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 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.
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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.
Sanderson masterfully paints a beautiful picture of this world in such a short space. Once again, he exudes originality in a magic system rich with suspicion, moral conundrum and artistry. The narration was spot on. Sanderson proves he is as talented with shorter forms as he is with epic faantasy novels.
Audiobooks are what keep me going in this life. I read approximately 115-140 books per year not counting my 2nd or 3rd reading of books.
I bought this book because Brandon Sanderson wrote it. Though I don't recommend using a credit to buy this book ... just buy it outright, it is cheaper. If you have never read any of Brandon Sanderson's books and are a bit leary of the size/length of his books, this is a good starter. A woman imprisoned for the crime of forgery is facing death at the hands of the empire. She is given a choice to aid the Empire by saving (recreating the soul) of the Emperor. This is a huge task which would normally take 2-3 years but she has only less than 100 days. As a forger she is despised and knows that her life is on the line. She must deal with political maneuverings of the Grands, convince them that she is the only one that can complete the task, figure out the motivations of all those that imprison her, and find a way out before it is too late. This is a fast paced read and I was surprised by the complexity of this world. Sanderson not only created a world I wished to visit with all the flaws of our own, but it had its own slang like in all his other novels.
I cannot think of any other books that that it is like.
When she gets to use her soul stamps in her escape.
No I didn't laugh or cry but I have read it twice more since this summer.
Brandon Sanderson's website indicates that there will be a second installment to this story line in the next year or so. I cannot wait. This story I do find more intriquing than Legion or Legion: Skin Deep. Brandon please send me that sequel soon.
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