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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Mar. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BXWHX36
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The Emperor's Soul is set in the same world as Elantris (so those reviewers saying they'd like to have seen more--go read that!) and there are parallels between the magic systems. Clearly the same magic underlies both, and the practitioners have developed different methods for tapping into them.
Structurally, it uses the "ticking clock" device. Shai has to complete her task within 100 days or else. This provides most of the conflict. There is also an internal element: she wants to escape, but the artisan in her wants to complete the job and won't be satisfied unless it is as good as she can do in the circumstances. This story gives us two interesting characters to care about and an intriguing magic system, plus a strong narrative, all in a relatively short piece.
Some of Sanderson's novels are very long, so if you are new to his work and want to sample his writing style, this may be the book for you. I suspect you'll want to try more, once you've dabbled!
In short, this short story is how a short story should be written. The world building should be just as grand and thought-through as a regular novel, giving a sense that the world doesn't just exist for this story to be told. And the story progresses in such a way it leaves you wishing it was a full-length book.
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