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Book Title: The Alloy of Law|
The author of the book: Brandon Sanderson
ISBN 13: 9780765368546
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The size of the: 15.62 MB
Edition: Tor Fantasy
Date of issue: October 30th 2012
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As always, after reading something by Sanderson, I find myself irritated at how good he is.
So let's take it as a given that the book has all the essential ingredients: character, plot, dialogue, mystery, and action. All of these things are there, some of them merely great, most of them included to exceptional degree.
What truly impresses me though, is that Sanderson has done something extraordinarily unique with this book. Something that just isn't done in fantasy.
First, Sanderson wrote the Mistborn trilogy, an amazingly good fantasy trilogy set it in a unique, carefully-constructed world with a well defined magic system.
Then he moved that world forward 300 years. He evolved it away from the low-industrial/dark-ages culture into a much more modern setting.
This simply isn't done.
You see, here's the way things work:
1. You either write secondary world fantasy which is pretty medievally, or Renaissance-y, or occationally dark-ages-ish. Maybe you go crazy and make it kinda Asian. Or you make it bronze age. That's rare though. Pretty fringe.
2. Your other option is to set something in THIS world. Most of the time when you do this, the setting is modern, which gets you urban fantasy. If you're not quite so modern, you get steampunk. If you go back further than that, it's alternate history. But again, that's kinda rare.
These are the rules. They're not written down anywhere, but generally speaking, that's how things work. This is just the way things are done.
But Sanderson has done something different here. Two somethings, actually.
1. He evolved his world through time, changing the society significantly while staying true to the world he established in the earlier Mistborn books.
(Yeah yeah. There have been a few other authors that have done this. Frank Herbert, for example. But it's so rare as to be practically unique. And in my opinion Sanderson has done it better than Herbert did for the simple fact that I want to read Sanderson's future books in this world, while I just couldn't make it through the second Dune sequel.)
2. Sanderson has written urban fantasy THAT ISN'T SET IN THIS WORLD. Call it what you want, urban fantasy, qua-western, steampunk, whatever. That's what he did.
I read this book and found myself thinking, "What? You can do that? How come nobody's done this before?"
This is what happens with all truly clever innovation. Once someone does it, it seems obvious. It seems like anyone could do it.
But everyone didn't do it. Sanderson did. That's a very special sort of clever.
What's my point?
My point is that this book is good, and you should give it a try.
My other point is that this book does something different, and pulls it off very smoothly, so you should give it a try.
My last point is that Sanderson has now been added to a very short list of authors. Specifically, the list authors whom I wish to kill so that I might eat their livers and thereby gain their power.
So yeah. My hat's off to you, Brandon. Watch your back.
Read information about the authorBrandon’s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s Soul, Mistborn: Secret History, and a brand-new Stormlight Archive novella, Edgedancer.
Earlier this year he released Calamity, the finale of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart .
Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.
Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series have been released in new editions by Starscape, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor’s Soul, were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brought two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.
The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.
Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.
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