Recommended Reads: The Emperor’s Soul

The Emperor's SoulIt’s no secret that I’m a fan of Brandon Sanderson‘s work. While randomly looking up his latest projects, I discovered this book was due to release soon. I honestly forgot about it until I happened to go to Barnes & Noble.

(This happened while I was at my dorm in Savannah. The nearest B&N is in the mall. For those of us without a car, this means at least a two hour bus ride. It was two and a half hours that day. I feel it’s important that my readers know I endured that–plus the two hour ride back–all for the sake of a book that’s maybe half an inch thick.)

I’m not sure exactly what I expected when I opened the book, but I was impressed. It’s not often I find a book where magic and art are combined. I also haven’t read much fiction with ties to Asian culture, so this was a wonderful new experience.

This short book takes place over 100 days–that’s how much time the main character has to forge a new soul for the emperor. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the action and the emotions. I read it twice in one day because I couldn’t get enough.

As a writer, this is definitely one of those books that helps take the pressure off trying to write some massive novel. As an artist, this reminded me that my family had given me a Chinese calligraphy and painting set. I’d never used it, so I decided to give it a try. For your enjoyment, here are the first two paintings I’ve ever done with a Chinese painting kit: Hush Mountains, Mountain Path