The Alloy of Law is a slight change in direction from Sanderson’s previous Mistborn books. There isn’t as much court intrigue or focus on the characters, nor are there as many characters. While this might turn off some Mistborn fans, the plentiful action and Western-style accompanied by spectacular action scenes will draw crowds from the Louis L’Amour section. Also, Sanderson includes a lighter, more humorous mood in Alloy than he did in Mistborn. That doesn’t mean that this isn’t a Mistborn novel–there are dozens of references to the Mistborn trilogy that make the novel a hundred times more enjoyable, and there is even a hint of a promise that Sanderson may take future Alloy books in a similar direction to Mistborn. (Technically, Alloy of Law could be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading the Mistborn trilogy first to maximize the reading experience.) Now, one of the most gratifying factors of reading The Allloy of the Law is to enjoy the banter between the Waxillum-Wayne duo, one of the most well-conceived and humorous pairings I have seen in a long time. An excellent foray into the future, The Alloy of the Law sweeps readers up in a cyclone of gunpowder and allomancy!
Profanity/Language: 45 mild obscenities; 5 derogatory names.
Violence/Gore: Multiple battle scenes involving guns, coins, knives, garrotes, explosives, canes, and numerous other weapons resulting in death or injury with some graphic description of blood and broken bones. Characters also threaten each other.
Sex/Nudity: A character finds ‘nudie pictures’ while searching a building, and another character makes a crude remark to a female about her physical attributes. Characters also theorize that some women may have been kidnapped in order to produce children.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death, accidents, hostages.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters drink and smoke frequently.