Monday, March 25, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

BOOK REVIEW: The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson

As you may have noticed, I LOVE the way Brandon Sanderson writes. He is master at developing believable characters, fabulous plots and story lines that are difficult to predict. I was able to guess a part of the ending, but the way it came about was a surprise.

Shai is a convicted thief who is offered a way out of prison by remaking the soul of the almost-murdered emperor. She is a Forger, one who can remake any physical thing she wants...and they want her to remake his soul. Her ability is seen as an abomination to her taskmasters and she is sent to a tiny room and given 100 days to complete the impossible. “Time is running out for Shai. Forging, while deducing the motivations of her captors, she needs a perfect plan for escape...(taken from back cover).

This 170-paged novella, inspired by Sanderson’s trip to Taiwan, was gripping from beginning to end. It could have been expanded--I wish it were--but I enjoyed the delicious little morsel as is. Rated PG for adult themes (almost-murder, etc). 4.7 stars from me, Sanderson. Yet again, your work rises above the rest!

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