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The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson

The Emperor's Soul (edition 2012)

by Brandon Sanderson

Series: Elantris

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Title:The Emperor's Soul
Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Tachyon Publications (2012), Paperback, 176 pages
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It wasn’t what I’ve come to expect from Brandon Sanderson – namely, it was short. It’s a 175 page novella that takes under two hours to read. And it’s wonderful.

The premises of the story is that the emperor suffered a blow to the head and heavy brain damage. He’s alive and perfectly healthy, except basically in a coma.

Enter Shai. She’s an amazingly gifted thief and Forger who’s been caught and condemned to die. But instead, she’s offered an opportunity. She can save herself by crafting a new soul for the emperor.

This is what’s so great about the story. To craft his soul, Shai must well and truly understand him, probably even better than he understood himself. She must also deal with those who question the value of her art – is she truly creating? Or is she merely copying?

All in all, it’s an amazing story, especially for one so short. In just 175 pages, Sanderson is able to create a world complete with an original magic system (of course!) and a cast (albeit limited) of vivid characters. Shai’s got to be one of my favorite Sanderson characters. There’s an emotional depth to her that I don’t always feel with the others.

If you’re going to pick up one book by Brandon Sanderson, this should be it. ( )
1 vote pwaites | Jul 11, 2014 |
This is a stand alone novella which I thought would be a great start for me to try out Brandon's writing since the last one I tried but didn't get too far into was over one thousand pages. A Forger is caught in the Emperor's palace with a forged painting and instead of being put to death she is given the task of forging a new soul for the Emperor, who is unresponsive after a assassination attempt. The magic system is very interesting and if there is ever more stories in this universe I would certainly look for them to read. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
This is a perfect novella. The characters are all complete, the story is well-paced, and the end is satisfying but really makes you think. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Jul 5, 2014 |
Really enjoyed this tale of an entrapped forger trying to obtain freedom. The way forgery works in the world is very well explained. ( )
  kaipakartik | Jun 27, 2014 |
Great book. Only complaint? Too short. Sanderson's epics are great. I feel it's a format he should stick to. ( )
  Tom_Wright | Jun 26, 2014 |
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Gaotona ran his fingers across the thick canvas, inspecting one of the greatest works of art he had ever seen. Unfortunately, it was a lie.
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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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