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WINNER, 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella!
Nominee, 2013 World Fantasy Award for Novella!

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Emperor's Soul showcases a fascinating magic system as the clock ticks down for a condemned criminal.

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 councillor, 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…

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"Sanderson proves to be an exceptionally talented writer in the pages of this book. Complex as some of the background is, he never gets bogged down filling in details for the reader. Instead we learn everything we need seamlessly as the story unfolds. His prose is lyrical without ever getting in its own way ... His characters are fascinating and fully realized. ... The Emperor's Soul is one of those rare high fantasies that feels fresh and is filled with a sense of wonder." —Charles de Lint, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

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A note from the publisher: Brandon will send a free copy of this ebook to anyone who purchased the Tachyon Publications trade paperback. See the title page in the ebook preview for details.

 

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    This story is well thought out with a strong female main character. Shai, the main character is creative in the way she overcomes the challenges presented to her. The book is fast paced and an interesting quick read.

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    Original short story

    Really enjoyed this as a quick read. The parallels that can be found between this original take on fantasy and artistic work is wonderfully appreciated.

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    Fantastic

    A great read. Interesting characters along with a very cool and original magic system made The Emperor's Soul an awesome ride the whole way through for me. I'd definitely recommend any fantasy fan to give it a read.

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    I read this as part of my 2013 Hugo prereading and it was the first piece I had read by Brandon Sanderson. I was quickly swept into the world and the plight of the lead character and wanted to read more once I got to the end.

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    Lovely

    This was a wonderful and tragically short read. My affection for Brandon Sanderson's ability to invent amazing new magics in each book I read has grown exponentially with this book. But I want more! Much much more!

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