I don’t read a lot of fantasy written for adults. I did; however, really enjoy the Mistborn series. I was intrigued by Sanderson’s idea to write a novel where we actually see a fantasy world that has progressed and we see how technology is used within the framework of magic. If I take this book as a stand alone novel and NOT as part of the Mistborn series, I like it much better. It has kind of a Steam Punk feel. But when compared to the original Mistborn books, the novel falls a bit short.
The story follows Waxillium Ladrian, of the house of Ladrian. He has the power of both Allomancy and Feruchemy so he is called a Twinborn. He’s used his rare gifts far from Elendel in the Roughs as a law man with the help of his deputy Wayne and Lessie, his girlfriend. An unfortunate accident leads Wax back to Elendel as the head of his house to take care of business interests and confront the type of life he left behind. Unfortunately, it seems trouble follows Wax and a rash of robberies sparks his interest. When the robberies become kidnappings and his own fiance is taken, Wax is forced to join Wayne and find out what is really behind the crime spree.
I enjoyed the plot, and it ended on a cliffy, so I guess I will be reading more of these in the future. I did find it problematic that at times it didn’t feel like a novel, it felt like a movie script chalk full of one liners. I like humorous books, but this one tried too hard. While it wasn’t my favorite of Sanderson’s books, I found it interesting enough to read the rest when they come out, but I won’t be waiting in line or anything.