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The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson

The Emperor's Soul

by Brandon Sanderson

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Series: Sel (1.5), Cosmere (Novella, 8)

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Shai is a forger, an excellent one. She uses magic to capture the essence of a thing by reminding it of bits of its history, making it think some were different. She does it for money, of course, and for pride. She enjoys it when her forgeries are mistaken for the real thing. So when she is forced to do the unthinkable--forge a soul--she treats that no differently than any other job.

What if you could rebuild a person, from the soul out, fixing all the mistakes they made? What if you could make them the person they were meant to be? Would you do it? Would it be a forgery or would it be true art?

[2013 Hugo Award Nominee] ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
Wow. It's not only the soulstamp concept that drew me in, it's the mechanics of plausibly altering the past, and the basic assumption that everything has a soul, an understanding of self, and a dream. Love it. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
3.5 stars ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
Unexpected and delightful :) ( )
  fogisbeautiful | Feb 13, 2018 |
Will write a full review when I get to a real keyboard, but anyway. The Forgery magic was interesting- sort of wondered if it was a meta commentary on finishing WoT with its soul but a different artist, idk.

Also, read this in the wee hours of the morning at SLC- very fast read. ( )
  Daumari | Dec 30, 2017 |
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When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life and create--by Forgery--a new soul for the emperor in less than one hundred days.

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