THE EMPEROR’S SOUL ranks not just among Brandon Sanderson’s best works but the very best novellas of all time

In less than two weeks, THE EMPEROR’S SOUL: 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Brandon Sanderson will be available from all finer booksellers (Copies are currently available directly from Tachyon). John Mauro for Grimdark Magazine reviews the novella, Connie J. Jasperson ranks the book in her essay “When your novel is only a novella #amwriting” among the very best novellas ever, and Sanderson teases the book in his weekly update.

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

THE EMPEROR’S SOUL is also proof that you don’t need hundreds of pages to create a well-realized fantasy with compelling characters, a unique magic system, and thought-provoking questions on morality, art, politics, and the nature of human existence itself. Sanderson accomplishes all of this in a little over 100 pages, with a conclusion that leaves an enduring emotional impact on the reader. THE EMPEROR’S SOUL ranks among the best work by Brandon Sanderson over his incredibly prolific career.


Grimdark Magazine

Novellas hold a special place in my heart. A powerful, well-written novella can be a reading experience that shakes the literary world:

1. THE EMPEROR’S SOUL, by Brandon Sanderson

2. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote

4. Candide, by Voltaire

5. Three Blind Mice, by Agatha Christie

6. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson

7. The Time Machine, by H.G, Wells

8. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

9. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

10. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

11. The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James

When your novel is only a novella #amwriting