If you are familiar with Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, you may also be familiar with Brandon Sanderson. A few years ago Mr. Jordan passed away before finishing the series and Mr. Sanderson stepped in to give all of us fans an ending. I remember when this was announced thinking “Brandon who?” but I wanted to give him a fair shake and decided to check out his other books. Among them was an unfinished (at the time) trilogy called Mistborn. It was a very unique fantasy novel. There wasn’t a hero that came of age and found out he was bound for greatness. Instead it’s an ensemble cast and the first book is a heist job, sort of like Ocean’s Eleven. I really liked it, ended up buying even the hardcover of the final book (Hey I didn’t have a Kindle yet, so sue me) and also checking out an earlier book of his called Elantris. In addition to these he also has a Children’s Series called Alcatraz. In 2010 he released the first book of his epic fantasy series, The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive). At the moment, however, I have recently started reading his newest book, The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel.
If you’ve read the Mistborn series, this is not a continuation of the story. The characters from those books are long in the past and are part of legend and religion now. This is a whole new story, set far into the future of the same world. I’m certain that most fantasy readers are used to their fantasy novels being set in a medieval or semi-medieval setting. With the exception of “urban” fantasy or horror like fantasy that is. This is completely different, it’s a fantasy novel set in a turn of the century type setting. Train lines are being extended, electricity has just become available in homes, and some people are rich enough to own horseless carriages. It’s an interesting concept and I love the idea of taking a well loved genre and changing one little thing like the period of the setting. Awesome.
So far I’m just about to chapter three and so far, I’m really liking this book, just as I’ve liked Brandon’s other books. I did get to meet him a few years ago. His home town is not far from where I currently live and a few years ago a local book store was able to get him to come by for a signing. Where I live at the moment is NOT on the usual book signing tour stop, trust me. He was a really nice guy and had remembered an email I sent him about a year prior that he had even responded to.
If you are looking for something to read, I highly suggest checking out any of Brandon Sanderson’s books. If you’re a Wheel of Time fan who’s been unsure of this “new guy” you can trust me, the novels are in good hands, he’s an excellent writer.