Either it’s been too long since I read Elantris, or Brandon is much better at writing door-stoppers than he is at short stories.
In any case, this didn’t click for me whatsoever. The plot, dialogue, pacing, and general writing were pretty poor to be honest, and this is coming from a self-acknowledged Sanderson fan-boy. I can’t even blame that it was written so long ago, because so was Elantris, and I loved that (my review here).
If you’ve just finished the actual novel, perhaps give this a try and let me know what you think?