The Emperor's Soul

The Emperor's Soul

by Brandon Sanderson

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WINNER, 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella!<br />Nominee, 2013 World Fantasy Award for Novella!<br /><br />From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Emperor's Soul showcases a fascinating magic system as the clock ticks down for a condemned criminal.<br /><br />When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. If the emperor does not emerge after his hundred-day mourning period, the rule of the Heritage Faction will be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.<br /><br />Shai is given an impossible task: to create—to Forge—a new soul for the emperor in less than one hundred days. But her soul-Forgery is considered an abomination by her captors. She is confined to a tiny, dirty chamber, guarded by a man who hates her, spied upon by politicians, and trapped behind a door sealed in her own blood. Shai's only possible ally is the emperor's most loyal councillor, Gaotona, who struggles to understand her true talent.<br /><br />Time is running out for Shai. Forging, while deducing the motivations of her captors, she needs a perfect plan to escape…<br /><br />--------------------<br /><br />A note from the publisher: Brandon will send a free copy of this ebook to anyone who purchased the Tachyon Publications trade paperback. See the title page in the ebook preview for details.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015920475
Publisher: Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC
Publication date: 11/05/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 62,492
File size: 785 KB

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson has published seven solo novels with Tor—Elantris, the Mistborn books, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings—as well as four books in the middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series from Scholastic. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book, A Memory of Light, in 2013. His newest Mistborn novel, The Alloy of Law, was released in November 2011. Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

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The Emperor's Soul 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 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&rsquo;t judge a book by it&rsquo;s cover, but the cover is beautiful and after reading the book it fits perfectly to the story. I didn&rsquo;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&rsquo;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. &ldquo;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.&rdquo; 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&rsquo;s former glory, how everything has an identity is a great concept. Then there were the ruling people who didn&rsquo;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&rsquo;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 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
Read it in a day sucked me right into the story and the magic system!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though a short book, it reads like the longer stories you have touched upon again and again over the years. A quaint masterpiece to own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with everything by Sanderson, a real page turner.
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&rsquo;S SOUL took me a while to get into and I&rsquo;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 &mdash; there&rsquo;s an afterword in the book too which explains how Sanderson came up with the ideas for this novella&rsquo;s magic system and it&rsquo;s really quite fascinating how he pulled that little bit from actual history. I really enjoyed the characters and how Shai&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;s not really quite the same concept so I&rsquo;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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