Saturday, March 2, 2013
Book Review: The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Enjoyment Rating: ***
This book would be rated: PG
Shai has one day left to live. She's spent the last week in her prison cell, trying to find a way to escape using her skills as a forger. And then, just when she thinks she's going to be carted off to her death, she's given an interesting challenge-- forge a new soul for the Emperor, whose soul has been destroyed in an attack on his life, within 100 days.
The Emperor's Soul is set on the same planet as Elantris (which I haven't read), and unlike most of Sanderson's tomes, this one is short-- more of a novella than a novel. Sanderson really delves into developing three characters-- Shai, the Emperor, and Gaotona, the councilor who is overseeing Shai's project. While I really enjoyed the character development and the concept of this piece, which isn't a sequel to the Elantris books but more of a companion piece, I did feel like I was missing something by not having read the novels. And I always have to work against my inborn prejudice against men in robes and worlds that are like ours, but not ours.