The Alloy of Law is the stand-alone(ish) follow-up novel to Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. I say standalone-ish because if someone has not read the original trilogy, they may have a hard time understanding the foundational mythos of this world. Law’s story takes place three hundred years after the events of the main series, in a steampunkish world of guns and horseless carriages.
Law is the story of Waxillium Ladrian, a twinborn, meaning he has both allomantic and feruchemic powers. After spending his younger days as a lawman out in the Roughs, he returns to the city to assume duties as the head of his household. But he doesn’t leave the crime and badguys behind. A mysterious group called “Vanishers” is robbing trains and kidnapping women. Wax tries to stay out of it, but he is unable resist the urge to be a lawman once more, especially when his fiancée becomes one of those kidnapped women.
The consequences of this book aren’t nearly as world-altering as the core Mistborn trilogy. In comparison, it is quite mundane. It is an adventure story of robberies and kidnappings. It reads more of a wild west penny thriller, which isn’t bad, but doesn’t have the same depth. The story is fun and exciting—a neat addition to the Mistborn world.