The Alloy of Law

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Book #4 of Series: Mistborn
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Published year: 2011


The Alloy of Law is the fourth book set on Scadrial and takes place 341 years after the events of The Hero of Ages. The events from the Mistborn trilogy are now legend, history, and religion.The book follows Waxillium Ladrian, a descendant of Breeze and former lawman who returns from the Roughs to assume leadership of his house in the wake of his uncle's passing, and Wayne - Wax's formidable partner and old friend. The two of them are Twinborn, with both one Allomantic power and one Feruchemical power.The Alloy of Law is set in an analog to the early 20th century, on Scadrial, approximately 300 years after the conclusion of the original trilogy.[2] It also introduces the concept of Twinborn for the first time in the series.Waxillium and his partner Lessie are investigating a serial killer in Feltrel, a small town in the Roughs. They decide to split up and Wax follows the murderer's tracks, leading him into a small church, where he finds that Lessie had been captured and held as hostage by the serial killer. While trying to free her, something goes awry, and Wax accidentally kills Lessie.Five months later, after the death of Lessie, Wax had given up the role as peacekeeper, and returned to Elendel, where after the death of his uncle and sister (who were involved in an accident), he has become the head of his house. Due to his uncle's inadequate financial operations, Wax is trying to save House Ladrian from bankruptcy. The only way to do it is to find a suitable high-born lady from a financially stable house to marry.Just before meeting with Lady Steris and her father, Wax is unexpectedly visited by his friend, deputy, and master of disguise Wayne (who is also a Twinborn with the abilities to create speed bubbles, outside of which time is slowed down; and store health in his goldminds), who has come to Elendel to investigate a series of robberies and kidnappings for which a rogue band called "the Vanishers" is responsible. He wants to acquire Wax's help to solve the case. Although still torn between his previous life as a lawman and his obligations to his House Ladrian, Wax eventually declines to join him. During the meeting with Lady Steris, her father, and her half-sister Marasi (who is posing as a distant cousin to Lady Steris, due to the fact that she is illegitimately born), Wayne pretends to be Wax's distant uncle from his mother's side. Wax and Lady Steris come to an agreement to marry after several months of courting, and introducing themselves as a couple to the elite society.At a wedding party held by House Tekiel, the Vanishers show up and try to kidnap Steris and Marasi. Wax and Wayne, working as a team, manage to save Marasi, and kill most of the Vanishers when the event becomes violent. It is then that Wax decides to solve the case and rescue his wife-to-be. After a careful recollection of the events on the wedding, Wax comes to the conclusion that the band is led by his previous colleague, a former lawman named Miles, who is a Twinborn with the ability to cure any injury almost immediately.Wayne discovers the bandits' hideout after interrogating one of the captives in police custody, and meets with Wax and Marasi in House Ladrian's mansion to share his findings. There Wax's butler tries to kill him, by first poisoning him, shooting him, and then detonating a bomb, but the trio manage to escape.Wax and Wayne, accompanied by Marasi, go to the bandits' hideout, and find it deserted. After a careful search, they discover an empty cigar box with numbers written on it. Because they have nowhere else to go, they decide to visit an old acquaintance–a Lurcher (an Allomancer that Pulls metals by burning iron) gunsmith named Ranette. There they form a plan to capture the bandits during one of their robberies.Wax deduces that the Vanishers will try to rob a train, which transports large amounts of aluminium (which is really expensive both because it's rare and cannot be affected by Allomancy). He manages to slip into the cargo hold of the train. Meanwhile, Wayne and Marasi watch as the bandits switch the train's wagons, and manage to follow them to their new hideout. There, after a long battle, in which all the bandits are killed except Miles, Wax and Marasi manage to distract Miles long enough (with Marasi's Allomantic ability to slow down time inside a speed bubble), so that Wayne can come back with enough law officers to subdue and capture Miles. Lady Steris is saved, and although Wax feels attraction to Marasi, he decides to continue with the planned marriage.It is then revealed that the person who had recruited Miles in the first place is the presumed dead Lord Edwarn Ladrian, Wax's uncle, who is still keeping the other kidnapped women. Wax and Wayne decide that they will stay in Elendel and try to stop Lord Ladrian and his organization from fulfilling their plans.



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