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.
Ok the book was short but I knew that going in. It didn't openly connect to the Elantris story. Other than that the book was great, Sanderson built a fantastic world, got me to care for characters and created real suspense all in a very short period of time. Great author, great book, great audiobook.
This story more than met my expectations. As a novella, it packed in more adventure than some of the novels I've downloaded. I'm going gift this to my friend. I usually listen to audio stories while cleaning, filing, etc. This story has me sitting down waiting for the next pin to drop.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
The emperor's soul is about a woman who has been imprisoned for forgery. Through forgery there is magic, and she will use this talent to change the things, people, and world around herself. Brandon Sanderson has become an automatic buy for me with never a regret. This story made to be a pleasant stand alone novella listen. Also, the length seemed just right for this story. Although this is supposed to have some connection to the world of Elantis it was hard for me to even really tell; so I felt this story easily stands on its own. I felt similarly about Elantis as I do with this book and continue hope for Sanderson to dredge up more of this world. Anyhow, the ending was satisfying and perfect for what it was meant to be, a short story.
Yes! I really enjoyed the discovery process as Sanderson slowly drew a picture of Shai's world and I think I would really enjoy listening again with full knowledge. In the second listening I would listen for the hints, the arrows pointing the way to the eventual outcome. I would also, just as Shai had to do in forging a soul, listen for all the implied things that had to be known about Shai and her world that are not specifically in the book but were necessary to know to write it.
The moment that Shai used the soul stamp on the Emperor.
For me her voice became Shai.
All the moments where Shai struggled with herself between escaping to safety and seeing if she could complete this momentous, first of it's kind of task.
I loved the depiction of the human truth that when you get to know the intimate and vulnerable parts of another's soul you, in a way, fall in love with them.