New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.
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This book ranks somewhere in the middle of the books I've listened to. The story is so-so. It is rescued by the amazing reading.
It ranks somewhere in the middle of Brandon Sanderson's works. Like Neil Gaiman, Sanderson excels in creating fully fleshed and believable fantasy worlds. Perhaps because of his association with Robert Jordan, Sanderson specializes in the nominally medieval societies still powered by horses. In this story, Magic (or science) is wielded by various skilled craftsmen and is expressed as a form of art. Reproductions are not by Xerox, but rather by skillful manipulation. Our heroine is a manipulator of "souls", and her job is to craft the most challenging object of her craft, while under the most restrictive and brutal environment she's ever worked under.
While the world, and its magics are captivating, most of the supporting characters (like the captain of the guards) are very one dimensional. The story is completely predictable, and poorly echoes the Shawshank redemption.
Fortunately, the narration is so good that the listener is lost in this world for just a little while. I left hoping for a more substantial story set in this world.
This is the first Angela Lin performance for me. Will look into her other books.
You have a hundred days in captivity to rebuild the emperor's soul. Succeed or fail, you die. Go.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
WALLS CAN'T THINK, BUT THAT DOESN'T KEEP THEM FROM CARING.
Four hours was the perfect length for this novella and for Sanderson's genius. If you have not read Sanderson before (and I don't know what rock you have been living under) then this is a great place to start. Sanderson has practically rewritten the fantasy genre. He has set new, higher standards. Fantasy is no longer just Dragons and Sorcerers, it is stories with depth and characters.
AS GOOD AS YOU ARE, SOMEONE ELSE COULD BE BETTER
Sanderson has not yet replaced Robin Hobb as my favorite fantasy writer, but he is getting close. He can write the long stuff, (The Way of Kings) and he can write the short stuff, like this. What is most amazing, is his abilities to come up with different magic and make them as interesting as the last totally different magic he wrote about. The Way of Kings, Elantris, The Rithmatist, The Emperor's Soul and Mistborn are all different, but great. He is not stuck in one universe. I will have to mention that I was not a fan of Steelheart or Warbreaker, but they were not terrible either.
BOREDOM MADE PEOPLE EASY TO MANIPULATE
Did I mention that this guy is a genius?
This was the last available Sanderson book I had yet to read. Given its short length I waited for a long time until it came up on sale. It was worth the sale price. Fun book. Not in the same class as some of his other work, but enjoyable.
The narrator Angela Lin does a great job bring the charters to life. The story is great and comes to life in the telling.
That everything has a point. There is no wasted words. All is needed to bring the story to life and make you like or hate the charters you need too. The imagery is very good.
Shai, in a short story you don't have the word to develop many characters. She is the best. She is always thinking and planning. You know from the beginning she can or will work out a way to win.
Who is real and who is a forgery? What a great way to bring out the story.
I have so many books I want to read I don't reread books. This book I have listened twice and am working on a third time. Because it is a short story and well written you can enjoy it without taking to much time. Enjoy the book I have.
Life is wonderful ! Lots of great books to listen yeah !
I like both. I have the printed copy,but nice to have someone with a good clear voice read it to me too. It is such a short story, so well written can finish in one sitting.
The hero is a female. Story is unique and plot is original.
Hope there is continuation to more adventures for this hero, or comic book would be fun too.
It was different that most I have listened to because it was so short. I would put it in the top 20% of the books I have read, although I would have liked to have learned more about a couple of the characters. I like that it takes place during the same time period as the Elantris book.
When Shai changes her characteristics toward the end of the book.
I have not. I enjoyed her performance on this one, though.
The last discussion between Shai and her guard.
A well crafted story is a portal to another world
The Emperors Soul is in the top 3 audio books. I'd compare it favorably to the Diamond Age
Shai is a wonderfully drawn character. She is complex, powerful, but also deeply human.
Near the end of the book. I don't want to give away the ending, but the moment when she decides not to escape is pretty wonderful
I also love when Gautima decides to burn the book.
What is mastery?
I loved the book, and would read more by that author,
Preferring to get the most out of my money for the credits I am allowed each month, I have never used one of them on a story this short before. However, being a big fan of Mr. Sanderson, and seeing many good reviews for this book, I decided to make an exception this one time.
I think after listening this book is worth the credit I used on it. It is a very short story, but typical with Sanderson's books, I found myself quickly absorbed in this story about a girl who is kidnapped and then ordered to use illegal magic to remake the soul of the Emperor. Angela Lin's narration was perfect for this story, bringing out the personality of the characters.
If there is any downside to this tale it would be that it leaves you wanting so much more. I hope Mr. Sanderson comes back to this story again in the future.
I used to say that I’m not a fantasy fan, but perhaps I am. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in Shai’s plight and marveled at the Sanderson-created world and its possibilities.
Maybe because this is a novela, I felt less time was spent on the minute, stage-setting details of the "world", which allowed us to get to the heart of the story sooner. I like that aspect of this being a novela; at the same time, I would have loved for this to be a series. I want more Shai!
I thought the narrator's voice was ideal for Shai and that she did very well with the other characters as well, making each one distinguishable.
A very enjoyable and engrossing listen - even if it is fantasy! ;)
The audio edition or the printed word...it makes no difference....this man should be read and read again in whatever form he can be found.
This book, this author they are simply incomparable. He has no peers. He is peerless. Everything he writes is so extraordinarily creative, so singular that there are just not enough adjectives. There are other writers in other genres that are brilliant and extraordinary and that I love reading...but Sanderson...well, he is Sanderson. That's it.
It is impossible to describe Brandon Sanderson's stories...they must be experienced. The Emperor's Soul, as with all of this man's work, takes prosaic, everyday objects and concepts and transforms them. His characters are real and possessed of depth and breadth that makes them live. This short gem is perfect. It could be no longer, nor could it be any shorter. It is common -- someone gets caught at something and imprisoned, there's a seed of nobility that the observer who must deal with the prisoner begins to recognize and an ending you want to see, but are not sure if you will. Then Sanderson transforms the elements into a story that is utterly unique. I say again, it is just perfect. Brandon Sanderson's audio books must have only the best narrators...I hope that Audible never ever gives his work anything but the best. I'm not a huge fan of short stories as a rule...prior to this it would have been only Guy de Maupassant and Shirley Jackson. But with Sanderson, all rules are broken...anything he writes...anything of his...for me is a must read. I wish him a long life full of the challenges and triumphs that feed his extraordinary mind and I hope that he keeps writing and publishing until his last day.OK...sorry about all the gushing - I guess I just lost it...but still it is all true!
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