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The Emperor's Soul (edition 2012)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Title:The Emperor's Soul
Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Tachyon Publications (2012), Paperback, 176 pages
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Fantastic. I want to know more! ( )
  cynrtst | May 13, 2016 |
Yet again, Sanderson provides an excellent work of fantasy fiction. Sanderson's typical work is around the 1000-page mark, so I was interested to see how he performed in a novella that is under 150 pages. The story does seem to move at a sprint, and he doesn't have time to completely develop the main characters, but it still turned out to be a very enjoyable read. Also, Sanderson's ability to create fascinatingly intricate magic systems is on display in The Emperor's Soul, which I believe to be one of his biggest strengths as a fantasy writer.

If you're looking for a novella that you could knock out in a couple of hours, you should definitely consider The Emperor's Soul. ( )
  codyacunningham | May 9, 2016 |
I can certainly see why it deserved a Hugo! It just works, and it works beautifully. ( )
  BookFrivolity | Apr 23, 2016 |
Short and Interesting ( )
  mgriel | Jan 18, 2016 |
Shai, a forger and a thief, is caught in the act of switching an important artifact for a copy. Rather than being executed outright, she is given the task of creating a copy of the emperor's soul, him having been left incapacitated by an assassination attempt. She has a hundred days to create this miracle, the time of mourning allowed for the emperor to retreat to mourn the death of his wife. And it's immediately clear that at the end of the task death waits for her.

This is a short tale, very much focused. Nearly all of it takes place in one room where she works on her task under close supervision. Interesting concept of magic and what it takes to make a good forgery.

Though set in the same world as Elantris, there is really no connection between the two books. ( )
  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
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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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