By Brandon Sanderson
While Shai is stuck exchanging the Moon Scepter along with her approximately wonderful forgery, she needs to discount for her existence. An murderer has left the Emperor Ashravan with out awareness, a situation hid simply through the loss of life of his spouse. If the emperor doesn't emerge after his hundred-day mourning interval, the rule of thumb of the history Faction might be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.
Shai is given an very unlikely activity: to create—to Forge—a new soul for the emperor in under 100 days. yet her soul-Forgery is taken into account an abomination by means of her captors. She is constrained to a tiny, soiled chamber, guarded by means of a guy who hates her, spied upon by means of politicians, and trapped at the back of a door sealed in her personal blood. Shai's in simple terms attainable best friend is the emperor's so much unswerving counselor, Gaotona, who struggles to appreciate her actual talent.
Time is operating out for Shai. Forging, whereas deducing the motivations of her captors, she wishes an ideal plan to escape...
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Gaotona stated, attaining palms to his arm. He smeared mundane ink; the seal had vanished so fast, the ink hadn’t even been integrated into its workings. “What have you ever performed to me this time? ” “Nothing, it appears,” Shai stated, analyzing the pinnacle of the stamp for flaws. She came across none. “I had that one fallacious. Very improper. ” “What used to be it? ” “The cause Ashravan agreed to turn into emperor,” Shai stated. “Nights afire. i used to be yes I had this one. ” She shook her head, surroundings the stamp apart. Ashravan, it seemed, had now not stepped as much as provide himself as emperor as a result of a deep-seated wish to end up himself to his kinfolk and to flee the distant—but long—shadow of his brother. “I can inform you why he did it, Forger,” Gaotona acknowledged. She eyed him. This guy inspired Ashravan to step towards the imperial throne, she concept. Ashravan finally hated him for it. i believe. “All right,” she acknowledged. “Why? ” “He desired to switch things,” Gaotona stated. “In the empire. ” “He doesn’t converse of this in his magazine. ” “Ashravan used to be a humble guy. ” Shai raised an eyebrow. That didn’t fit the experiences she’d been given. “Oh, he had a temper,” Gaotona stated. “And in case you received him arguing, he may sink his enamel in and carry quick to his aspect. however the guy . . . the fellow he used to be . . . Deep down, that used to be a humble guy. you'll have to comprehend this approximately him. ” “I see,” she stated. you probably did it to him too, didn’t you? Shai suggestion. That glance of sadness, that implication we must always be higher humans than we're. Shai wasn’t the single person who felt that Gaotona appeared her as though he have been a displeased grandfather. That made her are looking to brush aside the guy as beside the point. other than . . . he had provided himself to her exams. He suggestion what she did used to be terrible, so he insisted on taking the punishment himself, rather than sending one other. You’re real, aren’t you, outdated guy? Shai suggestion as Gaotona sat again, eyes far away as he thought of the emperor. She discovered herself displeased. In her enterprise, there have been many that laughed at sincere males, calling them effortless pickings. That used to be a fallacy. Being sincere didn't make one naive. a unethical idiot and a good idiot have been both effortless to rip-off; you simply went approximately it in several methods. despite the fact that, a guy who used to be sincere and shrewdpermanent used to be continually, consistently more challenging to rip-off than an individual who was once either cheating and shrewdpermanent. Sincerity. It used to be so tough, via definition, to faux. “What are you pondering in the back of these eyes of yours? ” Gaotona requested, leaning ahead. “I used to be pondering you want to have handled the emperor as you probably did me, tense him with consistent nagging approximately what he may still accomplish. ” Gaotona snorted. “I most likely did simply that. It doesn't suggest my issues are, or have been, unsuitable. He may have . . . good, he may have turn into greater than he did. simply as you may turn into a wonderful artist. ” “I am one. ” “A actual one. ” “I am one. ” Gaotona shook his head. “Frava’s portray . . . there's something we're lacking approximately it, isn’t there? She had the forgery inspected, and the assessors came upon a number of tiny error.