Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hook Me: The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Title: The Emperor's Soul
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tachyon Publications (October 11, 2012)
Genre: Fantasy

Book Description: A heretic thief is the empire’s only hope in this fascinating tale that inhabits the same world as the popular novel, Elantris.

Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Though 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.

Probing deeply into his life, she discovers Emperor Ashravan’s truest nature—and the opportunity to exploit it. Her only possible ally is one who is truly loyal to the emperor, but councilor Gaotona must overcome his prejudices to understand that Shai’s forgery is as much artistry as it is deception.

Brimming with magic and political intrigue, this deftly woven fantasy delves into the essence of a living spirit.

First line: Gaotona ran his fingers across the thick canvas, inspecting one of the greatest works of art he had ever seen.
Last line read: She found this aged man as difficult to read as a book in Svordish.

Overall Impressions: Man, Brandon Sanderson is awesome when it comes to fantasy. He makes his characters and worlds come to life. What impresses me the most is his ability to create a new magical system and make it sound completely plausible! His books are definitely going on my to-read list.

Would I keep reading?: Yes!