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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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.
Brandon Sanderson is able to bring the reader into his world whether its through more in-depth books such as with the Mistborn trilogy or through his shorter works such as The Emperor's Soul. This was one of my favorites.
Angela Lin was excellent in the narration. Her pacing was spot on. I wasn't inclined to listen at a faster speed as happens with some narrators (the story also helps there too). Her different voices were clear. They weren't too high pitched or annoying.
One of my favorite scenes is when Gaotona begins to understand Shai and her depth of character, especially their last meeting toward the end of the book.
Sure. It was short enough that I do not feel I need to "commit" to it. It was entertaining and had a familiar Sanderson/Jordan feel to it.
I enjoy Sanderson's stories as a form of entertainment. This felt like a "cousin" to his other novels and took little time to get into the story.
Pointless question for a novella. This story was the favorite scene.
I listen to audiobooks to be entertained and help pass time on a regular commute. I enjoyed the book, was entertained, and felt satisfied with the story. It really felt like a cousin to Sanderson's other works.
As I have been accustomed to expect, Brandon Sanderson spins another story that never fails to entertain. My only sigh was that after the end I came to realize that this likely would not be a multibook set.
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