The Emperor's Soul

The Emperor s Soul Also available in Arcanum Unbounded The Cosmere Collection A heretic thief is the empire s only hope in this fascinating tale that inhabits the same world as the popular novel Elantris Shai is a Forg

Also available in Arcanum Unbounded The Cosmere Collection.A heretic thief is the empire s only hope in this fascinating tale that inhabits the same world as the popular novel, Elantris.Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor s scepter, sAlso available in Arcanum Unbounded The Cosmere Collection.A heretic thief is the empire s only hope in this fascinating tale that inhabits the same world as the popular novel, Elantris.Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself Though 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 Probing 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 Shai s forgery is as much artistry as it is deception Brimming with magic and political intrigue, this deftly woven fantasy delves into the essence of a living spirit.

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  1. Brandon s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight Archive, among others This collection features The Emperor s Soul, Mistborn Secret History, and a brand new Stormlight Archive novella, Edgedancer.Earlier this year he released Calamity, the finale of the 1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart.Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten volume series The Stormlight Archive 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 in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013 Four books in his middle grade Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians series have been released in new editions by Starscape, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series Two novellas, Legion and The Emperor s Soul, were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brought two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings The Emperor s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella He has appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the 1 spot.Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

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  1. I read this in Arcanum Unbounded The Cosmere Collection Incredible 105 pages, that s apparently the minimum amount of pages Sanderson needs to create a fantastic story with strong beginning, character development, great climax and satisfying conclusion The Emperor s Soul is one of the best NOVELLA of all time for me, it has the quality of a fully fledged novel, it even surpassed a lot of fantasy novels these days.I won t go into any details on what the plot is, it s only 100 pages, try to jump i [...]

  2. My only complaint about this book is that it should have been longer Shai is a forger, meaning that she can rewrite an object s history, thus making it into a new object Such magic is considered taboo within the Empire, that is until they find themselves enlisting Shai s help to try and forge the soul of their fallen Emperor, Ashravan I don t know why I loved this so much, I think I was just completely entranced by the magic system It depends wholly on the plausibility of any given thing to be a [...]

  3. The Emperor s Soul deserves all of the stars All of the praise There was rarely an obvious branching point in a person s life People changed slowly, over time You didn t take on step, then find yourself in a completely new location Then you stopped paying attention as you drifted farther and farther away You know what this book s only flaw is It s way too short.Oh, don t worry, the story is all perfectly wrapped up and beautiful There just needs to be of this because The Emperor s soul is a mas [...]

  4. Audible Daily Deal Sale until 28Jan18 1.99Buddy read with fellow Sandersonitis afflicted friends Athena Alexa, and newly wrangled in buddy reader Katie4.5 Soulful StarsJust a reminder that Brandon Sanderson is probably my favorite fantasy writer I ve read 9 full length books by him and 2 novellas, he consistently never disappoints so I might be a little biased, but deservedly so His worlds, his imagination, his magic systems, his surprise twists always amaze me The Emperors Soul was no different [...]

  5. I read this novella in the Arcanum Unbounded The Cosmere Collection along with my fellow brigdemen and bridgewomen Celeste, Petrik, Sarah and MaryNo matter how good you were, someone was better Live by that knowledge, and you would never grow so confident that you became sloppy.This is a re read of the Emperor s Soul and while it was just good the first time I read it, this time I found it to be an exceptional masterpiece I m truly speechless and I never experienced this feeling before But this [...]

  6. The Emperor s SoulBy Brandon SandersonA Review by Eric AllenDue to his work on The Wheel of Time, Brandon Sanderson has not had much time over the last few years for working on his own books As such, he has elected to write several novellas as sequels to his already published works to tide his fans over until he is freed up from his obligations to the Wheel of Time, and can put his focus entirely back into his own works The Emperor s Soul is one of these books Though not actually a sequel, it ta [...]

  7. Original review can be found on Booknest.I am an unapologetic Sandersonite I m completely in love with the Cosmere Brandon Sanderson has created, and so far I ve adored every story he s crafted that is part of that greater whole One of the things I love so much about his writing is the size of the books, and the knowledge that he s a prolific writer, so I never have to wait too terribly long for of the story And yet, somehow, this tiny novella is now one of my favorite things he s written, righ [...]

  8. 5 5 Her aunt Sol had once told Shai to smile at the worst insults and snap at the minor ones That way, no man would know your heart I know this quote is so over used however it is my favorite quote from this book and quite possibly one of my favorite book quotes ever.One of my favorite short stories by Brandon Sanderson It s literally only 105 pages long so it is very short I can remember reading it for the first time and loving every second of it, on the reread I noticed a few things I had miss [...]

  9. Each person was a puzzle.My first official read of 2018, read this first cause I know I ll love it and I wanted to start the year with something I ll love.This book is perfect, am still marveled by the fact that its even a novella, the way the plot unravels, and that ending, I did not see that coming, then again its Brandon Sanderson, I shouldn t be surprise, he is a genius World building and WritingOnce again Brandon Sanderson wowed me, the world is so well depicted even though its a novella of [...]

  10. Exquisitely lovely I did not expect anything else 5 This story is The Emperor s Soul from the World of Elantris and is about a master craftsmen forger, Shai, who can meticulously copy and re create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic, knowledge and will The concept is that an object can be persuaded do believe ti is different to the point that it changes itself and could even become something completely different However, that something has to be believable to begin with, only [...]

  11. Rating this book would be difficult, especially because it s a short novel so I ll go through some points Characterization the book is focused on two main characters, and that s probably what made it possible to portray them so well The characterization in this book is superb, sanderson even managed to develop these two characters throughout the book in a very believable way, and considering the length of the book he did an excellent job.Just don t look for humor, as there s no funny character h [...]

  12. Wow this was a marvelous short novel I absolutely loved it Wan ShaiLu, a magical forger, is captured and put under sentence of death for her crimes But Shai is given an opportunity to escape her sentence she is charged with magically forging a new soul for the kingdom s assassinated emperor, whose body had been repaired but whose mind was destroyed by the attack Shai is given only a hundred days to accomplish this near impossible task And there are those waiting to kill her if she makes a wrong [...]

  13. What a brilliant imagination Brandon Sanderson has This book was AMAZING Wan ShaiLu, was than a simple con artist So much She could change the nature of reality itself Imagine a world where there are Forgers who can change rewrite the nature of objects and even of a person by using a Soulstamp.Wan ShaiLu is such a forger, one of the best there is And when she s caught replacing a famous painting with her almost flawless forgery, instead of being executed she s offered a deal Forge a new soul f [...]

  14. Absolutely FLAWLESS novella Take note other authors.Picture above by Dominik BroniekJust realized I never wrote a review on this one, but I am not going to either as my friend Alexa s thoughts on this one mirror my own perfectly Check it out here Addition as posted on Brandon s website.The Emperor s Soul Deleted Prologue Imperial FoolNote It s best if you have read The Emperor s Soul before you read this deleted prologue.Shai pressed her fingernail into one of the stone blocks of her prison cell [...]

  15. Her aunt Sol had once told Shai to smile at the worst insults and snap at the minor ones That way, no man would know your heart Well, shit screams flips a desk karate chops the air flips another desk because why not I justThe Emperor s Soul, has been on my radar for quite awhile AND I thought it d be a great idea to pick it up during the most crucial time of my life Exam week I m 1000000%sure I m going to complain about why I did this to myself BUT you know what I have no regrets I absolutely LO [...]

  16. There are times when one must accept the aid of darkness in order to contain a greater darkness Brandon Sanderson has done it again

  17. Wow Just wow Where does this man get all his fancy ideas from, and how can he fit them, like in this case, on not even 200 pages

  18. Upgraded to 5 stars upon re read Initial read probably suffered from my post Words of Radiance hangover Little wonder why this novella won the Hugo Award, so beautifully written and delivered, this story speaks to your soul pun entirely intended Sanderson created yet again another imaginative magic system, Forgery, which is in short, imitation of the highest degree that requires a rewriting of history of the target And what could be complicated and masterful than that of the forgery of a soul H [...]

  19. 4.5 STARS I wish that I could know you Not your soul, but you I ve read about you I ve seen into your heart I ve rebuilt your soul, as best I could But that isn t the same It isn t knowing someone, is it That s knowing about someone Yet Shai completed her task perfectly This story is mostly about two persons Shai a Forger, a con artist caught replacing an important empire relic with her nearly flawless forgery, now she must bargain for her life And Gaotona an elderly politician Shai s only possi [...]

  20. This is Brandon Sanderson at his best even though as a novella it is much, much too short Within only 175 pages he manages to build a new world with previously unexplored magic and introduces characters we can care about His major skill is that he never stops to explain anything No info dumps from this author Nevertheless he manages to explain and inform as the story progresses so that the reader is always able to be part of the action I loved every short minute of it Did I mention it should hav [...]

  21. Read as part of Arcanum Unbounded What amazes me in Sanderson s shorter works is how quickly and simply he creates a world There s nothing superfluous or verbose about it yet it is engrossing and thought provoking Definitely worth the read The postscript in Arcanum Unbounded about how the idea came about was very interesting after having the story just unfold.

  22. This was an awesome read Set in the world of Elantris but not really connected to the main story arc The magic system was genius How does he come up with this stuff D It was a quick engaging read A fine adition to Sandersons work 5 stars

  23. You know I m going to Love this because it s from Sanderson right Right Nothing but Going to read Legion Now

  24. This was the best piece of short fiction I ve ever read What a beautiful and incredible short story If anyone could put this much thought, emotion, and soul into a 120ish page book, it would be Brandon Sanderson.The magic system is so unique and interesting that I m longing and hoping that we get novellas or full length novels about Shai and this piece of Sel.Maybe in a sequel to Elantris One can only dream.

  25. Buddy read with my two partners in crime Robin and Athena and introducing Katie our new addition to the Sanderson marathon _______________________________________Before I start this review let me tell you something this is my favorite Sanderson book And considering how good his other books are, that s a freaking huge statement right there It s almost impossible for me to explain all the things I love about this book without ranting, so I ll do a short version first This is shorter than your stan [...]

  26. With less than 200 pages,THE EMPEROR S SOUL was able to tell a fully developed and highly interesting story Brandon Sanderson is clearly a freaking master of fantastic fantasy, and while I m pretty new to his writing, I ve been extremely impressed by his stories so far.Shai is the main character, and as the blurb says, she s a Forger Forger s in this society aren t regarded very highly, but when the Empire needs her, Shai is given the incredible task of saving the Emperor by using her skills, al [...]

  27. The Emperor s soul is a wonderful short novel, complete in itself Shai is a master forger who has been caught trying to steal a priceless artefact in the emperor s palace Expecting to be put to death she is instead made an offer she can t turn down in exchange for her life She is given 100 days to construct a new soul for the emperor who is comatose following brain injury sustained in an attack on his life She has only 100 days to do something that has never been done before if she wishes a chan [...]

  28. Executive Summary I d say a surprisingly good novella, but this is Brandon Sanderson we re talking about, and there is very little he s written that I haven t enjoyed Plus there is the whole Hugo Award thingFull ReviewI m not really a fan of Novellas and short stories It seems like the world building and character depth is always lacking Often times things seem to end just as they are getting good Plus, they always feel overpriced for me Given the accolades for this not to mention really getting [...]

  29. I ve been saving this treat for a time when I really needed a quick shot of Sanderson goodness, and he delivered once again It s amazing how satisfying this novella is Easily as satisfying as a full length novel, but a tasty snack instead of a three course meal It takes place mostly in one room, but everything is so fleshed out The magic system is yet again intriguing, fully developed, and fun The characters have depth, and the world is surprisingly clear in such a short time And the story itsel [...]

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