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.
This is the story of an artist striving for perfection in a short time. The novel, like the artist depicted within it, strives for perfection in a short time and achieves it. The story and narration are so seamless that one cannot imagine them as separate entities. If you are reading this, get this one. You won't be sorry.
I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.
I had low expectations for the short story. I had finished a couple of Young Adult novels in a row, and was expecting another thin story without complexity.
This story was layered, well constructed, fantastical, sincere, and thrown in a few action scenes for a bit of a twist.
I am tempted to want more of this character. But she is perfect just the way she is.
Would it ruin her image, if we got a larger slice of her?
Always leave them wanting more?
This was a wonderful story.
Sanderson is one of the best story tellers. This is another great one. I hope he continues with a sequel.
The narrator did great. I normally do not like female narrators but this one did exceptionally well.