New 'Mistborn' novel pushes limits of fantasy

By Rebecca Rode

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Nov. 19 2011 3:00 p.m. MST

"I'm still not quite done. These 'Wheel of Time' books are really big to write. I plan to have it finished by the end of the month if I can. It'll be by the end of the year for sure," he said.

So while completing the 14th "Wheel of Time" novel, Sanderson still has his eye on a long list of books waiting to be written. He wrote "The Alloy of Law" while taking a break between his second and third "Wheel of Time" books.

Only Sanderson would consider his latest release a "break."

"I have so many ideas. There are a dozen books that I've plotted out, I mean things that people haven't even seen yet that I want to do," he said. "I'm not at a lack for things to want to write, I'm at a lack for time to get them all done."

Just as his gun-slinging "The Alloy of Law" characters explode into the Mistborn world, Sanderson himself seems to have exploded into the world of epic fantasy. But rather than re-creating worlds that have already been explored, he seems passionate about exploring areas of fantasy that have never been seen before.

"I've read a lot of fantasy and I love fantasy," he said. "So when I find an area of fantasy that I don't think has been tapped or played out, I get really excited because I see a place where I can add to the genre, rather than just retreading the ground of the greats that came before me."

Sanderson fans had better hang on tight — looks like it might be a wild ride.

Rebecca Rode has written for Schooled Magazine and ksl.com.

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