The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Published October 11th 2012
Source: Bought it
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.
This book is about Shai, a Forger that was caught stealing. In exchange for her freedom, she accepts to forge the Emperor’s Soul.
Shai was an outstanding character. I loved her personality and loved to get to know more about her throughout the book.
This book was a fast read and I loved it. I wanted it to be longer but still recommend the book.
Even though I want to know more about Shai, I don’t think Brandon Sanderson will write more about her. Because this is set in the same world as Elantris, he might mention someone in the next Elantris novel. We’ll see.
I already read Elantris (here’s my review) but I don’t think you need to read it to understand the novel. The author only mentioned a few names that aren’t relevant to the story.
If you love fantasy books with interesting magic systems, you should try Elantris and The Emperor’s Soul.
Rating: 4,5 stars