The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Book Review by Sharon Powers.
|Photo by Eddie Schneider from|
Brandon Sanderson's blog.
Brandon Sanderson with the two Hugo's
he won earlier this month for his fantasy
novella, The Emperor's Soul, and for his
work on the podcast, Writing Excuses.
|Shai's dungeon cell was dark with the|
door set into the ceiling--she had to
exit it by climbing a ladder.
|Shai planned out her escape (not altogether different than|
this little cartoon), but I doubt she used a crayon.
I was so tempted to tell you more, but to do so would really spoil the read for you. The journey into Shai's world is magical. Sanderson has created another wonderfully strong woman character and set her in an absolutely innovative and magical setting. Sanderson excels at taking a mundane, ordinary thing and redefining it making it something extra-ordinary (like forgery, or colors).
The worlds Sanderson creates are nothing short of magical (pun intended). Once he has his concept firmly in mind, he structures the story to unfold in such a way as to not give everything away at once, but still keep the reader interested in what is happening. The conclusions are always satisfying, and in the case of The Emperor's Soul, I think that the successful ending could only have been successfully written in "The Way of Sanderson." (Pardon my small literary allusion to Sanderson's, The Way of Kings.)
|I love the novella so much, I too, had to think about|
what to do first! Twitter? Blog? Twitter? Blog? I'll tell
you what I would do...first go get the novella and read it!
My Rating for this book:
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
4.6 Stars--Amazon (458 Reviewers)
4.78 Stars--Barnes & Noble (58 Reviewers)
4.31 Stars--Goodreads (984 Reviewers)
Information about this book:
|Link to purchase the hardcover edition of The Emperor's Soul:|
Publisher: Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC
Award(s): Hugo Award: 2013, Best Novella
Until next time...
...many enjoyable pages of reading.