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 writehollydavis on

5 of 5 stars

I'm so grateful for Audible's deal of the day emails. Without them, I would have missed out on this gem! Although it is set in an already established world by Branden Sanderson, I never felt confused as he immersed us into the story. The plot was clever and unique! I rooted for Shai to forge the Emperor's Soul and still escape, not knowing what would happen until the very end. Excellent novella I'd recommend to anyone!

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