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Publisher's Summary

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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A Quick Fantasy Worth Your Time

If you're into fantasy and haven't read Sanderson yet, this is not a bad place to start. Sanderson brings forth an interesting world with unique fantastical elements in just the right length of a novella. The ingenuity behind the protagonist's abilities and the complexities behind her making a new soul for the emperor were amazing. Also, some really clever one-liners throughout the book that show that Sanderson isn't just another fantasy writer trying to make a quick buck.

I have no complaints about Angela Lin's performance and thought she interpreted the material well.

I recommend this book to any fan of the fantasy genre and to those who have an open mind to literary entertainment.

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wish this was a stage play

The emperor's soul is the most engaging book I have ever read. It is the always my first recommendation when someone asks what should I read next.

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Nice Character Development and World Building

I enjoyed this novella very much. Compared with multi-volume arcs, it was refreshing to experience a well-crafted story in shorter form. Characters were empathetic and believable. Plot was easy to grasp and became richer as the story progressed. Narrator "disappeared" and let the characters shine through.

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this narrator sucks so bad it ruined the story

the story might have been good but the narrator sucked, this was not as amazing as his other books.

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If there is no follow up book then don't bother

I am one of the few who haven't been bowled over by Sanderson & it's not for a lack of trying as fantasy is right in my sweet spot! This is the 3rd Sanderson book I've purchased & is the 1st I've made it all the way through. I don't know what it is cause I REALLY want 2 like/love his books & spend the next year devouring his works but, unfortunately, I've yet to be smitten enough to make it through an entire book! (until now) If you, like I, havnt had much luck with Sanderson books but are willing to try again then my suggestion is don't start with "The Emperors Soul" it was just getting good enough @ the end of the book that would have, more than likely, bought book 2. But alas, there doesn't seem to be a book two & so I can't recommend a book based on the last 1/4 being "pretty darn good!" But again, that's just my unfortunate experience! I wish you better luck

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Solid shorti

Captivating short story. I got just enough info to grasp the magic and feel the inner-workings of the main character. The magic is very interesting, I've never heard anything like crafting stamp seals to alter the history of an object which alters it's appearance. Very interesting. Brandon S. is so creative I love discovering the next world he creates such fascinating stories it's a treat to listen to. I'd buy a full length story if he continued this world idea. So far Warbreaker is my favorite and Mistborn is also very unique.

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Fully written short story

Not all short stories feel full of life or completely written. This book accomplished both. It was amusing and detailed, with unique characters, situation, and magic style.

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Clever and engrossing

I really enjoyed this and will now look for other books by this author. The premise is unusual, thought-provoking (but not overly so if you know what I mean - not pretentious) and well executed. Very diverting to listen to, with exciting bits.

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Great Book for a Short Listen

This was an amazing short story that immerses you in such a short period of time!

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Great story, great performance

Loved it. Story was exactly the right length. I would and will buy the author's work again. Angela Lin gave an amazing performance.