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The Emperor's Soul Audiobook

The Emperor's Soul

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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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.

©2012 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    debbie corona, CA, United States 11-02-12
    debbie corona, CA, United States 11-02-12
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    "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"

    At three hours and fifty five minutes The Emperor’s Soul is a fairly quick listen, especially since it is written by Brandon Sanderson, but has the depth usually only found in epic novels.
    It is set in the world of Elantris, Brandon’s first published novel, but The Emperor’s Soul is a completely different story with a new magic system called Forgery. Shai, a Forger, can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. Now she must create a new soul for the emperor or be put to death.
    Even though most of the action happens toward the end Sanderson’s wit and writing skills never lets the story lag and I thought the narrator, Angela Lin, gave a good performance. This story should please Sanderson fans or anyone else who enjoys this type of genre. I’m a huge Sanderson fan and thoroughly enjoyed this Audio book.

    30 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Lance 12-26-12
    Lance 12-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A fantastic standalone"

    I never trusted the 'novela....' Always seemed like a way to eek out money from fans of a writer, without supplying a fully realized story. Something always sounded like it had to be missing.

    Sanderson has changed my mind completely. I've been a huge fan of his work for years now, and chased through his various writings with abandon. I've seen his successes, and had to put down at least one of his less stellar works. I also tend to read series, excessively long series, such as Wheel of Time. I like character development, and completeness. I like the plot to move, and to see what came before, and after, and the motivations behind action. And all of that, can be found in this book. It was an amazing 3ish hours.

    Don't connect this with any of his other works. Just start up, knowing it's going to be short, and love the ride.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 03-10-14
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "Lovely and unexpected"

    I loved this book for several reasons. It looks into an artist's soul in a way that is illuminating. It looks into who we could have been if we were someone else. And it's a look at court life that is probably quite accurate if distasteful. It made me wish the world worked the way that the writer described.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-13-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-13-14 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "YOU KNOW YOUR HORSEFLESH"

    WALLS CAN'T THINK, BUT THAT DOESN'T KEEP THEM FROM CARING.
    Four hours was the perfect length for this novella and for Sanderson's genius. If you have not read Sanderson before (and I don't know what rock you have been living under) then this is a great place to start. Sanderson has practically rewritten the fantasy genre. He has set new, higher standards. Fantasy is no longer just Dragons and Sorcerers, it is stories with depth and characters.

    AS GOOD AS YOU ARE, SOMEONE ELSE COULD BE BETTER
    Sanderson has not yet replaced Robin Hobb as my favorite fantasy writer, but he is getting close. He can write the long stuff, (The Way of Kings) and he can write the short stuff, like this. What is most amazing, is his abilities to come up with different magic and make them as interesting as the last totally different magic he wrote about. The Way of Kings, Elantris, The Rithmatist, The Emperor's Soul and Mistborn are all different, but great. He is not stuck in one universe. I will have to mention that I was not a fan of Steelheart or Warbreaker, but they were not terrible either.

    BOREDOM MADE PEOPLE EASY TO MANIPULATE
    Did I mention that this guy is a genius?

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Mount Airy, NC, United States 09-05-13
    Kevin Mount Airy, NC, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Blows away my already high expectations!"

    Wow!
    Since finding Brandon Sanderson when he began his work finishing the Wheel of Time series, I have been grabbing as many of his books as I can. With one exception, I have found his books to steadily increase my expectations for the next one. I have always shied away from novellas in the past, because they seemed to be incomplete fragments of stories, that served as lead-ins to a book series. This one absolutely took me by surprise with its freshness, and its ability to completely engage my imagination. While this story truly stands very well on its own, for attentive listeners, there are tie ins to the Elantris book. I won't expound on them here, but will leave the fun of you listening for them untainted.

    I had not heard anything narrated by Angela Lin before this, but found her reading to be very well done, even comparable to Kate Reading. She helped make a great story even better.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 11-04-12
    Hassan 11-04-12 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "How does Brandon come with these things???!!!!!"

    To start it with, it is a really good novella. Loved the new way of thinking in it and how to change history for anything..... i don't want to spoil it or anything but lets just say that certain people could learn how to change the history of creating a certain object to change its present state. its very interesting.

    Narration was good, and the story was great although it was short , it still felt a satisfactory.

    Have a listen to it and enjoy it, Brandon Sanderson is my top author and his imagination is unlimited.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Yoshi Yoshitani 08-11-14
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    "Wonderful, Brandon Sanderson at his peak!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-05-14 Member Since 2015

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Overrated"

    I'm a huge Sanderson fan, and so I was excited to see a highly praised shorter story from him. This had all his trademarks: an interesting magical system being prime among them.

    I'm giving this a mediocre rating, though, because Sanderson didn't surprise me here. I think this story showcases a magic system that didn't make the cut for his full-length novels. It seems like he explored this one to see if it had legs, and then cut it off with a very short plot arc.

    It was fun, but not up to his usual standards.

    It was also incredibly predictable. I was hoping Sanderson would do something surprising with this format. He didn't.

    I'm in awe of how much work Sanderson can put out there. He's a writing machine.

    But I wish he'd write less, and come up with some new tricks.

    Mistborn and the Stormlight Archives have the magical systems covered. Steelheart and The Rithmatist were getting greedy. Spewing out this novella is just unforgivably redundant.

    I'll keep buying his stuff because I like it. But I'm losing respect for Sanderson. He's stopped challenging himself to be creative. Now he's just making money off of a formula. As long as he keeps adding just enough of a twist to each story, I'm fine with it... but the honeymoon is over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer ATOKA, OK, United States 11-05-13
    Amazon Customer ATOKA, OK, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Leaves You Wanting More"
    What about Angela Lin’s performance did you like?

    Very pleasant to listen to!


    Any additional comments?

    As is with many of Sanderson's works, this book leaves you wanting more. I loved this book. It was an out of the box concept and very well written. It takes a lot for me to be draw into a book but this one had my attention from the start and held it.The end did not disappoint. Loved it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 10-06-13
    Jonathan 10-06-13

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    "A great novella by Sanderson"
    What made the experience of listening to The Emperor's Soul the most enjoyable?

    The story had a lot of depth to it, despite being fairly short. Sanderson has really matured as an author (comparing to the first Mistborn book), and it's great to read almost anything by him.


    What other book might you compare The Emperor's Soul to and why?

    The book is pretty unique - but it did remind me a little of the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch - where they would create various personalities for use in their various schemes. In this story, this is done magically, but it had a slightly similar feel.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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