The Emperor's Soul
Title: The Emperor's Soul
Author: Brandon Sanderson
“A master of magical Forgery faces her greatest challenge, and if she isn’t killed for failure, she might be for success. I’d recommend this novella to anybody who (a) likes character-driven fantasy, and/or (b) is interested in Brandon Sanderson’s other adult works, but doesn’t have the time, or inclination (and/or wrist strength) to attempt reading a book big enough to press flowers in. It’s set in the same world as Sanderson’s earlier novel Elantris, but shares no common characters and no knowledge of the prior work is needed. Addendum: The emperor’s soul has been nominated for the “best novella” Hugo Award.”
—Rachel at KDL’s Service Center
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…