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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...

©2012 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2012 Recorded Books

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(G8 (That's my stamp of approval for this story)

Would you consider the audio edition of The Emperor's Soul to be better than the print version?

I could not say. I have not read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shai for sure. You don't have enough time with any other characters to get to develop a bond with them. This short story is based solely on Shai.

Which character – as performed by Angela Lin – was your favorite?

Shai.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No strong reaction. I did admire the way Brandon Sanderson wrapped up such a good story in short format. I hope he develops this character more.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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MASTERFULL WORK

IT WAS GOOD, NOT AS GOOD AS "LEGION", BUT GOOD ENOUGH.

ACTUALLY IT AMAZES ME:
USING THE SAME IDEA OF "CREATING MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES WITH DIFFERENT SET OF SKILLS INSIDE YOURSELF" AND CREATING TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AMAZING STORIES IN TOTALLY DIFFERENT SETTINGS


LEGION (SCI FI) (I DEFINITELY WANT A FULL SERIES)
THE EMPEROR'S SOUL (FANTASY)

PS
THE SIGNS OF GREAT TALENT ARE BETTER SEEN DURING THIS KIND OF WORKS (JUST SHORT WORKS OF MIND, TALENT AND SKILL)

8 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Another Sanderson hit

Brandon Sanderson really seems to think outside the box at times with coming up with new concepts for adding mystical flair to his novels without using the sometimes stale concept of fantasy magic. I enjoyed this world less than the Mistborn or Stormlight series but it still is good nonetheless.

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  • Xnavynuke
  • St James, MO United States
  • 11-13-17

Great listen and great story

I love this story. The plot was obvious to a small degree, but as I often read to escape the real world, it was very fun.

AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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First introduction to Sanderson

I know, I know... He's been around forever and I needed to read him sooner, but hey. This is why I love Audible Daily Deals, I would have never would have gotten around to him probably.

Anyway: fantastic novella. I *love* the magic system in this world. The characters were well developed and sympathetic for such a short story. I would love to read this, or another story set in the same world, as a full length novel.

Can't recommend this highly enough!

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Interesting short story

I love Brandon Sanderson's work and this was an interesting short. Explaining an entirely new magic system and main character's back story in a short story is difficult and both are well done here. It is a slow story though, with all the action at the end. The narrator handled the characters well, but was not a standout for me. Overall, it was an interesting short and worthy of 4 stars. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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A timely story about politics and control

An interesting story about controlling the people. Sanderson does a great job of developing political and belief systems that are different but still recognizable. Definitely worth a listen.

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A short story with lots of telling...

3.5 stars.

I had extremely high expectations of this book, having really enjoyed the Mistborn series. Maybe that was a mistake, because I ended up thinking the story was just OK. Quite good for a short story, but a lot of theorizing and explaining vs plot.

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Short but great!

I really loved this book. The world is interesting and subtly described in a way that makes me wish that this was actually a part of a series...But only a little, since the book is great the way it is and I don't say this lightly. It is both highly enjoyable and very well written. The characters are believable and fairly rich (considering the length). What really makes this book special though, is the magic system of forgery. It was unusual and different from books that are so often rewrites of The Lord of the Rings. It's actually pretty rare to find something so unique in modern fantasy. I was pleasantly surprised and highly recommend this book.

Beyond that, the narration was very well done. The characters are voiced in a believable way, while still being given their own distinct voices.

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good world

great short story. review says optional but also has a 15 wird min. good book