Some eleven years after publication, Brandon Sanderson’s THE EMPEROR’S SOUL continues to appear on annual best-of lists

Originally published in October 2012, Brandon Sanderson’s Hugo Award winner THE EMPEROR’S SOUL achieved the annual recognition from Alex Golub and Daniel Stalter. Over at Screen Rant, Charles Papdopoulos includes the novella among 7 Books From Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere That Deserve Movies After Mistborn.

Cover of The Emperor's Soul
Cover art by Alexander Nanitchkov
Design by Elizabeth Story

I also read THE EMPEROR’S SOUL by Brandon Sanderson, who I vaguely knew was famous. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. 

Alex Golub

My sister recommended this one to me. I’ve been meaning to read Sanderson for ages and I’m glad I finally did. This is a masterclass in worldbuilding, giving me just enough to keep me engrossed but never over-explaining the mysteries. I also love having a scheming narrator to root for. If you’re looking for a quick read with some cool magic and strong characters, there are very few books that can meet all of those criteria. This book is one of them.

Daniel Stalter

Brandon Sanderson’s first novel was Elantris, and while it doesn’t hold up as his best writing style-wise, it’s still a riveting story. The novel takes place on the planet Sel and features the author’s signature worldbuilding, character development, and intriguing magic system. He explored the planet further in the novella THE EMPEROR’S SOUL, and Sanderson plans to continue the story of Elantris years later with an upcoming sequel. One of the biggest challenges the Mistborn movie faces is having to condense material due to time constraints, meaning both might be better suited for a TV series.

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