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Do I need to read Elantris before I read The Emperor's Soul?

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Squeak No you do not need to read Elantris first. The Emperor's Soul can be read as a stand alone. You actually wouldn't even realize they were connected at all but for the mention of one or two names.
Abhishek Mishra Nope. You don't have to read Elantris to be able to understand TES. While the books are on the same planet (Sel), there are no common plot points or characters. All we have are a handful of references to Elantris. You will understand the events of TES without identifying those references.
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