmatist
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds
The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners

Skyward Flight (with Janci Patterson)

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. His bestsellers have sold 32 million copies worldwide and include the Mistborn saga; the Stormlight Archive novels; and other novels, including The Rithmatist, Steelheart, and Skyward. He won a Hugo Award for The Emperor's Soul, a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he completed Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time®. Visit his website for behind-the-scenes information on all his books.

Praise For…

Praise for the Mistborn series and Brandon Sanderson

“A breathtaking saga that promises twists every step of the way… succeeds in celebrating what makes fantasy magical while simultaneously delivering a fresh adventure that’s endlessly entertaining.” —Paste Magazine, “The 50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century (So Far)”

Hero of Ages
“Sanderson is an evil genius. There is simply no other way to describe what he's managed to pull off in this transcendent final volume of his Mistborn trilogy.” —RT Book Reviews

Alloy of Law
“Rollicking adventure … Part Sherlock Holmes, part X-Men, this exciting stand-alone adventure is full of close shaves, shootouts, and witty banter.” —Publishers Weekly

“A fresh view of how a world can grow, building new dimensions into the best of the old. Sanderson continues to show that he is one of the best authors in the genre.” —Library Journal, starred review

“An engaging and fun romp of a read. The characters really shine in this book.”—RT Book Reviews

Shadows of Self
“Delivers more excitement, adventure, and magic in a newly industrialized world that is as richly realized as any of Sanderson’s creations.” —Buzzfeed

The Bands of Mourning
“Witty, memorable characters; a fast-moving, plate-spinning plot; and a deepening of one of the most creative magic systems ever conceived: it’s everything a Sanderson fan could ask for.” —B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250860002
ISBN-10: 1250860008
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: July 4th, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: The Mistborn Saga