The Emperor's Soul

The Emperor's Soul

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by Brandon Sanderson
     
 

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2013 Hugo Winner

From the best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and the co-author of the final three books of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series comes the tale of a heretic thief who is the only hope for the survival of an empire.

Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with

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2013 Hugo Winner

From the best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and the co-author of the final three books of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series comes the tale of a heretic thief who is the only hope for the survival of an empire.

Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Although condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Despite the fact that her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her captors, Shai will attempt to create a new soul for the emperor, who is almost dead from the attack of assassins.

Delving deeply into his life, she discovers Emperor Ashravan’s truest nature—and the opportunity to exploit it. Her only possible ally is one who is truly loyal to the emperor, but councilor Gaotona must overcome his prejudices to understand that her forgery is as much artistry as it is deception.

Skillfully deducing the machinations of her captors, Shai needs a perfect plan to escape. The fate of the kingdom lies in one impossible task. Is it possible to create a forgery of a soul so convincing that it is better than the soul itself?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The forgery was a masterpiece, an almost perfect replica of a priceless work of art. The minor inconsistencies were all but impossible for even an expert to detect. However, Shai had been betrayed. Now awaiting execution, Shai would be reprieved if she could do the impossible. As a Forger, Shai is a skillful artist who can apply complex magical glyphs to rewrite the history of the item to change it completely. Although Forgers are despised, the Empire needs Shai to accomplish the unthinkable: to Forge a new soul for the Emperor. Verdict: Sanderson, the best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and The Way of Kings, has set this novella in the same world as Elantris, one of his earlier novels, but it is totally independent. Fantasy fans will love both the compelling story and the creative magical setting.”
Library Journal

“Sanderson proves to be an exceptionally talented writer in the pages of this book.... The Emperor’s Soul is one of those rare high fantasies that feels fresh and is filled with a sense of wonder.”
—Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Emperor’s Soul is a worthy addition to Sanderson’s bibliography: a new magic system with some interesting implications, a couple of fascinating characters, a focused plot, and a subtle link to the much larger picture he’s been painting for years.”
Tor.com

“With a fascinating study of clashing beliefs, another inventive magic system, and highly entertaining action sequence, The Emperor’s Soul is the book I would recommend to anyone who wants to find out for the first time what Sanderson is all about.”
Fantasy Book Review

“This story had such a wonderful balance with the world, characters, and magic building, that I truly hope the author will explore it more....”
Open Book Society, five-star review

The Emperor’s Soul is fast-paced, clever, and fun....”
Fantasy Book Critic

“This is a fantastic novella set in the Elantris world. Despite it’s short length this story was complex, intriguing, and just absolutely magical and engaging.”
Hidden in Pages

“An excellent fast read, highly recommended for readers looking for unique story worlds and magic systems. It won the 2013 Hugo Award for a Novella, and that really says it all.”
Flight of the Dragon

“It truly is a work of art.”
Pendemon

Library Journal
The forgery was a masterpiece, an almost perfect replica of a priceless work of art. The minor inconsistencies were all but impossible for even an expert to detect. However, Shai had been betrayed. Now awaiting execution, Shai would be reprieved if she could do the impossible. As a Forger, Shai is a skillful artist who can apply complex magical glyphs to rewrite the history of the item to change it completely. Although Forgers are despised, the Empire needs Shai to accomplish the unthinkable: to Forge a new soul for the Emperor.

Verdict Sanderson, the best-selling author of the “Mistborn Trilogy” and The Way of Kings, has set this novella in the same world as Elantris, one of his earlier novels, but it is totally independent. Fantasy fans will love both the compelling story and the creative magical setting.—William Baer, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib., Atlanta
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Fantasy & Science Fiction - Charles de Lint
Sanderson proves to be an exceptionally talented writer in the pages of this book. ... His characters are fascinating and fully realized. ... The Emperor's Soul is one of those rare high fantasies that feels fresh and is filled with a sense of wonder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616960926
Publisher:
Tachyon Publications
Publication date:
10/10/2012
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
98,230
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author


Brandon Sanderson is the New York Times best-selling author of Elantris and the Mistborn Trilogy. In 2007, he was chosen by Robert Jordan’s widow to complete Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time series. The final volume was published in three novels: The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight, and A Memory of Light. Sanderson received his Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University (where he was a college roommate of Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings). He participates in the weekly podcast Writing Excuses.

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The Emperor's Soul 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
rbette More than 1 year ago
I love this story. No wasted words, gripping story and a lot of new information to ponder for the Elantris world. The main character is great!
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy Beware of spoilers! Wow, what a lovely well written novella, I loved it ! There was a contest on goodreads that I signed up for when I saw the cover. I know don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but the cover is beautiful and after reading the book it fits perfectly to the story. I didn’t win the contest, I did get lucky and am thankful that it was a book on the OBS list of books to review. This is the first book by this author I have read and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to do so. One of things with the Fantasy genre for me is, that in other reads in the past there are the over abundance of odd names for people etc. In this story I was able to follow the characters without any trouble, the author made things so clear. With Sanderson’s style of writing when introducing someone into the story you felt like you knew them. The way he describes things makes you see and feel it. Clearly a super skill and one which will have me checking out his other books. My favorite character of course was the always observing Shai, her way of looking at things was interesting and very Zen like, in fact the whole book really took on some of the Zen and no Zen differences throughout the whole story. “No person was one single emotion: no person had only one desire. They had many and usually those desires conflicted with one another like two rosebushes fighting for the same patch of ground.” This concept could be found in one of my philosophical /Buddhist books. All of the prose was strong and made things very visual. The way the author explains the magic is amazing, how Shai was able to change the window back to it’s former glory, how everything has an identity is a great concept. Then there were the ruling people who didn’t look at the full picture and wanted to abuse their power for selfish gains or the soldier who was one dimensional in his passion to protect the Empire and his hatred of Shai. That was great, he never changed in the story. One of my favorite parts, there were many, was when Gaotona fully understood why Shai had to burn the painting. He understood her pain and how she still had to do it. This story had such a wonderful balance with the world , characters and magic building, that I truly hope the author will explore it more with Shai and the world she lives. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for future books. I highly recommend this book for young adults and to anyone who enjoys the Fantasy genre and magic. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the perfect one evening read. If you like Sanderson's other works, you'll enjoy this one too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually don't rate books finding the giving of stars to determine the value of a book or as the source of recommendation for someone to read a book a very tenous business. I'd rather use plain words spoken from one reader directed to another reader validating the expenditure of time on a particular book. However, in this case, the "starring" of this book seems to be the quickest and most persuasive way to get my opinion across and to connect to fellow readers who enjoyed this book and desire its discovery by others. Read this book my reading-friends, my fellow adventurers, those who believe in deeper fates and larger destinies and minds that can see into the realm of unimaginable possibilites and hearts that encompass the sustainablity of dreams. Five stars does not seem quite enough! Nute
Arrat More than 1 year ago
AWESOME book! This is a wonderful story, as always Mr. Sanderson weaves an incredible tale. Always new and orginal I have enjoyed reading many of his books and this was no exception!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a person who has drawn and painted a number of portraits I know first hand what goes into the work is more than just recording what is seen. Sanderson has captured the essence of a master artist and then taken it to a whole new place. While it is shorter than I like.. could a story that amazes you at every page turn ever be long enough? It is proof that the beauty of a creation should never be based on size or length.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short story. Typical brilliant exposition by this author. Innovative and exotic magic system. Fabulous characterization for such a short novella. Easy to read. Eventual outcome was somewhat expected but the method of getting there was not at all easy to anticipate. So, the tension remained high until the very end.
USBTrash More than 1 year ago
Good short story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sanderson continues his fascinating habbit of coming up with unique and mind blowing magic systems. Being more of a novelette, The Emperor's Soul is a fast yet exceedingly satisfying read...one of Sanderson's best...which incidentally he says so too on his blog!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great little book for an evening's read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you need a little snack. A light morsel to tide you over between two bigger books. Dive right in. This is classic Sanderson. A new magic systems that draws you in. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I HIGHLY recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished it in a night and can not wait for more like it. Try the sample you will be hooked before it's over.
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bookaddictsguide More than 1 year ago
THE EMPEROR’S SOUL took me a while to get into and I’m not sure why. The usual Sanderson genius was there but I think I was just incredibly restless when I started listening to this audio and I just wanted to zip through it. (Always a downfall of mine.) I really did like the different setting and Eastern influence — there’s an afterword in the book too which explains how Sanderson came up with the ideas for this novella’s magic system and it’s really quite fascinating how he pulled that little bit from actual history. I really enjoyed the characters and how Shai’s story developed. I liked her a lot. I think I was thrown off because I was listening to the audio and although yes, Vin is a main character in the Mistborn books, I’ve only ever listened to male narrators for Sanderson books before (thanks, Michael Kramer!) so it was kind of weird listening to a female narrator. Things really got going in the end and the action picked up a lot! I love how the story ended and it was definitely riveting. I know that this takes place in the same world as Elantris but Nikki also said it’s not really quite the same concept so I’m doubly excited for Elantris and seeing where that book will take me!
Momgreat More than 1 year ago
I listened to this book via Audible. My only regret is that it had to end!! An excellent development of the characters in such a short time shows what a master writer Brandon Sanderson is. Thank you for writing this gem!! I hope we get to visit Shai again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avery god read with so many good spoilers that I can't say any more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book !!!
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Wonder-full
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