The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson

The Emperor's Soul (Cosmere Universe)

by Brandon Sanderson

From the bestselling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and co-author of the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series comes the tale of a heretic thief who may be an Empire's only hope for survival.

Shai is a Forger: a foreigner who can flawlessly re-create any item by rewriting its history using skillful magic . . . although she's currently condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor's sceptre, she has one last opportunity to save herself. The emperor has barely survived an assassination attempt, he needs a new soul and, despite viewing her skill as a Forger an abomination, her captors have turned to Shai for help.

Skillfully deducing her captors plans, Shai know the first thing she needs is a perfect escape plan. but in the meantime, her fate and that of the empire lies in completing an impossible task: is it possible to create a forgery so convincing that it's better than the soul itself?

Reviewed by KitsuneBae on

4 of 5 stars

Actual: 4.5 stars


I would have appreciated this more if it's a full length novel. Can Sanderson really do no wrong? With Emperor's Soul, Sanderson proved once again that his talent for creating interesting magical system (for lack of a better term) is endless. The world of Emperor's Soul tells the story of a talented forger Wan Shai Lu. And I'm not even talking about you know, copying the signature of your employer. The forgery in this story is much more complex, say forging even a person and that person's personality so even if that person died, you can still pretend that he's still very much alive.

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