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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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!
This book grabbed me from the very first words and didn't let me go until the end. Even then I felt liked I wanted more! The ending certainly left itself open for a sequel. I'd love to hear about the further adventures of our heroine.
Sanderson is a master story teller and I will definitely have to seek out more of his work.
Sanderson keeps coming up with unique worlds and environments and adaption of science and reality. I am continually amazed at how broad of a thinker he is. Once again the reality the book is framed by is the thought or idea of forgery. Sanderson weaves the story in a fantasy setting while at the same time writing about art, motivation for creativity, morality of forgery versus uniqueness, while at the same time discussing how people change over their life, beaten down by choices and failing to achieve dreams. This is an really good book, although with only 3 hours of play time. I am looking forward to a next book in the series if there ever is one, (much the same as all the different series he has started).
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!
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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.
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