Brandon Sanderson has written that this is his favorite piece to date, and it absolutely shows.
In classic fashion, he creates an intriguing, unique, and diverse magic structure loaded with possibilities. But he also makes wonderfully believable characters that are diverse and varied. And to cap it off, the story is really interesting as well!
In short, the three pillars: world, character, and story, are all strong and accounted for. I cannot recommend this story enough. It's short, but I've already listened to it 3 times, loving it more and more. Please listen!
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I'm a huge Sanderson fan, and so I was excited to see a highly praised shorter story from him. This had all his trademarks: an interesting magical system being prime among them.
I'm giving this a mediocre rating, though, because Sanderson didn't surprise me here. I think this story showcases a magic system that didn't make the cut for his full-length novels. It seems like he explored this one to see if it had legs, and then cut it off with a very short plot arc.
It was fun, but not up to his usual standards.
It was also incredibly predictable. I was hoping Sanderson would do something surprising with this format. He didn't.
I'm in awe of how much work Sanderson can put out there. He's a writing machine.
But I wish he'd write less, and come up with some new tricks.
Mistborn and the Stormlight Archives have the magical systems covered. Steelheart and The Rithmatist were getting greedy. Spewing out this novella is just unforgivably redundant.
I'll keep buying his stuff because I like it. But I'm losing respect for Sanderson. He's stopped challenging himself to be creative. Now he's just making money off of a formula. As long as he keeps adding just enough of a twist to each story, I'm fine with it... but the honeymoon is over.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
To start it with, it is a really good novella. Loved the new way of thinking in it and how to change history for anything..... i don't want to spoil it or anything but lets just say that certain people could learn how to change the history of creating a certain object to change its present state. its very interesting.
Narration was good, and the story was great although it was short , it still felt a satisfactory.
Have a listen to it and enjoy it, Brandon Sanderson is my top author and his imagination is unlimited.
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
THE EMPEROR’S SOUL took me a while to get into and I’m not sure why. The usual Sanderson genius was there but I think I was just incredibly restless when I started listening to this audio and I just wanted to zip through it. (Always a downfall of mine.) I really did like the different setting and Eastern influence — there’s an afterword in the book too which explains how Sanderson came up with the ideas for this novella’s magic system and it’s really quite fascinating how he pulled that little bit from actual history.
I really enjoyed the characters and how Shai’s story developed. I liked her a lot. I think I was thrown off because I was listening to the audio and although yes, Vin is a main character in the Mistborn books, I’ve only ever listened to male narrators for Sanderson books before (thanks, Michael Kramer!) so it was kind of weird listening to a female narrator.
Things really got going in the end and the action picked up a lot! I love how the story ended and it was definitely riveting. I know that this takes place in the same world as Elantris but Nikki also said it’s not really quite the same concept so I’m doubly excited for Elantris and seeing where that book will take me!
Though I feared I would regret it, some little voice told me to go for it. It caught me at once, instantly impressed and intrigued, and remained so to the end. And I was upset that it was ending that there wouldn't be more of this brilliant book. This book pushed me over the edge to become a true fan of Sanderson. Thank you for taking me somewhere I never thought I'd go. Please continue the story.
The Rithmatist is my favorite Sanderson book so far. This is also an excellent book, original idea. I'm going to try "Steelheart" next, one of his longer ones, hope I like it too! I'm not necessarily a Sci-Fi fan but his books i've listened to so far are fascinating!
This was an incredibly engaging listen and my only gripe is that it wasn't long enough! Sanderson is a master, and Angela Lin's narration is perfect.
This was a well written, fun book like all of Brandon's books. Nice build up of the world without leaving you bored. I do think this is worth reading and I would give it a higher rating (4) if it is compared to other novellas instead of a stand alone Sanderson book. However, compared to Mistborn this is a 3 out of 5.
You should definitely read this, while you wait around for the next great book. I will do it again sometime. Just be prepared, it is short and you will be left wanting another book. It is complete though, just very short.
I like the idea of having another book from the same world as Elantris HOWEVER since there is no link to the other countries or magic of the world it just turns into an irritant. I would have much preferred having it just on a different world with no idea that they are the same. I'm left thinking it is just seemed like a cheap trick to sell books. Now I have to wait for some supposed day when another book will make the links for me? No thanks, I'm too old to fall for that.