Thursday, August 1, 2019

Review: THE EMPEROR'S SOUL by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 5/5 stars

There was rarely an obvious branching point in a person’s life. People changed slowly, over time. You didn’t take one step, then find yourself in a completely new location. You first took a little step off a path to avoid some rocks. For a while, you walked alongside the path, but then you wandered out a little way to step on softer soil. Then you stopped paying attention as you drifted farther and farther away. Finally, you found yourself in the wrong city, wondering why the signs on the roadway hadn’t led you better.

I loved this novella. I love the idea of using art as a form of magic, being able to create whatever you want and give different form and history to any object. Shai and her forgery is one of the best cosmere stories I’ve read.

I’m very curious to see a sequel to this story, and I hope we get one some day. I would love to see The Emperor’s Soul tie into Elantris, like how the magic systems overlap or something since they take place in the same world. Both stories share different but intriguing parts of the world of Sel, and I am really interested in seeing more of this world someday.

I’m not big on short stories or novellas but The Emperor’s Soul is worth the read. It’s long enough to have some merit to it but short enough to leave you wanting more.

I wanted to wait to read this after Elantris because the stories take place in the same world, and although the magic systems are in the same vein, the overlap is so minimal that it really doesn’t matter if you read this story before or after Elantris.

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