Cover art for Sanderson's The Alloy of Law

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Brandon Sanderson next novel is set for release in November 2011 and it will not be the follow-up to The Way of Kings (The Highprince of War will probably see the light of day in 2013) or A Memory of Light (the last WoT should be out in 2012) or even the next trilogy to follow the original Mistborn trilogy, it will be The Alloy of Law, a short story set 300 years after the events of Mistborn. This short eventually became a full novel as it is detailed on

Chris McGrath, mostly known lately in the fantasy field for the covers of Antiphon and Canticle by Ken Scholes, Corvus by Paul Kearney, First Law MMPB by Joe Abercrombie, an edition of the Mistborn trilogy and the Harry Dresden Files novels by Jim Butcher is the artist behind this nice looking "Sherlock Holmish steampunkly" cover.

As for the synopsis, here you go (BEWARE : not spoiler free for those who haven't read Mistborn) :
Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.

One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.


Michael McClung said...

I loved the first three books, though I have to say I was a little disappointed with the ending of Hero of Ages. Still, this is one I'll be picking up :)

Jaedia said...

The cover art looks fantastic! Can't wait to see how this one reads in comparison to books 1, 2, and 3 :)

Phil said...

I still can't tell about the ending, I've only read the first one... I have to pick up the other two soon...

Looks great and I think that allomancy in a steampunk setting is a kick-ass potential!

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