The Emperor's Soul
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, s ...more
Way of Kings, Elantris, Emperor's Soul are all part of the Cosmere and are thus connected. From what I remember, the planet way WOK takes place on (Roshar) is a very different place to the one Elantris & TES takes place on (Sel)
Why does the connection between WOK & TES feel stronger to you ?
Absolutely incredible. Apparently, 105 pages are sufficient for Sanderson to craft a fantastic story with a strong beginning, wonderful characterizations, memorable climax scene, and a satisfying conclusion.The Emperor's Soul has become my favorite novella of all time; it has qualities that surpassed a lot of other fantasy novels I’ve read.
I won’t go into any details on what the plot is, it’s only 100 pages long, try to jump into this sto ...more
Complex, unique, and interesting. Sanderson formed a very interesting and unique world which was surprisingly complex for its length with various related threads of ethical issues, political maneuvering, diverse character motivations, and engaging character interactions. Fast-paced. Excellent world-building. Well developed, and enjoyable characters. And the most interesting part was that there was tension building as the plot revealed. The ending was very, ...more
Or more specifically, what if you could change the history of an object and essentially recreate what it believes it is?
All you need is a little Titanium White...
Ok. Maybe not.
Shai is a Forger who got pinched by the Imperial po-po while trying to steal some of their shit, and now, in exchange for her freedom, she's been tasked with recreating the Emperor's Soul!
Which, in case you were wondering is why the book is titled, The Emperor's Soul.
Now, she's got to do ...more
Second read. Just as amazing.
"The Emperor's Soul" deserves all of the stars. All of the praise.
“There was rarely an obvious branching point in a person's life. People changed slowly, over time. You didn't take on step, then find yourself in a completely new location. Then you stopped paying attention as you drifted farther and farther away. ”
You know what this book's only flaw is? It's way too short.
Oh, don't worry, the story is all perfectly wrapp ...more
Wan ShaiLu, a magical forger, is captured and put under sentence of death for her crimes. But Shai is given an opportunity to escape her sentence: she is charged with magically forging a new soul for the kingdom's assassinated emperor, whose body had been repaired but whose mind was destroyed by the attack. Shai is given only a hundred days to accomplish this nea ...more
Shai is a forger, meaning that she can rewrite an object's history, thus making it into a new object. Such magic is considered taboo within the Empire, that is until they find themselves enlisting Shai's help to try and forge the soul of their fallen Emperor, Ashravan.
I don't know why I loved this so much, I think I was just completely entranced by the magic system. It depends wholly on the plausibility of any given thing to b ...more
Buddy read with fellow Sandersonitis afflicted friends Athena & Alexa, and newly wrangled in buddy reader Katie
4.5 Soulful Stars
Just a reminder that Brandon Sanderson is probably my favorite fantasy writer I’ve read 9 full length books by him and 2 novellas, he consistently never disappoints so I might be a little biased, but deservedly so. His worlds, his imagination, his magic systems, his surprise twists always amaze me. The Emperors Soul was no diff ...more
This is storytelling.
I can count with one finger the number of novellas I have felt compelled to own, and in hardcover nonetheless, and The Emperor’s Soul is that book.
“It would be the greatest Forgery of all”
I will abstain from describing anything regarding the plot as I would love for new readers to experience it without any knowledge, in fact, if you can avoid the blurb, even better. Capturing everything I love about fantasy in the diminutive form of a novella shorter than 130 pages, it ...more
No matter how good you were, someone was better. Live by that knowledge, and you would never grow so confident that you became sloppy.
This is a re-read of the Emperor's Soul and while it was just good the first time I read it, this time I found it to be an exceptional masterpiece!! I'm truly speechless and I never experienced this fee ...more
She was nearly there with this project. The emperor’s soul spread out before her, with only some few corners still shadowed. She wanted to see it through; she longed to find out if she could make him live again.
Shai is a Forger, an artist who can copy and recreate almost anything through the use of forbidden magic. Sentenced to death for the theft of a sacred imperial relic, she grasps her final chance to live, and to perform the great ...more
One of my favorite quotes was t ...more
I am an unapologetic Sandersonite. I’m completely in love with the Cosmere Brandon Sanderson has created, and so far I’ve adored every story he’s crafted that is part of that greater whole.
One of the things I love so much about his writing is the size of the books, and the knowledge that he’s a prolific writer, so I never have to wait too terribly long for more of the story. And yet, somehow, this tiny novella is now one of my favorite things he’s writte ...more
By Brandon Sanderson
A Review by Eric Allen
Due to his work on The Wheel of Time, Brandon Sanderson has not had much time over the last few years for working on his own books. As such, he has elected to write several novellas as sequels to his already published works to tide his fans over until he is freed up from his obligations to the Wheel of Time, and can put his focus entirely back into his own works. The Emperor's Soul is one of these books. Though not actually a sequel, it ...more
“Her aunt Sol had once told Shai to smile at the worst insults and snap at the minor ones. That way, no man would know your heart.”
I know this quote is so over-used however it is my favorite quote from this book and quite possibly one of my favorite book quotes ever.
One of my favorite short stories by Brandon Sanderson. It's literally only 105 pages long so it is very short. I can remember reading it for the first time and loving every second of it, on the reread I noticed a few ...more
My first official read of 2018, read this first cause I know I'll love it and I wanted to start the year with something I'll love.
This book is perfect, am still marveled by the fact that its even a novella, the way the plot unravels, and that ending, I did not see that coming, then again its Brandon Sanderson, I shouldn't be surprise, he is a genius.
World building and Writing
Once again Brandon Sanderson wowed me, the world is so well depicted even though its a novel ...more
Characterization – the book is focused on two main characters, and that's probably what made it possible to portray them so well. The characterization in this book is superb, sanderson even managed to develop these two characters throughout the book in a very believable way, and considering the length of the book he did an excellent job.
Just don't look for humor, as there's no funny characte ...more
*** 5 ***
This story is "The Emperor's Soul " from the World of Elantris and is about a master craftsmen forger, Shai, who can meticulously copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic, knowledge and will. The concept is that an object can be "persuaded" do believe ti is different to the point that it changes itself and could even become something completely different. However, that something has to be believable t ...more
*flips a desk*
*karate chops the air*
*flips another desk because why not*
The Emperor's Soul, has been on my radar for quite awhile AND I thought it'd be a great idea to pick it up during the most crucial time of my life : Exam week. I'm 1000000% sure I'm going to complain about why I did this to myself BUT you know what ??? I have no ...more
What a brilliant imagination Brandon Sanderson has!!! This book was AMAZING!
Wan ShaiLu, was more than a simple con artist. So much more. She could change the nature of reality itself.
Imagine a world where there are Forgers who can change/rewrite the nature of objects and even of a person by using a Soulstamp.
Wan ShaiLu is such a forger, one of the best there is. And when she’s caught replacing a famous painting with her almost flawless forgery, instead of being executed she’s offered a d...more
"We may feel in control, but we never truly are unless we understand people. Controlling our environment is no longer about blocking the wind, it’s about knowing why the serving lady was crying last night, or why a particular guard always loses at cards. Or why your employer hired you in the first place."
This is definitely my favorite Cosmere work so far. Unlike the others I have read, this one takes a step back and focuses more on the magic system and characters... not plot at all ...more
I’ve heard good things about Brandon Sanderson for years and it’s been a while since I’ve read any good fantasy, so I decided to give this a try. Needless to say it hit the spot. Not immediately. It took about 6 or 7 pages.
The premise in a nutshell: Shai (incidentally one of my favourite protagonists in recent years) is a Forger, capable of rewriting the history of an object (provided the new history is plausible and shares some common branching off point from the o ...more
As someone who was wary of all the five-star ratings I saw given for this novella, I’m very surprised to know that I am now one of them.
♥ IMITATION OR ART
I absolutely loved this story about Shai, a talented Forger who is tasked with forging the soul of the emperor on threat of death. I loved it more than Elantris (clearly).
The entire concept of forgery, along with the lack of limitation as to what can b ...more
Little wonder why this novella won the Hugo Award, so beautifully written and delivered, this story speaks to your soul - pun entirely intended.
Sanderson created yet again another imaginative magic system, Forgery, which is in short, imitation of the highest degree that requires a rewriting of history of the target. And what could be more complicated and masterful than that of the forgery o ...more
Shai is a Forger, a person who can copy and recreate anything with magical seals. While trying to steal an imperial relic, she was caught and sentenced to death. She was promised her freedom in exchange for recreating the emperor's soul (as he was left catatonic after an assassination attempt).
The book follows her imprisonment days as she creates the seal required for the emperor's soul.
I liked Shai's intelligence and intuition. She is fully aware that s ...more
What amazes me in Sanderson's shorter works is how quickly and simply he creates a world. There's nothing superfluous or verbose about it yet it is engrossing and thought provoking. Definitely worth the read.
The postscript in Arcanum Unbounded about how the idea came about was very interesting after having the story just unfold. ...more
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