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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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.
This was a well written, fun book like all of Brandon's books. Nice build up of the world without leaving you bored. I do think this is worth reading and I would give it a higher rating (4) if it is compared to other novellas instead of a stand alone Sanderson book. However, compared to Mistborn this is a 3 out of 5.
You should definitely read this, while you wait around for the next great book. I will do it again sometime. Just be prepared, it is short and you will be left wanting another book. It is complete though, just very short.
I like the idea of having another book from the same world as Elantris HOWEVER since there is no link to the other countries or magic of the world it just turns into an irritant. I would have much preferred having it just on a different world with no idea that they are the same. I'm left thinking it is just seemed like a cheap trick to sell books. Now I have to wait for some supposed day when another book will make the links for me? No thanks, I'm too old to fall for that.
Brandon Sanderson is one my all-time favorite fantasy authors, along with George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss. He has a very distinct style, and this short novella is a perfect sampling of what you can expect from his other books.
Sanderson's stories are overall rich in creativity, plot, character development, and entertainment value. They are stimulating but don't contain much adult content like profanity or gore the way Martin does.
Sanderson also always includes magic as part of his story, but it's never as simple as waving a wand. In each book or series, he concocts a new paradigm for how magic is used, and he leverages that paradigm for all sorts of intriguing plots and unexpected twists.
The narrator also does a passable job here. She kind of stands out since the main character is female, but most of the others are male. She nails the main character, but the male voices are so-so. Certainly wasn't a problem for me though.
Overall, if you're considering reading some of Sanderson's longer works, or you're already a fan, this is a great book written in quintessential Sanderson style. Highly recommended!
Would love to hear more about this part of the stormlight archive world. Great story just, very short. Please Mr. Sanderson, when you write these stories between books could you feed our crack addiction just a little bit more.
Sanderson at his best. Thoroughly enjoyed. Wish there was a follow on story. I think I enjoyed this the most of his novellas.
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