Emperor's Soul, The

Brandon Sanderson
When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. If the emperor does not emerge after his hundred-day mourning period, the rule of the Heritage Faction will be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos. Shai is given an impossible task: to create—to Forge—a new soul for the emperor in less than one hundred days. But her soul-Forgery is considered an abomination by her captors. She is confined to a tiny, dirty chamber, guarded by a man who hates her, spied upon by politicians, and trapped behind a door sealed in her own blood. Shai's only possible ally is the emperor's most loyal counselor, Gaotona, who struggles to understand her true talent. Time is running out for Shai. Forging, while deducing the motivations of her captors, she needs a perfect plan to escape...


Reviewed: 2021-05-30
I can certainly see why it deserved a Hugo! It just works, and it works beautifully.
Reviewed: 2020-10-29
I cant gush about this book. I can flood about it. Im not an avid reader of fantasy but hell, Brandon Sanderson might have just made me one.

Maybe im still in the honeymoon period with this book where i cant see any real problems with it but if thats the case that makes the book all the better.

There are no words i can write past stop wasting your time and go read it instead of this review. Everything is done as well the forgeries in this story.

The only negative is a minor brow raise during a small small section of the book, where I felt something should have occurred slightly differently. It's later on in the book so i wont spoil it for those who havent read it.
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