10803121Hallelujah!  Three down!  At this rate I’ll at least beat out my measly 4 book record of last year!

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson holds the honor of being the latest casualty in my book reading spree.

First off, the Alloy of Law was FANTASTIC!  I could not put it down.  I love Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy just as much as most other people and this is by no means a disappointment to the series.

Well, at least not for me.

We’re brought back to the Mistborn world 300 years later, and are introduced to a nobleman-turned-wild-west-lawman Waxillium (no I’m not making that up) and his fast talking swindler friend Wayne.  Our man of the hour is drawn back home once he is told he is the last male relative of his line, and despite an attempt to put his lawman days behind him, he stumbles across a mystery in the big city that he just can’t help but try to solve.  And the fact that there’s a young, beautiful woman willing to help him in his sleuthing doesn’t hurt matters either.

But it does complicate things when sed beauty is he half sister of Wax’s intended betrothed…

Very steam-punkish which was a nice change from what I usually see.  The world that we were introduced to in the Mistborn trilogy has now reached it’s industrial revolution complete with steam trains and electric lights.  Gun fighting is especially interesting when your opponent has the innate ability to manipulate the material that your weapon is made of.  Makes for some interesting battle scenes.

One thing to improve upon the reading if you with to take my advice dear readers.  First off, despite how much I was into the book, the religion was a tad confusing to me because they continuously referenced the heroes of the Mistborn trilogy as ascended gods, but since it had been so long since I read the books, it was hard for me to keep track so that’s something you might want to brush up on.

The only thing I am not happy with is the ending between Waxilluim and the two women.  See, Wax comes home to find his estate almost destitute and must marry money to save all those that depend on him.  So he enters into an engagement, meets her half sister, and his fiancee gets kidnapped.  Of course being the hero and all he saves her, but in the saving the sister falls in love with him, and like all wounded heroes he turns her down thinking she deserves better than him.

I know that’s part and parcel of battered heroes, but still.  It frustrates me when everything in me is screaming “I don’t care if there’s a second book to this, tell her you love her NOW DAMMIT!”.  Frustrating, but what can you do?  Sigh, shake your head, and wait for the end of the series where you know the destined love birds will finally be reunited.

Enjoy folks.

Hopefully, we’re looking at The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran for book number four in Ja No Read Mo.  Of course, unless I get distracted by something shiny….

2897258The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.

Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, The Heretic Queen is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption