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 leahrosereads on

5 of 5 stars

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, all the while being looked down on and used. She was such a strong, well written heroine, and again, I have to say how impressed I am by Sanderson’s ability to create such an excellent character in so few pages.

The plot and story were excellently written, and I was completely invested in the story from pretty much page one, and I stayed interested until the end of the book. The pacing felt perfect to me. There was enough informative background that I wasn’t confused as to what Shai was doing for the Empire, and there was enough dialogue and/or action that kept me focused fully on Shai and her situation. Let’s face it, I sometimes have Reader ADD, and if I get bored, I scan. I didn’t scan any sentence. Heck, I sometimes re-read wonderfully written sentences, because I liked them so much.

This is such a fangirling review, but it really was a great story. I highly recommend it. I’m not sure if you need to read another of Sanderson’s novels first, as THE EMPEROR'S SOUL is set in the same world as his novel [b:Elantris|68427|Elantris (Elantris, #1)|Brandon Sanderson||2908871], but I haven’t read that novel yet, and I wasn’t confused or put off by this one.

I think this could be a great teaser story to get people into fantasy, and I’d suggest giving it a read.

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