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 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.
I enjoyed the creativity of this story and the way Sanderson developed the world and characters throughout it. I love his work.
The creativity in the story, characters, and writing style.
Ok the book was short but I knew that going in. It didn't openly connect to the Elantris story. Other than that the book was great, Sanderson built a fantastic world, got me to care for characters and created real suspense all in a very short period of time. Great author, great book, great audiobook.
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.
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