Think Mistborn lite… With a Wild Wild West twist.. Lots of guns.. And a little mystery, strangely reminiscent of Scooby-Doo, thrown in for good measure.. And what do you get? The Alloy of Law. And you know what? Despite not being a fan of Westerns, and not being a fan of guns (I prefer good old fashioned swords), I still ended up really liking this! I was a little hesitant at first, it took me some time to get into the story, but once I was in the swing of things I was all about it. It’s definitely a departure from the epic scale of Mistborn; it was much shorter, pretty much a stand alone (the ending was left open for sequels, but the plot of this story wrapped up pretty well), and it seemed to have a lot more humor thrown in. But who needs epic every second of every day? Sometimes a little Misterndoo® is all you need.
I know, I know.. You’re still hung up on Scooby-Doo. But come on, seriously, think about it (assuming you’ve read it). Now that I said it, if you didn’t think it before you know you’re thinking it now. Phantom trains? A mystery to solve? And Wayne, he would have fit right in with Scooby and the gang. All it needed was a Mystery Machine to drive around in and someone blaming rascally kids for their downfall in the end. It was Scooby style mystery all the way… And it rocked.
That’s pretty much all I have to say on this one. Fun plot, good action, pretty damn funny; more than deserving of four
Scooby Snacks stars.
ETA: Since publishing this review, the kind people at Macmillan Audio have provided a sample clip of the audiobook for us to share: Alloy of Law Audiobook Clip (Narrated by Michael Kramer)