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From the best-selling 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 is the only hope for the survival of an empire.

Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Though condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor's sceptre, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Despite the fact that her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her captors, Shai will attempt to create a new soul for the emperor, who is almost dead from the attack of assassins.

Skillfully deducing the machinations of her captors, Shai needs a perfect plan to escape. The fate of the empire lies in one impossible task. Is it possible to create a forgery of a soul so convincing that it is better than the soul itself? Read by Angela Lin.

©2012 Dragonsteel Entertainment LLC (P)2012 Recorded Books

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Great story, well crafted

The Emperor's Soul is another well crafted story by Brandon Sanderson. Shai a master forger is captured and held prisoner in the palace where she is enlisted to forge the emperor's soul before his 100 day mourning period is over and the truth about him is revealed to his rivals. Great narration by Angela Lin.

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  • Zen
  • 01-19-17

Don't Buy This Book

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Now I have your attention, don't buy this book because it is the first story in Brandon Sanderson's collection of stories Arcanum Unbounded, luckily it just cost me a credit to find out.

The story itself is really good as is so much of his work so enjoy it, just in the right place.

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  • Philip
  • 07-09-13

Beautiful stand-alone story

Where does The Emperor's Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This would rate as one of my favorite independent stories from Brandon Sanderson.

What did you like best about this story?

Once again Brandon creates a comfortable universe in to which he just drops you. Carefully introducing characters - and yet another unique form of magic - so as not to lose the reader\listener. Some books can be too much too soon, or leave the reader wondering what is going on. Not this one. Beautifully paced you are hooked from the outset and drawn along with the main character. With clever twists, drama and humour, this book has it all. Also, considering the majority of the story takes place in the confines of one room, it is fantastically written to keep you engaged throughout.

What about Angela Lin’s performance did you like?

As this was my first listen to a story performed by Angela Lin, I can't compare to any of her other readings. Needless to say this was brilliantly done. Characters were believable and the flow to the story was flawlessly maintained.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

As a short one off story I did complete this in one sitting quite comfortably. In all honesty, I was left wanting more!

Any additional comments?

Yet again a shining example of why Brandon Sanderson is one of the best writers of today.

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  • Viv
  • 02-05-17

Short but very entertaining

It was a delight to listen to this fairly short but entertainingly written story. Intriguing characters and a very innovative concept. Highly recommended.

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  • R Syed
  • 11-03-16

Fantastic novella by Brandon Sanderson

I'm ordinarily not a fan of short stories, as they often compromise rich and detailed world-building for their length. But somehow, Sanderson has managed to make this story feel whole, with in depth explanations for his innovative magic system and well-developed characters. I would love for Sanderson to continue this story.

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  • Jacob
  • 04-11-16

One of the best short stories I have read

Intriguing plot, a few twists and interesting characters. I'd love to read more short stories like this one. Highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-27-16

Good book, wish it was longer though!

I love all Sandersons books and like the others enjoyed this one just as much. Although perhaps not as eventful as other books, I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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  • Russ
  • 07-22-15

Clever

Nice quick book
A pleasure to read and a clever twist. So much plot in so short a time

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  • Rayed
  • 01-14-15

A work of art

The best short story fantasy I ever read. Filled with emotions and have a bewtifull logic of magic. And with no fillers. Truly a masterpiece.

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  • R
  • 06-02-14

Good Short Story

While many people will be reluctant to spend a credit on a short story that can be read in a few hours the story is still good value.

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  • Lulu
  • 03-21-14

Forgery can be a humanitarian, necessary evil!

What made the experience of listening to The Emperor's Soul the most enjoyable?

It has one of the most imaginative, complex depictions of the art and abilities of forgery. It challenges one's own biases as to how we valuate art and, indeed, the acts of others.

What did you like best about this story?

It depicts real life journeys where altruistic tendencies often get set aside for comfort, greed, and easier options and, blurred by hypocrisy!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The forger's last encounter/discussion with Gaotona.

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

Yes, it reminded me that the world doesn't often make it easy for people to achieve altruistic goals; but that we only get one chance at life to make a difference for the good.

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A perfect little masterpiece!