Impressions #10 (Just Sanderson)

emperors-soulWhen 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 hundred-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 one hundred 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 counselor, 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…

I wasn’t a big fan of Elantris and that’s why I wasn’t sure if I would like this one as it was advertised as playing in the same world. Fortunately I couldn’t find any connections. Maybe because I never finished Elantris or just forgot, I don’t know 😀

I liked The Emperor’s Soul a lot more as it deals with an interesting kind of magic . Shai, the main character is held prisoner and forced to forge the Emperor’s Soul. Although this art is considered a crime, the current situation calls for it and Shai has no other chance than to obey. Although it is just a short novella, the character’s interactions are entertaining & interesting and the relationship between Shai and the counsellor Gaotona has room to develop. It is certainly not my favourite Sanderson story – the process of forging is really complicated and I didn’t quite grasp it and it’s a bit boring sometimes. But still a good idea and a nice reading snack 😉

 

legion1Stephen 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 specialized 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.

Just awesome – deserves to be a much bigger book and I was happy to see there’s a sequel. It’s an amazing idea and a great fantasy/mystery/thriller story that has so much potential!
The main character, Stephen Leeds or ‘Legion’ somehow hallucinates people that are all experts in certain areas. He knows they are just hallucinations but still treats them as normal people and even gets seats on a plane for them. He is talking to them and they are described as vivid personalities. It’s a lot of fun to read and I hope we will learn a lot more about Legion and his ‘friends” solving riddles and just being cool.

 

steelheartHow far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?
   If someone destroyed your city?
   If everything you ever loved was taken from you?
   David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart. But to exact revenge in Steelheart’s world, David will need the Reckoners—a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice.
   And it turns out that the Reckoners might just need David too.

Surprisingly I wasn’t as excited about this one as I thought. Maybe it’s the fact that I am a bit over superheroes, I don’t know. It was an alright read but I wasn’t as blown away as I normally am. The story contains a little bit too much action and gun-talk if you ask me and I wasn’t as excited about the characters’ fates. I hated Megan – she was such a stereotypical tough girl character and there was no need to repeat several times how hot she is and how awesome and how David has to remind himself to stop drooling over her. I didn’t care about the revelation regarding her in the end just because she is a character I didn’t care about.

Everything else in the end got solved pretty well, I was happy with the last scene and I also liked a lot of the inventions and there were some good tension-filled scenes. Maybe it would work better as a movie for me.

2 comments

  1. Sanderson is one of those much-celebrated authors I still need to read, but I did sample his writing with “The Emperor’s Soul” and was fascinated: if this is an example of what I can expect with his longer works, I can look forward to some fascinating reading… 🙂

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  2. I really liked Emperor’s Soul because of how self contained it is. For just being a novella it does more than a lot of thick novels. I’m glad to hear you liked Legion since I haven’t read it yet. Now I really need to. Steelheart is YA, so for me it was good but sort of meh compared to Sanderson’s other adult books.

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