Absolutely incredible voice actor. Probably the best I've heard so far. She was soothing, the voices were different, and perfectly fit the characters. Will be looking out for more by her.
i loved the unique world and magic architecture. a lovely short telling. recommend to others.
This is a well done little story that hangs together well. It is spare, but succeeds at adequately framing the forging technology and building characters that I cared about. It had a nice, satisfying ending, and although I'd like to read more about these characters, I feel like The Emperor's Soul stands nicely on its own.
I have read several of Sanderson's books and although I have not loved all of them, I thoroughly enjoyed the Emperor's Soul. It is about a 28-year old woman who is caught in an act of theft. However, rather than sentence her to death, the Arbitrators - the group of men and women who advise the emperor - enlist her to forge the soul of the emperor, who had been left mentally comatose after a failed assassination attempt.
Pros: The storyline, although not action packed, is well-paced. Sanderson expertly develops the personality of the two key characters, although the peripheral characters and the "villains" are less well-developed. The protagonist's craft is intriguing and provides a sense of wonder and thought.
Cons: The story sometimes feels as if it is part of a greater setting - Sanderson feeds you isolated details about this society or this culture without any foundation about what he is talking about. It is as though you're visiting a country you know nothing about and your host just spurts out trivia as you navigate the country.
Neutral: The book is short - or maybe I just typically listen to longer books. In any event, I was surprised when the epilogue started and a bit dismayed that I wouldn't hear more about what was next. It was a very bite-sized book that cut out length and, as a matter of necessity, details about the surrounding world and the "next" part of the epic journey. However, maybe that is for the best given that in Sanderson's Mystborn Trilogy, the first book was amazing and then they became progressively worse.
I would highly recommend this as an easy-going book that will keep you interested and coming back for more. There are no sex scenes, for the parents out there.
Nearly five in the morning and I have not slept, because I could not bear to close my eyes before hearing this story in its entirety. I cannot adequately express the level of utter admiration and awe Sanderson evokes in me with his work. It is astounding that such depths of creativity can be generated from a single individual, seemingly without end.
I'm a huge Sanderson fan, but this was not one of my favorite books by him. I know where he was trying to go, but I would have liked to see the main character's story developed more. I would have also liked to see the magic systems explained better. There really wasn't any background on how they came about, how the main character came by them or how what the blood magic could do. The book Wed by no means bad, but it was not my favorite Sanderson work.
This is my first reading by this author. I intend to read/listen to more from him. He paints real characters with depth and intriguing storylines. Can't wait to read more fantasy fiction by him.
If you need to whet your appetite for a little more of Sanderson's unique style, this will do. However, it is a short story that could have been more. So adjust your expectations accordingly.