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Image from Tor hardcover edition of Arcanum Unbounded The writing is everything you would expect from a Sanderson, it's mind blowing and full of beautiful vivid imagery. The magic system is unique and different from his normal type, I love the whole concept of making a 'new soul'. I swear I just love Sanderson so much. And I love this book. Please everyone go and read it!

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It's so wonderfully glorious. Recommended to all fans of Sanderson. You do not need to read his other books before this one, unless you buy Arcanum Unbounded then I suggest reading Mistborn first and also Stormlight Archive View all 24 comments. Each person was a puzzle. My first official read of , read this first cause I know I'll love it and I wanted to start the year with something I'll love. This book is perfect, am still marveled by the fact that its even a novella, the way the plot unravels, and that ending, I did not see that coming, then again its Brandon Sanderson, I shouldn't be surprise, he is a genius.

World building and Writing Once again Brandon Sanderson wowed me, the world is so well depicted even though its a novella Each person was a puzzle. World building and Writing Once again Brandon Sanderson wowed me, the world is so well depicted even though its a novella of just a few pages. I love the magic system in this book so much, its a but similar to soulcasting.

But with this, runes or symbols are carved on stones then stamped on the object to be changed, or on someone to change personality, past, get abilities and the like. Characters Shai is just the perfect female protagonist, she is smart, intelligent, confident, manipulative and also a forger.

Your best guards would eventually become clay in her hands. Despite her career of choice, she is also kind and a great artist that makes people wonder why she forgers instead of making her own art. I also like Ashravan the emperor, Frava and Uru got exactly what they deserve.

View 2 comments. Dec 12, Lena K. So I knew I won't be disappointed here as well. Which I was not indeed. But, WHY was this so short? It was Such a unique story, and I would have loved to hear more about Shai and Gaotana and the emperor. Where does Sanderson get these ideas? One of my favorite quotes was t I loved everything that I've read so far by Sanderson; The Stormlight Archive, Warbreaker, Elantris and Mistborn Cosmere is a vast place with amazing stories.

One of my favorite quotes was this one. View all 8 comments. Take note other authors. Picture above by Dominik Broniek Just realized I never wrote a review on this one, but I am not going to either as my friend Alexa's thoughts on this one mirror my own perfectly. Check it out here Addition as posted on Brandon's website. Shai pressed her fingernail into one of the stone blocks of her prison cell. The stone gave way slightly. She rubbed the dust between her fingers, frowning. Shai had counted twenty-seven different kinds of stone so far, including several she didn't know the names of.

That would make escape tough. Very tough. This was a cell that had been designed to hold a Forger. They could at least give her a sheet of paper. Stealing that had been unpleasant. If she lost it. But it was only the court fool. He wore a black coat, long and flowing, almost like one of the Grands. How wonderful that her life, and its impending end, could bring pleasure to the Imperial Fool. She spun. Assuming you knew all forty-four, assuming you knew their histories and the quarries they came from, what would you do? Create a seal for the wall in just two days?

Carve yourself a soulstamp out of. She closed her eyes. A wall of patchwork stones? It was a puzzle meant to occupy a Forger. Something to make them spend their time, and make them forget, for a little while, about the noose.

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But what else was she to do? Give up? Try to Forge the bars instead? Why should I care if you. Nights, Fool! You should have come to me. Thank you. She had spent her life studying the way people thought and the best ways to fool them. She knew to spot another fake when she saw one. All this time. The pieces twisted, fitting into place with one another. He had duped her. He had duped them all, the Grands, the empire itself. If he had pulled this off. Nights, she was in the presence of a master.

The Fool smiled. It is not much—I must leave this place, and my time to arrange an opportunity for you was narrow. But you are clever; it might be enough. It has been an interesting dance, sparring with you. I have money.

In that moment, the Imperial Fool changed. His face grew somber, became steel, and his eyes. In his eyes lay an eternity, an age. She knew people. She had studied people. This man cared nothing for bribes. This man was not just a master. He was something far beyond that. A shiver ran through her. Shai watched him go, feeling thoroughly trounced. How long had it been since someone had gotten the better of her so soundly?

It was far too imprecise to be effective. A chance. What did he mean? The door to the dungeons opened above. She half thought it would be the Fool returning. How like him that would be, to claim that she would not see him again, then reappear seconds later laughing. Heavy boots sounded on the steps leading out of the dungeon, and she squinted at the newcomers. Guards, guiding a man with long features and fingers. A Grand, the race who led the empire, but he was not high ranked. That robe of blue and green indicated a minor functionary who had passed the tests for government service, but not risen high in its ranks.

An opportunity. Shai composed herself. She had been bested, but her Uncle Won had taught her that being bested was a rule of life. Live according to that knowledge, and you would never grow so confident that you became sloppy. And she had not been sloppy. She had run across someone better. That happened. This time, she would win. Whatever the opportunity, she would seize it and thrive.

For now, she played not for riches, but for her life. The Grand stepped up to the bars. He paused for just a moment, then waved for the guards to unlock the door. Brandon replaced it with the current prologue featuring Gaotona due to feedback from Mary Robinette Kowal. One explanation for this may be found in the Writing Excuses episode that talks about the novella. Here is an edited version of a transcript provided by Mike Barker.

Mary So this segues into one of the major structural changes that you made. Brandon Yep. In prison. And she meets with the Imperial Fool, who is Hoid, the character who passes between all of my books. So by taking the great master of this sort of thing from my worlds and having her interact with him was going to be a great way to start her off.

It was cool, it got me into the story, and then once I was finished writing the story, this scene no longer had a place in it. The story is actually about her relationship with Gaotona. The Fool appearing in the prologue was just the wrong thing. Howard It was a darling that needed to be killed. Brandon Yes. It was a darling that meets the exact definition.

Mary read the story, and she came to me almost sorry and regretful because she knew this was going to be painful. It has symmetry. You should begin and end with Gaotona. So it lacks power. She was right. However, Brandon considers a conversation between Shai and the Fool very much like the one presented above to be a part of official continuity. View all 33 comments.


Jun 28, Nimrod Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Rating this book would be difficult, especially because it's a short novel so I'll go through some points: Characterization — the book is focused on two main characters, and that's probably what made it possible to portray them so well. The characterization in this book is superb, sanderson even managed to develop these two characters throughout the book in a very believable way, and considering the length of the book he did an excellent job.

Just don't look for humor, as there's no funny characte Rating this book would be difficult, especially because it's a short novel so I'll go through some points: Characterization — the book is focused on two main characters, and that's probably what made it possible to portray them so well.

Just don't look for humor, as there's no funny character here, unlike other books by Sanderson. There're a lot of witty dialogues though : Definitely 5 stars here. Magic system — This book has a unique and very imaginative magic system. For the matter of fact, throughout the first half of the book there're a lot of explanations of how forgery works and there're also some explanations about its mechanics in the second half.

Forgery is relatively a complex magic system it's more complicated than Allomancy or Feruchemy for instance , and it would have benefited being included in a longer novel, as Brandon could have developed it more than what could be done in pages. Plot — it's a short novel and it includes a relatively complex magic system, so the plot that can be squeezed in a pages is quite limited, though the storyline here is good.

Most of the book occurs in one room so don't expect for too much action. The story has a fully closed ending unlike Legion , and it's a very good one. The Verdict — This story is more about characterization than anything else, and it's very well written. It's so clear that it's a Sanderson book, I'd have easily figured it up if I didn't know who wrote this book. All in all, it's a very good short novel. Highly recommended to any Sanderson fan. Jan 22, Choko rated it it was amazing Shelves: brandon-sanderson , fantasy. Exquisitely lovely!!! I did not expect anything else!!! The concept is that an object can be "persuaded" do believe ti is different to the point that it changes itself and could even become something completely different.

However, that something has to be believable t Exquisitely lovely!!! However, that something has to be believable to begin with, only then would the forgery stick and persist. I loved the idea that the world depends on how we perceive it and what our vision and belief can do to the reality we live in, choosing to make it better or worse. It make us feel as if we're in control. Except in doing so, we merely replace one influence with another.

Instead of the wind affecting us, it is a wall. A man-made wall. The fingers of man's influence are all about, touching everything. Man-made rugs, man-made food. Every single thing in the city that we touch, see, feel, experience comes as the result of some person's influence.

A delight to the more cognitive-oriented reader. Dec 20, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: heroines-i-love , books-i-love , gr What a brilliant imagination Brandon Sanderson has!!! Wan ShaiLu, was more than a simple con artist. So much more. She could change the nature of reality itself. A Forger was an artist who painted with human perception. View all 18 comments. I have no regrets. Honestly, I've reached the point where I'd read anything by Sanderson.

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The Emperor's Soul

Just wow. Where does this man get all his fancy ideas from, and how can he fit them, like in this case, on not even pages? I buddy read this with Maggie! Needless to say it hit the spot. Not immediately. It took about 6 or 7 pages. The premise in a nutshell: Shai incidentally one of my favourite protagonists in recent years is a Forger, capable of rewriting the history of an object provided the new history is plausible and shares some common branching off point from the o I buddy read this with Maggie!

The premise in a nutshell: Shai incidentally one of my favourite protagonists in recent years is a Forger, capable of rewriting the history of an object provided the new history is plausible and shares some common branching off point from the original or indeed, with a great deal of work, the history of her own being, remaking herself into someone with different skills, memories, thoughts and feelings. In terms of the idea, the world and the magic, this could easily have been explored in a novel many times longer, but for this particular story, the length was perfect.

Packed into a little over pages, we have considerations of fate, choice, the nature of art vs plagiarism, authenticity, deceit as a way to tell the truth, telling the truth as a means of deceit, what it means to truly know a person, what it means to rule, what it means to be human and the difference between the kind of linear stories we tell about ourselves that approximate the truth, and the real thing.

No person was one single emotion; no person had only one desire. They had many, and usually those desires conflicted with one another like two rosebushes fighting for the same patch of ground. This book delivered on that front. There was another magic introduced called Blood sealing, considered separate from and far more nefarious than your typical Forgery. Though I can only speculate, there was one passage that for a brief moment made me wonder if they might both be different expressions of something deeper.

In all, this was a 9. Upgraded to 5-stars upon re-read. Initial read probably suffered from my post-Words of Radiance hangover. Little wonder why this novella won the Hugo Award, so beautifully written and delivered, this story speaks to your soul - pun entirely intended. Sanderson created yet again another imaginative magic system, Forgery, which is in short, imitation of the highest degree that requires a rewriting of history of the target. And what could be more complicated and masterful than that of the forgery o Upgraded to 5-stars upon re-read.

And what could be more complicated and masterful than that of the forgery of a soul. He also gave us characters that are compelling the relationship between Shai and Gaotana was simply wonderful and injected emotion, tension and contemplation into a story which I can only describe as beautiful, all in under pages. The magic system of Forgery was displayed to its fullest potential given the limited number of pages, but the essence of the story was not in the least compromised.

One of my favourites from my favourite author. The Emperor's Soul is a nice, short book. Shai is a Forger, a person who can copy and recreate anything with magical seals. While trying to steal an imperial relic, she was caught and sentenced to death. She was promised her freedom in exchange for recreating the emperor's soul as he was left catatonic after an assassination attempt. The book follows her imprisonment days as she creates the seal required for the emperor's soul.

I liked Shai's intelligence and intuition. She is fully aware that s The Emperor's Soul is a nice, short book. She is fully aware that she would not be left alive after her task is completed, so is constantly thinking of an escape plan. I also liked the lack of romance. Shai interacts mostly with 2 characters, Gaotona and Frava. Gaotona is a grandfatherly figure and an honest man, even if he is a politician.

He genuinely cares for the emperor and wishes him back on the throne for more than selfish reasons. Frava is also a politician and a cunning woman. She proposes that Shai make the emperor inclined to her suggestions in exchange for a position, all the while never meaning to hold her part of the bargain.

Shai is torn between completing her task as this would be her masterpiece and her desire to save her own life. What does she do in the end? That's for you to find out. Read as part of Arcanum Unbounded. What amazes me in Sanderson's shorter works is how quickly and simply he creates a world. There's nothing superfluous or verbose about it yet it is engrossing and thought provoking.

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Definitely worth the read. The postscript in Arcanum Unbounded about how the idea came about was very interesting after having the story just unfold. Shelves: buddy-reads , short-stories , great-expectations , audio , fantasy , my-audios. Not your soul, but you. This story is mostly about two persons. Shai - a Forger, a con artist - caught replacing an important empire relic with her nearly flawless forgery, now she must bargain for her life.

And Gaotona - an elderly politicia 4. And Gaotona - an elderly politician - Shai's only possible ally, one of her captors, the emperor's most loyal councillor, who struggles to understand her true talent. The novella is focused on these two main characters and that probably made it possible to create them so so good. The characterization in this book is superb! Sanderson managed to develop the characters throughout the story in a very believable way and considering the length of the book he has done an excellent job.

An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. Shai is given an impossible task: to create - to Forge - a new soul for the emperor in less than one hundred days. The Forgery - Sanderson's magic system in this book - is unique and very imaginative.

Its explanation takes most of the first half of the novella but it's never boring. Forgers use complex magical transformations to duplicate and recreate any item by rewriting its history.

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The magic here is based on a system of writing glyphs and creating stamps. Fascinating and strange, but consistent enough to be plausible, and quite thought-provoking. This story is short, but rich and it has his strong fully closed ending. Sanderson says that the story is set in the same universe as his debut novel, Elantris. Now I'm very eager to read Elantris :. The Postscript in the eBook is fantastic and there Sanderson explains what experience inspired him to write this novella.

I read this book by switching between audio and eBook. The audio narrator - Angela Lin - did a great job and to all the audiobook lovers I strongly recommend to read the Postscript which is not included in the audiobook. View all 14 comments. Sep 29, Phrynne rated it it was amazing. This is Brandon Sanderson at his best even though as a novella it is much, much too short!

Within only pages he manages to build a new world with previously unexplored magic and introduces characters we can care about. His major skill is that he never stops to explain anything. No info dumps from this author! Nevertheless he manages to explain and inform as the story progresses so that the reader is always able to be part of the action. I loved every short minute of it. Did I mention it shou This is Brandon Sanderson at his best even though as a novella it is much, much too short!

Did I mention it should have been longer??? Buddy read with my two partners in crime: Robin and Athena ; and introducing Katie our new addition to the Sanderson marathon! And considering how good his other books are, that's a freaking huge statement right there. It's almost impossible for me to explain all the things I love about this book without ranting, so I'll do a short version first: This is shorter than you Buddy read with my two partners in crime: Robin and Athena ; and introducing Katie our new addition to the Sanderson marathon!

It's almost impossible for me to explain all the things I love about this book without ranting, so I'll do a short version first: This is shorter than your standard Sanderson book and as such, it doesn't have the world building, big set of characters and epic plot line they usually have. However, it delivers a concise well thought plot; a nicely explained and incredibly interesting magic system, and awesome well developed characters. Also, if you're a fan of The Way of Kings, this book gives a lot of insight about soulcasting.

Just go read it. You can thank me later. Now, the details: - Shai is an amazing character. There are the obvious reasons why: she's smart, she's witty, she's strong-willed. I will never be able to thank Mr. Sanderson enough for writing strong and smart female characters. But the real reason I loved Shai is how well described her passion for her craft is: "The thrill, a life spent getting ahead by her wits.

That was what she was. That would be like building a house, then never stepping inside. Like forging a sword, and never giving it a swing. How changing small things in history and giving the right nudge at the right time can change everything drastically. This is definitely a philosophical idea, and one that I could sit to discuss for hours. Seven reports I've read say his favorite color was green. Do you know why? So yes, I loved this book because not only it was a great fantasy read, it was also thoughtful and thought provoking one.

This was an awesome read. Set in the world of Elantris but not really connected to the main story arc. The magic system was genius. How does he come up with this stuff A fine adition to Sandersons work. View 1 comment. Nov 04, Kells Next Read rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult , fantasy , ebook , brandon-sanderson , fiction , magic. You know I'm going to Love this because it's from Sanderson right? Readers also enjoyed. About Brandon Sanderson. Brandon Sanderson. Earlier this year he released Calamity , the finale of the 1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart.

Brandon Sanderson was born in in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written.

Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz vs. The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in for The Way of Kings. In fact, I just started reading them this year. However, I can tell you that this is the best one yet. I would love to dig more into this world, its magic system, and its people. I would love to see a sequel come from this amazing world. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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