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Legion and The Emperor's Soul [Kindle Edition]

Brandon Sanderson
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Book Description

The internationally bestselling author of the Mistborn and Stormlight Archive series presents two very different novellas that nevertheless showcase his remarkable gift for gripping narrative, world-building and empathetic characters. Available for the first time in one volume, a publishing event for all his many fans.



LEGION



Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion', is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialised skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. The action ranges from the familiar environs of America to the ancient, divided city of Jerusalem. Along the way, Sanderson touches on a formidable assortment of complex questions: the nature of time, the mysteries of the human mind, the potential uses of technology, and the volatile connection between politics and faith. Resonant, intelligent, and thoroughly absorbing, LEGION is a provocative entertainment from a writer of great originality and seemingly limitless gifts.



THE EMPEROR'S SOUL



When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. If the emperor does not emerge after his 100-day mourning period, the rule of the Heritage Faction will be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.



Shai is given an impossible task: to create - to Forge - a new soul for the emperor in less than 100 days. But her soul-Forgery is considered an abomination by her captors. She is confined to a tiny, dirty chamber, guarded by a man who hates her, spied upon by politicians, and trapped behind a door sealed in her own blood. Shai's only possible ally is the emperor's most loyal councillor, Gaotona, who struggles to understand her true talent.



Time is running out for Shai. Forging, while deducing the motivations of her captors, she needs a perfect plan to escape...



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Book Description

Two standalone novellas from the bestselling fantasy author and heir to Robert Jordan.

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson was born in Nebraska in 1975. Since then he has written the Mistborn series, amongst others, become a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author and been hailed as the natural successor to Robert Jordan. He lives in Utah.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 614 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CYKHQGK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at brandonsanderson.com/library -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I'm a rather devoted Sanderson-fan -- despite not having read all of his impressive line-up! Hearing that 'The Emperor's Soul' had won the 2013 Hugo for best novella, I decided to give this small collection a shot. It must be said that I'm keen on short stuff. I read slowly, so having a story pan out over a hundred or so pages makes a pleasant change to the usual 500-700 pages most fantasy comes in!!!

Note: this volume is made-up of a short story and a novella -- it is not a full-length novel!

'Legion' is a break from the epic fantasy Sanderson is best known from. The 75-page story is a first-person-narrative following Steven Leeds, a rather remarkable character. "I am perfectly sane," he explains straight off. "My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad." The thing is, those hallucinations are a very important part of who he is. They essentially grant him a Sherlock Holmes-esque brilliance, as he employs them to enhance his own abilities. For instance, if he requires understanding of a foreign language, he can conveniently summon up a hallucinatory-linguist! It's a rather awesome character-trait, and Sanderson has a lot of fun with it.

The actual story, however, is not specifically about this aspect of Steven's personality. Instead we have a somewhat rushed thriller/detective story. Steven is charged with locating the whereabouts of a rather special camera... What follows was not, in my mind, altogether satisfactory!

There isn't much sense of cohesion, and things do move very fast. It's almost as though Sanderson was deliberately throttling his word-count, trying to fit as much action into as little space. The effect isn't great. Things feel rushed, and underdeveloped.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two different and exciting novellas 2 Sept. 2013
By Alaran
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This is a collection of two unrelated novellas previously published as ebooks and limited additions in the last couple of years. Both contain some very original and inventive ideas that could easily be expanded upon beyond the short novella format.

Legion, as you might guess from the title, concerns a man, Leeds, who ahs the ability to create multiple imaginary friends (or manifestations of his own personality that only he can see and interact with) that seem to hep him solve various situations. This is not essentially what the story is about, however. Instead the subject is the theft of an experimental camera that, without giving too much away, seems to possess some form of time travel capability and Leeds reluctant employment to track down the thief and the item. There is the suggestion that Leeds has used the abilities and knowledge of his hallucinations to succeed in such endeavours in the past. The novel feels a bit like a pilot and there is certainly potential for a future series based around the idea. The character of Leeds definitely has plenty of possibility and there is ample room for future development. I for one would like to see more.

Anderson returns to the more familiar territory of a fantasy world for `The Emperor's Soul' rather than the modern setting of `Legion'. It is loosely set in the same world that as Sanderson's first novel, Elantris. For such a short work it has some very strong and believable characters. Shai is instantly likeable and sympathetic. There is also included yet another very well though out and developed magic system which definitely needs much more space than the confines of this novella. At the heart of the story there is a very original and intriguing concept in attempting to re-construct someone's soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant books 26 July 2014
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Legion: 5/5 - A very interesting concept through the multiple personality illusions borne by the lead character. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel as there is so much more potential for expansion.

The Emperor's Soul: 4.5/5 - Another interesting story set in the same world as Brandon Sanderson's other book Elantris, however unrelated to the event.

Brilliant price for two very good books in one. A definite must buy if amazon recommends this to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's Soul 3 Nov. 2013
By kczar
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I purchased this book from the UK because I wanted a print copy of Legion for a signing I was attending to see Brandon Sanderson. I had not previously read any of his works. As it turns out I enjoyed Legion but I was amazed with how great Emperor's Soul was. A nice story that reminded me a bit of 1001 Nights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A double bill of great novellas 7 Sept. 2013
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If you're looking for a quick look in to Brandon's work beyond finishing the Wheel of Time or just interested in trying out a new author this is a great double bill & shows his capabilities really well.

Neither of the stories are linked.

Legion is set in an almost real version of Earth with a main character who can create what are effectively imaginary friends to be experts in any area he reads about. A novel concept which is put across extremely well alongside a great plot.

The Emperors Soul is set (roughly, from the sound of it) in the 'world' of one of his on-going series but is currently not related to any of his other works directly. Again the abilities of the main character are (to me) a really novel concept, with the ability to seal a new history in to an object. Break the seal, the change reverts.

Great stories & brilliant imagination from an author I'll definitely be following from now on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars short review
this was a gift to another so cannot really comment. It was a good read apparently. So I`ve given it five stars based on what she said.
Published 2 months ago by Magnomaly
5.0 out of 5 stars Two excellent novella
Two very good novella. One set in the cosmere introducing a new type of magic. The other a detective story were the main character has a unique way of analysising clues.
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Love this author and his unusual twists, very worth a read
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. K. A. T. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories.
Both stories here are great. If you like Sanderson's other works, you'll like these ones too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Introduction To Sanderson
I read these two stories after I had already read a couple of Brandon Sanderson's books. They were both very enjoyable and a good introduction for those who might not yet be ready... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patricia Beattie
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 stories that will leave you dying for more.
Legion is a new twist on a detective novel and I bet my life will become a wonderful new series going forward that I would love to see on the small screen as a series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Always full of excellent characters and plot. Love everything he writes. He's probably up there with my favourite auther Roger Zelazny.
Published 16 months ago by newforester
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I absolutely love this author but I can't help but feel that this book is a 50/50. I absolutley loved Legion. Read more
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