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 was billed as Elantris 2, but if you don't pay attention you could easily miss the few offhand references to things from Elantris. The story is set long after Elantris and is enjoyable. Like all of Brandon Sanderson's work, it's got interesting characters, good world building (although maybe although bit sparse here), and a fascinating magic system.
My downgrade to 4 stars is just because it's NOT Elantris 2 (simply a story set in what is barely recognizable as the same world), and because, while I liked the story, I don't really care if there are any follow-ons to it.
The narration was excellent.
It was shorter and less in-depth than his other works. Narrator was monotonous at times but I might feel that way only because I just finished a graphic audio version of Elantris #1 that had amazing audio detail. With that said, I don't know why this was grouped with Elantris as it has absolutely nothing to do with that book. Overall, the story was good and I wouldn't mind reading more about this main character's adventures.
I love the concept of forging a soul for the basis of a story. There was good character development for the main characters.
Short yet complex story with unexpected character development. The resolution had a few unexpected twists and turns but was satisfying and reasonably complete
The story and narration were so well done, despite being somewhat short, it left me so satisfied that any extension to the story would be redundant and drag on instead. Having said that, I would love to hear more of Shai's other adventures and any references to any masterpieces she may have left behind.
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