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The Emperor's Soul (English Edition)
 
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The Emperor's Soul (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Brandon Sanderson
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From the bestselling 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?

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 300 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 128 pages
  • Editeur : Gollancz (21 mars 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009P3N1GI
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.2 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Une histoire courte mais riche et équilibrée 31 octobre 2012
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(remarque : ce roman a reçu le premier prix Hugo Novella en 2013)

Je ne parlerai pas de l'intrigue car la présentation de l'éditeur le fait très bien et en dire plus serait résumer le livre.
L'auteur nous présente ici un nouveau type de magie, toujours avec le fond de volonté de cohérence presque scientifique qui lui est cher, en se focalisant sur le passé. Dans l'histoire, les acteurs de la magie utilisent l'histoire d'un objet depuis ses origines premières pour le modifier (en variant d'un poil l'aiguillage de son passé par exemple) par le biais d'un "timbre", un outil magique.
Comme dans toute magie solidement imaginée, l'art est difficile et demande travail, expérience et passion.

Le personnage principal, une jeune femme, par un travail acharné pendant les trois mois qui lui sont imposés, va ainsi se plonger dans le passé de l'empereur, réduit à l'état de légume suite à une tentative de meurtre, pour forger un ensemble éminemment complexe de timbres synthétisant la personnalité et les mémoires de cet homme. C'est presque impossible et pourtant...

L'atout principal des livres de Brandon Sanderson, et certainement l'une des raisons pour lesquelles j'aime autant cet auteur, est son talent à faire vivre ses personnages. Partant d'un type classique de fantasy, il insuffle avec justesse la touche d'humanité nécessaire à la crédibilité.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Brandon Sanderson 31 octobre 2013
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A great quick read, a short as Elantris with magic mechanics true to Sanderson.
I was only disappointed by the length.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Kind of amazing, again. 8 avril 2013
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Again (and again) Sanderson manages to sweep me off my feet me with his worldbuilding and characters. The book and story therein are a bit short but not a word is wasted and the change of pace from his more epic works like the Stormlight Archives is welcome.

There is room for a follow-up book, but I'm not sure I want one as this conclusion is rather good. That said, I'm 99% sure to buy it if he decides there must be one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a good short novel 25 mars 2013
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This novel is placed in a fantasy classical China. The main character is likable, the world well described and original. The persons have psychological depth. I enjoyed this read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brandon's best work in the shorter format 10 octobre 2012
Par Yubin Kim - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As an admittedly rather rabid fan of Brandon, I tore through this book when it showed up on my doorstep today. And I have to say, it is an excellent, excellent novella, certainly Brandon's best effort in this format yet.

The Emperor's Soul is set in Sel, the same planet as Elantris (though very far apart from where Elantris takes place). The magic in this world takes the form of elaborate seals, the inspirations for which were drawn from the red signature seals commonly found on East Asian artwork. Though in our world it only leaves an impression of authorship, on Sel, an intricate seal can be used to change the history of an object in a process called Forgery, thus changing its present state. A battered old desk can be Forged so that it had a caring owner in the past, transforming it into a sturdy, well-maintained version of itself. The book follows the captivity of a talented Forger who is faced with an impossible task; Forging the soul of the emperor, who has been rendered brain-dead by an assassination attempt.

I found that a usual problem with Brandon's other novellas is that they feel like a chapter in a larger novel; interesting, but without a strong conclusion which leaves too many open plot lines and a sense of frustration when it ends. However, The Emperor's Soul focuses on one self-contained event (that of Shai's captivity), so despite the short length of the book, the conclusion of the novella gives a sense of immense satisfaction to the reader.

To express myself in a more succinct way, The Emperor's Soul feels like it was _meant_ to be a novella, rather than a novel put on a diet against its will. The book is jammed packed with emotion and tension, but it works well because it is short enough that the reader isn't emotionally exhausted by the end of it. Every character introduced pulls their weight in carrying the plot along. No words are wasted while the book makes surprisingly deep inquiries into the complex motivations of each character. The entire book just feels _tight_.

In the end, all I really want to say is, well done, Mr. Brandon Sanderson! You've successfully mastered the art of the novella.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Clever, philosophical and poignant. I want more! 13 octobre 2012
Par Kriti Godey - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Emperor's Soul is set on Sel, the same world as Elantris (but in an empire far away and unrelated to those events.) Shai is a master of the art of Forging - mutating an object's history to change its appearance in the present. However, she's been caught trying to steal the nation's most famous relic, and now she awaits execution... unless she can forge the emperor a new soul in just over three months. An impossible task, but Shai will take any chance she gets.

Brandon Sanderson is in top form as usual, despite the shortness of this novella. Shai is a thief and has no compunctions about being opportunistic, but her driving force is her pride in her art. She's proud and tenacious - almost to a fault. I wouldn't exactly say she's lovable, but who doesn't love a good noble thief? The supporting characters, with the exception of Gaotona and Emperor Ashravan, don't really have enough time to be developed, but that's understandable for a book less than 170 pages long.

I loved the examination of identity in this book. In order for Shai to be such a good Forger, she has to be extremely good at observing both people and objects - the little things that influence them, their motivations, how they can be manipulated. She needs to be able to produce her desired changes with the minimum of effort required for it to appear natural (think about the complexity of planting an idea via a dream in Inception - it's the same concept.) Shai does this instinctively, and it greatly adds to the complexity of the plot and the world building. Of course, she also does it deliberately, and how she pieced together Ashravan's life from notes and interviews is fascinating.

I was slightly dissatisfied at the end because it was over too quickly and I wanted more! More of the characters, more plot, more of the world. I can't really complain about that, though - this is a novella, and I knew that going into it, and Sanderson does a great job with it. The only thing that felt rushed was Shai's task [SPOILER WARNING] - she said it would ordinarily take her two years at least, but she manages to complete it in three months - why was she able to do it so much faster? I would've liked some sort of explanation. [END SPOILERS]

I hope Sanderson writes more books featuring Shai and the Empire - perhaps even coming into contact with characters from Elantris.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Novella That Feels Much Bigger Than It Is 6 novembre 2012
Par Curtis Melroe - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Brandon Sanderson is fantastic at creating magic systems. From the fully realized Mistborn saga that has three magic systems to the still very mysterious system being crafted in The Stormlight Archive series. In The Emperor's Soul, he has given us another fantastic magic system that (without spoiling much) allows people to rewrite the history of objects.

Even though it is a Novella, you grow really attached to protagonist, Shai, in the short time we spend with her. Most of that time is confined to a single room, but you would hardly notice it unless someone points out for you. You learn a lot about her past and her way of thinking as she has to sort of explain herself to one of her captors in order to further her own goals in the story.

The fight scenes are well done - reminds me of Mistborn - fast and the magic system naturally comes into play to give the protagonist that much needed edge.

I could go on about the book, but really in the end it is a quick but satisfying read. It is a world and magic system I really hope he chooses to explore in further books, whether they be novella or novel sized stories.

If you like any of Brandon's previous work, you'll like this.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A fine read for Sanderson fans new and old 8 novembre 2012
Par Bob Milne - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As much as I've enjoyed the Mistborn saga, The Way of Kings, and his work on the final Wheel of Time novels, Elantris is one of the few works by Brandon Sanderson that I have yet to read (along with Warbreaker).

Fortunately, while The Emperor's Soul is set in the same world as Elantris, it is a completely separate story, and doesn't require any advance knowledge of the world Sanderson has created.

Clocking in at under 200 pages, this lacks the intense world-building of his other work, but still manages to cram in a significant amount of detail regarding his magic system. A bit more philosophical in nature, the magic of forging, involving the use of soulstamps and essence marks, is absolutely fascinating to explore. Sanderson does a masterful job of taking something simple, yet impossible, and making it a wondrously imaginative act of creation. Here, the system of magic is revealed not through narrative exposition, but through conversations between Shai, the Forger, and Gaotona, her captor. It means a slow unveiling of what she does and how she does it, but the means of that unveiling is an integral part of the tale.

Shai herself is an interesting character, more admirable than heroic. She is a character with whom we can sympathise, but one who does not prey on our sympathies. Less a victim than an opportunistic captive, she forges the means of her escape long before the end, but cannot bring herself to flee without satisfying her curiosity as to whether her greatest forgery will work. After all, it's one thing to forge great pieces of art, or to temporarily alter one's self . . . it's another thing entirely to forge a complete stranger's soul.

It's a shame that this is such a short work, told almost exclusively from Shai's point of view, because I would have liked to see the character of Gaotona better explored. He is intriguing, a man transparent in his emotions, but rather reserved in his motivations, and one who work as both a foil and a friend to Shai. Given the restrictions of the story, he is never really developed beyond the stern, compassionate, grandfatherly character we so often encounter in fantasy, but he is given a chance to shine in the final chapters . . . one that makes us want to know more about him.

Like a great play, the world here is largely relegated to a single room, and the characters are limited to a handful of key players. The drama all takes place on the stage, in plain view, relying on our connection to the characters, as well as our own curiosity, to keep us in our seats. In essence, just as we come to sympathise with Shai, we also come to share her curiosity about this impossible abomination which which she has been tasked.

While there is some significant action towards the end, with those magically-augmented battles that Sanderson writes so well, this is largely a story of ideas. It flows along at a leisurely pace, but has more than enough wit and wonder to keep the reader engaged. All-in-all a fine read for Sanderson fans new and old, and one that has put Elantris back near the top of my to-read pile.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Incredible work, a valuable perspective gained 21 octobre 2012
Par cageybee - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The author proves that a story doesn't have to fill lots of pages to be complete and powerful. It's not the number of words on the paper that are important, it's the quality and completeness of the images those words create in the reader's mind. I get it!!!! Whoa, now it makes me stop to consider who the "Forger" really is, and what they actually did. Love it.
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