Sanderson keeps coming up with unique worlds and environments and adaption of science and reality. I am continually amazed at how broad of a thinker he is. Once again the reality the book is framed by is the thought or idea of forgery. Sanderson weaves the story in a fantasy setting while at the same time writing about art, motivation for creativity, morality of forgery versus uniqueness, while at the same time discussing how people change over their life, beaten down by choices and failing to achieve dreams. This is an really good book, although with only 3 hours of play time. I am looking forward to a next book in the series if there ever is one, (much the same as all the different series he has started).
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.
Fathers Face Remembered
Short Epic fiction
I don't think I have ever read another book quite like The Emperor's Soul. Though if you are looking for similar I would read anything by Sanderson. He does not disappoint.
I would have to say Shai. She is the main character. She inhabits the persona.
Basically the whole thing. The format of this book has a very complex thread of what makes a man great. This makes the whole story feel moving.
Don't let the size of this book fool you. This is Epic fantasy at its best.
Shai is a Forger. She can magically create forgeries so perfect that it is nearly impossible to notice the difference. And she can create works of art with only her own skill that are identical to those of even the greatest artists without relying on magic. So when the emperor is near death, Shai is conscripted to make him a new soul. A Forger must observe the world around her and know how to mold it to her will. Can she escape the prison she is trapped in? Can she recreate a soul and save the emperor's life? Or will she be executed for the blasphemies she is being paid to commit?
Brandon Sanderson is the great worldbuilder, and even here, in a short story, he creates a world with life and depth that will captivate his audience long after the story is finished.
Angela Lin has a beautiful voice, and her narration makes the story come alive.
If you like stories about defining beauty, soul-searching, or great escapes, this story is for you.
Brandon Sanderson is rapidly becomming one of my favorite authors. His books are magnificent; well now, even his novellas are wonderful. Both this book and Legion are worth listening too, they have great plot, great characters, and are packed with emotion.
Love to read for work - Religion, leadership, understanding the mind and human behavior, arts & design, history; for play - science fiction & fantasy, biographies, thrillers, historical fiction, but not mystery or romance please!
Yes - very well developed main character, loved the fantastical world she was set in.
The main character's development, the fantasy world.
As above -the main character.
No, just say - Wow!
The characters are fully developed, and the story is nicely wrapped up in this tale. Fans of Brandon Sanderson will find familiar themes, but all new settings. Very enjoyable.
not sure if anyone does. i just love sanderson, but this is not working for me. maybe if i read it, but this narration.. i'll pass, thanks.
choose a different narrator
she's just not doing it for me. i don't like her voice, i don't like the voices she chooses.. guys don't sound like guys. hard to imagine the world as its supposed to be with her reading.
The plot was too simplistic; it sounded like he dashed it off. It would have fared better as a short story.
I listen to all his books. He's a talented writer.
Her voice is soothing. For tension, perhaps she could have changed the pace at times.
No. The special effects would be interesting, but there should be more character development.