Archive for September, 2015

The Emperor’s Soul

Posted: September 25, 2015 in Book Reviews

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The Emperor’s Soul By Brandon Sanderson

167 pages

This is probably one of the shortest books I have read. Set in a Asian culture with the feel of the ancient Chinese Empires. There are different factions similar to royals or noble houses with the heritage faction being the current rulers of the empire.

Shai our main character has been caught attempting to steal from the imperial palace and replace the imperial scepter with a fake also known as a forgery. However the Emperor is in dire trouble and has been injured in an assassination attempt and only Shai can save him by forging a copy of his soul.

Shai is a forger, she has the ability to re-write an objects past to change its very nature to mimic something else. Forging of souls is a dark magic that is looked upon with scorn, derision and suspicion. She has the ability to essentially create a copy of something or someone else to suit her purposes.

Love the concept behind this book. As usual Brandon Sanderson does not disappoint with his unique approach to story telling. This story really delves into the idea of what is a soul? What is it made up of and how do you determine what makes a soul.

Throughout her forging this new soul she must delve into every aspect of the Emperor’s life, What was he like, why did he like the things he likes such as the color green for example? What experiences shaped him to be the man he is and who has been the influences in his life. If she fails in this task to re-create the Emperor’s soul it means certain death for her and the Emperor. It must be a perfect copy.

These are all questions that ask what is it that makes us who we are?

Have you ever thought about that? What makes you who your are? If not perhaps you should

Or just pick up this book and give it a read

For a short book I give this 8/10 book worms

short review for a short book.

 

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The Crossroads Of Twilight

Posted: September 22, 2015 in Book Reviews

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So I am finally done the 10th book of the Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan

822 pages of fun

This book picks up with Matt rescuing who he now knows is the Daughter of the Nine Moons, the girl he is supposed to marry along with several Aes Sedai. He helps them escape hidden away in a travelling circus and hides out from the Seanchan

Perrin continues on his quest to rescue his wife and finds himself at Ebou Dar a town of the walking dead. Things are not going very well in his hunt for his wife.

All the while Rand who shows up very briefly in this book is still recovering from cleansing of the Taint on Saidin.

With Egwene’s siege of Tar Valon both her group of Aes Sedai as well as the red Ajah have decided that they need to bond Rand’s Ashaman as warders but have no idea how to approach this issue due to a severe lack of trust between the 2 groups. She opens negotiations with Elaida as a stall tactic while trying to figure our what she needs to do.

This is going to be a short review as I am trying to write this while working and dealing with a cold. yuck.

Anyway I found that this volume of Wheel of Time did not have much in the way of overall story or plot progression. Though a few important events happened I did not find much in the way of advancement over all. It seemed like much of the story revolved around people wondering what was going on with the beacon of the one power that was used to cleanse the taint on saidan

Nynaeve was non-existent in this volume effectively with Elayne and Rand making some brief appearances. I liked seeing what they were up to but I do not feel that they needed to be in this volume. Of course if they were not I would Likely be complaining that they were not there at all. That tends to be the way I work.

I did enjoy it over all however and look forward to reading the remaining books in the series.

I give this volume 7/10 book worms

 

ps sorry for the short review, I just don’t seem to have it in me to write a normal length review this time around.